September 2020 Newsletter


Congratulations to the Spring 2020 Pilot Project Awardees  

Drs. John Schneider and Jenny Trinitapoli, leaders of the Developmental Core, and CFAR director, Dr. Richard D’Aquila, would like to congratulate the investigators recently selected for CFAR pilot awards. These one-year, high impact projects address NIH’s Office of AIDS Research priorities and are supported by $50,000 awards from the Developmental Core. The early career investigators who lead pilot projects will receive mentorship from CFAR core directors and will utilize CFAR services to complete this vital work. The preliminary data pilot projects generate will enhance investigators’ future applications to NIH.

Learn more about the awardees>>

Recent Promotions for Third Coast CFAR Faculty

The Third Coast CFAR would like to congratulate these CFAR faculty members on their recent promotions:

  • Kathryn Macapagal, PhD, Research Associate Professor, Northwestern University
  • Darnell Motley, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, The University of Chicago
  • Michael Newcomb, PhD, Tenured Associate Professor, Northwestern University
  • Jessica Ridgway, MD, MS,  Associate Professor, The University of Chicago
View the list of awardees>>

Career Opportunities


CFAR Seminar Events

Amy Johnson, PhD

Research Assistant Professor
Lurie Children’s Hospital & Department of Pediatrics, Division of Adolescent Medicine
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine


David Moskowitz, PhD

Research Assistant Professor
Department of Medical Social Sciences
Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing Northwestern University

Results from CFAR Pilot Projects
Monday, September 21, 2020
12–1 p.m. CT
Livestream Only
RSVP Required 

Drs. Amy Johnson and David Moskowitz will present the results of their Third Coast CFAR pilot projects.
“In the Loop: Development of a Mobile App to Increase PrEP Awareness among Young Black Women”
Amy K. Johnson, PhD, is a research assistant professor in The Potocsnak Family Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Lurie Children’s and Department of Pediatrics at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. She earned her PhD in Epidemiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Johnson has advanced training in program evaluation, quantitative and qualitative analysis. In addition, Dr. Johnson has a background in social work and therefore brings a strengths-based trauma-informed approach to her research and evaluation work. Dr. Johnson’s primary area of expertise and interest lies in applied HIV and STI prevention and care intervention research. Her work focuses on high priority areas of HIV intervention implementation, risk assessment and developing/assessing prevention packages, as well as in adolescent sexual health.
“Prepping Parents for PrEP (P3): Exploring parental attitudes towards PrEP for their teenagers”
David A. Moskowitz, PhD, (he/him) is a research assistant professor in the Department of Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern University, an ISGMH core faculty member, and the project director of SMART project. He received his doctorate from Northwestern University in Communication Studies (Health). Before coming to ISGHM, he trained as an NIH postdoctoral fellow at the Center for AIDS Intervention Research at the Medical College of Wisconsin, taught as an assistant professor of Health Communication at the University of Texas, San Antonio, and as an associate professor of Epidemiology and Community Health at the New York Medical College. In terms of research, Dr. Moskowitz has published many articles on risk-taking behaviors among men who have sex with men, gay and bisexual male health, and the development and maintenance of gay male sexual identities. He is also known for his research into gay male social subcultures. At ISGHM, he will turn his focus towards the role and use of internet-mediated communication to delivery targeted HIV-prevention messages to adolescent gay and bisexual youth.

RSVP on Zoom

Judd Hultquist, PhD
Assistant Professor
Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Defining the Role of N-Methyladenosine during HIV Replication in Primary T Cells
Monday, October 5, 2020
12–1 p.m. CT
Livestream Only
RSVP Required 

Dr. Hultquist’s research focuses on mapping the functional plasticity in host-pathogen interactions in primary models of disease. Leveraging expertise in primary cell modeling, proteomic profiling and functional genomics, his research group studies the changing landscape of protein-protein interactions, post-translational modifications, gene expression profiles and functional dependencies that unfold during the course of viral infection. He is the recipient of numerous awards, honors, and fellowships for his research and academic achievements and has participated in several outreach efforts to raise awareness of the ongoing fight against the AIDS epidemic. His goal is to strengthen the bridge from big data to targeted discovery to clinical application for the development of personalized, host-driven therapies and the betterment of human health.

RSVP on Zoom
Non-CFAR Events
2020 Midwest LGBTQ Health Symposium: Being Healthy is a Radical Act
Wednesday, September 16 and Thursday, September 17, 2020
Virtual Conference
View Flyer

The 2020 Midwest LGBTQ Health Symposium (MLHS) will explore this year’s theme “Being Healthy is a Radical Act.” The two-day gathering of healthcare professionals, social service providers, advocates, and researchers will highlight innovative best practices in LGBTQ patient-centered clinical care as well as community-driven approaches to addressing health disparities. Join us as we explore these critical topics and others – HIV elimination, racial equity in LGBTQ care, addressing violence and reproductive justice, as providers and advocates striving for meaningful change.

Register at Howard Brown Health

Kenneth Mayer, MD
Medical Research Director and Co-Chair
The Fenway Institute

Leaders in LGBTQ Health featuring Dr. Kenneth Mayer
The Evolution of the Fenway Health Model: An Academic LGBTQIA+ Community Center
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
12–1:30 p.m.

RSVP Required

Kenneth Mayer, MD is Medical Research Director and Co-Chair of The Fenway Institute. He is also a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School; a Professor, Department of Global Health and Population at Harvard School of Public Health; Director of HIV Prevention Research and Attending Physician at Beth Israel Lahey Health; and Adjunct Professor of Medicine and Community Health at Brown University. His areas of research include international HIV/AIDS, Gay and Bisexual Men’s Health, HIV/AIDS Prevention, Microbicides, PrEP, PEP, Vaccines, Secondary Prevention, HIV/AIDS Treatment, and Antibiotic Use and Molecular Epidemiology of Antibiotic Resistance. Dr. Mayer graduated from Northwestern University Medical School in 1977. He credits his first research experience with Dr. Jeremiah Stamler in the Department of Community Health at NUMS, and his work helping to launch Howard Brown Community Health Center as highly influential in determining his subsequent career.

RSVP on the ISGMH Website

New Funding Opportunities

NIH Notices pertaining to HIV/AIDS 
Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Secondary Analyses of Existing Alcohol Research Data
Funding Opportunities Pertaining to HIV/AIDS
NICHD Program Project Grants for HIV Research (P01 Clinical Trial Optional)
Application Receipt Date(s): February 26, 2021
Intervention Research to Improve Native American Health (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
Application Receipt Date(s): April 17, 2021
Research to Improve Native American Health (R21 Clinical Trials Optional)
Application Receipt Date(s):
May 17, 2021; May 17, 2022; May 17, 2023
NIDDK Catalyst Award (DP1 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Application Receipt Date(s): January 06, 2021
Innovative Research in Cancer Nanotechnology (IRCN) (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Application Receipt Date(s): November 4, 2020, May 6, 2021, November 4, 2021, May 5, 2021, November 3, 3022, May 4, 2023
Liver Cirrhosis Network: Scientific and Data Coordination Center (U24 Clinical Trial Optional)
Application Receipt Date(s): December 1, 2020
Liver Cirrhosis Network: Clinical Research Centers (U01 Clinical Trial Required)
Application Receipt Date(s): December 1, 2020
NIAID Clinical Trial Planning Grant (R34 Clinical Trials Not Allowed)
Application Receipt Date(s): September 14, 2020; January 12, 2021; May 12, 2021; September 14, 2021; January 12, 2022; May 13, 2022; September 14, 2022; January 13, 2023; May 12, 2023

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