August 2020 Newsletter


Dr. Danijela Maric Selected for NHLBI HIV-related Comorbidities K12 Scholar Award

The Third Coast HIV-related Cardiovascular and Sleep Disorders Career Development Program is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Danijela Maric as a new TC-CS K12 scholar.  

Dr. Maric is a research assistant professor in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and former Third Coast CFAR pilot awardee. Her project, “Evaluating the presence and effect of HIV/SIV in heart,” builds on earlier work that demonstrated the heart is one of the main organs where HIV/SIV rebounds in after ART cessation. Dr. Maric aims to study the localization and phenotype of SIV-infected cells in the heart, evaluate their impact on the heart microenvironment, and translate findings to studies in humans. This work has implications for both future research on the pathways by which HIV infection impacts cardiovascular health and strategies to achieve sustained viral remission with ART.  

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Danijela Maric, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Department of Cell and Molecular Biology
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Celeste Watkins-Hayes Addressed “injuries of inequality” in the HIV/AIDS Pandemic at AIDS 2020: Virtual

Dr. Celeste Watkins-Hayes was interviewed by Positively Aware editor-in-chief and Community Collaboration Board member Jeff Berry to preview her session at AIDS 2020: Virtual, addressing the “injuries of inequality” in the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and the social drivers of, and responses to, the epidemic at the structural, institutional and individual levels.
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Dr. Steven Thrasher Awarded Ford Foundation Creativity and Free Expression Grant

Steven W. Thrasher, assistant professor and Daniel H. Renberg Chair of social justice reporting at Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications, has been awarded a $75,000 grant from the Ford Foundation. The grant will support Thrasher’s research on viruses in society, his course on virus coverage in the media and the research for his forthcoming book, “The Viral Underclass,” which will be published by Celadon Books and Macmillan Publishing. Dr. Thrasher is also a faculty member of the Third Coast CFAR.
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Steven W. Thrasher, PhD

Daniel H. Renberg Chair of Social Justice in Reporting and Assistant Professor of Journalism
Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications

CFAR RFAs for Pilot Awards and Community Collaborative Awards on HIV and HIV-related Comorbidities, including COVID-19

The Developmental Core has released Requests for Applications for its fall 2020 competition.
The Third Coast CFAR will give special, but not exclusive, priority to research focused on non-AIDS comorbidities that occur with higher incidence in people living with HIV, including but not limited to: COVID-19, cardiovascular diseases, sleep disorders, non-AIDS defining cancer, TB, HCV, diabetes, and depression.
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Career Opportunities at the University of Chicago  


Third Coast CFAR Seminar

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.

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New Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities Pertaining to HIV/AIDS
PrEP for HIV Prevention among Substance Using Populations (R01 - Clinical Trial Optional)
Application Receipt Date(s): November 12, 2020
Tobacco Use and HIV in Low and Middle-Income Countries (U01 Clinical Trial Optional)
Application Receipt Date(s): September 24, 2020
Using Human Cell Animal Chimera Brains to Study HIV Latency and Pathology R01 - Clinical Trials Not Allowed
Application Receipt Date(s): November 13, 2020
NICHD Research Education Programs (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Application Receipt Date(s): September 25, 2020
Nonhuman Primate Reagent Resource (U24 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Application Receipt Date(s): November 19, 2020
Collaborative Partnership between Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) and  Alcohol Research Centers (U54  Clinical Trial Optional)
Application Receipt Date(s): October 7, 2020
Harnessing Data Science for Health Discovery and Innovation in Africa (DS-I Africa) Research Hubs (U54  Clinical Trial Optional)
Application Receipt Date(s): December 8, 2020

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