Center For AIDS Research

May 6, 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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May 6, 2020
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Cartoon of the Week ...

by Cerise Zelenetz

Cerise Zelenetz

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Front & Center ... Aaron Siegler

     Aaron Siegler     
     Aaron Siegler     

If you were interested in collecting data on knowledge, stigma, and participant willingness to engage in home-based testing of COVID-19, wouldn't it seem logical to ask for help from an investigator who has already made a research career out of assessing -- and acting on -- this same type of information for the prevention of another scary disease?

NIH and the CDC sure think so.

CFAR Prevention Science Core Assistant Director Aaron Siegler's history of helping hard to reach populations increase their knowledge about, confidence in, and adherence to home-based PrEP programs makes him equisitely suited to take his telePrEP 'Lessons Learned' and apply them to COVID-19.

Aaron recently received extramural funding to complete a national online probability survey (n=1,400) aimed at discerning what Americans know and are afraid of about COVID-19, and -- now that we are a few months into the whole social distancing drill -- what they think about SARS-CoV-2 home testing and prevention management.

Watch this space for the relevant publications soon!

And, in the meantime, read more about Aaron's current highly relevant NIH-funded HIV research:

R01MH114692: Making it Last: A Randomized, Controlled Trial of a Home Care System to Promote Persistence in PrEP Care

R34MH122362 (Jessica Haberer, PI): PrEP My Way: A Novel PrEP Delivery System to Meet the Needs of Young African Women.

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In Other News ....

     Russell Kempker     
     Russ Kempker     


Russell Kempker has just been awarded a 2020 Emory Global Health Initiative(EGHI) Faculty Seed Grant award.

Russ' project, Working Towards and Ethiopia-Emory Collaboration on Antimicrobial Resistance (WE CARE), will develop an antimicrobial stewardship toolkit for Ethiopian hospitals to assess current practices and implement locally relevant strategies with an overall goal of decreasing inappropriate antimicrobial use and antimicrobial resistance.

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Government News...


From our NIH CFAR project officers:

"In case you are not already aware, additional opportunities have been posted for SARS-CoV-2 research. NIAID published the emergency R21 and R01 FOAs for COVID-19 research recently. Please share with all who may be interested."

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to provide an expedited funding mechanism for research on Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). NIAID is issuing this FOA in response to the declared public health emergency issued by the Secretary, HHS, for 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

PAR-20-177, Emergency Awards: Rapid Investigation of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19
(R21, Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

PAR-20-178, Emergency Awards: Rapid Investigation of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19
(R01, Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Both of these FOAs feature rolling submission, meaning you can submit an application as soon as it is ready and NIAID will review it in an expedited fashion.

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Mentoring Moment... NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education (OITE)

     Mentoring Moment...    


This Friday, May 8, is the 13th Annual NIH Career Symposium
- an entirely virtual event.

The event allows you to learn about the highlights (and low-points) of different careers, how to make yourself a competitive candidate, and how to navigate your transition into a job.

Sessions will be both live and recorded, presenting panels and interviews, and everything will be archived. You can return to the content anytime to explore a new career or refresh your memory on a topic.

OITE invites any biomedical trainee to join us, regardless if you are part of the NIH intramural program or not. So please invite your friends who would benefit.

Each of the live panels (listed below) need separate registrations. Click any (or all) of the session that interest you to register.

Speakers and more information are posted here


Opening Welcome from the OITE & "Hello" from Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the NIH

Panel 1 (Life as a Faculty Member)

Panel 2 (Careers in Industry R&D)

Panel 3 (Careers in Science Administration)

Panel 4 (Careers in Industry non-bench)

Panels & 1:1 interviews Available on the OITE YouTube Page (will be posted on May 8)
   • Transitioning to a faculty job
   • Government Jobs
   • Industry: Making the transition
   • Business, Technology Transfer and Patent Careers
   • Science Policy
   • Careers in Science Communication
   • Science Education and Outreach Careers
   • Teaching Intensive Faculty Careers
   • Non-Faculty Research Intensive Careers
   • Careers in Public Health

(note the careers for clinicians panel has been moved to late summer after consultation with ClinFelComm, more info on that in late-June)

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Community Corner... Collective Call to Action

Community Corner       

This just in from the NIH CFAR's own Chris Gordon
(Branch Chief, Division of AIDS Research, NIMH).

Collective Call to Action for HIV/AIDS Community-Based Collaborative Science in the Era of COVID-19

In his accompanying email Chris states that this piece may be particularly interesting to:

CFARians who have been "whipsawed from research to full time front line care for patients with COVID, and also the many community members who are dealing with HIV prevention and treatment in health system that weren't fully reaching them *before* COVID."

Please share widely with your friends and colleagues who may benefit from it.

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Funding Opps

Standard AIDS Deadlines

No New Listings

Other Deadlines

• See COVID-19 Notices in "Government News" section.

• See also this 5/6/20 notice from NIH entitled:
Conduct High-Risk Research for HIV Vaccine Discovery

See previously advertised Funding Opportunities in Network News archived issues.

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

Gasparyan SP, Martirosyan AH, Alexanyan MV, Harutyunyan GK, Chilingaryan GV, Coats S, Schinazi RF. Design, antihuman immunodeficiency activity and molecular docking studies of synthesized 2-aryl and 2-pyrimidinyl pyrrolidines.
Mol Divers. 2020 May 5. doi: 10.1007/s11030-020-10095-1. Online ahead of print.

Zlotorzynska M, Cantu C, Rai R, Sullivan P, Sanchez T. The Annual American Men's Internet Survey of Behaviors of Men Who Have Sex With Men in the United States: 2017 Key Indicators Report.
JMIR Public Health Surveill. 2020 Apr 13;6(2):e16847. doi: 10.2196/16847.

    Calendar Upcoming Events

May 7
10:30 - 12:00
Self-Care Is the Best Care: Holistic Measures and Best Practices to Manage Personal Wellness during COVID-19
Hosted by: Georgia AETC
More Information

May 7
Antiretroviral Resistance and Resistance Testing
Hosted by: Florida AETC
More Information

May 7 - New Listing
FB Live with Carlos del Rio
COVID-19: What You Need To Know
Attend the Event

1. Click the link above
2. Disregard the log in request
3. Click Videos on the left of the page
   This will link you to the "live" feed
4. Refresh the web page as needed
   until the livestream begins (5/7, 3pm)

May 8 - New Listing
12:00 - 4:30
13th Annual NIH Career Symposium
See "Mentoring Moment" section for more information

May 8
Built to THRIVE; HIV Long term survivors and COVID-19
Hosted by: Georgia AETC
More Information

May 12 (Weekly on Tuesdays)
Practice Mindfulness by Reflecting on Music
Open to novice and expert practitioners of mindfulness
• Questions: Catherine Aniezue (
Zoom Link

May 13 - New Listing
Webcast Wednesday
HIV Vaccine Research Update
Hosted by: Tennessee AETC
More Information

Calendar Farther Down the Road

June 1-5 (Late Breaker Abstract Portal Re-Opened*)
*This update is not yet reflected on their website
November 1-4
Adherence 2020
Location: Orlando
More Information

August 4
Annual Pediatric Research and Career Development
Keynote: Ann Chahroudi
More Information


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