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February 27 - March 6, 2018

The Network News
February 27 - March 6, 2018
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2/27/837: 15th recorded passage of Halley's Comet. Confused citizenry wonder yet again who "Halley" is since he won't be born for another 819 years.

2/28/1983: Elaborate Cosplay parties held across the nation as over 100M ardent fans gather to watch the final episode of M*A*S*H; a TV show about the Korean War that lasted almost 4x longer (11 years) than the actual Korean War (3 years).

3/1/1866: Paraguayan canoes sink 2 Brazilian ironclads. Embarrassed Brazilian navy immediately begins research on canoe-evasion techniques.

3/2/1976: Walt Disney World logs its 50 millionth guest. The other 49,999,999 are finally alllowed to go home.

3/3/1857: France and the United Kingdom declare war for the second time on China in an (ultimately successful) effort to force China into opening its borders and permit the importation of Opium into China from Europe. Seriously.

3/4/1909: The US makes it illegal for game birds to cross state lines. This doesn't prove to be as effective as you'd think since it turns out that most game birds don't know where the state lines are.

3/5/1558: Smoking tobacco introduced into Europe by a Spanish physician (Francisco Fernande) seeking to exploit its health benefits. Oops.

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      Daniella Monaco    

... to the American Foundation for AIDS Research (AmfAR) for awarding Daniela Monaco, a post-doc in Eric Hunter's lab, a prestigious Mathilde Krim Fellowship in Basic Biomedical Research.

One of the most challenging aspects of developing an effective vaccine for HIV is that the virus is such a quick change artist that every "snapshot" of HIV that vaccines use in seeking out the bad guys becomes obsolte faster than you can spell "Mutagenesis." Danielle is working on stacking the deck in our favor by using blood samples from patients in Zambia to investigate what parts of HIV are least likely to mutate.

    Hannah Cooper      

... and to the RSPH Department of Behavioral Science and Health Education for promoting Hannah Cooper, CFAR Prevention Science Core Co-Director, to the rank of Full Professor.

And speaking of the Prevention Science Core, are you a junior faculty member who does HIV-related prevention science research? Watch for email from Hannah soliciting her help in designing the content and format of the Core's new initiative to expand NIH-funded research in that area.
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Happy Birthday

... to Taussig, Jennifer (3/1).

CFARian Task Assignment ... Everybody go out and eat cake this Thursday in celebration of Jennifer's birthday!

      Patrick Sullivan

Because the prevalence of HIV is so high inside their close knit sexual networks, African American and Latino MSM with few sexual partners still face a higher lifetime risk for HIV aquisition than do Caucasian MSM with many more partners.

In acknowledgment of the need to address this utterly unfair reality head on, Patrick Sullivan has received new funding from the CDC for "Engaging African American and Latino MSM for HIV Testing and Prevention Services."

    NIH Foundation Trailblazer Prize   

Are you, or do you know, an early career physician-scientist whose work has the potential for, or has led to, innovations in patient care? The NIH Foundation (FNIH) is taking nominations for the FNIH Trailblazer Prize. This $10,000 honorarium and prize celebrates the achievements of medical doctors whose research has translated basic scientific observations into new paradigm-shifting approaches for diagnosing, preventing, treating or curing disease and disability.
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CROI 2018   

Are you heading to CROI next week? If so, don't forget to tag @EmoryCFAR in your conference tweets. You may also want to follow the CFAR and @CarlosdelRio7 for CFAR-specific live tweeting from #CROI2018.

For full information about CFARians presentation at CROI 2018, check out this program.

Speaking of... we have two Developmental Core awardees giving presentations of their CFAR-funded research -- Jonathan Colasanti ("Rapid entry into HIV care: Select Atlanta experiences") and Sam Jenness ("The PrEP Care continuum and HIV racial disparities among MSM"), and that two early-stage CFARians received CROI New Investigator Scholarship awards: Emily Evans ("Etiologies of symptomatic recurrence of HIV-associated cryptococal meningitis") and Anar Patel ("Predictors of PrEP eligibility among at risk women in the southern US").

And finally, if you end up having a really good time, please take a moment to thank Guido Silvestri for all the work he put into the event while serving on the CROI Scientific Program Committee.

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      Anandi Sheth

Do you remember reading, in the 2/13/18 edition of Network News, about Jessica Sales new R01-equivalent funding from the UNC Chapel Hill ACTU for a "Planning4PrEP" intervention?

Turns out it was a multi-PI award so here's an embarressed, belated shout out to the OTHER PI, Anandi Sheth.

Many thanks to Sophia Hussen for bringing the omission to our attention!

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Grant Applicants Sought: NIH CFAR Supplemental Funds

As described in detail in the 2/20/18 edition of Network News, the National CFAR has released FY18 FOAs in six scientific areas of interest.

