Center For AIDS Research

March 27 - April 3, 2018

The Network News
March 27 - April 3, 2018
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    Aqua-geddon 2018      

Aqua-geddon 2018.

At 4:30am on March 7, a 48" water main in DeKalb County broke and began flooding Buford Hwy with millions of gallons of water; leading to the closing of more than 100 schools, a widespread boil water advisory, the deployment of 8 tankers to provide water for area hospitals, and at least one household that resorted to microwaving ice cubes for water.

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Ann Chahroudi       David Reznik       Marcia Holstad       David Serota

... to Emory+Children's Center for Childhood Infections & Vaccines (CCIV) for naming Ann Chahroudi as their new Director.

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... and to Marquis for selecting David Reznik, Director of the Oral Health Center at Grady IDP, for inclusion in their Who's Who in America.

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...and to the Southern Nursing Research Society for naming Marcia Holstad their 2018 Distinguished Researcher Award recipient.

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...and to Georgia CTSA for awarding David Serota their Outstanding Post-Doctoral Poster Presentation during the 2018 Georgia CTSA Conference.

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    Melody Pratt Palmore       Abeer Moana    

... and to the Emory School of Medicine for naming Melody Pratt Palmore and Abeer Moana as National Doctor's Day 2018 honorees.

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Emory School of Nursing    

... and to the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing for rising in the US News and World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools" rankings for a fifth straight year.

Starting the run at #21 in 2015, SON's Master's program has been named #3 in the nation for 2019, and it's Doctor of Nursing Practice program is currently #5.

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Happy Birthday

... to Keith Klugman (3/27), Maureen Mittler (3/29), and Paula Frew (4/1).

God danced the day you were born, so happy for the gift of you.

      Colleen Kraft

Because airline pilots spend hours and hours in flight simulators, practicing what to do if things go sideways in the cockpit, they are MUCH more likely to react calmly, competently, and safely in a crisis. Wouldn't it be nice if someone applied the same thinking to health care providers and did research on Using High Fidelity Patient Care Simulations to Identify and Mitigate Occupational Infectious Disease Risks for Healthcare Providers?

Turns out that "someone" is. Thanks to recently received pilot funding from the Georgia CTSA, Colleen Kraft is well on her way to making life more calm, competent, and safe for health care providers. Yay!

    Rasheeta Chandler      

Have you ever tried to pry a teenager's attention away from their smartphone long enough to tell them something important only to wonder later if they would have paid more attention to what you were saying if you had simply sent them the message by phone instead?

Rasheeta Chandler is planning to take advantage of that increasingly common experience to investigate "Virtual Reality & HIV Prevention with Women of Color," a project that will explore the efficiency of smartphones as a primary delivery platform for HIV prevention interventions targeting adolescent and young adult women of color.

The training and funding for this pilot project will occur as part of a highly competiive UCSF CAPS Visiting Professors program that Rasheeta was selected to participate in this summer.
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      Kathy Trang

Kathy Trang, a PhD student in the Dept of Anthropology, and her mentor, Patrick Sullivan, were one of four teams selected to receive funding from the Georgia CTSA Healthcare Innovation Program. Their project, "Feasibility, Acceptability, and Design of Real-Time Adherence Monitoring Among Young MSM" will advance Kathy's doctoral research examining the multi-level determinants of life-course and health trajectories for young migrant men (and specifically, young migrant men who have sex with men) in Hanoi, Vietnam.

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Your Participation Sought: IMP Listserv
The Immunology and Molecular Pathogenesis (IMP) graduate program hosts many exciting seminars given by leaders in all fields of immunology. Seminar announcements are sent out on a program listserv, open to all members of the local immunology community, which receives only about 1-2 messages per week. Most seminars are on Tuesdays at 4 pm in the Whitehead Auditorium.

If you are not already a member of the IMP Seminar listserv and would like to be, please fill out the request form at:

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Government News


HIV researcher Robert Redfield (Co-founder, Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland School of Medicine) is the new CDC Director.

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Community Corner    

Attend a Webinar
You are invited to join the Health and Human Services (HHS) Center for Faith-based and and Neighborhood Partnerships for a community-focused webinar on 3/28 12:00-1:00pm to discuss "The Opioid Epidemic: Strengthening Your Community's Capacity to Connect to Vital Services and Support." Presenters will share ways faith and community leaders can strengthen their response to the current opioid epidemic.
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Let Your Voice Be Heard ...
The Fulton County Board of Health invites the community to attend the Fulton/DeKalb HIV Prevention Community Advisory Board Meeting on March 27, 2018 from 6:00-8:30PM at The Phillip Rush Center- 1530 DeKalb Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307.
Questions? Contact Ashley Durden at 404-613-5536.

