Center For AIDS Research

July 23, 2019

The Network News

Please remember to cite the CFAR. Citing the CFAR grant number (AI050409) on all publications and presentations that benefited from any level of Emory CFAR consultation, services, materials, mentorship, or funding is crucial in ensuring our continued support from NIH.

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July 23, 2019
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Heat Dome 2019      

During the time last week that we all spent living under the Heat Dome, Atlanta was actually COOLER than Chicago, Columbia, Columbus, Des Moines, Detroit, Kansas City, Memphis, New York, Oklahoma City, Raleigh, Nashville, AND Washington DC.

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Jeb Jones    

... to Jeb Jones for winning the STD Journal Best Paper by an Early Career Investigator at the American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association award luncheon at the STI & HIV 2019 World Congress (#ISSTDR2019).

AND he cited the CFAR!! (thank you Jeb).

CFAR co-authors of "Proportion of Incident Human Immunodeficiency Virus Cases Among Men Who Have Sex With Men Attributable to Gonorrhea and Chlamydia: A Modeling Analysis" include Patrick Sullivan, Kevin Weiss, and Sam Jenness.

Read the Article

    Jeb Jones

... And to Valeria Cantos for receiving a highly competitive two year training and research award from the nation-wide funding mechanism, CFAR Adelante for her project "Development of a Comprehensive HIV Prevention App for Latino MSM!"

In addition to herself, Valeria's CFAR Adelante team will include CFAR mentor Aaron Siegler and collaborating community partner Humberto Orozco from Atlanta's Latino LinQ.

Adelante means "onward" in Spanish and, through CFAR Adelante, the NIH trains early-career investigators who focus on HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention and care in the Latino/Hispanic community. The Adelante program is jointly administered by the DC CFAR (pre-award) and the Emory CFAR (post-award), Kimbi Hagen serves as Program Officer for the national mechanism.

Using her Adelante award, Valeria's team will develop a culturally-responsive HIV prevention app for Latino MSM, using the existing app Healthmindr as a base platform. The team will assess participant preferences, develop and adjust the app's functions through theater testing to produce a final app, and pilot test it to evaluate its acceptability and usability.

Click here for more information on the national CFAR Adelante Program

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      IAS 2019
Emory CFAR at IAS 2019      

The 10th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science (#IAS2019) wraps up on Wednesday.

The Emory CFAR was very well represented this year with a total of 45 Emory University-affiliated presentations — including 18 talks and 27 poster presentations — representing the work of 101 CFARians.

CFARians who had three or more posters and/or oral presentations included: Ann Chahroudi (4), Carlos del Rio (7), Sophia Hussen (4), Travis Sanchez (3), Guido Silvestri (5), and Patrick Sullivan (5).

Congrats to all presenters and co-authors!!

Read a re-cap of the presentations

Photo: The IAS 2019 CFAR dinner, hosted by Carlos del Rio, was a rousing success!

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This is a periodic celebration of new research awarded while Network News was on extended hiatus.

      Neel Gandhi

(Belated) congratulations to Neel Gandhi for receiving not one but TWO NIH R01 awards in 2018!

As a reminder, a horrible epidemic of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR TB) has converged with the long-standing HIV epidemic in South Africa to make things very grim there. To make matters even worse, the development of new vaccines and therapeutics to prevent TB acquisition have been hampered by a lack of understanding of the mechanisms that allow humans to resist infection from it. Neel's back to back R01s are designed to address both issues.

Neel's first award (R01AI138646) is looking at the role that casual contact and migration play in the transmission of XDR TB in South Africa. His previous research has demonstrated that transmission is driving the spread of XDR TB even though the majority of this transmission can not be traced to either close contacts or healthcare-associated transmission. In this project, a CONTEXT (Casual Contact and Migration in XDR TB) study is integrating geospatial, genomic, and social network data to comprehensively characterize the contributions of casual contact and migration to XDR TB transmission.

Yan Sun      

With his second award, (R01AI139406), Neel and Co-PI Yan Sun are looking at what it takes to successfully resist infection with TB by characterizing the extent of TB exposure and TB test results for 4,000 household contacts of patients diagnosed with active pulmonary TB and then comparing the genetic and metabolomic profiles of contacts who were highly exposed, but resisted infection, with those of contacts who became infected. Now in its second year, this work is helping to identify mechanisms associated with resistance to TB infection.

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In Memoriam   In Memoriam   In Memoriam
Sidney McKenzie       Denzel Washington quote

Sidney McKenzie


A quote that perfectly describes him,
from Sidney's Linked In page

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Research Specialist Sought: Mocarski Lab

Starting Date: September 1.

