News & Events

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Spring

Dr. Jamila Stockman: YWCA Tribute to Women & Industry Award

We are proud to announce that Jamila K. Stockman, PhD, MPH (front row, second from right), was honored at the YWCA of San Diego County’s 20th Annual In the Company of Women benefit luncheon, featuring the distinguished Tribute to Women & Industry Awards (TWIN) on Friday, May 4, 2018. These prestigious awards celebrate the strength, courage, and spirit of women and their extraordinary achievements. This year’s TWIN Award acknowledges Dr. Stockman’s leadership and research career, which is dedicated to improving the lives of women who have experienced intimate partner and sexual violence. Her research is advancing our understanding and providing interventions to reduce HIV, substance abuse, and violence against women. In addition to her research, Dr. Stockman actively collaborates with local public health departments and community-based organizations to address the negative effects of violence and HIV in families and relationships. Dr. Stockman is Vice Chief and Associate Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health, and Director of the Disparities Core, San Diego Center for AIDS Research. Congratulations on this notable and deserving award!


HIV Implementation Science Resources

The Third Coast CFAR is pleased to announce two new resources for HIV researchers with an interest in Implementation Science. Over the last two years, our Behavioral, Social, and Implementation Sciences core has worked closely with colleagues in the NIDA-funded Center for Prevention Implementation Methodology (Ce-PIM) at Northwestern to develop a series of workshops tailored to faculty engaged in or interested in HIV research. On the Third Coast CFAR website, you will find embedded videos of both the 101 and 201 courses as well PDFs of the slides. http://www.thirdcoastcfar.org/implementation-science/

CE-PIM has also been hosting a series of virtual lectures on implementation science as part of the Prevention Science and Methodology Group, which can be found here: http://cepim.northwestern.edu/calendar-events?category=Implementation+Methods 

Please feel free to disseminate this information through your networks.  We look forward to sharing more implementation science resources across CFARs after we host the HIV implementation science workshop at the end of April supported through a CFAR supplement to Third Coast and Johns Hopkins.  We will be discussing the formation of an inter-CFAR working group at the workshop.



NIDDK Specific Funding Opportunity Announcements

RFA-DK-18-009, “Gastrointestinal Mechanisms Contributing to HIV Pathogenesis (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)”  Due Date: March 14, 2019. 

 

PAS-18-698, “High Priority HIV/AIDS Research within the Mission of the NIDDK (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)”  For those not familiar with this type of funding opportunity,  a  PAS is a Program Announcement with set-aside funds  (hence, the “S” in “PAS”).   

 

PA-18-615,  (Pilot and Feasibility Studies of HIV  and Animal Models for HIV Infection within the Mission of NIDDK (R21 Clinical Trial Optional

 

NIDDK also participates in  PAR-18-189, “Multidisciplinary Studies of HIVAIDS and Aging (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)  and PAR-18-190, “Multidisciplinary Studies of HIVAIDS and Aging (R21 Clinical Trial Optional).  NIDDK’s interest statements are described in the Notices  which are also linked to each of the PARs under “Related Notices” (NOT-DK-18-005 and NOT-DK-18-006).


Summer

26th Annual Principles of STD/HIV Research Course



Fall

Be Ready for the AIDS Study Section Reorganization for September 2018 Receipt Date

The NIH AIDS Study Sections are being reorganized to align the AIDS and Related Research (AARR) integrated review group (IRG) with current and emerging areas of HIV/AIDS research and to support best practices for scientific breadth and meeting management. 

 

Six new study sections will cover basic, translational, clinical, and population science. The new study sections are expected to be in place in time for the September 2018 application due date.

 

For full details, including descriptions of the new study sections and guidance on timelines, please visit this URL:https://bit.ly/2jobWf9


Please save the dates of Wednesday October 10th  – Friday October 12th, 2018 for the fourth biennial Strategies for an HIV Cure meeting at the NIH main campus. This is a National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) program-driven meeting with the goal of fostering communication and collaboration among researchers funded by NIAID HIV cure-related programs and grants and with the community at large. The meeting also serves as the venue for this year’s annual joint meeting of the Martin Delaney Collaboratories.

