Center for AIDS Research


Upcoming Events

Thursday, June 19, 2014 from 12:30 – 1:30 PM in the Adolph Auditorium (Room 1-7619)

Co-Sponsored by the CFAR - Center for AIDS Research & the HIV Training Grant

Scott Letendre, M.D., Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Diego
HIV Neurobehavioral Research Center, Antiviral Research Center

Title: "Antiretroviral drug distribution into the CNS and Management of HIV-Associated Neurocognitive Disorder"

Research Interests: Dr. Letendre's research focuses on the impact on the brain of chronic infections and their treatment. The work is performed primarily at UCSD's HIV Neurobehavioral Research Center in Hillcrest and includes investigations of: the effects of HIV and Hepatitis C on biomarkers in cerebrospinal fluid, neuropsychological performance, neuroimaging, and neuropathologic findings, the pharmacology and effectiveness in the brain of antivirals, including antiretrovirals and interferons, and adjunctive therapies, and the contribution of host and viral genetic variability to the risk for infection-associated brain injury and their treatment.
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Monday, June 23, 2014 from 2:30 - 3:30PM in K-307 (3-6408)

Alice Telesnitsky, Ph.D., Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Michigan

Hosts: Dr. Stephen Dewhurst and the Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics

Title: "Retroviral RNA: have folds, will travel"
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CFAR Faculty Retreat – Monday June 23rd from 9AM – 12:30 PM, SON Room 1W502

Mark your calendars and attend this retreat to network with fellow researchers and participate in CFAR strategic planning. For questions please contact Jennifer Lynch.

Recent Events

World AIDS Day

In honor of World AIDS Day, the UR Center for AIDS Research hosted a scientific symposium featuring talks from prestigious experts in the AIDS community and research posters from undergraduate and graduate students and post doctoral associates training at UR. A keynote presentation by Steve Deeks, M.D., professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, highlighted the accelerated aging process seen in individuals with HIV.The second talk, delivered by Paul Johnson, M.D., Director of the New England Primate Research Center, Harvard University, was titled “How to build a better AIDS vaccine: Lessons learned from attenuated SIV.” SIV, or simian immunodeficiency virus, is a close relative of H.I.V. that scientists often use to test components of possible AIDS vaccines. Johnson has previously shown that infection of non-human primates with a weakened form of SIV can protect them against subsequent infection with virulent strains of the virus, but the basis for this protection has remained obscure.

In addition to the talks, forty-four research projects were presented during the symposium’s poster session. A panel of faculty judges, chosen because of their expertise in the presented areas, reviewed and scored 27 eligible posters based on their composition, achievement and overall quality.

The following winners were announced:

  • Post Doctoral Associate Award: David Griffith, Departments of Internal Medicine/Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine for his poster “Knowledge of HPV among HIV-infected and HIV-uninfected adolescents in South Africa”
  • Post Doctoral Associate Award: Meera V. Singh, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, for her poster on “Elevated Levels of Soluble CD40L Cause Increase in Circulating Platelet-Monocyte Complexes: Possible Role in HIV-associated Neuro-inflammation”
  • Graduate Student Award: John T. M. DiMaio, Department of Chemistry, for his poster “Self-Assembled Peptide Materials for Prevention of HIV Transmission”
  • Undergraduate Research Award: Katherine Thomas, Department of Psychiatry, for her poster “ Addressing Systemic Issues And Health of Women In Drug Treatment Court”
  • Undergraduate Research Award: Christopher Nishimura, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, for his poster “Changes in Capillary Morphology and Red Blood Cell Velocity in a Mouse Model of HIV Neuroinflammation”

Clinical and Translational Sciences Symposium

October 8th at 9AM, School of Nursing Auditorium. Unique symposium held to hightlight services and member accomplishments of the CFAR with special emphasis on the the Clinical and Translational Sciences Core. For copies of the presentations, please contact Jennifer Lynch

Click on one of the links below to view symposium presentations

Part 1 (Keefer, Luque and McMahon)

Part 2 (Dewhurst, Shah and Alio)

UR Center for AIDS Research: the Big Picture - Michael Keefer, CFAR Co-Director, Director of Developmental Core

Clinical and Translational Sciences Core Services - Amneris Luque, Co-Director, Clinical and Translational Sciences Core

CFAR Emergent Interdisciplinary and Participatory Research: Found in Translation - James McMahon, Co-Director, Clinical and Translational Sciences Core

NIH Funding Priorities in HIV/AIDS Research - Stephen Dewhurst, CFAR Director, Vice Dean for Research

CFAR Success Stories - Krupa Shah, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Medicine
Amina Alio, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Public Health Sciences

Justice Involved Women Conference

Held on June 21, 2013, the Justice Involved Women Conference involved researchers, practitioners and policy makers presenting their work to disseminate evidence-based practices and interventions for justice involved women. Other discussion topics included the state of the science, difficulties for informing practice, funding challenges and solutions for justice involved women.
For any questions, please contact Kirsten Buscetto