Center For AIDS Research

March 13-20, 2018

The Network News
March 13-20, 2018
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For the first time in the history of the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI), more women than men presented findings at the 2018 meeting.

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      Ashley Anderson    

... to Ashley Anderson, a PhD student in the School of Nursing, on having received her very first NIH funding. Ashley's project -- "Disparities in HIV/AIDS: Examining Retention in Care and Health Literacy (ENRICH)" (1F31NR017580) -- seeks insight into mechanisms underlying health disparities among African Americans living with HIV.

    HIV+ Liver Translplant      

... and to the Emory Transplant Center for having followed up on last year's success in performing Georgia's first successful HIV+ to HIV+ kidney transplant with their new success in performing Georgia's first HIV+ to HIV+ liver transplant. Emory is one of 22 transplant centers nation wide that are helping to address the critical need for a supply of donor organs for people with HIV as part of John Hopkin's HOPE in Action clinical trial (R34AI123023).
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      Carlos del Rio    

... and to Carlos del Rio, who was the "Top Influencer" in Twitter at CROI 2018, and helped make @EmoryCFAR among the most mentioned tags.

Want to read a Blast from the Past? Check out this AIDS Clinical Care summary of CROI #1 that Carlos wrote 25 years ago while serving as Director General of CONASIDA, Mexico's National Council on AIDS. HIV science has really advanced since then. Yay research!!

In that article, Carlos describes the key message of "James Curran of the CDC" and -- 25 years later -- that message still resonates:

"James Curran of the CDC made us think about prevention through behavior modification as the most effective strategy now available. He emphasized that prevention needs to be promoted in each population with methods that work well specifically for that group. We must continue to remind ourselves, Curran said, that, despite current data from vaccine studies, the truth is that condoms and other preventive measures are more efficacious than any treatment now available, including vaccines and antiretroviral agents, and that prospects for future success in the realm of prevention are greater than in the realm of treatment. Even if effective treatments and vaccines become available, he continued, prevention will play a major role in containing the epidemic."

Or, as Carlos likes to say, "HIV vaccines should come with a label that says: "This vaccine is potentiated by the use of a condom."

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Happy Birthday

... to Bill Lewis (3/7), Effie Bartley (3/8), and Emily Brown (3/19).

Happy Birthday and Yay for Y'all!!!

      Happy Birthday

And speaking of birthdays ... please help us welcome our newest CFARian, Lisa Haddad's daughter Noa Lily. Noa was 5lb 4oz when she was born on February 6th and is simply delicious.

    Raymond Schinazi   

Despite our best efforts to prevent or stop it, HIV is quite adept at setting up shop in the central nervous system (CNS), where it can be extremely difficult to eradicate even as it causes serious cognitive, behavioral, and motor deficits.

Raymond Schinazi has new NIH funding (R01MH116695) to explore three classes of compounds that are, hopefully, capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier to target mononuclear phagocytes (important reservoirs for HIV in the CNS) and reduce inflammation, with an ultimate goal of suppressing and eliminating HIV in the CNS.

      Riley Steiner

Here's a problem: Studies have shown that adolescent users of long-lasting reversible contraception (LARC) are less likely to use condoms, a key HIV prevention strategy.

On March 28 at 3:00pm (RSPH/CNR/3001), Riley Steiner will be defending her dissertation on "LARC Use among Adolescents and Young Adults: Implications for Integrating Unintended Pregnancy and STI Prevention."
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Your Opinion Sought: NIH Strategic Plan
NIH is soliciting input for their strategic plan for data science.

In particular, NIH is interested in comments from the scientific community and general public on the following issues:

• The appropriateness of the goals of the plan and of the strategies and implementation tactics proposed to achieve them;

• Opportunities for NIH to partner in achieving these goals;

• Additional concepts that should be included in the plan;

• Performance measures and milestones that could be used to gauge the success of elements of the plan and inform course corrections;

• Any other topic the respondent feels is relevant for NIH to consider in developing this strategic plan.

For more information and to submit your feedback by the April 2nd deadline, visit this link.

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Government News


Do you do HIV research? Do you still have educational debt? If yes to both questions, keep reading...

The NIH Loan Repayment Program repays up to $35,000 annually of a researcher's qualified educational debt in return for a commitment to engage in NIH mission-relevant research.

