Center For AIDS Research

February 02, 2020

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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February 3, 2020
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A: 360,000

Q: What is the number of people in the world whose birthday is Palindrome Day?

(There is an average of 360,000 babies born each day and people born yesterday -- on 02/02/2020 -- have a birthday that reads the same backwards and forwards no matter if they come from a culture that prefers to write down dates as month before day or day before month)

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Big congrats to the Fall 2019 #EmoryCFAR Pilot Grant Awardee, Bashar Staitieh (@EmoryDeptofMed)!

HIV-associated emphysema is a common and potentially devastating complication of HIV, but our understanding of its cause is limited. Bashar will use his CFAR funding to determine the role of HIV-induced oxidative stress in increasing activity of enzymes that are known to cause emphysema. The data from this pilot study is intended to lay the ground work for future mechanistic work on emphysema and help build the infrastructure necessary to optimize a non-invasive assessment of the lung in HIV.

Are you an @EmoryUniversity or @MSMEDU early stage investigator who is interested in $$ for #HIV research? Learn about our funding opportunities here. The next application deadline is May 1 (LOI due April 1) 2020.

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     Karla Galaviz     
    Karla Galaviz     

Congratulations to Karla Galaviz on scoring her first NIH funding!  (1K01HL149479-01) for Cost-effectiveness of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in HIV Care: A Systems Science Approach.

People with HIV face a greater than normal risk of cardiovascular disease but even though lifestyle modification interventions can help with that they are rarely employed in routine HIV care workflows.

Karla's project aims to address this implementation gap by engineering a cost-effective strategy focused on using system science to  integrate lifestyle modification interventions in HIV care.

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     Jessica Alvarez     
    Jessica Alvarez     

Congratulations to Jessica Alvarez on scoring her first NIH funding in HIV

With her new award (1R03AG066559-01), Jessica, who has been funded (K01, R03) before for work in cystic fibrosis, is turning her attention and her expertise to using High-resolution plasma metabalomics to determine linkages between estrogen-induced bone loss and intestinal barrier integrity in HIV.

If successful, Jessica's project will generate new insights into why people -- especially women -- with HIV experience higher than normal rates of bone fracture.

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The Inter-CFAR Implementation Science Working Group (CFAR-ISWG) is seeking members.

The purpose of the CFAR-ISWG is to provide ongoing support and guidance to CFAR-affiliated researchers interested in the effective integration of HIV-related implementation science methods, measures, and strategic partnerships into their work.

The overarching goal of the CFAR-ISWG is to improve the quality and quantity of implementation research methods being used as we seek to achieve a future without HIV. To achieve this, CFAR-ISWG aims to increase understanding of how current implementation models may be adapted and how to best deliver effective interventions in diverse community and organizational settings serving those in greatest need. The CFAR-ISWG is one of 14 current Inter-CFAR collaborations associated with the national CFAR program.
Read More About It & Join the CFAR-ISWG Listserv

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Postdoc Sought: Chahroudi Lab
The qualified candidate will lead an NIH-funded project investigating simian immunodeficiency virus persistence in rhesus macaques. The goal of this work is to investigate HIV/SIV cure strategies to reduce the persistent viral reservoir in the setting of postnatal transmission in an infant nonhuman primate model.
More Information:

Postdoc Sought: Derdeyn Lab
The qualified candidate will study monoclonal antibodies recovered from HIV-1 infected individuals during early infection for their ability to mediate neutralizing and non-neutralizing activities against the infecting HIV-1 viral variant. State of the art approaches that incorporate unique reagents derived from HIV-discordant couple cohorts in Africa will be used.
More Information:

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Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) Challenge

The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) and VentureWell are challenging undergraduate student teams to develop technology solutions to unmet needs in any area of healthcare. Two NIH partners, NIH Office of AIDS Research and the National Institute of Minority and Health Disparities, are providing a prize each for:
1. Technologies for HIV/AIDS prevention and/or care, and
2. Technologies for underrepresented populations and/or for low-resource settings.
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During CROI 2020, NIH Scientific Review Officers Dimitrios Vatakis and Shiv Prasad will present THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO NIH REVIEW FOR HIV/AIDS RESEARCH. The 50 minute session will cover peer review for HIV/AIDS grant applications.

The session will be on Sunday, March 8 at 8:00 AM, just before the Program Committee Workshop for New Investigators and Trainees.

