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March 28 - April 4, 2017

The Network News
March 28 - April 4, 2017
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March for Science     March for Science
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     Sara Pullen

... to the Department of Rehab Medicine for promoting Sara Pullen to the rank of Associate Professor!

As earlier profiled in Network News, Sara is one of very few physical therapists in the country who specialize in HIV care. She is trying to change that by working extensively on a national level to raise awareness of the value of and need for PT for people with HIV. Her current research, supported by the CFAR Clinical Research Core, is investigating ways in which the use of PT may turbo-charge efforts to control chronic pain in people with HIV.

In 2009 Sara was elected the Georgia State Representative to the Latino Commission on AIDS' Deep South Project. Here at Emory she serves as the director of Rehab Medicine's Service Learning program and coordinates their DPT/MPH dual degree program.
Yay for Assoc. Prof Pullen!!

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Happy Birthday

... to Kimberly Jacob Arriola (March 22), Vince Marconi (March 25), JoAnn White (March 26), Keith Klugman (March 27), Maureen Mittler (March 29) and Paula Frew (April 1).

Best of all possible birthday wishes from all of us to all of you!

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  Picture source

This is what we know: Even after it has fused with an unsuspecting CD4+ T-cell, HIV can't establish infection until it firsts "uncoats" -- i.e. sheds the cone-shaped capsid surrounding its innards (RNA).

This is what we don't know: How that works exactly.

But that may change soon, thanks to new R01 funding that Greg Melikian has received (R01AI129862-01). Specifically, his study, which will include a combination of genetic, biochemical and advanced imaging tools, will non-invasively label the HIV-1 capsid protein in living cells and then allow peeping tom scientists to visualize the single virus entry and uncoating process in real time. How cool is that?

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Quick! What is this a picture of?

If you guessed one panel of a ViSNE map of a healthy human PBMC generated by a Mass Cytometry by Time-of-Flight (CyTOF) machine that allows up to 40 perameters per cell, you are absolutely right!!

Get in touch with Chris Ibegbu at the CFAR Immunology Core about assisting you with the design, execution and analysis of your own CyTOF-enabled experiments. Read More About It.

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Manuscripts sought: Social and Structural Drivers of STIs
Deadline: 08/31/17
BMC Infectious Diseases & BMC International Health & Human Rights are pleased to announce the launch of a new article collection on human rights infringements and social and structural drivers of STIs. Edited by Stefan Baral, Benjamin Mason Meier & Joseph Tucker, the collection will include original research articles characterizing human rights infringements as structural determinants of infectious diseases, including STIs.

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Government News


The Georgia General Assembly is considering forming a study committee to reexamine Georgia's very outdated 1988 HIV criminalization law, O.C.G.A. 16-5-60, and other pertinent criminal laws. Read the Senate resolution:
S.R. 465. The resolution favorably passed out of the Senate's Rules committee.
For more information, contact Nina Martinez

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Focus On...    
     Anna Rubtsova

by Anne Spaulding:
Attracting more than 300 correctional health researchers from 6 countries and 25 U.S. states, the 2017 meeting of CFAR-CHIC took place on the second day (March 18, 2017) of the 10th Academic and Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health, held at the Atlanta Airport Marriott.

Anne Spaulding co-hosted the conference, which was co-sponsored by the Academic Consortium of Criminal Justice Health and two CFAR (Penn and Emory). Emory attendees gave 8 presentations at the conference and two Emory graduate students -- David Cloud (cPhD, BSHE) and Emeli Anderson (cMPH 2017 Epidemiology) -- were awarded competitive scholarships to attend. Way to go Emory!

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Funding Opps


April 3 (LOI)
CFAR-series Funding


July 9 (LOI)
Sponsor: NHLBI
Sleep Health and Circadian Biology in HIV-Related Comorbidities

See previously advertised Funding Opportunities in Network News archived issues.

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Recent Pubs
that link to the CFAR grant
(P30 AI050409)

Hall EW, Ricca AV, Khosropour CM, Sullivan PS. Capturing HIV incidence among MSM through at-home and self-reported facility-based testing.
J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2017 Mar 8

Parsons JT, Rendina HJ, Lassiter JM, Whitfield TH, Starks TJ, Grov C. Uptake of HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) in a National Cohort of Gay and Bisexual Men in the United States.
J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2017 Mar 1;74(3):285-29.