    Red Ribbon Readings    

... And Support Other Voices as Well
Out Front Theatre Company will host 3 shows as part of their Red Ribbon Readings series -- a two-day exploration of the impact of HIV on the community – on April 6 & 7. Proceeds from the shows will benefit Living Room, a local CBO dedicated to ending homelessness in Atlanta for people living with HIV.

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Focus On...    

CFARians are leading the way in using videos to explain and disseminate scientific findings. Yay CFARians!

In this video (0:04:12), published by Contagion during CROI 2018, Jonathan Colasanti describes the successes, challenges, and best potential use of the IDP's Rapid Entry Program in the South: Improving Access to Care and Viral Suppression.

In this video (0:00:33), also published by Contagion during CROI 2018, Colleen Kelley describes the public health measures that are needed to effectively raise awareness for the need for routine HIV testing.

This video (0:04:47) from last year features Colleen Kraft and Tanvi Dhere – leaders of the Emory Fecal Microbial Transplant (FMT) team – describing their efforts to utilize FMT to battle antibiotic resistant bugs after organ transplant. The Emory FMT Team has continued their efforts, recently publishing their findings on long-term outcomes of FMT in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

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Funding Opps

Standard AIDS Deadlines

Sponsor: NIMH, NINR
Clinical Trials: Optional
Strengthening the HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Care Continuum through Behavioral, Social, and Implementation Science

Sponsor: NIMH, NINR
Clinical Trials: Optional
Targeted Basic Behavioral and Social Science and Intervention Development for HIV Prevention and Care

Other Deadlines

May 1 (App)
Sponsor: NIH OppNet
Clinical Trials: Required
Short-term Mentored Career Enhancement Awards for Mid-Career Investigators to Integrate Basic Behavioral and Social Sciences

July 22 (LOI)
Sponsor: NIDA
Clinical Trials: Optional
Advancing Exceptional Research on HIV/AIDS and Substance Abuse

August 23 (App)
Sponsor: FIC
Clinical Trials: Optional
Advancing Fogarty HIV Research Training Program for Low-and Middle-Income Country Institutions


April 2 (LOI)
Sponsor: Emory CFAR
CFAR-series Funding

April 13 (App)
Sponsor: CDC
Promoting Adolescent Health through School-Based HIV Prevention

See previously advertised Funding Opportunities in Network News archived issues.

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

Phung N, Kuncze K, Okochi H, Louie A, Benet LZ, Ofokotun I, Haas DW, Currier JS, Chawana TD, Sheth AN, Bacchetti P, Gandhi M, Horng H. Development and validation of an assay to analyze atazanavir in human hair via liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry.
Rapid Commun Mass Spectrom. 2018 Mar 15;32(5):431-441.

Calendar Upcoming Events
March 29
ID Seminar
"Medicine in World War II"
Starring: James M Horton, MD
    UNC Chapel Hill
Location: RSPH/GCR/RAR

March 31
10:00 - 1:00
AV200 Fundraiser
Action Cycling Field Day
Location: Emory SAAC, Clairmont Campus
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Calendar Farther Down the Road

April 4
2018 SOM Dean's Distinguished Faculty Lecture and Award Ceremony
Learning from African Couples About HIV-1 Transmission and Disease Progression
Starring Award Recipient: Eric Hunter
Location: SOM/Rm 120
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April 9 - New Listing
K-Club Workshop
Customizing your 'candidate information' section for successful career development award grant
Location: Egleston Classrooms 5-7
Sponsor: K-Club
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April 13 (Application Deadline)
July 23 - August 2 (Workshop)
Training Program
26th Annual Principles of STD/HIV Research Course
Location: Seattle
Sponsor: UW CFAR
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April 23 (Abstract Deadline)
October 22 - 25 (Conference)
HIV Research for Prevention (HIVR4P): From Research to Impact
Location: Madrid, Spain
Sponsor: Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise
Abstract Submission
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May 21-24
Qualitative Research Methods
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May 25
Mentored Qualitative Methods
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May 29-31
Qualitative Data Analysis
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May 31
Mentored Qualitative Analysis
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June 8-10
Adherence 2018 (13th International Conference on HIV Treatment and Prevention Adherence)
Location: Miami, FL
Sponsor: IAPAC

Pre-Conference Sessions
June 8
• 9:00 – 10:30am - Pre-Con 1
Violence and the HIV Care Continuum

• 10:30 - 12:00 - Pre-Con 2
Reducing Intersectional Stigma to Improve the HIV Prevention Continuum

Information / Registration

August 27 - 30
2018 STD Prevention Conference: Intersecting Epidemics, Integrated Solutions
Sponsor: CDC
Location: Washington, DC
Abstract Submission
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Footlights | Dean's Distinguished Faculty Lecture and Award

Dean's Distinguished Faculty Lecture and Award


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