Center For AIDS Research

February 3, 2021

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, 2021
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Science in Action:


From CBS News and the Onion:

"A team of health care workers stuck in traffic during a snowstorm walked from vehicle to vehicle offering to inject drivers with doses of coronavirus vaccine that would have otherwise expired before the team could return to the clinic.

What do you think?"

"This is why I always accept injections from roadside strangers."
Paul Pfiefer, Sand Castle Artist

"Just a few million more serendipitous chance events like this and we'll be well on our way to herd immunity."
Nicolette Hoffman, Gurney Pusher

"Where do I have to get stranded for the second dose?"
Lester McClain, Systems Analyst

"It looks like some people might be taking the vaccine cold chain concept a bit too literally"
John Altman, Co-Director, CFAR Immunology Core

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Front & Center ... Yay Us!

Blue Ribbon     

Emory's Infectious Diseases program has been ranked number five in the United States and number nine worldwide by U.S. News & World Report.

As Jonathan Lewin points out in the 1/29/21 issue of the Health Sciences Update: "Emory continues to lead the way in tackling some of the world's most devastating diseases, including HIV and Ebola. Most recently, our teams have also been at the forefront of clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics, including ones that are currently being administered to millions of Americans."

His letter also singles out CFAR and several teams "which have proven foundational for Emory's preeminence in infectious diseases research," all of which are chock full of CFARians.

These include:
    • Emory Drug Discovery
    • Emory Serious Communicable Diseases Unit
    • Emory Vaccine Center
    • SOM/Medicine/ID
    • SOM/Microbio&Immunology/ID
    • SOM/Pathology/ID
    • SOM/Pediatrics/ID
    • Yerkes National Primate Research Center


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Kudos ...

    Carlos del Rio    

... to Carlos del Rio on being named one of Georgia Trend's "100 Most Influential Georgians."

The testimonial quite rightly describes Carlos as being "a reassuring voice amidst the confusing mixed messages and outright disinformation throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Often mentioned in the same breath as NIH's Dr. Anthony Fauci, del Rio tirelessy pushed back on misinformation whether it came through the media, other medical professionals, or even the president's own doctors."

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From the Twittersphere... Retweeted by @EmoryCFAR
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Phlebotomy Trainees Sought: CFAR Prevention Science Core
February 18, 2021, 8am-5pm. This training will introduce participants to the basic anatomy, physiology, and procedures for phlebotomy. The class is open to Emory and CBO staff, students, and faculty.
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Postdoctoral Fellow Sought: Emory/Paiardini Lab
Using SIV-infected, ART-treated rhesus macaques, the fellow will use immune-based interventions to characterize how productively-infected macrophages contribute to SIV persistence and disease progression.
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Postdoctoral Fellow Sought: UPenn/Shaw Lab
Work will entail isolating rhesus macaque bNAb mAbs, characterizing Env-Ab coevolution leading to bNAb induction in rhesus macaques, and developing and testing novel vaccine platforms (SOSIPs, VLPs, RNA, DNA) that express stabilized native-like Env trimers that bind rhesus bNAb unmutated common ancestor and intermediate stage antibodies.
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Government News... FAQ


Q: Is NIH providing an opportunity for recipients of
NIH Fellowship ("F") and NIH Career Development
("K") awards who have been impacted by COVID-19
to request extensions?
A: Yes. Read More About It

Q: Are paylines Institute Specific?
A: Yes. Read More About It

Q: What is the difference between "NIH" and "NIAID"?
A: Read More About It

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Community Corner... THRIVE SS

Community Corner       

Dear Friends of CFAR,

As we approach National Black HIV Awareness Day on February 7th, 2021, we continue our fight against the stigma of living with HIV.

THRIVE SS is happy to announce 2 more screenings of our film "Colors on the Wall" a documentary about self-love, HIV acceptance and power building.

In this film, six African American people from diverse sexual and gender identities, tell their stories of life between diagnoses and acceptance, on the road to thriving.