The session will include talks addressing the topics covered by CSR study sections, the grant application review process, and what reviewers look for (or notice in a negative way). Their goal is to inform the rising cohort of PIs about what happens to their applications after they click "Submit," so that they can be better prepared for NIH review. Guido Silvestri will give the introduction and Sara Joseph will discuss New Investigator perspectives.
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Community Corner    

Dear Community Partners,

Check out AV200's new look with the theme "Vision 2020." It reinforces the ACA mission of inspiring our community to work towards a world where HIV/AIDS is part of human history and not its future. Designer ABETTERBUZZ was inspired by the rotation of wheels and the spherical shape of the zeros in the year 2020.

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TRAINING: Grinning and Spinning
The free spinning classes for registered riders are in full swing at Jeanne's Body Tech and Energy Lab each weekend through the end of February. For more details, go to the AV200 Training Calendar and the AV200 Training Rides Facebook page. On March 1 we'll begin training outside!

Asking for money can be intimidating for some, so we're offering a series of fundraising tips from experts leading up to the ride. AID Atlanta's Steven Igarashi says whether you're using social media or asking in person, make your pitch personal by sharing why you're riding. Here's his 2019 slideshow with this and other strategies to more effectively make the ask.

Best regards,
The Good Folks at Action Cycling Atlanta

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Funding Opps

Standard AIDS Deadlines

No New Listings

Other Deadlines

Deadline: February 11 (LOI)
Sponsor: NIDA
Clinical Trials: Optional
Assessing the Effects of Cannabinoids on HIV-Induced Inflammation

Deadline: April 15 (App)
Sponsor: NCI
Clinical Trials: Not Allowed
HIV/AIDS and the Tumor Niche

Deadline: May 11 2020/2021 (App)
Sponsor: NIAID
Clinical Trials: Not Allowed
Transgender People: Immunity, Prevention, and Treatment of HIV and STIs

Deadline: June 1 (App)
Sponsor: NIBIB
Clinical Trials: N/A
Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) Challenge


Sponsor: NCI
Mechanism: Notice of Special Interest
Use of Biological "High" or "Medium" Priority AIDS Research on Non-AIDS-defining or AIDS-defining Cancers
More Information

Deadline: March 23
Sponsor: NHLBI
Mechanism: Request for Information
Interest in data and specimens from the Hemophilia Growth and Development Study (HGDS) for research on HIV-associated comorbidities, coinfections and complications

See previously advertised Funding Opportunities in Network News archived issues.

    Calendar Upcoming Events

February 6
ID Seminar
What will it take to 'end the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in the US? An Economic Modeling Study of Six Cities including Atlantas
   Bohdan Nosyk, MD
   Associate Professor
   St Paul's Hospital Canfar Chair in HIV/AIDS Research
   Faculty of Health Sciences
   Simon Fraser University
   British Columbia, Canada
   RSPH/GCR/Rita Anne Rollins Room

February 7 (Registration Deadline) - New Listing
March 27-29, 2020 (Meeting)
Seventh Southeastern Mycobacteria Meeting (SEMM)
Location: Rollins School of Public Health
Meeting Website

February 10 - New Listing
12:00 - 1:00pm
How to Get What You Want from Doing What You Have to Do
RSVP (by 2/10)
View via Zoom
Add to Calendar

Calendar Farther Down the Road

March 13, 2020 (Abstract Deadline)- New Listing
June 12 (Meeting)
10th Annual Southeastern Pediatric Research Conference
Location: Georgia Aquarium
Abstract Information & FAQs
Submit an Abstract
Register for the Conference
Add to Calendar

May 19 - New Listing
Collaborative Meeting
CFAR Faith and Sprirituality Research
Location: Hilton Birmingmah (Alabama)
Save the Date Flyer
• Registration opens in Mid-February

May 20 - New Listing
Working Group Meeting
HIV in the South
Location: Hilton Birmingmah (Alabama)
Save the Date Flyer
• Registration opens in Mid-February


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Spotlight Spotlight

Footlights | Vaccine Dinner Club - Wednesday, February 5

Focus: Basic Science

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Count Me In!
Click Here to Register

Let's Talk About SeXX:
Male/Female Differences in Vaccine-induced Immunity and Protection


Sabra L. Klein, PhD
Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


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