Verma A, Bradford Y, Verma SS, Pendergrass SA, Daar ES, Venuto C, Morse GD, Ritchie MD, Haas DW. Multiphenotype association study of patients randomized to initiate antiretroviral regimens in AIDS Clinical Trials Group protocol A5202.
Pharmacogenet Genomics. 2017 Mar;27(3):101-111.

Boucle S, Lu X, Bassit L, Ozturk T, Russell OO, Amblard F, Coats SJ, Schinazi RF. . Synthesis and antiviral evaluation of novel heteroarylpyrimidines analogs as HBV capsid effectors.
Bioorg Med Chem Lett. 2017 Feb 15;27(4):904-910.

Wall KM, Kilembe W, Vwalika B, Haddad LB, Lakhi S, Onwubiko U, Htee Khu N, Brill I, Chavuma R, Vwalika C, Mwananyanda L, Chomba E, Mulenga J, Tichacek A, Allen S. Sustained effect of couples' HIV counselling and testing on risk reduction among Zambian HIV serodiscordant couples.
Sex Transm Infect. 2017 Jan 12. pii: sextrans-2016-052743.

Calendar Upcoming Events
March 28 -
HOPE Webinar
CROI Update
   Rajesh Gandhi, MD
   Jake Johnson, MD
Focus: Physicians
Sponsor: Harvard CFAR
HOPE Conference Website
To Attend Webinar: Click on 3/28

March 29 -
HOPE Webinar
Social Support: A Critical Need for Women Living with the Challenge of HIV and Aging Up
   Dorcas Baker, RN, BSN, ACRN, MA
   Carolyn L. Massey, MHS(c)
Focus: Nurses
Sponsor: Harvard CFAR
HOPE Conference Website
To Attend Webinar: Click on 3/29

March 30
ID Seminar
Ebola, Zika, and Emerging Infectious Diseases of the Eye
Starring: Steven Yeh, MD (Emory)
Location: RSPH / GCR / Rita Anne Rollins Room

March 31 (Abstract Deadline) -
May 10 (Conference)
4th Annual Emory Health Services Research Day
Location: RSPH/CNR/Auditorium
Host: Emory Health Science Center
Abstract Submission

April 3
Engineering Approaches to Combat Infectious Diseases: An Example of Broad-Spectrum Antiviral Peptides
Starring: Nam-Joon Cho, PhD (Singapore)
Sponsored by:
   ‣Laboratory of Biochemical Pharmacology &
Location: HSRB Auditorium

April 3 (Abstract Deadline)
June 9 (Conference)
SE Pediatric Research Conference: Big Data for Better Care
Location: Georgia Aquarium
Host: Pediatric Research Alliance
Abstract Submission

Calendar Farther Down the Road

April 10 - New
12:00 - 1:00pm
K-Club Meeting
Revisiting Rigor and Transparency in NIH Grant Applications: It's one year later--what have we learned?
Location: Egleston Hospital, Classrooms 5-7
Questions: Barbara Kilbourne (404-712-8356)

April 14 (Application Deadline) - New
July 17-27 (Course)
25th Annual Principles of STD/HIV Research
Location: University of Washington
Host: Pediatric Research Alliance
Questions: Email

April 15
8:30am - 1:30pm
Making Long Term Goals: HIV and the Future
Sponsored by:
   Natl. AIDS Treatment Advocacy Project (NTAP)
Location: Loudermilk Center
   40 Courtland St, Atlanta 30303

April 15 - New
Glycobiology in Immunology and Infectious Diseases
Location: University of Georgia
   Complex Carbohydrate Center

April 28
9:00am - 5:00pm
7th biennial Symposium
Frontiers in Microbial Biology
Host: Microbiology & Molecular Genetics Program
Location: Whitehead Auditorium

May 8-9 - New
Harnessing Novel Imaging Approaches to Guide HIV Prevention and Discoveries
Sponsored by:
   ‣ GAVI
Location: Rockville, MD

May 21-22 - New
Translational HIV Vaccine Early Stage Investigator (ESI) Conference
Sponsored by: HVTN
Location: Washington, DC


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Spotlight Spotlight

Footlights | Vaccine Dinner Club - Wednesday, April 5

Focus: History, Perceptions

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Count Me In!
Click Here to Register

Zombies, Vampires, and Werewolves, Oh My!:
Vaccine Concerns Expressed
in Fiction and Film


Bernice L. Hausman, PhD
Director, Vaccine Research Group
Chair, Department of English
Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
Virginia Institute of Technology


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