Research Assistant Earns Impact Award

Thibaut Davy-Méndez earns Impact Award

Thibaut Davy-Méndez, photo by Amy Stern

Each department may nominate three current masters or doctoral students or recent graduates per year for the Impact and Horizon Award.  Their research should have direct impact on North Carolina.  

Impact Award

On Thursday, April 5, Thibaut Davy-Méndez will receive one of the 2018 UNC Graduate Education Advancement Board Impact Award for his work related to antiretroviral therapy resistance.  Of particular import was his contributions to a study whose findings were presented at the 2017 Conference Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI): resistance to newer classes of antiretroviral drugs was significantly lower than older classes of drugs.  These findings, Davy-Méndez believes, will help UNC HIV care providers inform their clinical practice.

CFAR Connection

A Research Assistant with the UNC CFAR Clinical Core, Davy-Méndez credits the support of his mentors Joe Eron, MD, and Sonia Napravnik, PhD.

Learn More

For a more extensive story about Thibaut Davy-Méndez’ Impact Award, please visit the UNC Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases website.

 

Summer Internship in CFAR Biostatistics Core – Application Deadline April 24

Summer 2017 Internship Opportunity at the UNC Center for AIDS Research

Do you want to use math to help the fight against HIV/AIDS?

The Biostatistics Core at UNC Center for AIDS Research is seeking a summer undergraduate intern, paid $11 to 14/hour, 10-20 hours per week. The Core helps design studies, analyze data and advance statistics methods for HIV research, at UNC and internationally. As a summer intern, you will have the opportunity to aid in statistical analysis and gain valuable experience in multidisciplinary research. Students majoring in math, statistics, computer science, or another quantitative research field are invited to apply. If you have R-project, SAS or STATA coding experience let us know! To learn more about our research, go to http://unccfar.org/ (Cores – Biostatistics).

Students from underrepresented minorities majoring in any of the above fields are highly encouraged to apply.

Application deadline: Mon April 24, 2017

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Eligible Candidates:

-Are currently enrolled undergraduate students curious about a career in biostatistics or medical research

-Have a keen interest in mathematics, statistics, and/or programming

-Are computer savvy, abstract thinkers with math training through Calculus 1

-Want to learn more about HIV/AIDS and are able to meet in person on UNC main campus

To apply, please send your resume, availability, and a list of 2 or more references (teachers or people you have worked with) to Katie Mollan: kmollan@unc.edu

If you have questions, please contact us via email.

IRB Pop-Up Event at the UNC Clinical and Translational Research Center

Screen Shot 2017-04-16 at 10.16.18 PMCheck out this upcoming IRB pop-up event from our friends at UNC School of Medicine!

IRB Pop-ups provide on-campus IRB consultations for researchers. IRB Analysts will have access to your IRB application and can answer questions about existing or proposed research.

Apr 19, 2017, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Clinical and Translational Research Center
Burnett-Womack 1042
Contact Phone: 919-966-3113

If you can’t make the next Pop-up but have questions, please call IRB at 919-966-3113 or email irb_questions@unc.edu.

2017 CFAR Developmental Award Webinar – March 28

The UNC Center For AIDS Research (CFAR) Developmental Core will be conducting a webinar on Tues., March 28th, at 9 am EDT.  This free webinar will focus on applying for and implementing a 2017 CFAR Developmental Award, and will address the application process, NIH requirements, necessary documents, and more.  Both domestic and international research will be addressed and questions are welcomed.  You may send your questions to us beforehand or ask them via text at the time of the webinar.

To register, email cathy@unc.edu.  We will send out directions on how to attend the webinar at the time of your registration.

FHI 360 / CFAR Brown Bag Event

CFAR Director Dr. Ronald Swanstrom welcomes everyone to the event!

CFAR Director Dr. Ronald Swanstrom welcomes everyone to the event!

On October 14th, senior researchers from FHI 360 and the UNC CFAR gathered for a brown bag lunch event to explore ways that the two organizations can expand their collaborations and offer support to each other in their HIV research and clinical efforts.

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Katie Mollan explains the services offered by the CFAR Biostatistics Core.

Kate MacQueen, Senior Scientist at FHI 360 and Core Director of the CFAR Developmental Core, shared that the idea for the event grew out of conversations with Ron Swanstrom on how “we could foster more engagement between FHI 360 scientists and UNC CFAR leadership”. MacQueen commented, “At FHI 360 we have a long-standing tradition of brown bag lunches to communicate with each other about our work as well as to introduce established and potential partners to our in-house colleagues. This seemed a perfect mechanism to showcase what the UNC CFAR has to offer FHI 360 researchers engaged in HIV work or interested in pursuing such work.”

Ron Swanstrom, CFAR Director, welcomed the group to start the meeting. Kate MacQueen discussed the funding opportunities and support for researchers offered by the Developmental Core. Marcia Hobbs (pictured below), VIM Core Co-Director, discussed STI testing capacity. Jeff Stringer, CFAR International Core Director, shared about the CFAR’s commitment to women’s reproductive health locally and globally. Carol Golin, Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Core Director, discussed the social and behavioral instrument database, a valuable tool produced by the core. Katie Mollan (pictured above), Biostatistics Core Manager and Cam Bay, Statistician, offered information about the statistical consulting services the core provides.

Marcia Hobbs addresses the group about the VIM core and STI testing capacity at the UNC CFAR.

MacQueen noted that they had a “great turnout for lunch” and “the people who attended were very engaged, asking a lot of questions”. The feedback she received from her FHI 360 colleagues is that “they discovered a lot about the UNC CFAR resources and gained a much better appreciation for how the CFAR can support their work”.

Plans are in the works to invite FHI 360 HIV researchers and program managers to UNC to describe their work and brainstorm about opportunities for scientific collaboration between the two organizations. Stay tuned!

Dr. Lisa Hightow-Weidman Will Develop Mobile Technology to Prevent and Treat HIV in Adolescents

People under the age of 30 account for the majority, or 40 percent, of new HIV infections in the United States. This age group is also more likely than adults to own a smartphone and use this device to download apps and access health information. Recognizing adolescents’ connection with mobile technology, a research team at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, along with colleagues at Emory University, has secured $18 million in funding over the next five years from the National Institutes of Health to form the UNC/Emory Center for Innovative Technology or iTech.

“iTech will facilitate the execution of six research studies. Each study will use technology to address a barrier to the HIV care continuum,” said Lisa Hightow-Weidman, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor of medicine and principal investigator of the Behavior and Technology (BAT) Lab at UNC. “For youth at risk of becoming infected with HIV, we will develop apps that aim to increase HIV testing, and use of and adherence to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent HIV. For youth who test positive for the virus, we will develop electronic health interventions to engage them in care and improve adherence to antiretroviral therapy.”

Click here to learn more about Hightown-Weidman’s background in mobile technology and health interventions.

Click here to learn more about iTech, one of three U19 applications funded by the NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to support the new Adolescent Medicine Trials Network (ATN).

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.