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January 30 - February 6, 2018

The Network News
January 30 - February 6, 2018
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January 2018      

Bomb Cyclone ...

Influenza Epidemic ...

School Closings ...

Quarterly Taxes Due ...

Shutdown ...

Good Riddance to January!

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      Igho Ofotokun

... to the School of Medicine for showing excellent sense in selecting CFAR Clinical Research Core Co-Director Igho Ofotokun for a prestigious Faculty Recognition award.

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Happy Birthday

... to Jasper Barnes (1/31), Allison Ross (2/1), Prem Sharma (2/2), Jody Guest (2/3), Tyree Staple (2/3), Travis Sanchez (2/5), and Ling Yue (2/6),

On your birthday it is ALL about you. Or it should be.

      MMWR Defining Moments

On June 5, 1981, the MMWR published a report entitled "Pneumocystis Pneumonia --- Los Angeles" describing PCP found in five previously healthy young gay men in LA. This report was later acknowledged to be the first published account of what would later become known as HIV/AIDS.

Jim Curran and Harold Jaffe, who were both working at the CDC at the time, were part of the original "Kaposi's Sarcoma and Opportunistic Infections (KSOI)" task force put together by then CDC Director Bill Foege. In the December 1 (World AIDS Day) 2017 edition of the CDC's "Defining Moments in MMWR History" podcast series, Harold recalls the CDC's investigation and response to the (as yet unnamed) AIDS epidemic.
Listen to the Podcast (8:05)
Read the Transcript

CFAR Awardees

The CFAR Developmental Core made CFAR-series awards to Mike Goodman and Cecile Lahiri during the Fall 2017 application cycle. Are YOU interested in applying for funding from the CFAR? Our next application deadline is May 1.

Michael Goodman      

Michael Goodman, Associate Professor (Epidemiology) is being brought into AIDS research through a CFAR-03 award for "A Pilot Study of Transgender Health in the State of Tamil Nadu, India."

Mike's study will establish the feasibility of (i.e. facilitators of and barriers to) establishing a full-scale, NIH R01-funded cohort of transgender people ("hijra;" India's 3rd gender) for use in researching the interaction between the use of cross-sex hormones and the incidence of cardiovascular disease and cancer, in hijra with HIV.

      Cecile Lahiri

Cecile Lahiri, Assistant Professor (Medicine) is turbo charging her NIH K23 award (K23AI124913) with a CFAR-K award for "Exploring Sex Differences in Suspected HIV-1 Reservoirs."

Here is what we know: HIV hides out in reservoirs.
Here is what we don't know -- but Cecile is going to find out for us: Does reservoir size and viral dynamics differ between men and women? Answering this question has major implications for understanding potential sex differences in the efficacy of HIV cure strategies.

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PostDoc / Data Analyst Sought: EpiModel Research Lab
Sam Jenness is recruiting for assistance on agent-based modeling, network science, HIV/STI prevention, and scientific software development.
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Government News


NIH has implemented a policy on the "Use of a Single Institutional Review Board (Single IRB) for Multi-Site Research."
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Focus On...    
     Clinical Trials

Don't miss crucial recent changes to NIH proposal requirements that went into effect on January 25th.

Here is a really good article explaining everything about it -- including the good news (more space for your science in the new forms!). Some of the key points are summarized below:

Definition of Clinical Trial broadened
The new definition is: "A research study in which one or more human subjects are prospectively assigned to one or more interventions (which may include placebo or other control) to evaluate the effects of those interventions on health-related biomedical or behavioral outcomes."

Use this helpful tool to assess if your human subjects study falls under the new definition.

FORMS-E has been deployed
To accomodate the revised definition, NIH released new "FORMS-E" grant application forms and instructions that should be used for all future submissions.

Heads up... Applicants will now need to include a new form in the table of contents — PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information Form. Warning: This new form may result in up to 12 additional attachments.

