Center For AIDS Research

December 1-8, 2015

The Network News
December 1 - 8, 2015
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Our Time Is Now

-- Fulton County Task Force on HIV/AIDS

At the end of 2012 more than 1,300 of every 100,000 people in Fulton County were living with an HIV diagnosis (AIDSVu) and, since then, the problem has only worsened.

This year the Fulton County Task Force on HIV/AIDS said "That's ENOUGH!"

Read the Task Force's draft Objectives for solving the problem
Read their Phase I Progress Report: Building the Strategy to End AIDS in Fulton County

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Happy Birthday

... to Christine Bourey (December 2) !!

What were we thankful for this Thanksgiving?

Last week, in celebration of Thanksgiving, we invited you to participate in an anonymous poll listing what you are thankful for this year. Here are four responses that stand for the rest:
I am thankful for...
• protease inhibitors and all the HIV medications that have come since!
• my job and a safe home.
• my health and the health and safety of family.
• the CFAR!!

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Government News


Read what Tony Fauci (Director, NIAID), Carl Dieffenbach (Director, Division of AIDS, NIAID), and Francis Collins (Director, NIH) have to say about
World AIDS Day 2015:
• "Follow the Science to Fast-Track the End of AIDS"

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The article below was submitted by Carlos del Rio

Some highlights of the UNAIDS report for 2015:
"On the Fast-Track to end AIDS by 2030: Focus on location and population"

New data
15.8 million people are accessing antiretroviral therapy as of June 2015 – but that is still fewer than half of those living with HIV: 41% of adults and 32% of children

There were 2 million new HIV infections in 2014, down 35% since 2000. Adult incidence has been on a slower decline, from 2 million in 2008 to 1.8 million in 2014

Scaling up effective interventions is happening globally:
Programs are reducing stigma and discrimination, like sensitizing health care workers in Thailand following a study of health care staff attitudes, and using SMS in Ghana to report human rights concerns.

Broad treatment coverage is being achieved, with over 60% of people living with HIV in Botswana and Rwanda receiving antiretroviral therapy, and coverage of over 70% in Cambodia and Cuba. The SEARCH program in Kenya and Uganda is integrating a community based treatment access and primary health care services -- 93% of people diagnosed with HIV have been retained in care for at least six months, and 92% of those in care have a viral load below 400 copies/ml.

Prevention services are scaling up, for example using geographic mapping to expand voluntary medical male circumcision in Tanzania, and building the world's largest condom distribution program in South Africa. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is showing impact in San Francisco, USA as part of a combination of HIV prevention and treatment in a population that is organized, free from stigma and well-informed; and is being integrated into comprehensive services in Zimbabwe, Brazil, Thailand and elsewhere.

Programs tailored for key populations are having impact, like helping young women stay in school in Botswana; using social media and dating applications with gay men and other MSM in Guatemala and China; providing comprehensive services tailored to the needs of transgender clients in El Salvador; rapidly expanding methadone maintenance therapy, clean needles and syringes in China; documenting needs and then expanding services for sex workers in Namibia; and implementing an outreach model to incarcerated men who have sex with men and prison staff in Ukraine.

Also, If you like maps you will like this report.

However, while there is real progress in the fight against HIV globally, the pace is too slow. A top priority now according to UNAIDS is, "reallocation of resources away from areas and services where there is little to be achieved, and front-loading investment in high-priority areas to achieve long-term gains."

Read the UNAIDS Report

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Funding Opps


Nothing new this week


Nothing new this week


See previously advertised Funding Opportunities in Network News archived issues.


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Recent Pubs
linked to the CFAR grant
(P30 AI050409)

Lin, Lavinia; Brown, Katherine B; Hall, Brian J; Yu, Fan; Yang, Jingqi; Wang, Jason; Schrock, Joshua M; Bodomo, Adams B; Yang, Ligang; Yang, Bin; Nehl, Eric J; Tucker, Joseph D; Wong, Frank Y. Overcoming barriers to health-care access: A qualitative study among African migrants in Guangzhou, China. Global public health. 2015 Sep 23; 1-13.
PMID: 26400191

Iyer, Smita S; Gangadhara, Sailaja; Victor, Blandine; Gomez, Rosy; Basu, Rahul; Hong, Jung Joo; Labranche, Celia; Montefiori, David C; Villinger, Francois; Moss, Bernard; Amara, Rama Rao. Codelivery of Envelope Protein in Alum with MVA Vaccine Induces CXCR3-Biased CXCR5+ and CXCR5- CD4 T Cell Responses in Rhesus Macaques. Journal of immunology. 2015 Aug 1; 195 (3) 994-1005.
PMID: 26116502

Caro-Vega, Yanink; del Rio, Carlos; Lima, Viviane Dias; Lopez-Cervantes, Malaquias; Crabtree-Ramirez, Brenda; Bautista-Arredondo, Sergio; Colchero, M Arantxa; Sierra-Madero, Juan. Estimating the Impact of Earlier ART Initiation and Increased Testing Coverage on HIV Transmission among Men Who Have Sex with Men in Mexico using a Mathematical Model. PloS one. 2015; 10 (8) e0136534.
PMID: 26302044

Wall, Kristin M; Kilembe, William; Haddad, Lisa; Vwalika, Bellington; Lakhi, Shabir; Htee Khu, Naw; Brill, Ilene; Chomba, Elwyn; Mulenga, Joseph; Tichacek, Amanda; Allen, Susan. Hormonal contraception, pregnancy, breastfeeding and risk of HIV disease progression among Zambian women. JAIDS. 2015 Sep 12.
PMID: 26379070

