Center For AIDS Research

September 19-26, 2017

The Network News
September 19-26, 2017
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     Aaron Siegler

What does Aaron Siegler have in common with Chicago Cubs player Wilson Contreres? Simple ... they both hit the very first pitch they faced out of the park during their very first Major League at bat.

In Aaron's case, that first ML at-bat led to R01 funding (1R01MH114692-01) for a randomized, controlled trial of an intervention intended to promote persistence in PrEP adherence by replacing quarterly medical monitoring visits with a DIY home care system. If successful, Aaron's intervention has the potential for helping to eliminate up to 1.5 million PrEP medical office visits per year while increasing participation among those who would most benefit from PrEP.

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     Kelsie Brooks

Kudos to Kelsie Brooks for scoring her first NIH funding (1F31AI122926-02) ... in 2016.

Major Apologies for the oversight!

Kelsie is examining the impact that a person's "founder virus" (i.e. the specific HIV particle that was successful in setting up shop and establishing infection) has on that person's viral reservoir. If successful, Kelsie's project will provide information that may help to inform more successful HIV therapeutic strategies.

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Happy Birthday

... to Jim Nettles (9/7), Lilin Lai (9/8), Teresa Parker (9/9), Frank McDonald (9/10), Eileen Burd (9/11), Safiya Dalmida (9/13), Dick Compans (9/15), Jim Curran (9/16), Selwyn Hurwitz (9/18), Kirk Easley (9/20), Rana Chakraborty (9/22), Kate Winskell (9/23), Erin Joi Collins (9/24), and Mike Kutner (9/24)

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

     Baby Crawford

And speaking of birthdays .... Please join us in welcoming our newest CFARian, Donald Oneal Beamer III, son of Natalie Crawford. Donald joined the CFAR on September 14th at 9:13am. He weighs 7lbs, 8oz and is already the apple of big sister Blake's eye.

Ann Chahroudi     

Even though Baby Beamer (see above) was born into a family free of HIV there is a world full of current and future babies who are not as lucky.

Fortunately for all of us Ann Chahroudi has new R01 funding (R01AI133706) to test immune interventions in a novel model of postnatal SIV infection and ART suppression in infant rhesus macaques. If her project is successful, this approach will result in decreased viral reservoirs or virologic control following ART interruption, thereby providing information that may assist in the design of new therapeutics for HIV-infected babies.

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Faculty Members sought: RSPH/BSHE
The RSPH Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education (BSHE) is seeking forward-looking scholars for tenure and non-tenure track faculty at the rank of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor to join their dynamic department. Candidates from diverse disciplines are encouraged to apply.
View the full job ad online

Writing Money and Editorial Support on Offer: CFDE
The Center for Faculty Development and Excellence (CFDE) offers the Scholarly Writing and Publishing (SWAP) fund, a grant program designed to help faculty seeking professional editorial support for projects in development across a range of serious scholarly works, including article manuscripts, grant writing, and digital scholarship.
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Mentees sought: HIV & Aging SWG
On November 16-17 the HIV & Aging Scientific Working Group (SWG) will host a conference -- "HIV and Aging: From Mitochondria to the Metropolis" at the Courtyard by Marriott on Clairmont Rd in downtown Decatur. They are currently seeking applicants for their mentoring day, to be held the morning of 11/16. Applications for the workshop will be accepted until 9/22.
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Government News


The ACTG is trying to encourage investigators to access its Specimen Repository. This repository stores more than three million specimen types from the ACTG and the International Maternal Pediatric Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials (IMPAACT) Network.

These include blood, serum, plasma, sputum, peripheral blood mononuclear cells, tissue, and other body fluids such as cerebrospinal fluid, semen, and endocervical and cervicovaginal lavage fluid.

To explore what is available, start at Search the Repositories. Choosing and submitting specimen options will generate a results report with the number of specimens and unique participants available, information about the studies for which they were collected, and what research was published for those studies.

NOTE: If you need to search for options that aren't listed, you may request a custom search through the Contact Us link.

Investigators can print, download or link to the generated report, which can be used to write a research proposal to either ACTG or IMPAACT. For more on how to do that, check out Submit a Proposal.

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Speaking of the ACTG (see above), Emory's involvement in the ACTG turned 21 this year!

The AIDS Clinical Trial Group (ACTG) was established in 1987 to support HIV research being undertaken by NIH/NIAID. Emory joined the ACTG as a Unit of the University of Alabama, Birmingham ACTG 21 years ago, in 1996.

At that time Emory's contribution was relatively small, centered around the Pediatric ACTG at the Ponce Clinic and a separate ACTG site at Crawford Long Hospital (now Emory Midtown) that provided services for HIV infected men with hemophilia.

We also spearheaded the now extinct Studies of Ocular Complications of AIDS (SOCA) network for which Emory was a major contributor thanks to then Emory faculty member Dan Martin.

Under the leadership of Jeff Lennox, Emory successfully competed to break away from UAB and become its own Unit of the ACTG in 2007. Since then we have made significant contributions to HIV research including, in conjunction with the CDC, growing to four ACTG Clinical Research Sites, two domestic (Ponce Clinic and Hope Clinic) and two international (Kisumu, Kenya and Bangkok, Thailand). Collectively, these sites are making contributions to studies supported by an absolute alphabet soup of excellent research initiatives including the ACTG, HPTN, HVTN, and MTN (all NIAID HIV Networks) as well as the CTN (NIDA Clinical Trials Network) and the ATN (NICHD HIV Research Network).