 

Poster abstracts are highly encouraged, oral presentations will be by invitation only. The meeting is open to the public, and registration is free.  

 

The website for the 2018 meeting, which will provide further details on the agenda and meeting logistics, is still under development. For more information on the previous meeting in 2016, please see https://respond.niaid.nih.gov/conferences/hivcuremeeting2016.  For questions, please contact NIAIDHIVCureMeeting@niaid.nih.gov



International Workshop on Microbiome in HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention

The 4th International Workshop on the Microbiome in HIV will be held 16-17 October 2018, in Rockville, MD. 

 

The understanding of the human microbiome continues to grow rapidly; however information on the role of HIV infection on changes in the microbiome, and the role of the microbiome in HIV transmission, prevention, pathogenesis and treatment is still limited.  While research in this area may be presented at major conferences, there is often limited time for in-depth discussion and debate among cross-disciplinary experts on new data and their implications. The aim of this workshop is to provide increased opportunities for discussion and exchange of knowledge following formal presentation of the latest research.

 

This 2 day event will have invited lectures by key research leaders from both the broader Microbiome field, as well as HIV/Microbiome investigators, oral abstract presentations and poster presentations.  The conference will be unique in its approach, as it will engage basic scientists and clinicians from the HIV field and leading scientists involved in microbiome researchs.  Registration is free.  There will also be a Young Investigator Scholarship program to support travel, to encourage participation of emerging investigators.  

 

More information about the program including the speakers is found here





Past Events

Winter

HIV & Substance Use Research Seminar

Dr. Jill Blumenthal will be speaking on Thursday, February 22, beginning at 2:00 p.m. in CRSF 228 a/b.
Dr. Blumenthal will discuss "Pre-explosure prophylaxis and women: a domestic and local perspective." 
 

CFAR AFP-WG Webinars
Jan. 8, 2018 - PrEP and adolescents – barriers, current work, protocols, consent

https://bluejeans.com/s/5_qMW

Description: This webinar will review the state of PrEP for adolescents including regulatory issues, the ATN pipeline, topics funded under the recent RFP, and existing gaps in the field.

Speaker: Sybil Hosek, PhD - Clinical Psychologist/HIV Researcher, Department of Psychiatry at Stroger Hospital of Cook County 
Discussant: Lisa B. Hightow-Weidman, MD, MPH - Associate Professor of Medicine, Departments of Infectious Diseases and Health Behavior, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

 

NHLBI HIV/AIDS-related Research Webinar Series

This is the third installment of the NHLBI HIV/AIDS-related heart, lung, blood, and sleep (HLBS) research webinar series that serves to highlight state of the art research from experts in the field and provide a platform for disseminating pertinent NHLBI HIV/AIDS-related research announcements.

Join our next webinar that will be held on Monday, March 12th, 2018 from 12pm-1pm (EST) featuring Dr. Jasimuddin Ahamed who will present his work on HIV protease inhibitor-induced cardiovascular disease: role of platelet activation and TGF-?1. There will also be a short Q&A session to discuss upcoming NHLBI HIV/AIDS funding opportunities. To register for the webinar, you can click on the “Click Here to Register” box in the flyer below or click this link: . Once registered, an email with detailed instructions for accessing the webinar will be sent to you directly; you can access the webinar agenda via the webinar access link.

If you would like to present your research or nominate another investigator for one of these webinars, please email Leia Novak (NHLBI HIV/AIDS scientific program manager), at Leia.novak@nih.gov. If you would like to join the NHLBI listserv through which these webinar announcements are disseminated, please click this link https://list.nih.gov/ and click on ‘search public lists’ and enter the following text ‘NHLBI-HIVRESEARCH_FOA-L’ to find the correct listserv and join.

