Center For AIDS Research

September 26 - October 3, 2017

The Network News
September 26 - October 3, 2017
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     Raymond Schinazi

to the Institut Pasteur on having named Raymond Schinazi an Affiliated Professor.

From the letter: "Your discoveries in the field of infectious disease have contributed to the increase in the life expectency and the improvement in the quality of life of millions of patients throughout the world. Your entrepreneurial qualities are well illustrated by the foundation of five pharmaceutical companies. These actions of translating your basic research discoveries toward industrial and medical applicatons have led to more than 100 patents in the US. Your dynamism in transferring the results of your research to the bedside of patients has led to several clinical trials to accelerate the development of new products. Through your daily commitment to the progress of science and to the identification of new drug candidates, you have contributed to improving the lives of millions of patients."

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Happy Birthday

... to Tamar Goldenberg (10/2), Bridget Figueroa (10/2), and Liz Wright (10/2)

October 2nd is clearly an exceptionally sterling day to deliver a baby if you want him or her to grow up to contribute to the world's health by being an HIV scientist!

     Mirko Paiardini     Sid Byrareddy

Having guts is a good thing ("There is a lot of blood, sweat, and guts between dreams and success" - Paul Bryant) except when said guts are enabling the acquisition of HIV, promoting inflammation, and limiting the function of HIV-specific immune responses that could potentially clear the virus. Mirko Paiardini and Sid Byrareddy (now at the Univ. of Nebraska) want to stop all that and have new R01 funding (R01AI129745) to use an ART-treated, SIV-infected rhesus macaque model to explore the therapeutic potential of a combinedin IL-21 and anti-α4β7 Ab intervention that will (hopefully) reduce gut damage and immune activation, improve antiviral responses, and limit the size of the HIV reservoir. Go Team!!

GA CTSA     

The Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute (ACTSI) has a new name, new funding, and a new partner. When Emory, Morehouse, and Georgia Tech recently successfully recompeted for $51M in NIH funding over 5 years, the organization moved OTP (outside the Perimeter) for the first time and added the University of Georgia as a 4th partner.
Read More About the Georgia CTSA

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Faculty Members sought: RSPH/BSHE
The RSPH Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education (BSHE) is seeking forward-looking scholars for tenure and non-tenure track faculty at the rank of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor to join their dynamic department. Candidates from diverse disciplines are encouraged to apply.
View the full job ad online

HIV+ Study Participants Sought: The ANCHOR Study
Anal cancer rates are rising among people living with HIV. The goal of the ANCHOR study is to find the best way to prevent anal cancer among HIV positive men and women. During a screening visit, you will be screened for pre-cancerous anal lesions. If lesions are found, you will be enrolled and randomized to either have the lesions treated or monitored every six months. Both groups will be followed for a minimum of five years. We need HIV+ volunteers of all genders who are 35+ to take part in a paid study to prevent anal cancer.
Read More About It

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Government News


The Emory IRB has recorded a 30 minute webinar focusing on Upcoming Changes Affecting Human Subjects Research: Single IRB, Common Rule, and NIH updates. The webinar aired live on 9/14/17.
Watch the Recording

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Focus On...    
     National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

According to this CDC website, gay and bisexual men account for more than half of the people living with HIV in the US and two-thirds of all new diagnoses each year. The CDC maintains that, if current trends continue, 1 in 6 gay and bisexual men will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime, including 1 in 2 black gay and bisexual men, 1 in 4 Latino gay and bisexual men, and 1 in 11 white gay and bixesual men.

September 27 is National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Do what you can this Wednesday to help direct attention to the disproportionate impact of HIV on MSM and support research that is being done here at Emory and beyond to keep MSM healthy.

     Patrick Sullivan

Speaking of research being done here at Emory... Patrick Sullivan recently received one CDC and TWO new NIH awards designed to help keep MSM healthy. All take advantage of his "HealthMindr" mobile app.

HIV testing is the first step in getting / staying healthy since it serves as a stepping stone to HIV care or PrEP. There are numerous traditional and innovative strategies in place / under development to promote testing but which are the most effective for positively influencing the behavior of Black and Hispanic/Latino MSM? Patrick has received major new funding (U01PS005181) to answer that question and develop a translation and dissemination plan to support uptake of the most effective intervention strategies by state and local health departments and CBOs.

Once an MSM has sought testing and found himself to be HIV-negative, many 21st century men may turn to mobile technology to help them stay that way. Patrick has new funding from the CDC ($1.1M) to test HealthMindr as "Mobile Messaging Intervention to Present New HIV Prevention Options for MSM."

Furthermore, a successful HIV prevention strategy will be one that increases PrEP uptake without simultaneously disincentivizing ongoing, routine HIV testing and condom use. Patrick's new R01 (R01DA045612) will evaluate the efficacy of HealthMindr to do just that. The study will take place in Atlanta, Jackson, MS, and Washington, DC.

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Funding Opps


October 2 (LOI)
CFAR-series Funding


January 3, 2018
HIV Vaccine Research Grants for African-American and Latinx Medical Students
RAMP Grant

Standard AIDS Deadlines

Sponsor: NIAID
HIV Drug Resistance: Genotype-Phenotype-Outcome Correlations

Therapeutic Strategies for the Converging TB/T2DM/HIV Epidemics

HIV and Hepatitis B Co-Infection: Advancing HBV Functional Cure through Clinical Research

Other Deadlines

November 11 (LOI)
Sponsor: Fogarty International Center
Reducing Stigma to Improve HIV/AIDS Prevention, Treatment and Care in Low and Middle- Income Countries

November 14 (LOI)
Sponsor: NHLBI
Institutional Career Development Program in HIV-Related Heart, Lung, Blood, and Sleep Research

See previously advertised Funding Opportunities in Network News archived issues.

