Center For AIDS Research

October 10-17, 2017

The Network News
October 10-17, 2017
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Hurricane Irma     Hurricane Irma     Hurricane Irma     Hurricane Irma

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     Melanie Thompson     Igho Ofotokun     Colleen Kelley

... to the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) for showing excellent sense in their BoD selections.

HIVMA members are dyed in the wool Good Guys. Not surprisingly, our CFAR is well represented among HIVMA leaders.

For example, THREE CFARians were recently named to the HIVMA Board of Directors including incoming HIVMA Chair Melanie Thompson (past HIVMA Chairs have included Carlos del Rio and Wendy Armstrong), HIVMA representative to the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA), Igho Ofotokun, and CFAR Virology Core Co-Director Colleen Kelley.
Yay us!

Wendy Armstrong    

... and to the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) for having awarded a highly prestigious IDSA Society Citation to Wendy Armstrong.

First awarded in 1977, the IDSA Citation is "given in recognition of exemplary contribution to IDSA, an outstanding discovery in the field of infectious diseases, or a lifetime of outstanding achievement."

As outlined by the IDSA, Wendy's award was made because she "has tirelessly spearheaded multiple initiatives for IDSA and HIVMA, including: improving fellowship education, assessing and enhancing the current workforce, and growing the specialty. A past chair of the IDSA Training Program Directors Committee, she co-authored a national, cross-sectional study identifying important factors influencing residents' choice of specialty that has provided critical insights and laid the foundation for future work by the Society."
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Happy Birthday

... to Eugene Huang (10/10) and Kirk Elifson (10/12)

May your next year be Hurricane-free.

     Ralph DiClemente

Russians are among the highest consumers of alcohol in the world, drinking an average of 15.1 liters (almost 4 gallons) per person, per year. (By comparison, the WHO estimates that people in the USA drink an average of 2.4 gallons/person/year). Unfortunately, Russians -- particularly Russian women -- are also experiencing an emerging epidemic of Hepatitis C infection (HCV) to go along with an already established HIV epidemic. What happens when HIV, HCV, and alcohol mix? Nothing good.

Fortunately, Ralph DiClemente has new R01 funding from NIH/NIAID (R01AA025882) to adapt, implement, and evaluate a computer-based alcohol reduction intervention for alcohol-using HIV/HCV+ Russian women in clinical care. If the project is successful, the intervention will slow both HIV and HCV disease progression while reducing alcohol use in a highly vulnerable population.

Ralph DiClemente     

Although influenza is one of the most easily prevented miseries a person with HIV can get, needle phobic people with HIV are understandably tempted to skip their annual flu shot. Nadine Rouphael has good news for the future about that.

With funding from NIH (U01EB012495), Nadine served as Emory site PI on a recently completed a Phase I trial of "microneedle" influenza vaccine patches that can be applied to your hand (see photo). Findings from the trial showed that participants, and their immune systems, really love the patch: they are painless, can be self-administered, and look to be highly effective in generating immunity to influenza. Up with microneedles! Down with Flu!
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HIV Research Awardees sought: Network News
Descriptions of newly funded HIV research that appear in Network News are based on a periodic search of the NIH RePORTer. It is not a perfect system. Awards get missed.

If you are the PI of an HIV-related award that is funded by an organization other than NIH or you are not the contact PI of a multi-PI NIH award, PLEASE write the Network News Editor (Kimbi Hagen) at to let us know about your HIV funding!

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Government News


At the end of August NIH posted a policy (NOT-OD-17-101) describing current plans for the Next Generation Researchers Initiative that is designed to help alleviate what has become an increasingly brutal competition for federal funding by all but the most well-established scientists.

What some investigators may not realize is that the new Policy not only applies to "Early Stage Investigators" (ESI), it also applies to "Early Established Investigators" (EEI), thereby broadening the scope of scientists for whom the Policy is designed to advantage.

Are you one of these? ...

Early Stage Investigator:
You finished school or your post-grad clinical training within the past 10 years AND you have not been the PI on an R01-equivalent (i.e. an 'independent investigator' level) award.

Early Established Investigator:
You are within 10 years of receiving your first R01 equivalent award as an ESI AND you are at risk for losing all your NIH funding or have only one active NIH award.

If you said yes to either of the above, Read the Notice, it applies to you.

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     Bridging the Sciences Conference

On October 26th CFAR's HIV Cure Scientific Working Group and France-Atlanta will co-sponsor, "Bridging the Sciences: Advances in HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Emerging Viruses".

Registration is $10 (students/post-docs with ID) or $50 (others). On a first-come, first-serve basis, CFAR will subsidize the registration fee for Emory and Morehouse School of Medicine attendees.