From here on out ... DOUBLE CHECK THE FOA!
NIH Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) titles now state whether Clinical Trials are "Required," "Optional," or "Not Allowed." Make sure you are applying to the correct FOA!
Choosing an FOA
Training on the new definition available
On Thursday, February 1, SOM will host a noon workshop on the new definition and rules for NIH clinical trials. See "Events" for more information.
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Funding Opps

Standard AIDS Deadlines

Sponsor: NIAID
Clinical Trials: Optional
Implementing the Most Successful Interventions to Improve HIV/AIDS Outcomes in U.S. Communities

Sponsor: NIAAA
Clinical Trials: Optional
Research on Comparative Effectiveness and Implementation of HIV/AIDS and Alcohol Interventions

Sponsor: Multiple
Clinical Trials: Optional
The Health of Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) Populations

Other Deadlines

February 14 (LOI)
Sponsor: NIAID
Clinical Trials: Not Allowed
Understanding Immunopathogenesis of Tuberculosis in HIV-1 Infected and Exposed Children

March 17 (LOI)
Sponsor: NIAID
Clinical Trials: Not Allowed
Identification of Biomarkers of HIV-1 Pathogenesis and Substance Abuse Comorbidity


March 1 (App)
Sponsor: Emory BIRCWH
Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health
More Information

March 1 (App)
Sponsor: Georgia CTSA
KL2 Program

See previously advertised Funding Opportunities in Network News archived issues.

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

Painter JE, Temple BS, Woods LA, Cwiak C, Haddad LB, Mulligan MJ, DiClemente RJ. Theory-Based Analysis of Interest in an HIV Vaccine for Reasons Indicative of Risk Compensation Among African American Women.
Health Educ Behav. 2017 Oct 1:1090198117736860

Titjani, K. Beyond Antibodies: B Cells and the OPG/RANK-RANKL Pathway in Health, Non-HIV Disease and HIV-Induced Bone Loss.
Front Immunol. 2017 Dec 22;8:1851.

Calendar Upcoming Events
February 1
ID Seminar
"Adult Immunization: Update from the CDC"
Starring: Cindy Weinbaum (CDC)
Location: RSPH/GCR/RAR

February 1
Understanding the New Clinical Trial Requirements for Grants and Contracts
Sponsored by: SOM Research Resources
Location: SOM 153 & remote viewing

Calendar Farther Down the Road

February 7
VDC Meeting
Hiding In Plain Sight: Considerations for Improving Vaccine Communication
Starring: Glen Nowak (UGA)
More Information

February 8 - New Listing
4:00 - 5:30
Emory Conversation Project: Co-creating a Heightened Sense of Belonging
Starring: You & Your Friends/Colleagues
Moderator: Ed Lee (CEO, Barkley Forum)
Location: RSPH/GCR/RAR

February 12
12:00 - 1:00
Transitioning from Mentee to Mentor
Location: Egleston, Classrooms 5-7 & remote viewing
More Information

February 13 - New Listing
10:00 - 11:00
Mechanisms and Novel Strategies for Cardiovascular Disease in HIV Patients
Starring: Steven Grinspoon (Harvard)
Sponsor: NIH/NHLBI

February 15
5:30 - 7:30
CFAR Network Meeting
Counting Viruses: Estimating the Size of the Latent HIV Reservoir
Starring: Michael Hudgens (UNC)
Sponsor: CFAR Biostatistics Core
More Information

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

February 26 (Application Deadline) - New Listing
July 10-18 (Workshop)
Training Program
Summer Training and Mentored Research Program for Early Career HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Investigators
Location: New York City
Sponsor: Fordham HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute
More Information

March 31 - New Listing
10:00 - 1:00
AV200 Fundraiser
Action Cycling Field Day
Location: Emory SAAC, Clairmont Campus
More Information

April 13 (Application Deadline) - New Listing
July 23 - August 2 (Workshop)
Training Program
26th Annual Principles of STD/HIV Research Course
Location: Seattle, WA
Sponsor: UW CFAR
More Information

May 21-24 - New Listing
Qualitative Research Methods
More Information

May 25 - New Listing
Mentored Qualitative Methods
More Information

May 29-31 - New Listing
Qualitative Data Analysis
More Information

May 31 - New Listing
Mentored Qualitative Analysis
More Information


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Spotlight Spotlight

Footlights | Vaccine Dinner Club - Wednesday, February 7

Focus: History, Perceptions

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Count Me In!
Click Here to Register

Hiding in Plain Sight:
Considerations for Improving Vaccine Communication


Glen Nowak, PhD
Director, Center for Health & Risk Communication
University of Georgia
(Former) Communications Director, National Immunization Program
Center for Disease Control and Prevention


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