Center For AIDS Research

February 24, 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 24, 2021
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The End of an Era
Graphic by Chloe Tear

This issue of the Network News marks the last under the Founding editorship of Kimbi Hagen. Rolled out in its current format in 2012, Network News has delivered on its promise to provide "useful news or your money back" that is "distributed to CFAR members and fans by email every Wednesday. Except when it isn't."

On a related note, Kimbi has been tapped to serve as founding editor for "The SCORE & More!," a hopefully-weekly newsletter to be published by the Emory Specialized Center of Research Excellence on Sex Differences (SCORE).

SCORE and More! will follow the same format as Network News but with an enlarged focus that encompasses HIV and other basic, clinical, and social/behavioral research that affects and is affected by the sex or gender of human subjects and/or the biological sex of other animals.

Interested in receiving SCORE & More!? Email

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Front & Center ... 2021 CFAR Core Services Survey

Do You Do HIV Research?

Please take a few minutes to complete the 2021 CFAR Core Services Survey
whether or not you have utilized CFAR Cores.

The Emory CFAR submits a competitive renewal application this coming summer and to ensure that we propose Cores and Core services that meet the research needs and expectations of HIV investigators, we need to know what those research needs and expectations are.

Your honest feedback and assessment will help us to do that.

As a reminder, the CFAR currently provides services through the following Cores:
    • Administrative Core
    • Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Core
    • Clinical Research Core
    • Developmental Core
    • Immunology Core
    • Prevention Science Core
    • Virology & Molecular Biomarkers Core

Deadline: Friday, February 26.

If you have any questions, or if we can provide any additional information, please contact Shelle Bryant at Thank you in advance for your feedback!

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Kudos ...

    Rasheeta Chandler    
    Rasheeta Chandler    

... to the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC) on having named  Rasheeta Chandler an ANAC nurse pioneer.

From the commendation:
"For more than 100 years, Black History Month has been celebrated each February, recognizing the achievements of Black Americans. As part of this year's celebration, ANAC has chosen to honor outstanding Black ANAC nurse pioneers including Rasheeta D. Chandler, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN."

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And More Kudos ...

... to the Rollins School of Public Health for awarding several CFARians with promotions and distinguished professorships.

Alvaro Alonso     Allison Chamberlain     Neel Gandhi
Alvaro Alonso     Allison Chamberlain     Neel Gandhi
Sophia Hussen     Whitney Rice     Travis Sanchez
Sophia Hussen     Whitney Rice     Travis Sanchez

These include:

    • Alvaro Alonso:
Stephen D. Clements, Jr. Chair in Cardiovascular Disease Prevention (EPI)
    • Allison Chamberlain:
Research Associate Professor (EPI)
    • Neel Gandhi:
Professor with tenure (EPI)
    • Sophia Hussen:
Research Associate Professor (HDGH)
    • Whitney Rice:
Assistant Professor (BSHES)
    • Travis Sanchez:
Research Professor (EPI)

Congratulations CFARians!!

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From the Twittersphere... @EmoryCFAR
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Bulletin Board...
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Post-doctoral Fellow Sought: Tyor Lab
The Tyor lab has an immediate opening for a post-doctoral fellow. Basic lab experience is preferred, but not required, in the following areas: 1. Animal models (preferably rodent), 2. Behavioral/cognitive testing, 3. Neuroimmunology or neurovirology, and 4. Neuroscience.

• More Information: Contact Dr. William Tyor

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Mentoring Moment... Brought to you by:
The NIH Office of Intramural Training and Development

     Mentoring Moment...     


Navigating your research environments, your professional and career development, and the stress of life can seem overwhelming and lead us to doubt ourselves just when we need confidence the most.

The goal of this series is to help you develop the resilience you need to navigate challenging situations in work and life.

While you may participate in any of the webinars, it is best to participate in the entire series as the material relates and concepts will be developed throughout the series.

