| March 2-9, 2015|
Quote of the Week ...
"I believe in miracles. Also vaccines."
- Jake Carpenter
If you're jake with that
make your reservation now to attend the March 4th Vaccine Dinner Club Meeting
"Forget your perfect offering, there is a crack,
a crack in everything, that's how the light
gets in"* :
The Crack Gets Wider ...
Neutralizing Antibodies and an HIV Vaccine
Dennis Burton, PhD
Scripps Research Institute
... to Raymond Schinazi on being elected to Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology. The Academy, the honorific leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology, recognizes excellence, originality, and leadership in the microbiological sciences, and Raymond's election to this group is a mark of distinction. Congratulations!
In other news...
Jennifer Taussig (March 1), Bill Lewis (March 7), Effie Bartley (March 8), and Loida Bonney (March 9).
The way I see it, you should live every day like it is your birthday.
On February 19 Jim Curran and Carlos del Rio were featured on "Science AMA's" (Ask Me Anything) Series. Read the transcript of their global grilling here.
In the immortal words of Chevy Chase, "It's a floor wax AND a dessert topping!" Well, maybe not, but Mirko Paiardini is hoping to produce a therapeutic equivalent of "Shimmer" (the non-dairy floor wax) with his new ROI (1R01AI116379-01A1), "Immune Based Interventions for HIV Eradication." The overarching goal of his new project is to determine if the sequential administration of Interleukin (IL)- 21 and Interferon-a (IFNa) will have a strong synergistic effect on reducing HIV persistence by decreasing immune dysfunction and inflammation (via IL-21) while simultaneously enhancing antiviral functions (via IFNa). If his results are successful, the proposed immune based intervention could ultimately be tested in clinical trials aimed at achieving a cure of HIV infection in humans.
Going from strength to strength, AIDSVu (Patrick Sullivan, PI) has just launched the first website to visualize the HIV care continuum. HIVContinuum.org visualizes the care continuum in Atlanta, Chicago, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, making visible patterns of health disparities related to race, age and geographic location that will be critical to improving the health of people living with HIV, and to reducing its spread. The site will allow local communities, health departments and policy makers to visualize areas of success and opportunities for improvement in HIV testing, care and treatment.
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The CDC's Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention has recently added six new items to their website.
No State news this week
Just a reminder ... The new NIH Biosketch format, she is a comin' (05/25/15). Watch this excellent Emory
podcast on how to put one together.