URBAN ARCH Newsletter
Volume 2, Issue 4
October 2015 – December 2015
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URBAN ARCH Looking to the Future
As URBAN ARCH enters its 5th year, our investigators and staff have been busy preparing for the U01 and U24 grant renewals due in mid-January. We will expand our existing cohorts in Uganda, Russia, and Boston to pursue important new inquiries and opportunities in the area of HIV and alcohol research. The cores and U01 study teams have spent countless hours together discussing and refining their respective renewal ideas, and they are now drafting their applications for submission to NIAAA. Part of this process included a visit from Dr. Kendall Bryant, the CHAART Scientific Collaborator, on October 22-23 to present our ideas and discuss study design details.
Dr. Bryant arrived in the late afternoon of the 22nd to join a team meeting about cross-cohort ARCH women’s analyses. The morning of the 23rd began with meetings focused on the Russia ARCH and Uganda ARCH grant renewal ideas, and ended in the afternoon with discussions about the Admin Core, BDM Core, and Boston ARCH ideas. Overall, these conversations with Dr. Bryant about the URBAN ARCH grant renewals were invaluable in regards to their scientific and methodological merit, and we have been actively incorporating his advice and input into our applications.
- Congratulations to Dr. Karen Jacobson on receiving the 2015-2016 Boston University Robert Dawson Evans Junior Faculty Merit Award, selected from over 450 faculty, which will provide two years of support for Dr. Jacobson’s research-related activities
- Congratulations to Dr. Angela Robertson Bazzi on receiving a Boston University Peter Paul Career Development Professorship Award
- Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Wagman on receiving a NIAAA K01 Award to work with Drs. Jeffrey Samet and Judy Hahn from URBAN ARCH
- Dr. Jeffrey Samet receives $10,000 to support NIDA International Forum Travel Awards
In this issue, we interview Kendall Bryant, PhD, Director of HIV/AIDS Research at NIAAA and Scientific Collaborator of the Consortiums for HIV/AIDS and Alcohol Research Translation (CHAART).
Click on the buttons to see what the URBAN ARCH Cohorts and Cores have been working on.
- Carrico AW, Hunt PW, Emenyonu NI, Muyindike W, Ngabirano C, Cheng DM, Winter MR, Samet JH, Hahn JA. Unhealthy alcohol use is associated with monocyte activation prior to starting antiretroviral therapy. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2015 Oct 28. [Epub ahead of print]
- Hahn JA, Emenyonu NI, Fatch R, Muyindike WR, Kekiibina A, Carrico AW, Woolf-King S, Shiboski S. Declining and Rebounding Unhealthy Alcohol Consumption During the First Year of HIV Care in Rural Uganda, Using Phosphatidylethanol to Augment Self-Report. Addiction. 2015 Sep 18. [Epub ahead of print]
- Lunze K, Lunze F, Raj A, Samet J. Stigma and human rights abuses against people who inject drugs in Russia – A qualitative investigation to inform policy and public health strategies. PLoS One. 2015 Aug 25; 10(8): e0136030. PMCID: PMC4549320.
- Tsui JI, Cheng DM, Quinn E, Bridden C, Merlin JS, Saitz R, Samet JH. Pain and Mortality Risk in a Cohort of HIV-Infected Persons with Alcohol Use Disorders. AIDS Behav. 2015 Oct 5. [Epub ahead of print]
Selected Funding Opportunities
- Multi-Site Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial Research Center on Alcohol’s Health Effects (U10) (PAR-16-363)
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Application Due Date(s): January 12, 2016
- Addiction Research: There’s an App for That (NOT-DA-15-080)
National Institute on Drug Abuse
- Ethical, Legal and Policy Issues in HIV Research with Key Populations (R01) (PAR-15-328)
National Institute of Mental Health
Application Due Date(s): January 7, 2016; September 7, 2016.
- HIV/AIDS High Priority Drug Abuse Research (R01) (PAS-16-018)
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Application Due Date(s): Standard dates apply
Click here for more funding announcements related to HIV and alcohol research.
Please email Carly Bridden if you will be attending any these meetings, so we can connect you with our investigators.
- SAVE THE DATE – URBAN ARCH ANNUAL MEETING: April 5-6, 2016; Boston University Medical Campus.
- “Strengthening the Cascade – Current Work and New Ideas on the Cascade of Care for HIV, TB, and HCV,” organized by Jeffrey Samet and Sydney Rosen on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 from 10:00am – 3:00pm on the Boston University Medical Campus.
- Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI): February 22-25, 2016; Boston, MA. Late-breaker deadline: January 5, 2016. CHAART reception details TBA; Contact Carly for more information or to RSVP.
- Conference on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia: March 23-26, 2016; Moscow, Russia. Russia ARCH presentation planned.
- International Workshop on HIV Observational Databases: April 7-9, 2016; Budapest, Hungary. Abstract submission deadline: December 2, 2015.
Click here for more events and conferences.