Preferred Qualifications: BS/BA degree and at least three years of laboratory experience.

Additional Job Details: Experience with any of the following common molecular and cellular laboratory techniques would be appropriate: mammalian and bacterial cell culture systems, mammalian viral plaque assays, electrophoresis, immunoblotting, PCR, molecular cloning, transfection/transductions, flow cytometry, centrifugation, buffer preparation, and small animal (mouse) handling/breeding/genotyping.

For more information: email Dr. Mocarski (

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Government News     

These two articles cover recent changes made by Fulton County, in particular the Fulton County Board of Commissioners and Fulton Co. Board of Health.

"The Fulton County Board of Commissioners has established the Fulton County Department for HIV Elimination"
Fulton County Takes Aggressive Step Toward Eliminating HIV

"…That explains in a nutshell why [the Fulton County Board of Health's Office of Sexual Health Promotion, led by Derick Wilson] has drafted a Blueprint for Ending HIV in Fulton County and is working collaboratively with other county officials, including the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, to get people tested and in care:"
Why Fulton County is Key to Ending HIV in the Country

Government News     

From Dr. Mary Kearney (Head, Translational Research Unit HIV Dynamics and Replication Program, NIH/NCI)

Dear HIV researchers,
Please help us to evaluate the need for an HIV Reservoir Core Lab to service the intra- and extramural HIV research community. The survey is 4 questions and should only take 1-2 minutes of your time. Please click the link below to access the survey.

Please complete the survey by July 31st.

Thank you!
Mary Kearney

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Funding Opps

Standard AIDS Deadlines

No New Listings

Other Deadlines

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See previously advertised Funding Opportunities in Network News archived issues.

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

Peterson ML, Gandhi NR, Clennon J, Nelson KN, Morris N, Ismail N, Allana S, Campbell A, Brust JCM, Auld SC, Mathema B, Mlisana K, Moodley P, Shah NS. Extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis 'hotspots' and sociodemographic associations in Durban, South Africa.
Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2019 Jun 1;23(6):720-727. doi: 10.5588/ijtld.18.0575.

Ballard AM, Cooper HL, Young AM. Web-Based Eligibility Quizzes to Verify Opioid Use and County Residence Among Rural Young Adults: Eligibility Screening Results from a Feasibility Study.
JMIR Res Protoc. 2019 Jun 18;8(6):e12984. doi: 10.2196/12984.

Kilembe W, Inambao M, Sharkey T, Wall K, Parker R, Himukumbwa C, Tichacek A, Malama K, Visoiu AM, Price MA, Chomba E, Allen SA. Single Mothers and Female Sex Workers in Zambia Have Similar Risk Profiles.
AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses. 2019 Jun 17. doi: 10.1089/AID.2019.0013. [Epub ahead of print]

    Calendar Upcoming Events

July 24 - New
Webcast Wednesday: All Things Resistance: Management of Treatment Experienced Patients; 2nd Line Failure and Beyond
    Austin W. Chan, MD (Morehouse School of Medicine)
Host: AETC Southeast

July 26
Vukuzazi: a population-based HIV, TB and NCD survey in rural KwaZulu-Natal
Host: HIV/TB Inter-CFAR Working Group
Speaker: Emily Wong (Harvard CFAR)
Zoom link

July 29 - New
Multi-Cultural Monday: Overview of Hepatitis C Treatment in Minority Populations Living with HIV
    Elizabeth Sherman, PharmD
Host: AETC Southeast

July 30 (Reg. Deadline)
August 6 (Meeting)
Noon - 6:00pm
"Inaugural Pediatric Research and Career Development Symposium"
Host: Atlanta Pediatric Scholars Program

Keynote Talk: "Reflections on a Career in Pediatric HIV/AIDS: From America to Africa and Back Again"

Keynote Speaker: Mark W. Kline, M.D.
    Physician-in-Chief, Texas Children's Hospital

Location: Health Science Research Building Auditorium
Register by July 30

Calendar Farther Down the Road

August 2019 - New
Skill-building Workshops
Click Here for Details

August 21 (Abstract Deadline)
October 21-22 (Meeting)
17th International Conference on Malignancies in HIV/AIDS
Location: NIH (Bethesda)

August 22-23
"5th Defeat HIV Conference on Cell & Gene Therapy for HIV Cure"
Location: Seattle
Abstract Submission

September 10-12
3rd National Congress of the Italian Society for Virology "SIV-ISV"
Location: University of Padua (Italy)

October 10-11
10th International Workshop on HIV & Aging
Location: New York City

November 12-16
International Society for NeuroVirology
Location: Westin Buckhead (Atlanta)


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