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Duke CFAR Newsletter - December 1, 2021

In this newsletter:

News from the CFAR

Upcoming events

Newly published

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Annually on December 1st, we commemorate World AIDS Day. 2021 is a particularly poignant year, marking 40 years since the first five cases of what later became known as AIDS were officially reported. We know many of our Duke CFAR investigators have been working to address the challenges presented by HIV from the very start of the epidemic. Thank you to all of our CFAR members for your continued research, care, and advocacy.

This World AIDS Day, UNAIDS is highlighting the urgent need to end the inequalities that drive AIDS and other pandemics around the world. Read more here.

News from the CFAR

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17th Annual CFAR Fall Scientific Retreat a Success!

Thank you to all for attending and participating in the 17th Annual CFAR Fall Scientific Retreat in October! This year's retreat focused on Early Stage Investigators and featured 7 oral presentations and ‘Impact’ Talks chosen from 29 submitted abstracts. 

Find a PDF summary of the retreat on our website here.

Applications now being accepted for the Duke Quantitative 2022 Summer Internships in HIV/AIDS

Duke Quantitative Summer Internships in HIV/AIDS are paid internships during Summer 2022 to conduct research in HIV/AIDS for graduate students in quantitative disciplines. Areas of research may include data analysis, visualization, machine learning, computer simulation, mathematical modeling, or device engineering. Interns are jointly mentored by an HIV research scientist and a quantitative faculty member (who could be your current research advisor if appropriate). Interns will gain valuable hands-on experience in a collaborative setting, increased knowledge in HIV/AIDS research, and will strengthen oral and written communication skills. Interns will also have the opportunity to present their work at national and international HIV/AIDS conferences.

Applications should be received by Dec 3, 2021 for priority consideration.

Learn more and access the application on our website here.

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Upcoming Events

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Join the Duke CFAR in Commemorating World AIDS Day today, December 1st

Our CFAR event recognizing World AIDS Day with Dean Ramos will be rescheduled for a later date. As a member of the President's Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, Dean Ramos has been invited to the White House on Wednesday to participate in World AIDS Day events. He sends his regrets and apologizes for any inconvenience.

A statement from the White House on World AIDS Day 2021 can be found here.

The NIH is sponsoring a virtual World AIDS Day Virtual Event on The Role of Research in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. You can join online Wednesday December 1st, 11am - 12:30pm EST via this link.

Other World AIDS Day events are linked below, including the UNC CFAR's 23rd Annual World AIDS Day Symposium this Friday, December 3rd.

Discover more World AIDS Day events on our website here.

Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS at Yale University hosts DC CFAR SBS Core Director

December 8th, 2021 | 12 - 1:30pm EST

On December 8th, the SEICHE Center for Health and Justice at Yale University and the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS at Yale University will host Dr. Lisa Bowleg for their Fall seminar series on policing and health. The title of Dr. Bowleg's presentation will be: "Unemployment, Incarceration and Police Brutality: What I've Learned About Intersectionality and Structural Inequality from My HIV Prevention Research with U.S. Black Men."


Lisa Bowleg, Ph.D. is Professor of Applied Social Psychology in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at The George Washington University (GW), and Director of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Core of the DC Center for AIDS Research (DC CFAR).

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Register for the Zoom event here.

Newly published

Sexual and reproductive health needs of young people living with HIV in low- and middle-income countries: a scoping review.

Mkumba LS, Nassali M, Benner J, Ritchwood TD.

Reprod Health. 2021 Nov 5;18(1):219. doi: 10.1186/s12978-021-01269-7.

The Development and Psychometric Evaluation of the HIV Stigmatizing Attitudes Scale (HSAS) in Tanzania.

Sao SS, Minja L, Vissoci JRN, Watt MH.

AIDS Behav. 2021 Nov 3:1-14. doi: 10.1007/s10461-021-03506-3. Online ahead of print.

Validation of a Triplex Pharmacokinetic Assay for Simultaneous Quantitation of HIV-1 Broadly Neutralizing Antibodies PGT121, PGDM1400, and VRC07-523-LS.

Wesley MS, Chiong KT, Seaton KE, Arocena CA, Sawant S, Hare J, Hernandez K, Rojas M, Heptinstall J, Beaumont D, Crisafi K, Nkolola J, Barouch DH, Sarzotti-Kelsoe M, Tomaras GD, Yates NL.

Front Immunol. 2021 Aug 24;12:709994. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2021.709994. eCollection 2021.

Mapping of pseudouridine residues on cellular and viral transcripts using a novel antibody-based technique.

Martinez Campos C, Tsai K, Courtney DG, Bogerd HP, Holley CL, Cullen BR.

RNA. 2021 Nov;27(11):1400-1411. doi: 10.1261/rna.078940.121. Epub 2021 Aug 10.

PMID: 34376564

Population Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics of Itraconazole for Disseminated Infection Caused by Talaromyces marneffei.

Stott KE, Le T, Nguyen T, Whalley S, Unsworth J, Ly VT, Kolamunnage-Dona R, Hope W.

Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2021 Oct 18;65(11):e0063621. doi: 10.1128/AAC.00636-21. Epub 2021 Aug 9.

The genomic epidemiology of multi-drug resistant invasive non-typhoidal Salmonella in selected sub-Saharan African countries.

Park SE, Pham DT, Pak GD, Panzner U, Maria Cruz Espinoza L, von Kalckreuth V, Im J, Mogeni OD, Schütt-Gerowitt H, Crump JA, Breiman RF, Adu-Sarkodie Y, Owusu-Dabo E, Rakotozandrindrainy R, Bassiahi Soura A, Aseffa A, Gasmelseed N, Sooka A, Keddy KH, May J, Aaby P, Biggs HM, Hertz JT, Montgomery JM, Cosmas L, Olack B, Fields B, Sarpong N, Razafindrabe TJL, Raminosoa TM, Kabore LP, Sampo E, Teferi M, Yeshitela B, El Tayeb MA, Krumkamp R, Dekker DM, Jaeger A, Tall A, Gassama A, Niang A, Bjerregaard-Andersen M, Løfberg SV, Deerin JF, Park JK, Konings F, Carey ME, Van Puyvelde S, Ali M, Clemens J, Dougan G, Baker S, Marks F.

BMJ Glob Health. 2021 Aug;6(8):e005659. doi: 10.1136/bmjgh-2021-005659.

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