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Duke CFAR Newsletter - January 19, 2022

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News from the CFAR

Upcoming events

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Statement - NIH celebrates FDA approval of long-acting injectable drug for HIV prevention

News from the CFAR

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Welcome Dr. Lynn Lin to the Quantitative Sciences Core!

We welcome Lynn Lin, Assistant Professor of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics and Statistical Science, to the Duke CFAR as a faculty member in the Quantitative Sciences Core. Lynn is a Bayesian statistician with expertise in flow cytometry analysis and machine learning, perhaps best known in the HIV/AIDS community for discovering cellular immune correlates of protection in the RV144 trial in her paper COMPASS identifies T-cell subsets correlated with clinical outcomes (Nat Biotechnol. 2015 Jun; 33(6): 610–616.). Lynn will focus on developing new statistical and machine learning methods for high-dimensional cellular and humoral assays in collaboration with the Immunology Core.

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Dr. Brandon Knettel featured as Blue Devil of the Week

Dr. Brandon Knettel, Assistant Professor of Nursing and Global Health, was featured in Duke Today as Blue Devil of the Week. Dr. Knettel received the Director's Award at October's Duke CFAR Fall Scientific Retreat, which he mentions in the article as a memorable day at work. His research in Tanzania and North Carolina focuses on the role mental health plays for people who are facing significant challenges to their physical health, including HIV. Dr. Knettel was also recently awarded a CFAR microgrant to explore strategies for integrating treatment for opioid use disorder in HIV care in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.

Read more about Dr. Knettel and his work here.

Upcoming Events

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Join the Harvard CFAR for their grand rounds event

Thursday, January 20, 2022 | 9:00 - 10:30 am EST

Featuring Drs. Anthony Fauci and John Nkengasong

Ongoing global Covid-19 vaccine and therapeutic inequities threaten to prolong and exacerbate the pandemic for all countries. As advocates, academics, and policymakers alike call for the U.S. and other wealthy nations to share these lifesaving resources with the world, it is prudent to consider the lessons learned from the HIV pandemic that can be translated into this current moment. PEPFAR and the experiences of HIV health workers offer a roadmap and over 20 years of learnings for implementing vaccine and therapeutic scale-up and delivery efforts in low resource settings. On January 20th, the Harvard Global Health Institute and the Harvard University Center for AIDS Research grand rounds event will bring together members of the HIV research and advocacy communities to critically reflect upon applicable lessons for approaching Covid-19 healthcare delivery and identify necessary steps for a paradigm shift in how the world responds to global health crises. The grand rounds will include a 1-hour panel discussion between leaders of the global HIV response and a 30-minute fireside conversation between Dr. Tony Fauci and Dr. John Nkengasong. These conversations will be oriented towards practical, timely steps that advocates, academics, and policymakers can take to advance equity in this and future global health crisis. Register today to join us for what promises to be insightful and urgently needed dialogue.

Learn more and register here.

CFAR-wide Webinar hosted by UNC: Bringing accessible "curative" interventions for HIV and sickle cell disease to resource-limited parts of the world

Monday, January 24, 2022 | 3:30 - 4:30 pm EST

Dr. Mike McCune (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)

Register for the webinar here.

**NEW DATE** SBS Core Rocket Talk | NIH Stigma and Discrimination Research Toolkit and Priorities: A View from NIMH and NIDA

Thursday, January 27, 2022 | 2:30 - 3:30 pm EST

Presenters: Drs. Brenda Curtis (NIDA Intramural Research Program) and Gregory Greenwood (NIMH Division of AIDS Research)

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), in partnership with the Fogarty International Center (FIC), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Stigma Scientific Interest Group (SIG), have recently developed a toolkit designed to be a collection of evidence and resources related to stigma and discrimination research. NIH Stigma SIG Co-Chairs and co-developers of the toolkit, Drs. Curtis and Greenwood will provide an overview of the toolkit and discuss stigma research findings and priorities for NIDA and NIMH, respectively.


Meeting ID: 925 3329 0412

Passcode: 898720

To be added to the Social and Behavioral Sciences Core listserv, email cfar-sbs-core-request@duke.edu

Dean Ramos talk rescheduled for March

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Lecture: 12:00 - 1:00 pm EDT

Discussion with SBS Core Investigators: 1:00 - 1:30 pm EDT

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