There is a current opportunity open specifically for HIV researchers.
Deadline: Tuesday 4/3/18
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Community Corner    

Record Your Story
Project + Connect has launched the Journal Initiative to create the largest collection of first-hand accounts of people living with HIV.

Participants in the Journal Initiative will receive a free 30-day journal kit so they can record and preserve their story.
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    CFAR Barbie Awards    

Reminder: Call for Nominations...
The Emory CFAR's Community Liaison Council (CLC) will host the 2nd Annual Barbara Vick Impact Awards on Thursday, May 24, 2018. This special event is an evening to celebrate individuals who have made new and under-recognized contributions to the HIV response in Atlanta.

Do you know an unsung hero in the local HIV response? If so, the CLC invites you to nominate them now.

Click here to submit your nomination
(Deadline, midnight EDST, 3/13/18)

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Focus On...    
    CFAR at CROI      
Igho Ofotokun, Anar Patel, Colleen Kelley, Cecile Lahiri,
Melody Pratt-Palmore, Molly Eaton, & Carlos del Rio

The Emory CFAR took #CROI2018 by storm!
As Carlos del Rio said, "Emory is clearly a "top HIV research university" now and that was not the case when CROI first occurred in 1993. We have come a long way!"

The festivities got underway even before the main event when Rana Chakraborty and Jonathan Colasanti delivered talks at Pre-conference workshops and Dazon Dixon led a powerful Pre-conference session on women in HIV research.

Two CFARians gave invited talks on the first full day of the conference (Monday, March 5) and you can watch them here: (Note: These seems to work best on Firefox)
Carlos del Rio: The Evolving HIV Epidemic in the United States
Neel Gandhi: Using Whole Genome Sequencing to Better Understand TB Transmission Dynamics

You can also watch Anar Patel -- CROI 2018 Young Investigator Awardee – share her findings on Expanding PrEP in Women

CFAR posters also got a lot of play this year and we have the pix to prove it.
Here is a small sampling of CFAR poster people

But wait! There's more!!

Check out this (updated from last week) full list of CFAR CROI presenters

And... if you are interested in checking out these and other findings reported at CROI, all the presentation have been uploaded to the CROI website. Visit here:
Webcasts of oral presentations
Abstracts and electronic posters

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Funding Opps

Standard AIDS Deadlines

Sponsor: NIDCR
Clinical Trials: Not Allowed
Basic and Translational Oral Health Research Related to HIV/AIDS

Sponsor: NIDDK
Clinical Trials: Optional
High Priority HIV/AIDS Research within the Mission of the NIDDK

Other Deadlines

None this Week


May 31 (App)
Sponsor: Georgia Center for Diabetes Translation Research
GCDTR Small Grant Awards

April 2 (LOI)
Sponsor: Emory CFAR
CFAR-series Funding

April 13 (App)
Sponsor: CDC
Promoting Adolescent Health through School-Based HIV Prevention

See previously advertised Funding Opportunities in Network News archived issues.

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

Huang, Y. Restoration of Monotonicity Respecting in Dynamic Regression.
J Am Stat Assoc. 2017;112(518):613-622.

Goodreau SM, Hamilton DT, Jenness SM, Sullivan PS, Valencia RK, Wang LY, Dunville RL, Barrios LC, Rosenberg ES. Targeting Human Immunodeficiency Virus Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis to Adolescent Sexual Minority Males in Higher Prevalence Areas of the United States: A Modeling Study.
J Adolesc Health. 2018 Mar;62(3):311-319.

Owen-Smith AA, Sineath C, Sanchez T, Dea R, Giammattei S, Gillespie T, Helms MF, Hunkeler EM, Quinn VP, Roblin D, Slovis J, Stephenson R, Sullivan PS, Tangpricha V9, Woodyatt C, Goodman M. Perception of Community Tolerance and Prevalence of Depression among Transgender Persons.
J Gay Lesbian Mental Health. 2017;21(1):64-76.

Joseph Davey DL, Wall KM, Kilembe W, Khu NH, Brill I, Vwalika B, Chomba E, Mulenga J, Tichacek A, Gorbach PM, Allen S. Difficult decisions: Evaluating individual and couple-level fertility intentions and HIV acquisition among HIV serodiscordant couples in Zambia.
PLoS One. 2018 Jan 24;13(1):e0189869.