 

Integrating Infectious Disease Considerations with Response to the Opioid Epidemic: A Workshop

This one-and-a-half-day public workshop will discuss infectious disease consequences of the opioid epidemic, giving particular attention to viral hepatitis, HIV, and endocarditis. The workshop will address strategies to prevent and treat infections in people who inject drugs, especially strategies that emphasize empathy, respectful treatment, and patient satisfaction. The speakers will address ways to work efficiently though the existing public health and medical systems. The agenda will be posted on the workshop webpage shortly. 

When: March 12-13, 2018
Location: Washington, D.C. 
WebcastWatch here on the day(s) of the event
 

Spring

HIV & Substance Use Research Seminar

Adriane Wynn will be speaking on Thursday, March 22, beginning at 2:00 p.m. in CRSF 228 a/b.
Dr. Wynn will discuss "Sexually transmitted infections in pregnancy from a global perspective" 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Holly B. Shakya will be speaking on Thursday, April 5th, beginning at 2:00 p.m. in CRSF 228 a/b.
Dr. Shakya will discuss "Social network analysis as an innovative method to identify reference groups for social norms: a practice job talk" 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACTRI Translational Science Symposium: Emerging Issues and Solutions in Infectious Disease

You are invited to the UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) Translational Science Symposium: “Emerging Issues and Solutions in Infectious Disease,” scheduled from 2:30 – 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 5, 2018, in the  ACTRI Building. The symposium is free, but there is limited seating and registration is required. Presentations are geared for researchers, but open to campus members and ACTRI partners. Please contact Patti Weiser (pweiser@ucsd.edu) at the ACTRI if you have questions.

The keynote speaker is former FDA Commissioner Robert Califf, MD, a nationally and internationally recognized expert in cardiovascular medicine and former vice chancellor of clinical and translational research at Duke University.

The symposium will also feature mini-presentations by researchers supported by ACTRI and the presentation of the 2018 Daniel T. O’Connor Memorial Award. The event will run from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the ACTRI building. It is free, but there is limited seating and registration is required. Presentations are geared for researchers, but open to campus members and ACTRI partners.

Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health
Aaron Carlin and Gabriel Wagner, Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health, are two of the presenters.

 

HIV/AIDS-related HLBS Research Webinar

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 10th, 2018; 12:00pm-1:00pm (EST)
Speaker: Christopher Longenecker, MD; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University
Title: Epidemiology and Mechanisms of Cardiovascular Disease among People Living with HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa
Registration Linkgoo.gl/ZAz5vs

 

First Annual Mucosal Systems Meeting

The first annual HIV Mucosal Systems Meeting (April 29th -May 2nd 2018, Santa Rosa, CA) abstract deadline is this Friday February 23rd by 8pm EST. Please submit abstracts to  mucsysinfo@northwestern.edu.  The goal of this meeting is to provide a much-needed platform for international interchange on important topics relating to HIV interactions with mucosal systems. Sessions include: an overview session describing HIV relevant mucosal, mucosal innate and adaptive immunology, mucosal epithelial barriers, microbiome, mucous properties, mucosal transmission, interventions, technological advancements in mucosal research, and relevant epidemiology and clinical science aspects in HIV.  

Please limit your abstract body to 300 words, and designate if you are an early career investigator eligible for a scholarship (defined here as in a training position such as graduate student, postdoctoral fellow, or within 3 years of Assistant Professor designation). Scholarships will be awarded based on abstract quality and will cover registration and lodging costs for 20+ young investigators. Notifications of abstract disposition and scholarship awards will come on or before March 12th, 2018 via email.

Registration is also now open!! Please visit: 
http://www.feinberg.northwestern.edu/sites/hiv-mucosal-systems-meeting/ 
Room blocks at $139/night are being held until March 29th. As a reminder the registration fee is $300 until 3/29, and $450 thereafter.

Please forward along to anyone who may be interested, and we highly encourage trainees to attend. Please email mucsysinfo@northwestern.edu with any questions or concerns.

