UAB CFAR April/May 2018 Newsletter
Ellen Eaton, MD (Assistant Professor, Infectious Diseases) recently earned a grant from Gilead Sciences Research Scholars Program in HIV.

Her project is entitled, “Improving Kidney Health for African Americans with HIV through Optimal Antiretroviral Therapy Selection.” 
Submissions due July 1, 2018
Forum for Advancing Science on the Prevention and Treatment of HIV and STD's among Adolescents and Young Adults  

More photos on our Facebook page.
CFAR cooks up community service at Blazer Kitchen

The CFAR Team was in the UAB eReporter as part of the Behind the Scenes effort to showcase the community service that UAB employees participate in. You can volunteer at Blazer Kitchen too!
UAB CFAR is preparing for Competitive Renewal Submission
The CFAR Core Leadership is hard at work on its competitive grant renewal due in August 2018. We appreciate your responsiveness to the CFAR requests that may include biosketches, other support documents, progress updates, and other related information.

Strategic planning began in 2015 and we look forward to presenting our vision for our CFAR in the next five years.
Job Openings:
  • The CFAR has two open positions: Email resumes to
  • Financial Associate & Financial Officer I (Learn More)

  • Recruiting a Deputy Director for Clinical/Translational Research for the HIV Dynamics and Replication Program (HIV DRP). (Learn more)
In the News:

  • Amanda Willig is the lead author for new guidelines for medical nutrition therapy in HIV released by The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The guidelines help registered dietitians and dietetic technicians outline specific nutrition therapies that will benefit people living with HIV.

Upcoming Seminars:
Qualitative Data Workshop - Learn about qualitative coding
May 18 from 9am-12pm | Edge of Chaos

7th Annual Southeastern Immunology Symposium
June 16-17 | Sheraton Birmingham Hotel
Register by May 22
New CFAR Webinar Series!
The purpose is to discuss services provided from specific CFARs or groups that are Registration is required using the blue links below.

May 21st 2:30pm CST "Reducing Stigma for African American Women with HIV: The UNITY Health Study" by Deepa Rao, UW

September 24th 2:30pm CST "Inter CFAR HIV and TB working group", UNC CFAR
October 22nd 2:30pm CST "Introduction to the Social and Behavioral Instruments (SABI) Database: A One-Stop Shop for Valid and Reliable HIV Measures" by Carol Golin and Breana Castonguay, UNC CFAR
Research Roundtables
Led by Dr. Ellen Eaton
CFAR Conference Room BBRB 256 Fridays 1-2 pm
This meeting includes investigators from all disciplines in a weekly, informal "Research Roundtables"  where projects can be discussed from inception to presentation and publication. Both Clinical and Basic Science presentations will be included on alternating weeks.
Currently no meetings scheduled. Check the CFAR Webpage for updates.
Email if you would like to be added to the contact list.
Past Seminars:
  • Laura Nyblade visited and presented at the Edge of Chaos"Understanding the impact of stigma in healthcare setting" (April 6)
  • James Willig, MD presented at ID Grand Rounds "Apps and Research: Gamification and Cohort Studies" (April 19)
  • Michael Saag, MD presented CNICS during the CFAR Webinar Series (April 23)
  • Greer Burkholder, MD presented at ID Grand Rounds "Cardiovascular Disease Prevention among Persons Living with HIV (April 24)
  • Cosmas Zyambo, MBchB, MPhil, PhD Candidate had his Final Dissertation Defense "Cigarette Smoking among HIV-positive patients in Routine Clinical Care" (April 27)
Did you know?
  • There is a Matchmaker feature on the NIH RePORTER? This feature has recently been updated to help investigators identify the right NIH program official who may have projects in his/her portfolio within the same research area as CFAR investigators. This may especially be useful for Developmental Core Awardees who are trying to get their first NIH grant and can help determine who to talk to about projects at the NIH.  
  • CFAR hosts Specific Aims Workshops? Resources and More Information!
  • The CFAR Developmental Core Webpage has many resources for early stage investigators?
Funding Opportunities
The UAB SOM invites applications for seed funding to move a one-R01 investigator to a two-R01 investigator. Awards will granted for up to 2 years. LOI due June 18, 2018.
Early Stage Investigators up to $25K for 3 months of short-term training support - Due May 30, 2018
Implementing the Most Successful Interventions to Improve HIV/AIDS Outcomes in U.S. Communities (R01- Clinical Trial Optional) - Standard Due Dates
Implementing the Most Successful Interventions to Improve HIV/AIDS Outcomes in U.S. Communities (R21- Clinical Trial Optional) - Standard Due Dates
Developmentally Tailored HIV Prevention and Care Research for Adolescents and Young Adults - S tandard Due Dates
Developmentally Tailored HIV Prevention and Care Research for Adolescents and Young Adults - Standard Due Dates
Reducing Stigma to Improve HIV/AIDS Prevention, Treatment and Care in Low and Middle- Income Countries - Standard Due Dates
UAB’s Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging 
UAB’s Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging announces the availability of pilot/feasibility (P/F) project awards for investigators with a research focus to aging with the goal of developing applications to the NIH in the comparative biology and/or energetics of aging. The projects must utilize one or more of the three research cores of the UAB Shock Center, which can be found on the Center’s website ( ).   Applicants must consult with Core Leaders about the cost and feasibility of their proposed project prior to applying. Budgets (generally less than $10,000 although larger budgets are considered if fully justified) are developed in consultation with Core leaders and/or co-leaders. Awards are for 1 year. Applications from institutions outside of the UAB are particularly encouraged.
Note: Additional funds are available for studies utilizing Shock Center Cores and UAB’s Microbiome Core. For those interested in pursuing these grants, contact Casey Morrow ( ).

Application due dates are July 1st and Oct. 1st, 2018. 
Funding period: One year from award date.
Applications should be submitted in pdf format to Drs. Stephen Barnes and John Hartman (;
Post Doc and Course Opportunities
The course will be held July 23 - August 2, 2018 at the UW in Seattle, WA. 
The African Postdoctoral Training Initiative is looking for applicants.

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. 
The Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS at Yale University is currently seeking postdoctoral applicants for the 2018-2019 cohort of its NIMH Interdisciplinary HIV Prevention Training Program:
For more information about working with JustHouHS through the training program, please contact Alana at .  
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.
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:   
Upcoming Conferences

Dr. Janet Turan will co-char Pre-Conference Section 2 "Reducing Intersectional Stigma to Improve the HIV Prevention Continuum" | Conference Webpage
HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute | July 10 - 18, 2018 New York, NY
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Acknowledge the CFAR Grant: P30 AI027767