February 2021 Newsletter

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Applications for the Multidisciplinary Third Coast HIV-related Cardiovascular & Sleep Disorders K12 Program Are Due March 1 

This NHLBI-funded program supports early-stage investigators from all scientific disciplines interested in HIV-related cardiovascular or sleep comorbidities. Applications for scholar positions at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago are due March 1. These two-year appointments support a minimum of 75% effort toward the K12 program, as well as related research expenses.  

View the K12 RFAs here>> 

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CFAR Events
Results From Third Coast CFAR Pilot Projects
Monday, February 8, 2021
12–1 p.m. CT
Livestream Only
RSVP Required 

Drs. Sally McFall and Aditya Khanna will present the results of their Third Coast CFAR pilot projects.

“Sensitivity and specificity testing of a qPCR-based tuberculosis detection method that approaches the sensitivity of culture” 

Dr. Sally McFall is an MPI of the Center for Innovation in Point-of-Care Technology for HIV/AIDS at Northwestern (C-THAN), and Director of the Technology Development/Refinement Core. Dr. McFall is Director of Research, Center for Innovation in Global Health Technologies (CIGHT) in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the McCormick School of Engineering & Applied Sciences. Dr. McFall has extensive experience in leading point-of-care technology development projects for infectious diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis and hepatitis designed specifically for low- and middle-income countries. 


“Identifying Peer Change Agents for HIV Prevention on a Large Social Network” 

Dr. Khanna is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies at Brown University School of Public Health. He directs a multidisciplinary team that develops biosocial network models to inform policies to increase population health equity. Dr. Khanna’s substantive research is in reducing HIV/STI incidence in sexual and gender minority communities, and increasing breast cancer screening among African American women. He uses a combination of agent-based modeling, network analysis, and predictive methods, and disseminates research results across academic, governmental and community-based stakeholders. 


Sally McFall, PhD
Research Associate Professor
Biomedical Engineering
Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science
Northwestern University

Aditya Khanna, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies
Brown University School of Public Health 
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EHE SWG Awardee Panel on PrEP Delivery
Monday, February 22, 2021 
12–1 p.m. CT
Livestream Only
RSVP Required 

Two EHE SWG planning awardee teams will present findings from their PrEP-focused projects in a panel discussion. Elijah McKinnon, a prominent PrEP advocate, will join them to discuss implications of these projects and next steps.

Dr. Lauren B. Beach is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Social Sciences and the Associate Director of the Evaluation, Data Integration, and Technical Assistance (EDIT) program within the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Research and Wellbeing (ISGMH). Scientifically, Dr. Beach investigates the epidemiology of chronic physical health conditions over the life course among diverse sexual and gender minority (SGM) populations and people living with HIV (PLWH). She also studies how multilevel health and identity related stigmas affect healthcare quality, chronic condition management, and health outcomes of marginalized populations. Dr. Beach holds a K12 award from the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research to investigate social and biological mechanisms contributing to heart failure with preserved ejection fraction among PLWH. 

Dr. Laura Rusie  is the Director of Data, Evaluation, and Epidemiology at Howard Brown Health (HBH) in Chicago, one of the nation’s largest LGBTQ healthcare organizations. She has a Master of Science degree in Infectious Disease Epidemiology from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, with an emphasis on HIV and hepatitis infections. In her current role at HBH, Laura oversees the usage of much of the agency’s operational and research data, and she is passionate about using data to improve patient-centered care. 

Dr. Russell Brewer  currently serves as Research Associate Professor at the University of Chicago Medicine and Director of Health Equity Research at the Chicago Center for HIV Elimination. From 2011-2017 he was the Director of the HIV/STI Portfolio at the Louisiana Public Health Institute in New Orleans, Louisiana. He has more than 19 years of experience in program development, implementation, evaluation, and public health research in a variety of settings (e.g., non-profit, governmental public health, and philanthropy) and levels (e.g., local, state, and national). 

Dr. Maria Pyra  is a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago and Senior Epidemiologist at the Howard Brown Health Center. She received her MPH in epidemiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her PhD at the University of Washington. She also serves as co-chair for the Getting to Zero Illinois PrEP working group. Her work focuses on sexual and reproductive health, particularly among ciswomen. Currently, her research is on improving PrEP uptake and use. 

Elijah McKinnon  is an award-winning strategist, entrepreneur and visionary.  They received a Bachelor of Science from the Art Institute of San Francisco in Marketing and Management with a focus in Campaign Development and New Media studies. In addition to serving as the Founder and Director of People Who Care, Inc. — an independent consultancy that works exclusively with nonprofits and grassroots initiatives such as AIDS Foundation Chicago, Northwestern University, The Andy Warhol Foundation, Grindr for Equality, Center for Disease Control and many more — they are also deeply involved in queer, creative and philanthropic communities around the globe. 


Lauren B. Beach, JD/PhD 
Research Assistant Professor 
Medical Social Sciences 
Northwestern University 

Laura Rusie, ScM 
Data, Evaluation, and Epidemiology 
Howard Brown Health 

Russell Brewer, DrPH 
Research Associate Professor of Medicine 
Section of Infectious Diseases and Global Health 
The University of Chicago 

Maria Pyra, MEd, MPH, PhD 
Research Assistant Professor 
Section of Infectious Diseases and Global Health  
University of Chicago 
Senior Epidemiologist 
Howard Brown Health Center 

Elijah McKinnon 
Creative Director 
People Who Care Inc. 

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New Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities Pertaining to HIV/AIDS
Priority HIV/AIDS Research within the Mission of the NIDDK (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
PAS-21-031 (R01 - Clinical Trial Optional)
Application Receipt Date(s): Standard AIDS Dates Apply

Limited Competition: Specific Pathogen Free Macaque Colonies
PAR-21-089 (U42 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Application Receipt Date(s):  May 7, 2021 

Pilot Studies of Biological, Behavioral and Social Mechanisms Contributing to HIV Pathogenesis Within the Mission of the NIDDK
PAR-21-062 (R21 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Application Receipt Date(s): May 7, 2021 

Pilot and Feasibility Studies in Preparation for Substance Use Prevention Trials
PA-21-110 (R34 Clinical Trial Optional)
Application Receipt Date(s): May 7, 2021 

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