Three cheers for the Emory Clinical Trials Unit!!

Extra Added Bonus: Interested in reading about what Emory was doing in HIV research BEFORE the advent of the ACTG and CFAR? Grab a cup of coffee and read this extremely interesting article from Emory Medicine written in 1994.

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Funding Opps


October 2 (LOI)
CFAR-series Funding

Standard AIDS Deadlines

Sponsor: Multiple Insts.
Research on the Health of Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Populations

Imaging the Persistent HIV Reservoir

Sponsor: NIAID
Optimizing HIV Phylodynamics to Target and Interrogate Clusters (OPTICs)

Other Deadlines

November 11 (LOI)
Sponsor: Fogarty International Center
Reducing Stigma to Improve HIV/AIDS Prevention, Treatment and Care in Low and Middle- Income Countries

November 14 (LOI)
Sponsor: NHLBI
Institutional Career Development Program in HIV-Related Heart, Lung, Blood, and Sleep Research

See previously advertised Funding Opportunities in Network News archived issues.

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

Drobeniuc AM, Spaulding A. Censoring of HIV Viremia Data of Reincarcerated Individuals: A Response to Wohl et al.
J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2017 Sep 1;76(1):e22-e23

Ransome Y, Dean LT, Crawford ND, Metzger DS, Blank MB, Nunn AS. How Do Social Capital and HIV/AIDS Outcomes Geographically Cluster and Which Sociocontextual Mechanisms Predict Differences Across Clusters?.
J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2017 Sep 1;76(1):13-22.

Joseph Davey DL, Wall KM, Kilembe W, Naw HK, Brill I, Vwalika B, Chomba E, Mulenga J, Tichacek A, Javanbakt M, Gorbach PM, Allen SA. HIV Incidence and Predictors of HIV Acquisition From an Outside Partner in Serodiscordant Couples in Lusaka, Zambia.
J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2017 Oct 1;76(2):123-13.

Calendar Upcoming Events
September 20 -
HOPE Webinar
Facebook Advertising: Recruiting Young Urban Women Into Clinical Trials
   Rachel Jones, PhD, RN
Focus: Nurses
Sponsor: Harvard CFAR
HOPE Conference Website
To Attend Webinar: Click on 9/20

September 21
ID Seminar
Harnessing Ancient Innate Immune Mediators to Combat Modern Day Pathogens
Starring: Joshy Jacob (Emory)
Location: RSPH / CNR / Klamon Room

September 21
Research Resources 101
Working with RAS on Your Grant Proposal
Starring: Holly Sommers, Jill Allen, and Liz McCarty (Emory)
Location: SOM / Room 170A

September 21
6:00 - 8:00pm
CFAR Seminar
HIV in Atlanta
See Footlights section below

September 22 (2nd of 6 weekly meetings)
1:00 - 2:30pm
Workshop Series
Maximizing Mentorship
     9/15: Introduction to Series
     9/22: Crucial Conversations - Part I
     9/29: Crucial Conversations - Part II
     10/6: Setting Expectations
     10/13: Culture and Diversity
     10/20: Professional Development
Location: RSPH/CNR 6001
Sponsored by: Atlanta Society of Mentors
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Calendar Farther Down the Road

September 28-29
Finding the Light Within You
Location: Loudermilk Conference Center
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October 19-20
3rd International Workshop on Microbiome in HIV: Pathogenesis, Prevention and Treatment
Location: Washington, DC
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October 23-24
16th International Conference on Malignancies in HIV/AIDS (ICMH)
Location: NIH Campus, Bethesday, MD
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October 25-26
11th National NIH CFAR Social and Behavioral Science Research Network
Sponsored by: UCSF CFAR
Location: San Francisco

October 26
Bridging the Sciences: Advances in HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Emerging Viruses
Location: Emory Conference Center
Host: Emory Univ. Dept of Pediatrics; CFAR
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October 26
12:00 - 1:00
GROW Seminar
HIV+ Status Disclosure and HIV Stigma Resistance Among Women in Rural Kenya
Location: RSPH/CNR/6001
Starring: Sydney Spangler
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November 16
7:30 - 1:00
HIV and Aging: Mentoring Workshop
Sponsored by: CFAR HIV & Aging SWG
Location: Courtyard by Marriott, 130 Clairmont Ave
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November 16-17
HIV and Aging: From Mitochondria to the Metropolis
Sponsored by: CFAR HIV & Aging SWG
Location: Courtyard by Marriott, 130 Clairmont Ave
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January 25, 2018
12:00 - 1:00
GROW Seminar
Sexual and Reproductive Health in the Southeast
Location: RSPH/CNR/6001
Starring: Kelli Stidham Hall (Emory)
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February 22
12:00 - 1:00
GROW Seminar
Women and HIV Cohort Study
Location: RSPH/CNR/6001
Starring: Igho Ofotokun
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Footlights | CFAR Network Meeting

Host: CFAR Community Liaison Council

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September 2017 CFAR Network Meeting


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