Click here to register your interest in attending the conference.
(Do this even if you have already registered to attend)

The one day high-level science symposium talking place at the Emory Conference Center will feature outstanding French and American researchers and key opinion leaders to discuss overarching themes in human viral infections. Interactive sessions will present basic and clinic research focusing on advances in virology, therapeutic drug development and practical considerations for management of clinically relevant viruses including HIV, HBV and HCV, as well as other emerging viruses including Zika, Ebola, Dengue, and Chikungunya. Participants will be updated on key features of these human viral infections, their epidemiology, pathophysiology, and virology, as well as on emerging preventive and therapeutic strategies.

Symposium Agenda

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Funding Opps

Standard AIDS Deadlines

No New Announcements

Other Deadlines

November 15 (LOI)
Women's HIV/AIDS Cohort Study (WHCS)

See previously advertised Funding Opportunities in Network News archived issues.

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

Wells JS, Holstad MM, Watkins Bruner D. Sociodemographic Predictors of Anal Cancer Screening and Follow-up in Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Infected Individuals.
Cancer Nurs. 2017 Jul 14

Rolle CP, Rosenberg ES, Siegler AJ, Sanchez TH, Luisi N, Weiss K, Cutro S, Rio CD, Sullivan PS, Kelley CF. Challenges in Translating PrEP Interest into Uptake in an Observational Study of Young Black MSM.
J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2017 Jul 8.

Mittendorf KF, Marinko JT, Hampton CM, Ke Z, Hadziselimovic A, Schlebach JP, Law CL, Li J, Wright ER, Sanders CR, Ohi MD. Peripheral myelin protein 22 alters membrane architecture.
Sci Adv. 2017 Jul 5;3(7):e1700220.

Calendar Upcoming Events
September 26 -
HOPE Webinar
Outreach Amongst Latinos with HIV
   Julie Levison, MD, MPH
Focus: Physicians
Sponsor: Harvard CFAR
HOPE Conference Website
To Attend Webinar: Click on 9/26

October 12
ID Seminar
Current Status of Malaria Control and Prevention
Starring: Kumar V Udhayakumar, (CDC)
Location: RSPH / GCR / Rita Anne Rollins Room

October 13 (5th 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
More Information

Calendar Farther Down the Road

October 19-20
3rd International Workshop on Microbiome in HIV: Pathogenesis, Prevention and Treatment
Location: Washington, DC
More Information

October 23-24
16th International Conference on Malignancies in HIV/AIDS (ICMH)
Location: NIH Campus, Bethesday, MD
More Information

October 25-26
11th National NIH CFAR Social and Behavioral Science Research Network
Sponsored by: UCSF CFAR
Location: San Francisco

October 26
8:50am - 7:00pm
Bridging the Sciences: Advances in HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Emerging Viruses
Location: Emory Conference Center
Host: Emory Univ. Dept of Pediatrics; French Embassy
More Information

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
More Information

November 3-4 - New Listing
9:00 - 3:00
Fundamentals of HIV Prevention Counseling Training
Registration Deadline: October 30
More Information & Registration

November 16
7:30 - 1:00
HIV and Aging: Mentoring Workshop
Sponsored by: CFAR HIV & Aging SWG
Location: Courtyard by Marriott, 130 Clairmont Ave
More Information

November 16-17
HIV and Aging: From Mitochondria to the Metropolis
Sponsored by: CFAR HIV & Aging SWG
Location: Courtyard by Marriott, 130 Clairmont Ave
More Information

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)
More Information

February 22
12:00 - 1:00
GROW Seminar
Women and HIV Cohort Study
Location: RSPH/CNR/6001
Starring: Igho Ofotokun
More Information


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Footlights | CFAR Science Seminar - Thursday, October 12

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The Future of HIV Research at Emory

Meeting Host:
Administrative Core

Count Me In! Click Here to Register

Aaron Siegler Making it Last: A Randomized; Controlled Trial of a Home Care System to Promote Persistence in PrEP Care

Aaron Siegler, PhD
Rollins School of Public Health

Mirko Paiardini Limiting HIV Establishment and Maintenance by Preserving Intestinal Immunity

Mirko Paiardini, PhD
School of Medicine

Ann Chahroudi Immune Interventions in SIV-Infected ART-suppressed Infant Macaques

Ann Chahroudi, MD
School of Medicine

Sam Jenness Modeling Antiretroviral-based Prevention Among MSM in the US

Sam Jenness, PhD
Rollins School of Public Health

Tanja Jovanovic Biological Mechanisms of Stress Disorders Co-Morbid with HIV in African American Women

Tanja Jovanovic, PhD
School of Medicine

Clubhouse Location:
Room 1000, Claudia Nance Rollins Building (1518 Clifton Rd)

5:30 — Pizza and Posters 'by the Bridge'
6:20 — Oral Presentations
7:45 — Adjourn


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