Center For AIDS Research

October 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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October 23, 2019
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Please join us in welcoming Hannah Higgins to the Emory CFAR Administrative Team!

Hannah Higgins    

Hannah joined us on September 9th as the CFAR Administrative Assistant. She is responsible for handling logistics for all CFAR events and meetings.

Hannah earned a BA in Media Studies from Emory University in 2017. As an undergraduate she worked at RSPH/Global Health for about six months, making this is a homecoming of sorts for her! Before returning to Emory to join the CFAR, Hannah's most recent position was at, an on-line home improvement company, where she was a customer experience representative.

Hannah is bright, energetic, and warm, and we are absolutely delighted to welcome her to our team. Please take a moment to introduce yourself at the next CFAR Network Science Seminar.

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CFAR Rising Star          

Excellent news! Administrative Team member and CFAR Rising Star Jenny Anderson was promoted to Assistant Director, Programs for the Emory CFAR effective September 1st.

    Jenny Anderson

Jenny has been part of the CFAR Administrative Team since November 2016 and, in that time, has had a tremendous impact on the productivity and visibility of the Emory CFAR. Through her diligence and creativity Jenny has raised the Emory CFAR's profile locally, regionally, and nationally.

For example, within weeks of first joining the CFAR, Jenny took the lead in establishing the @EmoryCFAR Twitter presence and has since then shepherded Emory to the forefront as a leading presence among all CFARs on Twitter. We currently have over 1100 followers (and If you are not yet one of them, you can fix that here).

Jenny's @EmoryCFAR Twitter account provides a platform to recognize CFAR Investigators, promote CFAR events, and share relevant and meaningful information regarding the HIV epidemic. It is widely recognized as a model for how important scientific information can be made accessible to scientists, policy makers, and the community alike.

If you are interested in learning how to optimize the use of Twitter to disseminate your own science, Jenny has designed a half-day intensive -- "Twitter for Researchers: How & Why to Create a Professional Twitter Presence" -- that will be held on Wednesday, October 30.
Read More About It
Register to Attend

Jenny also plays a critical role in representing CFAR's administrative and scientific leadership to the members of the CFAR Liaison Council who, among other initiatives, host the opening meeting of each year's CFAR Network seminar series as well as the CFAR's annual Barbara Vick Impact Awards held each May. Read below the In Memorium that Jenny wrote in honor of recently deceased CLC member and founding Co-Chair Bri Walker.

In addition to her work with the Administrative Core, Jenny also plays an important role in support of the work of the CFAR Developmental Core. Due to her energy, fresh ideas, warm personality, and impressive organizational skills, the Emory CFAR Developmental Core just keeps getting better and better at helping to develop the next generation of NIH-funded HIV researchers.

Comprehensively, and in a short time, Jenny has made an indelible mark on the Emory CFAR and we are delighted to recognize her Rising Star contribution in this way.

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It is with a very heavy heart that we remember, Bri Walkerfounding Co-Chair of the Emory CFAR Community Liaison Council (CLC).

Bri will be best remembered for her warm and accepting nature, her passion for her community, and in her unwavering strength and courage through challenges in her life, especially over the last few months.

In her role as Co-Chair, Bri helped to shape the mission of the CLC, keeping HIV research translation and dissemination at the forefront, and to strengthen community engagement at the Emory CFAR. She also became an unwavering voice for our local trans community.

As Co-Chair, Bri advocated for people of trans experience at the national level, representing their interests at two National CFAR CAB Coalition Meetings and as an invited keynote speaker for a 2018 Trans Health Symposium hosted by the UNC CFAR. This passion for lifting up others extended to her professional and personal life where Bri took on leadership and mentoring roles in several support groups at Here's to Life, Inc. and the Positive Impact Health Center.

It was our honor to watch Bri grow from a newly recruited member of the CLC to the bold and dedicated Co-Chair who would take the stage — and steal the hearts of so many — over the last three years. Bri was a light in this world, and her absence is already felt by all those who were fortunate enough to meet her. Please join us in honoring her legacy.

