Center For AIDS Research

October 30, 2019

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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 30, 2019
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Hannah Higgins    

... to Erica Johnson for securing her first NIH funding!

Erica's R01 funding on How Maternal HCMV Facilitates in utero Transmission of HIV and Impacts the Developing Fetal Immune System During Gestation (1R01HD097843-01) is based on the findings of her CFAR Developmental Core CFAR-03 award. (Yay Erica!)

Even with optimal adherence, antiretroviral therapy given to pregnant women reduces, but does not eliminate, vertical transmission of HIV. One potential barrier to elimination, particularly in resource-poor settings, are maternal co-infections during pregnancy.

In conjunction with MPI Rana Chakraborty, Erica's work is exploring viral immune responses at the maternal-fetal interface throughout gestation and seeks to provide a deeper conceptual understanding of the mechanisms that promote HIV transmission and impact the developing fetal immune system.

The goal of their studies is to contribute towards the development of specific antiviral therapies to further reduce MTCT of HIV and improve clinical outcomes in HIV-exposed infants globally.
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IMPORTANT DATES and Submission Restrictions:
Emory eIRB Update Project--Slowdown planned for January 2020

What is Happening?
In order to migrate study data from the current eIRB system to the upgraded one, there needs to be a strategic submission slowdown, currently planned for January 2020. This slowdown will allow our vendor to efficiently conduct the data migration process and will shorten the overall time to complete the upgrade.

The current proposed dates for the slowdown are January 7-January 31, 2020. These dates are subject to change depending on technical issues discovered along the way. Rest assured we will keep you well-informed of any changes!

Please note that the IRB will not process or accept the submission of any continuing reviews during the slowdown period. Please read on to learn how the slowdown may affect your studies.

Check this list to verify if your study is affected!

Emory eIRB Upgrade News Page

Summary PowerPoint

Summary Infographic

New Studies
During the submission slowdown, the IRB will generally only accept new study submissions for interventional studies (i.e. treatment studies) that meet the following criteria:
• Competitive enrollment or contractual obligation for quick start-up (eg. NCI grant), and
• IRB review is the limiting factor in study start-up (i.e. you should not submit if a contract, etc. is not close to being ready).

All other types of studies should be held until the new system go-live date. If you have special concerns, please consult with IRB staff leadership at

Also: Any new studies submitted during the slowdown that are not approved within 90 days of the upgraded system going live (i.e. when the second wave of data will be migrated), will be withdrawn. You will have to submit again in the upgraded system because the study cannot be migrated. Please consider the likelihood of all pending issues being addressed (e.g. ancillary reviews, IND issues) in the required time frame before submitting during the slowdown.

Continuing Reviews
The IRB will not process or accept the submission of any continuing review submissions during the slowdown period.

In order to avoid a lapse in approval due to the possibility that the slowdown period may shift, studies expiring Jan-Feb 2020, must submit renewal application by:
• Nov. 1: For more than minimal risk studies
• Nov. 15: For minimal risk studies

Please review your portfolio of active studies to determine whether your studies may need to submit continuing review early, and contact if you have any questions.

Amendment submissions will only be accepted and processed if they consist of changes required to protect research subjects' safety and welfare or immediate changes required by the study Sponsor.

Reportable Events
No changes. All reportable events should be submitted in the current eIRB system as normal until the go-live date for the new system.

WIRB and other External-IRB-reviewed studies
Another workflow will be available outside of eIRB. Please stay tuned for more information.

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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

Live Stream the Event (Click Here)

     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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Dear Community Partners,

Register now for end of the year training and events!



Frontline HIV Prevention Training
• WHAT: An intensive 2-day training.
• WHO: All are welcome to register.
• WHEN: November 6th – 7th. The certification exam will take place November 11, 2019.
• WHERE: Fulton County Board of Health, 10 Park Place South, S.E., Atlanta, 30303.
• REGISTER: Click Here

Transgender Multicultural Sensitivity Training
• WHAT: An intensive 1-day training.
• WHO: All are welcome to register.
• WHEN: November 14th 2019.
• WHERE: Fulton County Board of Health, 10 Park Place South, S.E., Atlanta, 30303
• REGISTER: Click Here

Pre-World AIDS Day Event
• WHAT: The second annual Pre-World AIDS Day Breakfast
• WHO: Community members, medical, political and community leaders.
• WHY: Dr. Eugene McCray, Director, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, CDC, will receive the Kathleen Toomey Lifetime Achievement award. We will also be honoring 5 other community members who have distinguished themselves in their efforts to end the HIV epidemic.
• WHEN: November 22, 9:00 - 11:00
• WHERE: The Gathering Spot, 384 Northyards Blvd NW, Atlanta 30313
• REGISTER: Click Here for Free Tickets

Best regards,
Staff and Volunteers

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Funding Opps

Standard AIDS Deadlines

Sponsor: NIAID, NIMH
Clinical Trials: Optional
Getting To Zero: Understanding HIV Viral Suppression and Transmission in the United States

Other Deadlines

Deadline: 10/25/20 (LOI)
Sponsor: Multiple
Clinical Trials: Optional
The Intersection of Sex and Gender Influences on Health and Disease (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)


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)

Weiss KM, Jones JS, Katz DA, Gift TL, Bernstein K, Workowski K, Rosenberg ES, Jenness SM. Epidemiological Impact of Expedited Partner Therapy for Men Who Have Sex With Men: A Modeling Study.
Sex Transm Dis. 2019 Nov;46(11):697-705. doi: 10.1097/OLQ.0000000000001058.

Brody IB, Calcedo R, Connell MJ, Carnathan DG, Nason M, Lawson BO, Nega MT, Boyd S, Qin Q, Vanderford TH, Wilson JM, Wilson JM, Silvestri G, Betts MR. Susceptibility to SIV Infection After Adenoviral Vaccination in a Low Dose Rhesus Macaque Challenge Model.
Pathog Immun. 2019 Jan 29;4(1):1-20. doi: 10.20411/pai.v4i1.241. eCollection 2019.

    Calendar Upcoming Events

October 30
9:00am - 11:30
Half-day Intensive
Twitter for Researchers
More Information
Live Stream the Program

October 30
12:00 - 1:00pm (Lunch Provided)
Next Generation Methods Seminar
Social Media Mining
   • Abeed Sarker
More Information

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

October 31
ID Seminar
A gene therapy approach to HIV prevention and therapy
   Matthew Gardner, PhD
   Postdoctoral Fellow, Scripps Research
   RSPH/CNR/Klamon Room

October 31
THINK Big Symposia Seminar
The Promise of Precision Medicine: Harnessing New Technologies for Public Health Impact
   Gary H. Gibbons, MD
   Director, NIH/NHLBI
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)

November 22 - New
9:00 - 11:00am
Pre-World AIDS Day Breakfast
Host: Fulton County Board of Health

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 | Vaccine Dinner Club


The Vaccine Dinner Club Will Not be Meeting in November


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