URBAN ARCH Newsletter

Volume 2, Issue 3

July 2015 – September 2015

Check out the current issue of URBAN ARCH News, the quarterly newsletter bringing you news based on the latest URBAN ARCH and related research.

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With the URBAN ARCH cohorts completing enrollment this year, the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) Scientific Meeting offered the opportunity to share initial study findings. Several URBAN ARCH investigators and staff from all of the cohorts and cores attended and presented posters and in oral sessions at RSA 2015 in San Antonio, Texas. An URBAN ARCH highlight of RSA was the symposium “Medical Consequences of Alcohol Use among People Living with HIV,” which was chaired by Drs. Samet and Bryant, and included Drs. Hahn (Uganda ARCH), Saitz (Boston ARCH), Justice (VACS), and Porges (SHARC). The symposium was well attended and well received with lively discussion throughout.

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l-r: Eric Porges, Rich Saitz, Judy Hahn, Amy Justice, Jeffrey Samet, and Kendall Bryant at the RSA Symposium

In conjunction with RSA, a satellite meeting brought together investigators from URBAN ARCH, Brown ARCH, Hopkins ARCH, VACS, and SHARC to encourage and generate ideas for scientific collaboration in HIV/alcohol research. The meeting began with opening remarks from Dr. Kendall Bryant, Director of HIV/AIDS Research at NIAAA followed by presentations from the consortia highlighting progress to date. The all-day meeting allowed CHAART investigators to discuss priority areas of HIV/alcohol research and next steps. Working groups were formed around several areas, such as women’s issues, digital and mobile health, provider readiness to prescribe pharmacotherapy, and non-treatment seeking individuals.

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Working group at the HIV/AIDS Alcohol Satellite Meeting

Overall, RSA provided URBAN ARCH investigators, trainees, and staff with a valuable opportunity to share study findings, engage in cross-consortia collaborations, and network with other professionals in the field of alcohol and HIV research.

In the News

Samet_Jeffrey-2-5x3-5aSpotlight on..Jeffrey Samet

In this issue, we interview Jeffrey H. Samet, MD, MA, MPH, the URBAN ARCH Consortium’s Principal Investigator and Professor of Medicine and Public Heath at the Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health.

On The Ground

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

Tips from the Field…calendar

by Julia Canfield, Margo Godersky, Kate Haworth, Laura Vercammen, Alicia Ventura, Natalia Gnatienko, and Tatiana Yaroslavtseva for the Boston and Russia ARCH teams

Conducting an Alcohol Timeline Follow-Back (TLFB) 

A guide to estimating past alcohol consumption among your study participants. 

New URBAN ARCH Publications

Selected Funding Opportunities

  • Limited Competition: Consortia for HIV/AIDS and Alcohol-Related Research Trials (CHAART) Project (Collaborative U01) (RFA-AA-16-001), (Administrative Resource Core U24) (RFA-AA-16-002), (Resource Core U24) (RFA-AA-16-003)
    National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
    Application Due Date(s): January 15, 2016
  • Alcohol Use Disorders: Behavioral Treatment, Services and Recovery Research (R01) (PA-15-299),(R03) (PA-15-300), (R21) (PA-15-301)
    National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
    Application Due Date(s): Standard dates apply
  • Multidisciplinary Studies of HIV and Viral Hepatitis Co-Infection (R01) (PAR-14-255), (R21) (PAR-14-254)
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
    Application Due Date(s): Standard AIDS dates

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

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 events and conferences.

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