Center For AIDS Research

January 23, 2019

The Network News
January 23, 2019
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      Raymond Schinazi

... to President Emmanuel Macron on awarding Raymond Schinzai the Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur -- the French Legion of Honor medal with the rank of knight.

The French Legion of Honor, the highest award of distinction bestowed by the Republic of France, was first established in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte. Americans who have been so honored include Alexander Graham Bell, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and C. Everett Koop.

The medal was presented to Dr. Schinazi, chevalier, on Oct. 15 in Paris.
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Rafi Ahmed      

... to the National Academy of Inventors on appointing
Rafi Ahmed as a 2018 National Academy of Inventors Fellow.

Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have made a tangible impact on quality of life and social welfare. Since the awards inception in 2012, eight other Emory faculty have been made NAI Fellows including CFAR's own Dennis Liotta and Raymond Schinazi.

The induction ceremony will take place on April 11, 2019, in Houston TX, as part of the NAI 8th National Meeting. • Read More About It.

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      AIDS Patient Care & STDs

The journal AIDS Patient Care and STDs has released a Special Issue on HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) (December 2018) .

This issue will be available to read for free through February 5, 2019

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta      

The last day that the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta IRB will accept paper submissions is Friday, January 25. Beginning Monday, February 4, all Children's IRB submissions must be submitted electronically.
Read More About It

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'Do Over' Alert...

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Great News: There have been a LOT of CFARians over the course of the last year who received honors and awards, secured grant funding, did cool sciency things, and/or accrued publications that cited the CFAR base grant number. YAY!!

Bad News: Unfortunately, most if not all of these were under- or un-recognized due to Network News being on hiatus while its editor dealt with health issues.

Good News: We plan to play catch up on that over the next many issues of Network News.

Attention!: Please help us accomplish this by emailing Network News editor Kimbi Hagen at (subject line: "For Network News") with information about NIH and non-NIH grants received, new publications that saw the light of day, honors and awards bestowed, and/or cool sciency things engaged in during 2018 by you and/or your [too shy to write us themselves] colleagues. Thank you in advance!

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Bulletin Board...

Bulletin Board     

HIV Vaccine Study participants sought: Emory Hope Clinic
The Hope Clinic is looking for healthy, HIV negative volunteers ages 18-50 to participate in a research study to evaluate a vector HIV vaccine being developed to prevent HIV. The study will examine the safety of two vaccine regimens and will assess immune responses.
View the recruitment poster

Photos/Stories sought: Emory Mentor Day
What does your mentor mean to you? On Thursday, January 31, tag the CFAR on Twitter pix of you and your mentor or send photos of yourself with your mentor to Jenny Anderson at and tell us – in 280 characters or less – why she or he deserves to be celebrated during national #thankyourmentorday. We will post them on the Emory CFAR Twitter on the 31st.

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      Emory SCORE

Under the leadership of Igho Ofotokun, Lisa Haddad, and Kimbi Hagen, Emory University has been awarded one of only six NIH-funded Specialized Centers of Research Excellence on Sex Differences in the country (1U54AG062334-01). Beginning with the field of HIV research, the $7.5M, five year grant will work to make the routine inclusion of sex as a biological variable a scientific cultural norm in biomedical research at Emory and beyond.

The ultimate goals of the project are to make Emory University a regional hub for studying the influence that biological sex plays in the prevention, presentation, treatment and outcomes of disease in humans and to improve data-driven decisions that affect women's health regionally, nationally and globally.

During its first project period, the Emory SCORE's research support will focus on infectious diseases, using HIV as a working model, to highlight the global burden of these conditions in women, align with the priorities of the NIH Office of Women's Health Research, and capitalize on Emory's deep strengths in HIV translational research, basic immunology and anti-viral drug development.
Read the News Release

With support from the SCORE Biostatistics Core (Co-directed by Lance Waller and Christina Mehta), the SCORE has already begun supporting the implementation of three interdisciplinary research projects that use HIV host-pathogen interactions as a model for exploring the influence of sex on the pathology and pathogenesis of infectious disease in the brain, heart and bones. These include:

The effect of HIV on chronic inflammation in traumatized women
Project Directors: Gretchen Neigh and Vas Michopoulos
Cardiovascular risk in women with HIV
Project Directors: Arshed Quyyumi and Leslee Shawe
The effect of estrogen deficiency on bone loss associated with HIV antiretroviral therapy
Project Directors: Igho Ofotokun and Neale Weitzmann

Under the direction of SCORE Career Enhancement Core Co-Directors Marcia Holstad and Kelli Hall, the SCORE has recently issued an RFA for projects that account for sex as a biological variable when examining key sex influences on health processes and outcomes. The SCORE will fund a variable number of one-year, non-renewable awards ranging from $10K - $30K.

Key Dates:
       • 2/11/19: Lunch n Learn Information Session (Register Here)
       • 2/25/19: LOI due
       • 3/29/19: Application due
Read the RFA


Because Sex Matters in Science …

You and your Guests
are invited
to a Meet and Greet
hosted by the Emory SCORE

Thursday, February 14
4:00 – 6:00pm
Emory School of Medicine Lobby

Wine …. Cheese …. Hors d'oeuvres …. Networking … RSVP your attendance here.

Emory has a wealth of organizations and individuals who are committed to advancing human health and wellness through promoting rigorous science. And we hope to see all of you at the Emory SCORE Valentine's Day meet and greet … because sex matters in science!
      = Igho, Lisa, and Kimbi

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Spotlight Spotlight

Footlights | Vaccine Dinner Club - Wednesday, February 6

Focus: Basic Science

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Count Me In!
Click Here to Register

End of the Vaccine Era?
Why Nextgen Antibody Technology will Disrupt the Legacy Vaccine Enterprise


James Crowe, MD
Director, Vanderbilt Vaccine Center
Vanderbilt University


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Editor, Kimberley (Kimbi) Sessions Hagen, EdD

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