Chowdhury, Ankita; Hayes, Timothy L; Bosinger, Steven E; Lawson, Benton O; Vanderford, Thomas; Schmitz, Joern E; Paiardini, Mirko; Betts, Michael; Chahroudi, Ann; Estes, Jacob D; Silvestri, Guido. Differential Impact of In Vivo CD8+ T Lymphocyte Depletion in Controller versus Progressor Simian Immunodeficiency Virus-Infected Macaques. Journal of virology. 2015 Sep; 89 (17) 8677-86.
PMID: 26063417

Vagenas, Panagiotis; Zelenev, Alexei; Altice, Frederick L; Di Paola, Angela; Jordan, Alison O; Teixeira, Paul A; Frew, Paula M; Spaulding, Anne C; Springer, Sandra A. HIV-infected men who have sex with men, before and after release from jail: the impact of age and race, results from a multi-site study. AIDS care. 2015 Aug 14; 1-10.
PMID: 26275122

Hernández-Romieu, Alfonso C; Sullivan, Patrick S; Rothenberg, Richard; Grey, Jeremy; Luisi, Nicole; Kelley, Colleen F; Rosenberg, Eli S. Heterogeneity of HIV Prevalence Among the Sexual Networks of Black and White Men Who Have Sex With Men in Atlanta: Illuminating a Mechanism for Increased HIV Risk for Young Black Men Who Have Sex With Men. Sexually transmitted diseases. 2015 Sep; 42 (9) 505-12.
PMID: 26267877

Calendar Upcoming Events
December 1
Our Time is Now: The Strategy to End AIDS in Fulton County
More Information

December 1
Kick Off and Parade
A parade to the Quad led by Common Ground Collective, an Afrobeat band, and Emory Dance and Moving in the Spirit dancers
Starting Location: Emory Science Commons
   1515 Dickey Dr
More Information

December 1
10:00am - 1:30pm
HIV Testing
Free, Confidential Testing
Location: Emory Quad

December 1
11:00am - 4:00pm
Quilt on the Quad
AIDS Quilt Display, Community Partners Fair and reading of names
Location: Emory Quad
More Information

December 1
Ethics Panel
Stigma and Disease: Can We Eradicate HIV/AIDS?
Location: Ethics Commons 102, 1531 Dickey Dr

December 1
Academic Talk
Memory CD4+ T cell Subset-Specific Responses to HIV Latency Reversing Agents: Implications for Eradication Strategies
   Deanna Kulpa, PhD (Southern Reseach Institute)
Sponsored by:
   Laboratory of Biochemical Pharmacology and CFAR
Location: Auditorium: Health Sciences Research Building

December 1
Academic Talk
Plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDC) in HIV-1 pathogenesis and therapy: sanity control of host immunity
   Lishan Su, PhD (UNC Chapel Hill)
Sponsored by:
   Division of Microbiology & Immunology
Location: Yerkes / Bourne Seminar Room

December 1
WAD Finale Rally
Morehouse Steppers, Common Ground Collective, Emory Dance, Moving in the Spirit, Lelavision, Okorie Johnson
   Morehouse Sale Hall, 830 Westview Dr SW

December 1, December 8
11:00 - 1:00pm
2-class series Grant Writing Workshop
For ACTSI KL2 & BIRCWH K12 applicants`
Instructor: Janet Gross
Really Important Information

December 2
"Meet the Funders" talk
The RWJF and the Culture of Health
starring: Alonzo Plough
   Chief Science Officer, RWJF
Location: GCR/RAR
RSVP to Ashley Mastin (

December 2 New Listing
Scaling Your Research: Engaging with Remote Communities Using Mobile Technology
starring: Aimee Leidich, MPH
   Research Projects Lead, mSurvey (Kenya)
Location: RSPH/CNR/5001

December 2
Vaccine Dinner Club
It Takes a Village: Progress and Challenges in Vaccine Approaches to HIV Prevention
Starring: Magdalena Sobieszczyk, MD, MPH
Register to attend the meeting

December 3 New Listing
ID Seminar
Using Educational Scholarship to Evaluate Internal Medicine Residents' Understanding and Use of TB Diagnostics
Starring: Natasha Chida, MD, MPH (Johns Hopkins)
Location: RSPH / GCR / Rita Anne Rollins Room

December 5-6
10th International Workshop on HIV Transmission
Location: Decatur (Courtyard Marriott)

December 6-9
2015 National HIV Prevention Conference
Accelerating Progress: Prevent Infections. Strengthen Care. Reduce Disparities
Location: Atlanta (Hyatt Regency & Marriott Marquis)

December 6-10
Frontiers in Drug Development for Viral Hepatitis
Location: Wailea, Maui, Hawaii
Abstract Submission Information

Calendar Farther Down the Road
January 29, 2016 (Registration & Abstracts)
October 17-20 (Conference)
HIV4RP 2016
Location: Chicago

February 18, 2016 New Listing
Innovative Uses of Technology in HIV Clinical Trials
Location: Newark, NJ

March 30
Conference New Listing
Society for Behavioral Medicine
Location: Washington, DC

March 29-31, 2016
World Vaccine Congress 2016
Location: Washington (Grand Hyatt)

May 15-17, 2016
6th International Conference on Primate Genomics
Location: Potomac Maryland
Abstract Submission Information


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Spotlight Spotlight

Footlights | Vaccine Dinner Club - Wednesday, December 2

Focus: Basic Science

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Count Me In!
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It Takes a Village:
Progress and Challenges in Vaccine Approaches to HIV Prevention


Magdalena Sobieszczyk, MD, MPH
Associate Professor (Medicine / Infectious Diseases)
PI, Columbia HVTN and ACTG Clinical Research Site
Columbia University


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