Penn Center for AIDS Research

11th Annual Research Retreat (December 2012)

The Penn CFAR hosted its 11th Annual Research Retreat on December 3, 2012 in the Auditorium of BRB II/III. Our keynote speakers were Kevin DeCock, MD, Country Director, Division of Global HIV/AIDS, CDC Kenya; and Dana Gabuzda, MD, Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School, and Professor of Neurology (Microbiology), Cancer Immunology/AIDS, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. In addition, several members of the Penn CFAR faculty made presentations during the all-day retreat, including recipients of our Developmental Pilot Awards. The complete agenda is below!

8:30 a.m. Welcome Remarks
James Hoxie, MD

Director, Penn Center for AIDS Research
8:40 a.m. Regulation of host-commensal bacteria relationships in human health and disease
Greg Sonnenberg, PhD
University of Pennsylvania
9:10 a.m. Transmitted/Founder analyses of VAX003 injection drug users
Katie Bar, MD
University of Pennsylvania
9:40 a.m. Function and dysfunction of HIV-specific T cells
Mike Betts, PhD
University of Pennsylvania
10:10 a.m. Break
10:25 a.m. Participatory survey research: Integrating community collaboration and quantitative methods to study HIV risks among Hispanic immigrants
Emilio Parrado, PhD

University of Pennsylvania
10:55 a.m. The end of AIDS—hyperbole or realistic aspiration?
Kevin M. De Cock, MD

Division of Global HIV/AIDS, CDC Kenya
11:40 a.m. Lunch
12:50 p.m. Clinical implications of variable immune recovery on ART in HIV/TB
Greg Bisson, MD, MSCE
University of Pennsylvania
1:20 p.m. New ethical challenges facing HIV/AIDS treatment-as-prevention strategies in southern Africa
Francis Barchi, PhD
University of Pennsylvania
1:50 p.m. Optimizing treatment of Hepatitis C infection in the HIV/HCV co-infected patient
Jay Kostman, MD
University of Pennsylvania
2:20 p.m. Break
2:35 p.m. Mechanisms of neurodegeneration in HIV positive patients in the age of antiretroviral therapy
Kelly Jordan-Scuitto, PhD
University of Pennsylvania
3:05 p.m. Altered inflammatory and metabolic pathways in HIV patients revealed through metabolomics and systems biology
Dana Gabuzda, MD
Harvard Medical School
Dana Farber Cancer Institute
3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Poster Session & Reception


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