- Jenny Anderson

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Youth Policy Advisors Sought: Georgia Equality
Georgia Equality is currently accepting applications for the 2019-2020 Youth HIV Policy Advisor Program. This program is designed to prepare young people living with HIV to serve as advisers to elected officials in Metro Atlanta. Participants will be required to attend a total of 12 half days of classes throughout the fall and winter, and meet with elected officials in Metro Atlanta. Participants will receive a modest stipend (payment) to participate in the training portion of this program.

Eligibility Requirements:
• You must be someone living with HIV (have been diagnosed as HIV positive);
• You must be living in Metro Atlanta or planning to move here before October 19, 2019;
• You must be 30 years of age or under at the time of submission;
• You must be willing to talk openly to others, including elected officials and potentially the media, about being HIV positive.

Read More About It
Apply Now

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On Wednesday, October 30 , the CFAR Developmental Core and the CFAR Prevention Science Core will co-sponsor a Social Media for HIV Researchers Day.


9:00 - 11:30am
Emory CFAR Half-Day Intensive
Twitter for Researchers
Sponsored by: CFAR Developmental Core

No matter whether you have been Tweeting for years or don't even have a Twitter account yet, all CFAR researchers can benefit from this half-day intensive.

Session I: Why Researchers Should Use Twitter
      • Social Media for Academic Researchers
      • Altmetrics: Tracking Research Impact in Real Time

Session II: How Researchers Can Best Use Twitter
      • Best Practices for Academic Twitter
      • Panel Discussion on Lessons Learned from Emory Twitter Leaders
Register Now

     Social Media Mining

12:00 - 1:00pm
Emory CFAR Next Generation Methods Seminar
Social Media Mining
Sponsored by: CFAR Prevention Science Core
Lunch Provided

Are you interested in learning more about the emerging field of social media mining as a health research tool? Presenter Abeed Sarker is an Assistant Professor (Biomedical Informatics) at Emory. His research focus lies at the intersection of natural language processing, social media mining, applied machine learning, public health surveillance, and medicine. He is currently serving as an investigator in several noisy, big text mining projects in the health domain, which are funded by state, federal and private grants, including being PI of an NIH/NIDA-funded project focusing on social media mining for prescription medication abuse monitoring.
No RSVP required

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Community Corner    
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Dear Community Partners,

Register for a chance to win! There's still time!

Everyone who registers in the month of October either as a Rider (individual or relay team member) or a Volunteer (who commits to raising a minimum of $300) will be automatically entered in a drawing for a $50 gift card donated from The Lawrence at 905 Juniper!

• Please register for the 2020 AV200 at
• Forward this message to any friend, colleague, or family member who may be interested in riding or volunteering.
• Please help us find a vaccine for HIV/AIDS.

We look forward to seeing you on training rides and on May 16-17 for the 2020 AV200.

Best regards,
Action Cycling Atlanta
Staff and Volunteers

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Funding Opps

Standard AIDS Deadlines

No New Listings

Other Deadlines

Deadline: November 15 (LOI)
Sponsor: Multiple
Clinical Trials: Optional
HIV-associated Non-Communicable Diseases Research at Low- and Middle-Income Country Institutions


No New Listings

See previously advertised Funding Opportunities in Network News archived issues.

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

Anderson AN, Haardörfer R, Holstad MM, Nguyen MLT, Waldrop-Valverde D. A Path Analysis of Patient and Social-Level Factors on Health Literacy and Retention in Care Among African Americans Living with HIV.
AIDS Behav. 2019 Oct 15. doi: 10.1007/s10461-019-02699-y. [Epub ahead of print]

Serota DP, Rosenberg ES, Thorne AL, Sullivan PS, Kelley CF. Lack of health insurance is associated with delays in PrEP initiation among young black men who have sex with men in Atlanta, US: a longitudinal cohort study.
J Int AIDS Soc. 2019 Oct;22(10):e25399.

