Currin Named Certified Nurse of the Year

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David Currin, RN, ACRN, CCRC, will also be honored as the HIV/AIDS Nursing Certification Board’s 2016 Certified Nurse of the Year.

“I was so surprised and excited when I received the letter that I would be receiving this year’s award,” says Currin, who serves as the Certified Clinical Research Coordinator and the Clinical Quality Program Manager for UNC’s Global HIV Prevention and Treatment Clinical Trials Unit. “Honors and awards are not why I do this work. I am going to dedicate this award to the memory of the friends I lost in the 1980s and 1990s to HIV.”

Certified as a research coordinator and an HIV nurse clinician, Currin has spent the past 15 years seeing patients on study at UNC and at affiliated site like the Wake County Health Department. At any given time, he sees participants from five to six studies, including those funded by the government and those trials funded by pharmaceutical companies. He splits his time between these duties and overseeing the team who manage the data collected by the unit’s many studies.

“My heart is really in seeing research patients,” Currin says. “I got my start after nursing school at the state’s mental health hospital. When I came to UNC in 2001, the first studies I saw patients on were treatment naïve trials. These were people who were being diagnosed with HIV and had never initiated therapy. Because of my psychiatry background, I felt I could help them identify ways to accept their diagnosis and the lifelong commitment of taking daily medications.”

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CFAR SBSRN 10th National Scientific Meeting

October 20-21st, 2016
Sonesta Coconut Grove
Miami, FL

Register for the event here.

The purpose of the CFAR SBSRN is to foster cross CFAR collaborations between behavioral and social scientists, to share strategies on how behavioral and social scientists communicate with basic scientists, to provide a forum for the exchange of the most recent information in the behavioral sciences regarding HIV/AIDS, and to mentor the next generation of behavioral social scientists.

FHI 360/UNC CFAR Brown Bag Lunch

Come join us for the first Brown Bag Lunch gathering of FHI 360 and UNC CFAR researchers and investigators.

Agenda:
11:30-11:45 – Introduction – Ron Swanstrom
11:45-12:00 – Developmental Core – Kate MacQueen
12:00-12:15 – STI Testing Capacity – Marcia Hobbs
12:15-12:30 – Women’s Reproductive Health – Jeff Stringer
12:30-12:45 – Social and Behavioral Instrument Database – Carol Golin
12:45-1:00 – Statistical consulting services – Katie Mollan & Cam Bay

The event will be held in Room 2104, the main conference room at FHI 360. The building is located at 359 Blackwell St. Ste 200, right next to the Durham Bulls ballpark.

Lunch will be provided!

Parking information can be found here.

Friday Morning ID/CFAR Conference: HIV and STD Epidemiology in North Carolina

October 7, 2016
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
1131 Bioinformatics
UNC Campus (directions)

Heidi Swygard, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Infectious Diseases
UNC School of Medicine

Please click here to fill out a quick registration form.

Heidi Swygard, MD, MPH, is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at UNC’s School of Medicine. She specializes in HIV and sexually transmitted diseases (STD) care and prevention; HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP); and linkage to and retention in care. She sees people living with HIV and people at high risk for becoming infected, including the transgender population, two days a week off campus.

Dr. Swygard is a medical epidemiologist and consultant for special projects with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services HIV/STD care branch. She is medical director of UNC’s annual HIV conference, which draws 400 providers from across the state. Dr. Swygard recently served as the medical director for the inaugural Injecting Drug User Health summit, which was hosted by the Mountain Area Health Education Center (AHEC) in Asheville.

Updated NIAID CFAR Website

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The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has launched a new CFAR website!

Click here to learn more about The Centers for AIDS Research (CFAR) program at the National Institutes of Health, which provides administrative and shared research support to synergistically enhance and coordinate high quality AIDS research projects. More updates and a project map are forthcoming in October updates on the website!

The CFAR program emphasizes the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration, especially between basic and clinical investigators as well as behavioral scientists to support translational research. The CFAR program also encourages training and mentoring of young investigators as well as an inclusion of women and minorities.

Dr. Margolis Featured in New Yorker Article on HIV Cure

Dr David MargolisThe New Yorker recently featured the research of UNC School of Medicine researcher David Margolis, MD, in this article about the search for a cure to HIV infection.

Margolis, a professor of medicine, epidemiology, and microbiology and immunology, serves as director of the School of Medicine’s Program in Translational Clinical Research.

Dr. Margolis currently leads the largest collaboration of HIV researchers, working to force HIV out of “latency” so they can attempt to kill virus particles that typically lay dormant, hidden from therapies. Margolis was among the first researchers to explore methods to force HIV particles out of latency, which is considered a major obstacle to finding curative therapies.

Read the full story here.

Future Initiatives for the UNC CFAR HIV Clinical Cohort (UCHCC)

cfarlogoThe UNC-CFAR HIV/AIDS Clinical Cohort sponsors a bi-monthly meeting for discussing methods in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Infectious Diseases.

Future Initiatives for the UNC CFAR HIV Clinical Cohort (UCHCC)
A discussion of future pathways and areas of focus for research using the Cohort

Friday, December 19, 2014
1:30 – 3:30 pm
2127 Bioinformatics Building, UNC-CH Campus

UNC CFAR Investigators Featured at CROI 2015

CROI 2015Five abstracts from UNC CFAR have been accepted for presentation at the poster session at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) 2015, each of which were supported by the UNC CFAR’s Biostatistics Core. This annual collaborative science conference brings together top basic, translational, and clinical researchers from around the world to share the latest studies, important developments, and best research methods in the ongoing battle against HIV/AIDS and related infectious diseases. CROI 2015 will be held from February 23 to February 26, 2015, in Seattle, Washington, at the Washington State Convention Center. Congratulations to all our CFAR investigators for their hard work and dedication!

Poster presentations that will feature UNC CFAR investigators at the conference this year:

Davis N, Miller W, Hudgens M, Chasela C, Sichali D, Nelson J, Rigdon J, Ellington S, Kourtis A, and van der Horst C. ARV adherence associated with reduced breastmilk HIV viral load and HIV transmission. 22nd Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, Seattle, Washington, 2015.

Jensen K, Van Rompay K, Jacobs W, Fennelly G, Mollan K, Hudgens M, Piatak M, Larsen M, De Paris K. The potential of BCG and HIV-TB vaccines to exacerbate HIV-1 pathogenesis in infants. 22nd Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, Seattle, Washington, 2015.

Joseph S, Kincer L, Bowman N, Menezes P, Robertson K, Anderson A, Loring D, Eron J, Price R, Swanstrom R. HIV-1 Replication in the CNS is Associated With Increased Neurocognitive Impairment. 22nd Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, Seattle, Washington, 2015.

King C, Nelson J, Ziemniak C, Hudgens M, Tegha G, Chasela C, Jamieson D, Persaud D, van der Horst C, Kourtis A. Delayed HIV Detection in Infants Exposed to ARV Prophylaxis During Breastfeeding. 22nd Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, Seattle, Washington, 2015.

Nelson J, Fokar A, Hudgens M, Compliment K, Tegha G, Kamwendo D, Kourtis A, Jamieson D, van der Horst C, Fiscus S. NVP Resistance in Infants Infected by HIV-1 via Breastfeeding in the BAN Study. 22nd Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, Seattle, Washington, 2015.