Talk Back Sessions: scheduled to occur immediately following each screening:

Click on the date links below for more information about and registration for the screenings:

Friday (2/5): 7-10pm ET
"Alex" from Noah's Arc will introduce the cast and host a special talk back session

Sunday (2/7): 2-5pm ET
Community support for women and heterosexual men living with HIV**

**Disclaimer: Sessions are open to all who wish to attend.


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Heads Up ...
Call for Abstracts & Mentor Workshop Deadline EXTENDED:
New Deadline: February 12, 2021

    HIV & Aging Workshop 2021
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Funding Opps


Sponsor: NIMH
Clinical Trials: Optional
FOA: RFA-MH-21-116
Mood Disorders in People Living with HIV: Mechanisms and Pathways

Sponsor: NIMH
Clinical Trials: Optional
FOA: RFA-MH-21-117
Mood Disorders in People Living with HIV: Mechanisms and Pathways

See previously advertised Funding Opportunities in Network News archived issues.

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

Piper KN, Brown LL, Tamler I, Kalokhe AS, Sales JM. Application of the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research to Facilitate Delivery of Trauma-Informed HIV Care.
Ethn Dis. 2021 Jan 21;31(1):109-118. doi: 10.18865/ed.31.1.109. eCollection 2021 Winter.

Pampati S, Emrick K, Siegler AJ, Jones J. Changes in sexual behavior, PrEP adherence, and access to sexual health services due to the COVID-19 pandemic among a cohort of PrEP-using MSM in the South.
J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2021 Jan 28. doi: 10.1097/QAI.0000000000002640. Online ahead of print.

Jenness SM, Le Guillou A, Chandra C, Mann LM, Sanchez T, Westreich D, Marcus JL. Projected HIV and Bacterial STI Incidence Following COVID-Related Sexual Distancing and Clinical Service Interruption.
J Infect Dis. 2021 Jan 28:jiab051. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jiab051. Online ahead of print.

Hurwitz SJ, McBrearty N, Arzumanyan A, Bichenkov E, Tao S, Bassit L, Chen Z, Kohler JJ, Amblard F, Feitelson MA, Schinazi RF. Studies on the Efficacy, Potential Cardiotoxicity and Monkey Pharmacokinetics of GLP-26 as a Potent Hepatitis B Virus Capsid Assembly Modulator.
Viruses. 2021 Jan 15;13(1):114. doi: 10.3390/v13010114.

    Calendar Upcoming Events

February 4
8:00am EST
ID Seminar
Group A Streptococcus fuels the fires of inflammation
   Christopher LaRock, PhD
Webinar Link

February 5
9:00 - 10:00pm
Efficacy Results From the Antibody Mediated Prevention Trials for HIV Prevention: From the Bench to the Clinic and Back
Starring: Sri Edupuganti
Hosted by: UNC CFAR
More Information & Registration

February 5
1:00 - 3:00pm
Stronger Together: Social Determinants of Health Among Black & Brown Communities
Hosted by: Georgia AETC
More Information

February 5
4th HIV Research for Prevention Conference: Rapid Recap
Starring: Ken Mayer, MD
Hosted by: Harvard CFAR

February 8
12:00 - 1:00pm
THE BEST I CAN: HIV and Hispanic/Latina/x women
Hosted by: Florida AETC
More Information

February 8-9, 2021
Zoom Conference
HIV & Aging in the era of ART and COVID19
Hosted by: Emory CFAR; Miami CFAR
More Information

February 10
11:00 - 12:00pm
Treatment and Prevention of HIV Among Transgender People of Color
Hosted by: Tennessee AETC
More Information

Calendar Farther Down the Road
February 18
5:00 - 6:00pm
CFAR Network Meeting
Statistical Approaches to Improve HIV Studies with Error-prone Data
Starring: Bryan E. Shepherd, PhD (Vanderbilt)
Hosted by: Biostats Core
• Registration opens 02/04/21

February 23 - New Listing
12:30 - 1:30pm
Women of Color and HIV
Hosted by: UNC CFAR
More Information

March 19, 2021
8:30 - 12:45
Withstanding and Influencing: The Future of HIV
Host: Georgia AIDS Coalition

April 15-16, 2021
Zoom Conference
HIV & HIV & Aging: Mitochondria to the Metropolis: Population Determinants of Health
Hosted by: Emory CFAR
More Information


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Spotlight Spotlight

Footlights | Virtual CFAR Network - Thursday, February 18

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Count Me In!
Click Here to Register

    Biostats Core, CfAR Network meeting    

4:50 - Program opens
5:00 - Totally Terrific Talk
5:45 - Q & A
6:00 - Adjourn

Meeting Location: Via Zoom
Link provided after registration

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