Center For AIDS Research

April 15, 2020

The Network News

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April 15, 2020
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Travel Tip of the Week ...
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Front & Center ... Christina Gavegnano

     Christina Gavegnano     
     Christina Gavegnano     

Has Christina Gavegnano cracked the code on curing COVID-19?

One of the most frightening aspects of infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is its tendency to launch a cytokine storm that can power an out-of-control inflammatory respose which can, in all too many people so far, prove fatal.

Enter Christina. With the CFAR's help, Christina has spent years exploring the mechanism by which Baricitinib, a Jak inhibitor on which she shares an international patent, can reduce inflammation and -- among other things -- reverse HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders.

Now it seems that one of the "other things" Baricitinib can do might include saving lives by taming the SARS-CoV-2 cytokine storm!

Early tests with Baricitinib look so promising that out of more than 25 potential anti-COVID agents, the NIH chose Christina's drug to star in a partnered NIH/Lilly-sponsored 63 country international phase 3 study for COVID-19 treatment for which Vince Marconi is a key investigator.

Yay for Christina, Vince, and Team CFAR!!

Read More About It:
New York Times

Read More About Christina's CFAR-supported work with Baricitinib:
PMID: 31636630: Crossroads of Cancer and HIV-1: Pathways to a Cure for HIV.
PMID: 31561750: Baricitinib reverses HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders in a SCID mouse model and reservoir seeding in vitro.

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Kudos ...

     Emily Cartwright      Bashar Staitieh      Natalia Smirnova     
     Emily Cartwright      Bashar Staitieh      Natalia Smirnova     

... to Emily Cartwright on receiving a 2020 Emory Department of Medicine FAME (Fostering the Academic Mission at Emory) grant. Emily's award for "Improving the Hepatitis C Care Cascade within the Emory Healthcare Network," will allow her to dedicate up to 20 percent of her professional time to research and education.
Read More About It

... to Bashar Staitieh, a CFAR Developmental Core awardee, on having been selected to present the Keynote address ("The Thought of High Windows") at the Internal Medicine 2020 Research Day.
Watch Bashar's Keynote talk on April 28 (noon)

... to Natalia Smirnov on having been selected out of 87 resident abstract submissions through a blinded peer review process to be a 2020 Internal Medicine Resident Research Day abstract winner. Natalia's project is looking at how "HIV-related Viral Protein Exposure Impairs Alveolar Macrophage Mitochondrial Function."
Watch Natalia's presentation on April 28 (following the Keynote presenation at noon)

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In Other News ....

     AIDSVu Webinar     


     Patrick Sullivan     
     Patrick Sullivan     

On Wednesday, April 15, AIDSVu will be launching the first-ever county-level maps and data of PrEP utilization in the U.S., offering a more granular view of trends and disparities in PrEP use across the country.

To highlight the new data and resources, AIDSVu is hosting a webinar starring Patrick Sullivan to discuss insights from the data and answer questions from participants.

Date: Wednesday, April 15
Time: 2:30pm

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Bulletin Board...
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COVID-19 Survivors Sought: Hope Clinic
The Hope Clinic wants to collect blood and saliva samples from people who have recovered from COVID-19.
• Interested?: Email Sri Edupuganti at

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In Case You Missed It...
     Monica Gandhi    
     Monica Gandhi     

Inter-CFAR Antiretrovirals for Prevention Working Group Meeting
   April 6, 2020
   Starring: Monica Gandhi and Matthew Spinelli (UCSF CFAR)


     Aaron Siegler    
     Aaron Siegler     

AIDSVu Q&A: On the Goals of the COMPASS Initiative
(COMmitment to Partnership in Addressing HIV/AIDS in Southern States)
   Starring: Aaron Siegler



     Gina Brown    
     Gina Brown     

AIDSVu Q&A: On the Importance of Stigma-Reduction Services in the Deep South
   Starring: Gina Brown

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Mentoring Moment... Office of the Senior Vice President for Research

     Mentoring Moment...    

Dear CFARian Faculty,
Please join us for this week's "Fridays at Four."

Friday, April 17th, 2020

This is the fourth in series of webinars to help faculty maintain research continuity in the time of COVID-19.

Ask ORA about Managing Grants, Contracts, and IRB/IACUC Reviews During the Pandemic.

The first half-hour will be brief presentations, tips, and clarifications, and the second half-hour will be Q&A.

Deborah Bruner, Senior VP for Research
   "Intro – Maintaining Research Continuity"

Holly Sommers, Asst. VP for Research Administration, and Director, Sponsored Programs
   "Updates on federal funding and continuing to charge against grants"

Denise Ehlen, Associate Vice President, RAS
   "Required documentation of charging grants and how RAS can help"

Rebecca Rousselle, Director, IRB, and
W. David Martin, Director, IACUC
    "COVID-19 rapid response reviews and amendments to protocols to adjust for changes during the pandemic."

Robert Nobles, VP for Research Administration
   Facilitate Q&A

You may post questions in advance: Click here to submit questions.

Submission of questions will close, Thursday, April 16th, at 12 pm. You will also have an opportunity to ask questions during the live webinar.

Register for the Zoom Webinar Here

Thank you,
SVPR Office

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Funding Opps

Standard AIDS Deadlines

No New Listings

Other Deadlines

Due: June 28 (LOI)
Sponsor: NIAID
Clinical Trials: Not Allowed
FOA: RFA-AI-20-024
Long Acting Treatments for HIV and HIV-Associated Co-Infections

Due: July 13 (LOI)
Sponsor: NIDA
Clinical Trials: Optional
FOA: RFA-DA-21-005
Exploiting in vivo or in situ imaging approaches to understand HIV-relevant processes in the context of substance use disorders

See previously advertised Funding Opportunities in Network News archived issues.

    Calendar Upcoming Events

April 15
AIDSVu Webinar
County-level PrEP Maps & Data
Starring: Patrick Sullivan
Webinar Link

April 16 - CANCELED
ID Seminar

April 16
FaceBook Live
COVID-19: What You Need To Know
Starring: Carlos del Rio
FB Live Link

April 19
"Fridays at Four" Webinar
Ask ORA about Managing Grants, Contracts, and IRB/IACUC Reviews During the Pandemic
Starring: Emory Research Administration Staff
Register to Zoom Attend

Calendar Farther Down the Road

June 12
10th Annual Southeastern Pediatric Research Conference
Location: Georgia Aquarium
Abstract Information & FAQs
Submit an Abstract
Register for the Conference
Add to Calendar


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Spotlight Spotlight

Footlights |

Meetings of the
CFAR Science Seminar
and the
Vaccine Dinner Club

COVID-cancelled until next Fall.


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