 

NHLBI HIV/AIDS-related Research Webinar Series

Date/Time: Friday, May 4th, 2018; 12:00pm – 1:00pm (EST)

Speaker: Maria Jose Miguez, MD, PhD; Professor, Florida International University

Title: Platelets Should Be At The Frontline of HIV Research

Registration Linkgoo.gl/HCPVS4

 

The African Postdoctoral Training Initiative

The African Academy of Sciences (AAS), the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are partnering under the auspices of the Coalition of African Research & Innovation (CARI) to establish a postdoctoral training fellowship program, the African Postdoctoral Training Initiative (APTI).  Training will be at a world class institute, the intramural laboratories of NIH.

APTI fellows will train in a global health research area of priority for their home institutions and countries, and AAS, BMGF and NIH, while building bridges and lasting connections between the partner organizations and African scientists and institutions. While at the NIH, the fellows must be on leave or sabbatical from their home institution under the NIH Intramural Visiting Fellow Program (https://policymanual.nih.gov/2300-320-3). The research priority areas are in infectious diseases, nutrition, and reproductive, maternal, and child health and developing skills for clinical and translational research. More information available 


Candidate requirements:

  • Must be citizens of and currently employed in an academic, research, or government position in an African country.
  • Must have a relevant doctoral degree (e.g., PhD, MD, MBBS) awarded no more than 15 years earlier.
  • Must have less than 5 years of relevant research experience by their entry on duty date at NIH.

 

Application deadline: May 11, 2018
Final selection: June 1, 2018
APTI fellows must be prepared to begin their fellowship at NIH no later than September 30, 2018.

Link to application - will open April 11, 2018

Download the sample application form: http://www.aasciences.ac.ke/download/5ac73510b0f49/ 

Inquiries:

Susan Gichoga
Grants Officer, African Academy of Sciences
Phone: +254 20 240 5150. Email: apti@aasciences.ac.ke   
 
Jackie Officer
Program Specialist, Fogarty International Center, NIH
Phone: +1-301-496-4784. Email: jackie.officer@nih.gov

Stacy Wallick
Program Officer, Fogarty International Center, NIH
Phone: +1-301-496-4784. Email: stacy.wallick@nih.gov

 

Request for Proposals: OAR Training Fellowship 2018

This is another opportunity that may be of interest to early-stage HIV investigators who would like an opportunity for short-term training. This proposal is not tied to the CFAR grant and is a standalone submission to CDRF but funded by OAR.

 

  • Early-stage investigators from Brazil, China, India, Russia, South Africa, and the United States of America
  • Each up to $25,000 United States Dollars (USD) for up to 3 months of short-term training support
  • Short-term training pertaining to HIV research aligned with high-priority topic areas
  • Deadline for application submission is May 30
  • All proposals must be submitted through the Electronic Proposal Submission (EPS) website: https://eps.crdfglobal.org/HIVTrainingAwards2018 
  • Individuals who serve as Principal Investigators (PI) on an NIH Office of AIDS Research (OAR)-supported HIV collaborative research award through one of the NIH bilateral programs are not eligible to apply

 

Please note the eligibility criteria as described in the RFP.  Feel free to disseminate as appropriate.

Please see the attached RFP and also the website below for more information.

http://www.crdfglobal.org/funding-opportunities/NIH-TrainingFellowshipAwards2018

 

Program Point of Contact: 
Sheila Ribeiro, CRDF Global, sribeiro@crdfglobal.org 

 

HIV/AIDS-related HLBS Research Webinar

Date/Time: Tuesday, June 5th, 2018; from 2:00pm-3:00pm (EST)

Speaker: Xu Yu, MD; Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School

Title: Unraveling the Mechanisms of Durable Control of HIV-1

Registration Linkgoo.gl/ae2qQd

 

 

Adherence 2018 Conference

The Division of AIDS Research at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has organized two pre-conference sessions the morning of Friday June 8, 2018 at the Adherence 2018 Conference in Miami, Florida.