    Calendar Upcoming Events

October 24
ID Seminar
Check Yourself: Immune Checkpoint Inhibition in Sepsis
   Lindsay M Busch, MD
   National Institutes of Health Clinical Center
   RSPH/CNR/Klamon Room

October 24
5:30 - 7:45pm
CFAR Network Science Seminar
Rising Stars
Hosted by:
   CFAR Developmental Core
See Footlights section for details

October 30
9:00am - 11:30
Half-day Intensive
Twitter for Researchers
   • Carlos del Rio
   • Richard Duszak
   • Jodie Guest
   • Sam Jenness
   • Kimberly Manning
   • Megan McRainey
   • Patti Smith (Altmetric)
See details in today's Mentoring Moment

October 30
12:00 - 1:00pm (Lunch Provided)
Next Generation Methods Seminar
Social Media Mining
   • Abeed Sarker
See details in today's Mentoring Moment

October 30
12:00 - 1:00pm (Lunch Provided)
Ending the HIV Epidemic, Globally & Locally
   • Carlos del Rio
     Outgoing Chair,
       Hubert Department of Global Health, RSPH
     Incoming Executive Associate Dean
        Grady Clinical Affairs, SOM
Location: RSPH/CNR/Auditorium

Calendar Farther Down the Road

November 12-16
2019 Conference on HIV in the Central Nervous System
Host: 16th International Symposium on NeuroVirology
Location: Westin Buckhead (Atlanta)

March 13, 2020 (Abstract Deadline)- New
June 12 (Meeting)
10th Annual Southeastern Pediatric Research Conference
Location: Georgia Aquarium
Add to Calendar
Conference Website


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Footlights | CFAR Network Science Seminar - Thursday, October 24

Host: CFAR Developmental Core

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Count Me In!
Click Here to Register

Rising Stars

• Oral Presentations from CFAR-series Award Recipients

Lisa Haddad


Impact of Progestin Contraception Acquisition and Transmission

Lisa Haddad, MD
Associate Professor
Obstetrics & Gynecology, Division of Family Planning
Emory School of Medicine

Sam Jenness


Models for the HIV Prevention and Care Continuum in Atlanta and Beyond

Samuel Jenness, PhD
Assistant Professor
Rollins School of Public Health

Anna Rubtsova


From Surviving to Thriving: Successful Aging Among Older Women Living with HIV

Anna Rubtsova, PhD, MSc
Assistant Professor
Behavioral Science and Health Education
Rollins School of Public Health

Craig Bond


Analyzing the Extracellular Vesicle Content from Viremic and HAART-suppressed HIV Patients and their Causative Role in Immune Activation

V. Craig Bond, PhD
Professor and Chair
Microbiology, Biochemistry & Immunology
Morehouse School of Medicine

• Oral Presentations from CFAR Opportunity Award Recipients

Sara Auld, MD (Opportunity Award)
Bronchoalveolar cellular profiles and response to Tuberculosis among people with HIV infection

Allison Chamberlain, PhD (Opportunity Award)
Measuring PrEP use among men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender persons in Fulton County, Georgia

Jonathan Colasanti, MD (Data Award)
Health Information Exchange: Improving the HIV care continuum through re-engagement of out-of-care patients

Suzanne Penna, PhD, ABPP (Opportunity Award)
An investigation of cognitive functioning in aging veterans with HIV

Sara Pullen, DPT, MPH (Opportunity Award)
Physical therapy for non‐pharmaceutical chronic pain mitigation and opioid use reduction among people living with HIV

Bashar Staitieh, MD (Opportunity Award)
Untargeted metabolomic analysis of exhaled breath condensate and serum in HIV-associated emphysema

5:30 — Pizza and Posters
6:00 — Interesting Talks
7:45 — Adjourn
Meeting Location:
Room 1000
Claudia Nance Rollins Building
School of Public Health


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