Download the FOAs

Key Dates:
3/12/18: Register your potential interest to submit a pre-proposal
3/15/18: Email a 1-page pre-proposal to Jenny Anderson (
3/17/18: Applicants notified of internal selection results.

5/14/18: Applications due at NIH

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Community Corner    
    Sandy Thurman      

Celebrate Sandy!
Please join us in vigorously applauding the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington's decision to present Sandy Thurman with their Ryan White Distinguished Leadership Award.

"There is no part of this AIDS epidemic that Sandy hasn't touched in some way," said Ryan White's mother, Jeanne White-Ginder, while presenting the award in her son's honor.
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CFAR Barbie Awards

Celebrate Other Heroes Too!
Do you recognize these people? They are members of CFAR's Community Liaison Council (CLC) plus the five winners of the CLC's 2017 (1st annual) Barbara Vick Impact Awards (aka "The CFAR Barbies"). Rama Amara, Jennifer Barnes-Balenciaga, Mona Bennett, Tori Cooper, and Johnnie Ray Kornegay, III were chosen for their new and/or under-recognized contributions to the HIV response in Atlanta.

So let's do it again in 2018!

The CLC invites you to help more Local Heroes get the recognition they deserve by submitting your nominations for the 2nd Annual Barbies and then -- SAVE THE DATE -- plan to join them for a festive evening on Thursday, May 24, 2018.

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

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Focus On...    
    Grant Money      

Calling all New & Early-stage HIV Researchers...

Are you interested in applying for Developmental Core CFAR-series funding in either the Spring (LOI deadline: April 2) or Fall (LOI deadline: October 1) application cycles?

If so, we invite you to join us on Monday, March 26th for our annual CFAR-Series Application Preparation Seminar.

More Information about the Seminar
Registration Form (Deadline: Monday, March 19)

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Funding Opps

Standard AIDS Deadlines

Sponsor: NIDA
Clinical Trials: Optional
Exploiting Omics Assays to Investigate Molecular Regulation of Persistent HIV in Individuals with Substance Use Disorder

Other Deadlines

April 16 (App)
Sponsor: Multiple
Clinical Trials: Optional
Research on the Health of Women of Understudied, Underrepresented and Underreported (U3) Populations


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

April 1 (LOI)
Sponsor: Emory CFAR
CFAR-series Funding

April 2 (App)
Sponsor: HRSA
Improving Sexually Transmitted Infection Screening and Treatment Among People Living with or at Risk for HIV

April 6 (Required Reg)
April 11 (LOI)

Sponsor: amfAR
Impact Grants: Gaining Insight from the Clinic

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

February 28
11:00 - 12:00
Beyond 90/90/90: Translational Research for HIV-1 Functional Cure
   Starring: Anders Sönnerbog (Karolinska)
Beside to Bench and Back: Understanding the Natural Control Mechanism in HIV Infection
   Starring: Ujjwal Neogi (Karolinska)
Sponsor: Laboratory of Biochemical Pharmacology; CFAR
Location: HSRB Auditorium

March 1
ID Seminar
"Is It Infection or Inflammation? An International Consortium Study of Young Infants With Cystic Fibrosis Combining CT, Cellular and Molecular Biology"
Starring: Rabin Tirouvanziam
Location: RSPH/GCR/RAR

Calendar Farther Down the Road

March 12 - New Listing
12:00 - 1:00
HIV Protease Inhibitor-Induced Cardiovascular Disease: Role of Platelet Activation and TGF-β1
Starring: Jasimuddin Ahamed
Sponsor: NIH/NHLBI

March 12-13 - New Listing
Webcasted Workshop
Integrating Infectious Disease Considerations with Response to the Opioid Epidemic — A Workshop
Chair: Carlos del Rio
Sponsor: NAM, NAESM
More Information & Registration
(Information about the Webcast will be provided in your Registration confirmation)

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

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)
HIV Research for Prevention (HIVR4P): From Research to Impact
Location: Madrid, Spain
Sponsor: Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise
Abstract Submission
More Information

April 23 (Abstract Deadline)
October 22 - 25 (Workshop)
Training Program
26th Annual Principles of STD/HIV Research Course
Location: Seattle, WA
Sponsor: UW CFAR
More Information

May 21-24
Qualitative Research Methods
More Information

May 25
Mentored Qualitative Methods
More Information

May 29-31
Qualitative Data Analysis
More Information

May 31
Mentored Qualitative Analysis
More Information

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

Sudhir Kasturi 3M052:
A novel TLR7/8 agonist promotes durable humoral immunity against HIV-1 in NHPs

Sudhir Kasturi, PhD
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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