October 2020 Newsletter


Congratulations to 2020 Administrative Supplement Awardees

The NIH selected six projects for funding through FY20 supplements to the Third Coast CFAR. These high-impact projects address a range of NIH Office of AIDS Research Priorities.

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Inter-CFAR Implementation Science Fellowship Opportunity

The Inter-CFAR Implementation Science Working Group is accepting applications for an NIH-funded training opportunity in implementation science (IS) for early stage investigators (ESIs) engaging in HIV-related research. The fellowship will be open to 24 individuals selected across the CFAR network to participate in a mentorship program, including both didactic online and mentored small group training in IS methodology.
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NIH Awards $10 million for EHE pilot projects

The NIH has announced its selection of new and continuing pilot implementation science projects as part of Ending the HIV Epidemic. Third Coast CFAR teams have been selected for eight awards since 2019. 
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CFAR Adelante Program Concept Proposals Due January 11, 2021

The NIH CFAR Adelante Program works to advance HIV research in Latinx communities by providing mentored development to early-career investigators whose research focuses on decreasing HIV-related health disparities among Hispanic/Latinx populations.
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PSMG Announces Innovations in Ending the HIV Epidemic Series

As part of Fall 2020 Virtual Grand Rounds, PSMG will feature implementation research projects that address the goals of the Ending the HIV Epidemic initiative. Dr. Moira McNulty, a CFAR member and leader of an EHE Supplement Project, chairs the series.
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Howard Brown Health Gives Spotlight to CFAR Member Dr. Maria Pyra

Howard Brown Health’s blog featured Q & A with Dr. Maria Pyra, the health center’s Senior Epidemiologist. Dr. Pyra discussed a recent publication in AJPH and balancing work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Job Posting: CFAR Research Administrator 

The Third Coast CFAR invites applications for a new Research Administrator position. Competitive candidates will have at least three years of directly related experience in research administration and a demonstrated track record of collaboration on cross-functional teams.

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CFAR Seminar Events

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.

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Audrey French, MD
Director of Research at the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Rush University Medical College
Director, HIV Inpatient Services at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County

Ronald Lubelchek, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine at Rush University Medical Center
Medical Director, Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center
Physician, Division of Infectious Diseases at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County

EHE SWG Webinar
HIV Research and Services at the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
12–1 p.m. CT
Livestream Only
RSVP Required 

Audrey French, MD is Director of Research at the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center, a professor in the department of internal medicine at Rush University Medical College, and Director of HIV Inpatient Services at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County. Her research focuses on HIV in Women, HIV Prevention, HIV and Viral Hepatitis, and HIV-related medical comorbidities. Dr. French is currently the PI of the WIHS-nested R01- Contribution of Sleep and Circadian Disruption to Kynurenine Pathway Activation and Cardiometabolic Risk in Women with HIV and Keeping it LITE: Exploring HIV Risk in Vulnerable Youth with Limited Interaction, a virtual cohort of young and very young sexual minorities in Chicago, and Co-PI of the Chicago Women’s Interagency HIV Study (WIHS), a 20+ year longitudinal, observation study of HIV-infected and demographically similar uninfected women.

Ronald Lubelchek, MD is Medical Director of the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center, an assistant professor in the department of internal medicine at Rush University Medical Center, and physician in the division of Infectious Diseases at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County. His research and professional aim is to improve the access and quality of care for people living with HIV (PLWH), particularly PLWH in the Chicago area. Dr. Lubelchek currently focuses on implementing a pilot project to establish a region-wide real-time alert system to identify and re-engage out-of-care PLWH who present to local emergency departments for acute care. He is also an EHE Planning Project Awardee. 


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New Core Services in Data and Computational Sciences
Monday, November 2, 2020
12–1 p.m. CT
Livestream Only
RSVP Required 

Are you interested in doing more with your data? Do you have ideas for studies that use “big data,” modeling, or machine learning,  but aren’t sure where to start?  Come hear experts from the CFAR Biostatistics and Computational Resources Team present examples of using these tools to enhance HIV research.

