Center For AIDS Research

February 10, 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 10, 2020
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From a Washington Post article (02/02/2020)

  # Cases # Deaths  
Novel coronavirus (2019-2020) 14,628 305 910*
SARS (2003) 8,098 774   
Ebola (2014-2016) 28,616 11,310   
Measles, worldwide (2018) 9,769,400 142,300   
Flu season, US (2019-2020 est) 15M-21M 8.2K - 20K   

*Mortality figure updated on 2/10/20

In case you missed it...
You can still view an archived copy of Carlos del Rio's 01/30/20 Facebook Live discussion of
"Coronavirus: Where Are We Now?."

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      Erica Johnson
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Major Kudos to Erica Johnson on scoring her very first NIH funding. And its an R01 to boot (R01HD097843)!

Even with optimal adherence, maternal antiretroviral therapy reduces, but does not eliminate vertical transmission of HIV. Why is that? One potential answer may be found in maternal co-infections during pregnancy.

In conjunction with project MPI Rana Chakraborty, Erica will examine How Maternal HCMV Facilitates In Utero Transmission of HIV and Impacts the Developing Fetal Immune System During Gestation in order to develop a deeper conceptual understanding of mechanisms that impact the developing fetal immune system and promote HIV transmission.

If successful, study findings will 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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Poster & Oral Presenters Sought: CROI 2020
Are you (or your trainee/mentee) giving an oral presentation and/or presenting a poster at CROI 2020? If so and you haven't already, please let us know by forwarding the confirmation email for your CROI presentation (including session title, time, & location, if possible) to Jenny Anderson ( at your earliest convenience. This is particularly relevant for those with accepted late-breaker abstracts.

We will use this information to promote your CROI presentation on social media and compile a comprehensive list highlighting Emory & Morehouse-affiliated posters and talks that we'll share with your Emory CFAR colleagues.  See also information below re: CROI presenter practice session

Crew Members Sought: AIDS Vaccine 2020
AV2020 is in need of crew members for the upcoming ride May 16-17. See Action Cycling websitefor Volunteer role descriptions (Scroll down to "Join the Crew or Register to Volunteer").
• Questions: Jane Lawson (

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CROI Practice Session
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Funding Opps

Standard AIDS Deadlines

No New Listings

Other Deadlines

Deadline: November 25 (App)
Sponsor: Multiple
Clinical Trials: Optional
The Intersection of Sex and Gender Influences on Health and Disease


Sponsor: Multiple
Mechanism: Notice of Special Interest (NOSI)
Administrative Supplements to Promote Research Continuity and Retention of NIH Mentored Career Development (K) Award Recipients and Scholars

Sponsor: Multiple
Mechanism: Notice of Special Interest (NOSI)
Administrative Supplement for Continuity of Biomedical and Behavioral Research Among First-Time Recipients of NIH Research Project Grant Awards

See previously advertised Funding Opportunities in Network News archived issues.

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

McBrien JB, Mavigner M, Franchitti L, Smith SA, White E, Tharp GK, Walum H, Busman-Sahay K, Aguilera-Sandoval CR, Thayer WO, Spagnuolo RA, Kovarova M, Wahl A, Cervasi B, Margolis DM, Vanderford TH, Carnathan DG, Paiardini M, Lifson JD, Lee JH, Safrit JT, Bosinger SE, Estes JD, Derdeyn CA, Garcia JV, Kulpa DA, Chahroudi A, Silvestri G. Robust and persistent reactivation of SIV and HIV by N-803 and depletion of CD8+ cells.
Nature. 2020 Feb;578(7793):154-159. doi: 10.1038/s41586-020-1946-0. Epub 2020 Jan 22. Erratum in: Nature. 2020 Feb 4.

    Calendar Upcoming Events

February 11
HOPE Webinar
Weight Gain Associated with Antiretroviral Therapy: Determinants and Potential Mechanisms
   Roger Bedimo, MD
Focus: Physicians
   Harvard CFAR
HOPE Conference Website
• To Attend Webinar: Click this link on 2/11

February 13
ID Seminar
Emory and the Serious Communicable Diseases Program
   Colleen Kraft, MD
   Marshall Lyon, MD
   Aneesh Mehta, MD
   Bruce Ribner, MD
   Marybeth Sexton, MD
   RSPH/GCR/Rita Anne Rollins Room

February 14
12:00 - 1:00pm
Public Health Sciences Grand Rounds
Give me liberty, or give me…disease control". The complex ethics of containment and quarantine for the novel coronavirus epidemic
   Jim Lavery, PhD
   • In Person: RSPH/CNR/Rm 1000
   • Web Stream: Click Here

February 14
12:00 - 1:00pm
CFAR Special Seminar
Immunologic Approaches for HIV Cure
   Dan Barouch, PhD
Location: Health Sciences Research Building Auditorium

Calendar Farther Down the Road

March 13, 2020 (Abstract Deadline)
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
Collaborative Meeting
CFAR Faith and Sprirituality Research
Location: Hilton Birmingmah (Alabama)
Save the Date Flyer
• Registration opens in Mid-February

May 20
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 | CFAR Special Seminar - Friday, February 14, 12:00 - 1:30pm

Focus: Basic Science
Host: CFAR HIV Cure Scientific Working Group
Location: Health Sciences Research Building Auditorium, 1760 Haygood Dr


Count Me In!
Click Here to Register

Immunologic Approaches for HIV Cure


Dan Barouch, MD, PhD
Professor, Harvard Medical School
Director, Center for Virology and Vaccine Research


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