Haddad L, Wall KM, Kilembe W, Vwailika B, Htee N, Brill I, Chomba E, Tichacek A, Allen S. Bacterial vaginosis modifies the association between hormonal contraception and HIV acquisition.
AIDS. 2018 Jan 13.

Calendar Upcoming Events
March 15
ID Seminar
"Optimizing PrEP for Women"
Starring: Anandi Sheth
Location: RSPH/CNR/Klamon Rm

March 16
8:30am - 4:45pm
IAS-USA Workshop
Improving the Management of HIV Disease: An Advanced CME Live Course in HIV Pathogenesis, Antiretrovirals, and Other Selected Issues in HIV Disease Management
Co-Chairs: Jeff Lennox, Mike Saag
Location: GSU/Student Center East
     55 Gilmer St SE, Atlanta
Sponsor: IAS-USA
More Information & Registration

March 19
Scaling Up PrEP: Documenting and Addressing Health Disparities
Starring: Aaron Siegler
Location: CNR 4001
Sponsor: RSPH/BSHE

Calendar Farther Down the Road

March 21
1:00 - 2:00
Best Practices for HIV Prevention among Transgender and Non-binary People
More Information

March 26 - New Listing
CFAR-Series Application Preparation Seminar
Location: CNR 7001
More information

March 26 - New Listing
National CFAR Webinar
DC Cohort HIV-1 NGS - Results and Pipeline Used for DRM Analyses
Starring: Jeanne Jordan

March 26
And The Band Played Ony
With Commentary by: Jim Curran & Harold Jaffe
Sponsor: Emory Center for the Study of Human Health
Location: White Hall/Rm 101

March 31
10:00 - 1:00
AV200 Fundraiser
Action Cycling Field Day
Location: Emory SAAC, Clairmont Campus
More Information

April 4
2018 SOM Dean's Distinguished Faculty Lecture and Award Ceremony
Learning from African Couples About HIV-1 Transmission and Disease Progression
Starring Award Recipient: Eric Hunter
Location: SOM/Rm 120
More Information

April 13 (Application Deadline)
July 23 - August 2 (Workshop)
Training Program
26th Annual Principles of STD/HIV Research Course
Location: Seattle
Sponsor: UW CFAR
More Information

April 23 (Abstract Deadline)
October 22 - 25 (Conference)
HIV Research for Prevention (HIVR4P): From Research to Impact
Location: Madrid, Spain
Sponsor: Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise
Abstract Submission
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May 21-24
Qualitative Research Methods
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May 25
Mentored Qualitative Methods
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May 29-31
Qualitative Data Analysis
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May 31
Mentored Qualitative Analysis
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June 8-10
Adherence 2018 (13th International Conference on HIV Treatment and Prevention Adherence)
Location: Miami, FL
Sponsor: IAPAC

Pre-Conference Sessions
June 8
• 9:00 – 10:30am - Pre-Con 1
Violence and the HIV Care Continuum

• 10:30 - 12:00 - Pre-Con 2
Reducing Intersectional Stigma to Improve the HIV Prevention Continuum

Information / Registration

August 27 - 30
2018 STD Prevention Conference: Intersecting Epidemics, Integrated Solutions
Sponsor: CDC
Location: Washington, DC
Abstract Submission
More Information


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Spotlight Spotlight

Footlights | CFAR Science Seminar - Thursday, March 15

     Pizza Party log

Meeting Host:
Immunology Core

Count Me In! Click Here to Register

Adam Ericsen Identifying host and non-host genetic modifiers of AIDS virus pathogenesis

Adam Ericsen, PhD
Yerkes National Primate Research Center

Abbie Smith VH1-69:
First responder antibodies in HIV-1 infection

Abbie Smith, PhD
Yerkes National Primate Research Center

Paul Johnson Single cell transcriptional profiling reveals a novel population of mucosal Tfh cells

Paul Johnson, MD
Yerkes National Primate Research Center

Clubhouse Location:
Room 1000, Claudia Nance Rollins Building (1518 Clifton Rd)

5:30 — Pizza and Networking 'by the Bridge'
6:00 — Trio of Talks
7:45 — Adjourn


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