CFAR News & Announcements

Currin Named Certified Nurse of the Year

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

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2017 Campus-Wide Course on HIV/AIDS at UNC

For over 20 years, the UNC CFAR has collaborated with experts around the country to offer a dynamic interdisciplinary course on HIV/AIDS. Clinical, community, and research leaders offer guest lectures to give students a conceptual understanding of the clinical manifestations & the social, legal, political, & ethical issues surrounding HIV/AIDS. Registration is now open for this year’s course: PUBH 420 AIDS Principles, Practices, & Politics. One-Credit Course – Pass/Fail Spring Semester, Wednesday Evenings, 5:45 – 7:00 pm Click here to view the flyer for the course: AIDS Course PDF Flyer

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Steve Bradley-Bull Offers Motivational Interviewing Workshop for Charlotte AHEC

On November 3rd and 4th, Steve Bradley-Bull offered an introductory workshop titled, Motivational Interviewing for Health Care Professionals: A Person-Centered Approach to Achieve Healthier Outcomes for the Charlotte Area Health Education Center (AHEC). There were over 20 participants from across the state representing a variety of health care professions. The focus of the workshop was on learning some of the fundamentals of Motivational Interviewing and applying them with the individuals they serve back in their respective communities. Participants were extremely engaged, asked great questions, and had the opportunity to practice many of the skills presented. To learn more about Motivational Interviewing and the services offered by the Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Core, check out their MI Page and MI Blog.

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Margolis & Mathews highlight HIV cure research in new podcast

Ron Falk, MD, interviewed David Margolis, MD, and Allison Mathews, PhD, in this Chair’s Corner episode about HIV cure research and the efforts of the 2BeatHIV project to connect with the community. Topics in the podcast include: Myths about HIV cure HIV cure – and the message to the community HIV testing & community engagement Community work in Durham, North Carolina Ways to prevent HIV An example of the 2BeatHIV approach HIV current therapy & HIV cure research at UNC Listen to the podcast here.

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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

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Tar Heels go viral: UNC researchers featured on “This Week in Virology” podcast

Virologists with the UNC School of Medicine participated in last week’s on-campus recording of a popular virology podcast. With a listening audience of millions people around the world, Dr. Vincent R. Racaniello, Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, drew quite a crowd last week when he recorded two podcasts from the UNC School of Medicine. Blossom Damania, PhD, Boshamer Distinguished Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and Vice Dean for Research at the UNC School of Medicine, invited Racaniello to Chapel Hill to record his podcast, “This Week in Virology” (TWIV). Damania appeared on “TWiV” last year, when Racaniello hosted her as a seminar speaker at Columbia University. “Vincent is a leader in the field of science communication and has been producing virology and other science podcasts for many years,” Damania said. “It was a real honor to have Vincent visit UNC Chapel

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Publication of HPTN 052 Final Results: HIV Treatment Offers Durable Prevention of HIV Transmission in Serodiscordant Couples

The HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) announced that the final results of the HPTN 052 study were published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). This pivotal study demonstrated that antiretroviral therapy (ART) for HIV infection provides durable and reliable protection against the sexual transmission of the virus from infected men and women to their HIV-uninfected sexual partners. The final results showed a 93 percent reduction of HIV transmission when the HIV-infected person started ART when their immune system was relatively healthy. HIV transmission from HIV-infected study participants to their partners was not observed when viral replication in the treated individual was stably suppressed by ART. “The HPTN 052 study confirms the urgent need to treat people for HIV infection as soon as it is diagnosed to protect their health and for public health,” said Myron S. Cohen, M.D., principal investigator for HPTN 052 and director of the Institute for Global

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Updated NIAID CFAR Website

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.

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