CFAR Scholar Awardees 2013

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The Johns Hopkins Center for AIDS Research provides pilot grants to faculty in the Schools of Public Health, Medicine, and Nursing to enable and support HIV/AIDS research projects. Junior faculty at …

The Johns Hopkins Center for AIDS Research provides pilot grants to faculty in the Schools of Public Health, Medicine, and Nursing to enable and support HIV/AIDS research projects. Junior faculty at other JHU schools are eligible to apply if the proposal meets all other criteria. The prime purpose of these awards is to strengthen the individual’s ability to secure independent funding. We plan to award up to ten $50,000 grants per year, depending upon the number of fundable applications and availability of funds. The CFAR Scholar Grants were previously named the Faculty Development Awards.

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  • 1. JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY CFAR SCHOLAR AWARDS December 2, 2013
  • 2. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION • The Johns Hopkins Center for AIDS Research provides pilot grants to faculty in the Schools of Public Health, Medicine, and Nursing to enable and support HIV/AIDS research projects. • The prime purpose of these awards is to strengthen the individual’s ability to secure independent funding • The grants are for junior faculty (Such as Instructors, Assistant Professors, Assistant Scientists) • Up to $50,000
  • 3. STUDY SECTIONS Behavioral, Substance Abuse and Social Sciences • Chair: Dr. Carl Latkin Clinical Studies • Chair: Dr. Justin McArthur Community-based Research • Chair: Dr. David Holtgrave Epidemiology and Biostatistics • Chair: Dr. Larry Moulton Immunology, Virology, Molecular Biology • Chair: Dr. Joel Blankson Prevention Research • Chair: Dr. Maria Wawer
  • 4. REVIEWERS: Behavioral, Substance Abuse and Social Sciences: Geetanjali Chander, Carl Latkin, Greg Lucas, Shruti Mehta, Betsy McCaul, Erica Sibinga, Douglas Storey, Stella Babalola, Heidi Hutton, Jacky Jenning, Carol Underwood, Yu-Hsiang Hsieh, Bradley Herring, Justin McArthur, Ned Sacktor, Nick Ialongo Clinical Studies: Andrea Ruff, Chris Hoffman, Lois Eldred, Norman Haughey, Greg Lucas, Justin McArthur, Richard Moore, Ned Sacktor, Dave Thomas, Holly Taylor, Stephen Berry, Joe Margolick, Sean Leng, Bryn Burkholder, James Handa, Adrian Dobs, Mark Sulkowski, Sam Durso, Kelly Dooley, Charlie Flexner, Jeffrey Ellenbogen, Gayle Page, Mike Smith, Namandje Bumpus, Joel Blankson, Avi Nath, Arun Venkatesan Community-based Research: Nancy Kass, Amy Knowlton, Karin Tobin; Danielle German, Susan Sherman, Cathy Maulsby Epidemiology and Biostatistics: Christopher Cox, Lisa Jacobson, Brian Lau, Larry Moulton, Richard Thompson, David Dowdy Immunology, Virology, Molecular Biology: Joel Blankson, Andrea Cox, Petros Karakousis, Joseph Mankowski, Stuart Ray, Janet Siliciano Prevention Research: David Celentano, Deanna Kerrigan, Taha Taha, Lori Leonard, Carla Zelaya, Michele Decker, Saifuddin Ahmed, Kate Sutcliffe, Court Robinson, Alexander Vu, Arik Marcell, Neil Martinson
  • 5. 36 APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED • Behavioral, Substance Abuse and Social Sciences: 7 Applications • Clinical Studies: 10 Applications • Community-based Research: 4 Applications • Epidemiology and Biostatistics: 3 Applications • Immunology, Virology, Molecular Biology: 7 Applications • Prevention Research: 5 Applications
  • 6. BREAKDOWN OF APPLICANTS 9 (25%) Male 27 (75%) Female 17 (47%) Caucasian 13 (36%) Under-represented minority 6 (17%) Other (Asian)
  • 7. BREAKDOWN OF AWARDEES 14 Awards to be granted this year: 10 to women (71%) 4 to men (29%) 8 to Caucasians (57%) 4 to Under-represented minority (29%) 2 to Other (14%)
  • 8. AMANDA BROWN "Humanized mice for HIV “ • SOM, Neurology, Neuroimmunology • Mentors: Norman Haughey • Study Section: Immunology, Virology and Molecular Biology
  • 9. JENNIFER KANAKRY "Cell-free EBV-DNA as a marker of EBV(+) lymphomas in HIV/AIDS: using CpG methylation to distill a tumor marker from a sea of virions“ • SOM, Hematology • Mentors: Richard Ambinder • Study Section: Immunology, Virology and Molecular Biology
  • 10. CAITLIN KENNEDY "Qualitative research to explore HIV transmission and prevention dynamics in high-prevalence fishing villages in Rakai, Uganda “ • JHSPH, Social and Behavioral Sciences • Mentor: Maria Wawer • Study Section: Prevention Research
  • 11. LEE KLINKENBERG "Mechanisms of BCG vaccine-induced HIV infectivity of CD4+ T cells “ • SOM, Infectious Diseases • Mentor: Petros Karakousis • Study Section: Immunology, Virology, Molecular Biology
  • 12. MARK MARZINKE “High-throughput pharmacogenetic analysis to direct antiretroviral therapies” • SOM, Pathology and Medicine • Mentors: Craig W. Hendrix • Study Section: Clinical Studies
  • 13. KATHLEEN PAGE “Typology of Latina immigrant sex work in Baltimore to identify research and program needs” • SOM, Infectious Diseases • Mentor: Susan Sherman • Study Section: Community-based Research
  • 14. RACHEL SALAS "Spatio-temporal dynamics of Sleep EEG in a Sero-positive HIV Cohort“ • SOM, Neurology/ Sleep Studies • Mentors: Sridevi Sarma, Joshua Ewen • Study Section: Clinical Studies
  • 15. JENNIFER SCHRACK "Energy Expenditure and Aging in HIV “ • BSPH, Epidemiology • Mentor: Joe Margolick, Todd Brown • Study Section: Clinical Studies
  • 16. RAMANA SIDHAYE “Synergistic effects of HIV and cigarette smoke on airway epithelium predisposition to the development of COPD” • SOM, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine • Mentor: Joel Blankson • Study Section: Immunology, Virology and Molecular Biology
  • 17. SUNIL SOLOMON "Exploring the epidemiology and sexual transmission of HCV among MSM in India “ • SOM, Infectious Diseases • Mentor: David Celentano, Shruti Mehta • Study Section: Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • 18. JENNIFER STEWART "Development of a Church Based HIV Testing and Linkage to Care “ • SON, Community Public Health Nursing • Mentor: David Celentano • Study Section: Community-based Research
  • 19. PAMELA SURKAN "Depressive symptoms and early life predictors of neurocognitive function in HIV + men “ • BSPH, International Health • Mentors: Glenn Treisman • Study Section: Behavior, Substance Use and Social Science
  • 20. CECILIA TOMORI “HIV-risk among wives of men who have sex with men (MSM) in India” • BSPH, Epidemiology • Mentor: David Celentano • Study Section: Prevention Research
  • 21. KENNETH W. WITWER “Exosomes and extracellular RNA of the cervicovaginal compartment in health, HIV infection, and HIV exposure without infection” • SOM, Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology • Mentor: Dick Markham • Study Section: Immunology, Virology and Molecular Biology