Patrick Janulis, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern University and serves as the quantitative methodologist for the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research. His research examines the intersection of HIV, drug use, and LGBTQ health. His early work focused on using latent variable modeling to improve the measurement of HIV risk behavior and understanding within person variation in risk behavior across different environments and social circumstances. More recently this work has shifted to leveraging modern data science approaches to measure, understand, and intervene on the root causes in the spread of HIV.

Anna Hotton, PhD is a research assistant professor in the Section of Infectious Diseases and Global Health at the University of Chicago, and an epidemiologist with expertise in complex study design and quantitative methods. Dr. Hotton applies computational modeling approaches to advance understanding of mechanisms by which structural barriers impact HIV related outcomes among diverse groups, including MSM and transgender women.

Past and ongoing work has involved evaluation of primary and secondary prevention interventions, and studies aimed at understanding psychosocial and contextual influences on risk behavior, PrEP uptake, and engagement and retention in care.

Jonathan Ozik, PhD is a computational scientist at Argonne National Laboratory and senior scientist in the Consortium for Advanced Science and Engineering at the University of Chicago. Dr. Ozik develops applications of large-scale agent-based models, including models of infectious diseases, healthcare interventions, biological systems, water use and management, critical materials supply chains, and critical infrastructure. He also applies large-scale model exploration across modeling methods, including agent-based modeling, microsimulation and machine/deep learning. Dr. Ozik leads the Repast project (repast​.github​.io) for agent- based modeling toolkits and the Extreme-scale Model Exploration with Swift (EMEWS) framework for large-scale model exploration capabilities on high performance computing resources.

Pat Janulis, PhD 
Assistant Professor Medical Social Sciences
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Anna Hotton, PhD 
Research Assistant Professor Section of Infectious Diseases and Global Health
University of Chicago Medicine

Jonathan Ozik, PhD 
Computational Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory Senior Scientist, Consortium for Advanced Science and Engineering
The University of Chicago
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Non-CFAR Events
Evaluating the Tingle: Lessons learned from the PrEP4Love campaign
Illinois PrEP Working Group Webinar
Thursday, October 1, 2020  2–4 p.m. CT
Register on Zoom

Join researchers from George Washington University, Northwestern University and the University of Chicago to discuss their published study findings related to Chicago’s ongoing PrEP4Love social marketing and community mobilization campaign. Developed by members of the Illinois PrEP Working Group and launched in 2016, PrEP4Love continues to reach out to Black gay/bisexual men and Black cisgender and transgender women as well as other members of the Chicago community, such as Latinx individuals. Several papers have been published and presented in the past two years which reveal how well the campaign has performed, while offering ideas, insights and potential directions for next steps.  

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MAAETC Webinar
The Disproportionate Impacts of COVID-19 on the LGBTQ Population
October 29, 2020
1–2 p.m.
Registration is required 

This webinar will help participants understand the factors which place sexual and gender minorities (SGM) at greater risk for COVID-19 disparities. This webinar will also describe the effects of COVID-19 on SGM in the United States, describe how SGM with HIV have been affected by COVID-19, discuss steps healthcare professionals must take to address these disparities, and identify future strategies that can be used to ensure sexual and gender minorities receive equitable care in future disasters.

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New Funding Opportunities

NIH Notices pertaining to HIV/AIDS 
Notice of Special Interest (NOSI):  Mechanisms of Mycobacterial-Induced Immunity in HIV-Infected and/or Uninfected Individuals to Inform Innovative Tuberculosis Vaccine Design
Funding Opportunities Pertaining to HIV/AIDS
New Models of Integrated HIV/AIDS, Addiction, and Primary Care Services (R01 Clinical Trial Required)
Application Receipt Date(s): November 18, 2020

New Models of Integrated HIV/AIDS, Addiction, and Primary Care Services (R34 - Clinical Trial Optional )
Application Receipt Date(s): November 18, 2020
Toward ElucidAting MechanismS Contributing to HIV Reservoirs in NIDDK-relevant Tissues (Cure TEAMS) (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
Application Receipt Date(s): March 3, 2021
Toward ElucidAting MechanismS of HIV Pathogenesis within the Mission of the NIDDK (Pathogenesis TEAMS) (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
Application Receipt Date(s): March 3, 2021 March 15, 2021
HIV Vaccine Research and Design (HIVRAD) Program (P01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Application Receipt Date(s): March 15, 2021

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