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

Wells JS, Holstad MM, Watkins Bruner D. Sociodemographic Predictors of Anal Cancer Screening and Follow-up in Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Infected Individuals.
Cancer Nurs. 2017 Jul 14

Rolle CP, Rosenberg ES, Siegler AJ, Sanchez TH, Luisi N, Weiss K, Cutro S, Rio CD, Sullivan PS, Kelley CF. Challenges in Translating PrEP Interest into Uptake in an Observational Study of Young Black MSM.
J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2017 Jul 8.

Mittendorf KF, Marinko JT, Hampton CM, Ke Z, Hadziselimovic A, Schlebach JP, Law CL, Li J, Wright ER, Sanders CR, Ohi MD. Peripheral myelin protein 22 alters membrane architecture.
Sci Adv. 2017 Jul 5;3(7):e1700220.

Calendar Upcoming Events
September 26 -
HOPE Webinar
Outreach Amongst Latinos with HIV
   Julie Levison, MD, MPH
Focus: Physicians
Sponsor: Harvard CFAR
HOPE Conference Website
To Attend Webinar: Click on 9/26

September 27
GH Seminar
Humanizing Global Health
Starring: James V Lavery (Emory)
Location: RSPH/CNR/Room 1000

September 27
IMP Ethics Seminar
Authorship: They won't let me publish it again!!??
Starring: Jerry Boss (Emory)
Location: Whitehead Auditorium

September 28
ID Seminar
Delay Is Not Denial: How Monitoring and Assessment of Vaccine Confidence May Optimize Pediatric And MSM Adult Immunization Coverage in the US
Starring: Paula Frew (Emory)
Location: RSPH / GCR / Rita Anne Rollins Room

September 28-29
Finding the Light Within You
Location: Loudermilk Conference Center
More Information

September 29 (3rd of 6 weekly meetings)
1:00 - 2:30pm
Workshop Series
Maximizing Mentorship
     9/15: Introduction to Series
     9/22: Crucial Conversations - Part I
     9/29: Crucial Conversations - Part II
     10/6: Setting Expectations
     10/13: Culture and Diversity
     10/20: Professional Development
Location: RSPH/CNR 6001
Sponsored by: Atlanta Society of Mentors
More Information

Calendar Farther Down the Road

October 19-20
3rd International Workshop on Microbiome in HIV: Pathogenesis, Prevention and Treatment
Location: Washington, DC
More Information

October 23-24
16th International Conference on Malignancies in HIV/AIDS (ICMH)
Location: NIH Campus, Bethesday, MD
More Information

October 25-26
11th National NIH CFAR Social and Behavioral Science Research Network
Sponsored by: UCSF CFAR
Location: San Francisco

October 26
8:50am - 7:00pm
Bridging the Sciences: Advances in HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Emerging Viruses
Location: Emory Conference Center
Host: Emory Univ. Dept of Pediatrics; French Embassy
More Information

October 26
12:00 - 1:00
GROW Seminar
HIV+ Status Disclosure and HIV Stigma Resistance Among Women in Rural Kenya
Location: RSPH/CNR/6001
Starring: Sydney Spangler
More Information

November 16
7:30 - 1:00
HIV and Aging: Mentoring Workshop
Sponsored by: CFAR HIV & Aging SWG
Location: Courtyard by Marriott, 130 Clairmont Ave
More Information

November 16-17
HIV and Aging: From Mitochondria to the Metropolis
Sponsored by: CFAR HIV & Aging SWG
Location: Courtyard by Marriott, 130 Clairmont Ave
More Information

January 25, 2018
12:00 - 1:00
GROW Seminar
Sexual and Reproductive Health in the Southeast
Location: RSPH/CNR/6001
Starring: Kelli Stidham Hall (Emory)
More Information

February 22
12:00 - 1:00
GROW Seminar
Women and HIV Cohort Study
Location: RSPH/CNR/6001
Starring: Igho Ofotokun
More Information


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Spotlight Spotlight

Footlights | CFAR Science Seminar - Thursday, October 12

     Pizza Party log

The Future of HIV Research at Emory

Meeting Host:
Administrative Core

Count Me In! Click Here to Register

Aaron Siegler Making it Last: A Randomized; Controlled Trial of a Home Care System to Promote Persistence in PrEP Care

Aaron Siegler, PhD
Rollins School of Public Health

Ann Chahroudi Immune Interventions in SIV-Infected ART-suppressed Infant Macaques

Ann Chahroudi, MD
School of Medicine

Sam Jenness Modeling Antiretroviral-based Prevention Among MSM in the US

Sam Jenness, PhD
Rollins School of Public Health

Mirko Paiardini Limiting HIV Establishment and Maintenance by Preserving Intestinal Immunity

Mirko Paiardini, PhD
School of Medicine

Tanja Jovanovic Biological Mechanisms of Stress Disorders Co-Morbid with HIV in African American Women

Tanja Jovanovic, PhD
School of Medicine

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

5:30 — Pizza and Posters 'by the Bridge'
6:20 — Oral Presentations
7:45 — Adjourn


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