Center For AIDS Research

February 20-27, 2018

The Network News
February 20-27, 2018
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      Tweet of the Week

Lin-Manuel Miranda, announcing the birth of his second child.

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      Monica Farley

... to the Division of Infectious Disease on appointing Monica Farley as the inaugural recipient of the Jonas A. Shulman Professorship in Infectious Diseases — named for the late Jack Shulman, former chief of ID.

Sushma Cribbs     Tim Lash      

... to the Woodruff Leadership Academy on appointing Sushma Cribbs and Tim Lash as 2018 Fellows in their highly selective, five-month leadership program.

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Happy Birthday

... to David Malebranche (2/20) Joshy Jacob (2/22), Mondie Tharp (2/22), and Ling Ye (2/25).

Because time is like a spiral, something special happens on your birthday each year: The same energy invested in you at birth is present once again.
(Menachem Mendel Schneerson)

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The Inter-CFAR Antiretrovirals for Prevention Working Group has recordings and/or slides from three new webinars.

"PrEP and Adolescents: Barriers, Current Work, Protocols, and Consent"
This presentation covers the current state of PrEP for adolescents including regulatory issues, the ATN pipeline, and topics funded under the recent RFP, and existing gaps in the field.
Slide Set
    Presenter: Sybil Hosek, PhD
    Clinical Psychologist/HIV Researcher, Department of Psychiatry
    Stroger Hospital of Cook County

"Work in Progress: High Sensitivity Testing & Translational Science"
This presentation reviews HIV testing technologies, screening for acute HIV infection in PrEP programs, and data on the impact of PrEP on HIV tests during seroconversion. It also reviews some of the translational science around PrEP and HIV testing and discusses some of the remaining implementation science questions on the topic.
Slide Set
     Presenter: Joanne Stekler, MD, MPH
     Associate Professor, Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine
     University of Washington

"New NIH Funded Research to Advance Oral PrEP Use and Delivery"
This presentation highlights a recent NIH initiative which called for research applications on "Improving the HIV PrEP Cascade" (R01; R34). Research awards through this initiative pioneer work in underserved populations, test innovative approaches to improve PrEP care engagement, and address important provider and care-system factors related to PrEP use.
Slide Set
     Presenter: Michael Stirratt, PhD
     NIMH Division of AIDS Research

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Community Corner    
    Stepping Out of Line Exhibit

"Stepping Out of Line":
Check out the exhibit currently on display at Emory's Woodruff Library (Level 10). It explores both documented and emerging histories from the LGBT collections and the University Archives in the Stuart A. Rose Library.

Visit the exhibition to revisit local LGBTQ history, through four lenses:
• "Queering Emory" in response to heteronormativity on campus
• "Acting Up" in response to the HIV/AIDS crisis
• "Allying Together" in response to chronic disadvantage and discrimination
• "Voicing their Stories" in response to marginalization of trans and GNC communities.

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Focus On...    

The National CFAR has released
FY18 supplement FOAs in six scientific areas of interest:

Click Here to download the FOAs

Research Areas
Basic Research on HIV Infection and Persistence

Infant Immunity for HIV Vaccine Development

Studies to Delineate Sex Differences in the Incidence of Heart, Lung, Blood, and Sleep Comorbidities in People Living with HIV

Formative Research on Behavioral Aspects of Novel Biomedical HIV Prevention and Treatment Regimens

The Evolving Opioid Epidemic and its HIV Consequences

Implementation of Evidence-Based HIV Interventions and Treatments for Health Disparity Populations

Research Priorities:
Applications must align with the NIH HIV/AIDS research priorities (NOT-OD-15-137)

Direct Costs
Applications may be submitted for up to one year with maximum funding per application of up to $150,000 Direct Costs

Project directors must be: a) early career investigators who have never received an R-series research grant in HIV/AIDS or b) established investigators in non-HIV fields

Submission Limitations:
Our CFAR may submit more than one application in any area BUT no more than four total applications.

Key Internal Dates:
3/12/18: Register your potential interest
3/15/18: Email a 1-page pre-proposal to Jenny Anderson (
3/17/18: Applicants notified of internal selection results.

Key External Dates:
5/14/18: Applications Due at NIH
6/29/18: Anticipated Start Date
(but may be delayed due to NIH administrative issues)

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Spotlight Spotlight

Footlights | Vaccine Dinner Club - Wednesday, March 7

Focus: History, Basic Science

     VDC logo


Count Me In!
Click Here to Register

From A to Z:
Development of Vaccines from AIDS to Zika Using a Novel MVA Platform Technology


Harriet L Robinson, PhD
Charter Member, VDC
Chief Scientific Officer Emeritus, GeoVax


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