URBAN ARCH Newsletter

Volume 1, Issue 4

October 2014 – December 2014

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URBAN ARCH Now In Its 4th Year

As we enter our 4th year in existence as the URBAN ARCH Consortium, we are beginning to see the product of all the hard work the cohort and core teams have put into building the research studies and infrastructure. Recently the Uganda and Russia cohorts met their recruitment goals, with the Boston cohort not far behind (they might have even reached it by the time you are reading this). We applaud all the efforts of the research assistants and study staff who made that happen!! With the collection of baseline data nearly complete, the BDM Core prepared baseline data tables for the study teams and interested collaborators to review in cohort-specific and Consortium-wide meetings. The excitement of reviewing baseline data has energized the group to work on several abstracts for the 2015 Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) conference. In addition to study recruitment and analyses, the URBAN ARCH investigators have been working with affiliated collaborators on grant submissions for supplements and new applications. We received funding for two administrative supplements and plan to continue to take advantage of URBAN ARCH’s cohorts and sample repository to advance HIV and alcohol research by working with collaborators from a range of disciplines. Simultaneous to the efforts of the URBAN ARCH active cohorts (Uganda, Russia, Boston), our investigators have been busy publishing on the HIV/Alcohol studies that were the predecessors for these current cohorts.

In year 4, we will shift focus from recruitment to follow-up assessments and will continue generating new ideas for analyses within and across our cohorts. We have an exciting year ahead of us and welcome you to join us!

The Addiction Health Services Research Conference (AHSR) was held in Boston this October, where there was an opportunity to connect with researchers and clinicians working in the addiction treatment field. Pictures (l-r): Jeffrey Samet, Alicia Ventura, Carly Bridden & Bulat Idrisov; Seville Meli & Ted Park; Jeffrey Samet & Ben Linas.

In the News

Spotlight on…Meg Sullivan

In this issue, we interview Meg Sullivan, MD, Co-Investigator of the Boston ARCH Cohort, Director of HIV Clinical Programs, and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine.

On The Ground

Click on the buttons to see what the URBAN ARCH Cohorts and Cores have been working on.

Tips from the Field…

THE WITNESS – Facts about tracking participants in a local setting

By the Ugandan ARCH RAs: Catherine Kahinda, Flavia Ninsiima, Catherine Kyampire & Shiphrah Nantongo

Pictured above: The RAs, Christine Ngabirano (study coordinator), & Patrick Agumenaitwe (data manager)

New URBAN ARCH Publications

Notices from NIH

Selected Funding Opportunities

  • Secondary Analyses of Existing Alcohol Epidemiology Data (R21) (PA-14-336)
    National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
    Application Due Date(s):  November 25, 2014 for both the first new application and the first resubmission application due date, then Standard dates apply
  • Extracellular Vesicles in HIV/AIDS and Substance Abuse (R01) (RFA-DA-15-011) (R21) (RFA-DA-15-012)
    National Institute on Drug Abuse
    Application Due Date(s): December 15, 2014
  • Women & Sex/Gender Differences in Drug and Alcohol Abuse/Dependence (R03) (PA-14-037)
    National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institute on Drug Abuse
    Application Due Date(s): Standard dates apply

Click here for more funding announcements related to HIV and alcohol research.

Upcoming Events and Conferences

Please email Carly Bridden if you will be attending any these meetings, so we can connect you with our investigators.

Click here for more upcoming events and conferences.

Featured Resources

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