 

Pre-Con 1: Violence and the HIV Care Continuum

Time: 9:00 – 10:30 am Eastern Time

Co-Chairs: Teri Senn (NIMH) and Kathy Sikkema (Duke University)

 

Pre-Con 2: Reducing Intersectional Stigma to Improve the HIV Prevention Continuum

Time: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm Eastern Time

Co-Chairs: Gregory Greenwood (NIMH), Jonathon Rendina (Hunter College) and Janet Turan (University of Alabama, Birmingham)

Sessions will include presentations from investigators conducting state-of-the-science research, followed by moderated discussions focused on gaps in current research knowledge. Audience members will have a chance to ask questions and participate in the discussions.

 

Administrative Supplements

Administrative supplements to support interdisciplinary scientific collaborations between CFAR and nursing schools and research organizations supporting nursing research! The purpose of this supplement is to support innovative research on HIV-related nursing science from early stage investigators who are affiliated with nursing schools or research organizations that support nursing research. The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) intends to provide supplemental funds to CFARs to help develop collaborations between nursing schools or organizations that support nursing research affiliated with or near to CFARs.

 

Funding will be in the form of a supplement to the Developmental Core with funds restricted for use in pilot studies to support innovative HIV-related nursing research.
NOTE: Studies involving clinical trials are not allowed.
Receipt Date: June 18, 2018

 

Eligible Individuals: 
The award is intended for early stage investigators who are in the process of developing an independent research career and who have not yet received an R01 or equivalent grant from the NIH.  Post-doctoral fellows are eligible if they are in their final year and transitioning to a faculty position. Applicants must have a research or health-professional doctoral degree. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply for NIH support. Multiple PDs/PIs are not allowed.

More information: NINR CFAR Supplement



 











 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





2017

Fall

Past Webinars

Oct. 2, 2017 - CFAR AFP-WG Webinar: New NIH Funded Research to Advance Oral PrEP Use and Delivery
https://bluejeans.com/s/BgFoZ

Description:  This webinar will review current evidence on PrEP use, and then highlight a recent NIH initiative which called for research applications on “Improving the HIV PrEP Cascade” (RFAMH-17-360 and 361). The initiative sought research to help speed PrEP access and uptake, support PrEP medication adherence and care retention, and prioritize key populations and reduce disparities in PrEP use. Research awards newly underway through this initiative will pioneer work in underserved populations, test innovative approaches to improve PrEP care engagement, and address important provider and care-system factors related to PrEP use.

Presenter: Michael Stirratt, PhD - NIMH Division of AIDS Research
Discussant: Dawn Smith, MD - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

Nov. 13, 2017 - High sensitivity testing & translational science

Description: This webinar will review HIV testing technologies, the importance of screening for acute HIV infection in PrEP programs, and the growing data on the impact of PrEP on HIV tests during seroconversion. We will review some of the translational science around PrEP and
HIV testing and discuss some of the remaining implementation science questions on the topic.

Speaker: Joanne Stekler, MD, MPH - Associate Professor, Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, University of Washington
Discussant: Demetre Daskalakis, MD, MPH - Deputy Commissioner for the Division of Disease Control at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene



Annual HIV Research Day

The 2017 CFAR HIV Research Day was held on Wednesday, December 6, in the Great Hall of the International House. More than 100 participants heard a dozen presentations on disparities in HIV prevention, treatment, and care. Check out the agenda  and learn more about this exciting one-day event! Also check the HIV Institute Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds.


Summer

UC San Diego startup Worldcare Technologies receives award for plans to bring low-cost HIV viral load monitoring to resource-limited countries

The student team, which is advised by Dr. Davey Smith, Co-Director of the UC San Diego Center for AIDS Research, has won first place in the National Academy of Engineering's Global Grand Challenges Summit business model competition! Congratulations!!!

 

The team recently incorporated as Worldcare Technologies, a public benefit corporation. Their goal is to take their advances all the way through clinical trials, manufacturing and distribution to make real-world impacts with the devices/technologies they are designing to monitor the effectiveness of HIV treatment in low-resource areas of the globe.

 

Kirk Hutchison (BS History ’18) is CEO, Worldcare Technologies. He is shown here with his team, third from the right.

 

Learn more about UC San Diego Global Ties, the National Academies, and this prestigious award.