Unit I: An Introduction to Resilience and Wellness.
REGISTER HERE to get access to the recording

Unit II: Exploring our Self-Talk: Cognitive Distortions and Imposter Fears.
REGISTER HERE to get access to the recording

Unit III: Emotions and Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace.
    Mon. Mar 08, 2021
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET
REGISTER HERE to watch live or get access to the recording after the event

Unit IV: Self-Advocacy and Assertiveness for Scientists.
    Tues. Mar 30, 2021
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET
REGISTER HERE to watch live or get access to the recording after the event

Unit V: Developing Feedback Resilience.
    Tues. Apr 20, 2021
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET
REGISTER HERE to watch live or get access to the recording after the event

Unit VI: Managing Up to Maximize Mentoring Relationshipse.
    Mon. May 10, 2021
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET
REGISTER HERE to watch live or get access to the recording after the event

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Community Corner... Black History Month
A National Conversation on the Intersection of Race and Health

Community Corner       
       Find Federal Resources on Covid-19    

WED., February 24
6:00pm ET

Why do African Americans make up a disproportionate number (43%) of new HIV diagnoses and experience lower viral suppression than other groups?

Nationwide, why have Black people died at 1.5 times the rate of white people from COVID-19?

Why do African American members of the LGBTQIA+ community face health disparities linked to societal stigma, discrimination and racism?

Join Angela Davis, social equity activist, who will discuss these topics and more with Michael Gifford, Vivent Health President and CEO.

More Information
Live Stream the Event

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Funding Opps


FY2021 EHE Supplement
The NIH CFAR has issued a call for supplement applications ($200K, direct costs) in two areas:

1. EHE Team-initiated Implementation Research
More Information

2. Planning projects to address social and structural determinants of HIV using an intersectional framework in partnership with community to enhance efforts toward Ending the HIV Epidemic in the United States
More Information

These opportunities are open to all investigators, regardless of previous NIH funding history.

Submit a 2-page (not counting references) concept proposal by email to Shelle Bryant using the form below.
Submission Form
• Deadline: February 28

See previously advertised Funding Opportunities in Network News archived issues.

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

Halyard AS, Doraivelu K, Camacho-Gonzalez AF, del Rio C, Hussen SA. Examining healthcare transition experiences among youth living with HIV in Atlanta, Georgia, USA: a longitudinal qualitative study.
J Int AIDS Soc. 2021 Feb;24(2):e25676. doi: 10.1002/jia2.25676.

    Calendar Upcoming Events

February 24
12:00 - 1:00pm
Emory SCORE V-RIP Meeting
Lauren Collins: Employing the Retina as a Convenient Window: Assessing Microvascular Health Among Persons with HIV by use of Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography

Alicia Smith: Thinking Ahead: The Emory Prospective Opportunity for Women's Health Research (EmPOWR) Initiative

February 24
Weekly Refresh
Join FSAP for a 15-minute virtual meditation and/or resilience tip for the day

February 25
ID Seminar
Serving on a Treatment Guidelines Panel: With Special Notes about COVID-19
   Jeff Lennox, MD
Webinar Link

February 25
1:00 - 2:00pm
HIV and Your Mental Health
Hosted by: Mississippi UMC
More Information

February 26
IMP Seminar
Regulating the Rheostat for Killer Cells in the Immune System
Featuring: Gillian Griffiths (Cambridge, UK)

March 5 - New Listing
1:00 - 3:00pm
Stronger Together - The Time is Now: HIV & Black Women in America
Hosted by: Morehouse School of Medicine
More Information

Calendar Farther Down the Road

March 11 - New Listing
1:00 - 2:30pm
Understanding the Role of Resilience in Gender and Sexual Minority Communities
Hosted by: Alabama Medical Advocacy & Outreach
More Information

March 19, 2021
8:30am - 12:45pm
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, March 18

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Save the Date!

    Prevention Science Core, CFAR Network meeting    

4:50 - Program opens
5:00 - Three Terrific Talks
5:45 - Q & A
6:00 - Adjourn

Meeting Location: Via Zoom
Link provided after registration

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The Network News is a periodic email, detailing HIV/AIDS related events, funding opportunities, and achievements of CFAR members. If you have items that you wish to have included, please send them to us at by Friday of each week. Please put "The Network News" in the subject line.

The Network News is distributed to CFAR members and fans by email every Wednesday. Except when it isn't.

Editor, Kimbi Sessions Hagen, EdD

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