Penn Center for AIDS Research

Penn CFAR Annual Research Retreat

The Penn CFAR hosts an annual research retreat to highlight innovative HIV/AIDS research taking place in the Penn, CHOP, and Wistar community as well as in the scientific community at large. Recent keynote addresses have included Kevin De Cock, Dana Gabuzda, Glenn Treisman, Paul Bieniasz, and many others. The day ends with a poster session featuring HIV/AIDS research from students and post-graduates from around Philadelphia.

Below is information on the 12th Annual Research Retreat that was held on December 12, 2014. For more information on past retreats, visit the Past Symposia and Retreats page.

The Penn CFAR hosted its 12th Annual Research Retreat on December 12, 2014 in the Auditorium of BRB II/III. Our keynote speakers were Alan Perelson, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Theoretical Biology and Biophysics Group, University of California, Los Alamos National Laboratory, "Mathematical modeling and the cure agenda"; and Deborah Persaud, M.D., Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Infectious Disease, Johns Hopkins Children's Center, "HIV latency in perinatal HIV infection". In addition, several members of the Penn CFAR faculty made presentations during the all-day retreat, including recipients of our Developmental Pilot Awards. The full program is below!

8:25 a.m. Welcome Remarks
James Hoxie, M.D
Director, Penn Center for AIDS Research
8:30 a.m. "Interferons innate resistance & HIV: from infection to cure"
Luis Montaner, D.V.M., M.Sc., D.Phil.

The Wistar Institute
9:00 a.m. "Structural bone deficits in HIV/HCV-co-infected, HCV mono-infected, and HIV-mono-infected women"
Vincent Lo Re, M.D., M.S.C.E.

University of Pennsylvania
9:30 a.m. "Radiation oncology clinical care and research in Botswana?"
Stephen M. Hahn, M.D
University of Pennsylvania
10:00 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. "Rapid low cost nonelectric cross-clade whole blood assay for point of care viral load testing"
Changchun Liu, Ph.D
University of Pennsylvania
10:35 a.m. "Discovery of CD8+T cell epitopes encoded by the HIV 5' leader sequence"
Ted Kreider

University of Pennsylvania
10:55 a.m. "Mathematical modeling and the cure agenda"
Alan Perelson, Ph.D.

University of California, Los Alamos National Laboratory
11:40 a.m. Lunch
12:50 p.m. "Computer facilitated HIV risk reduction in adult drug court"
David Festinger, Ph.D.

University of Pennsylvania
1:20 p.m. "Intervening with men to prevent heterosexually transmitted HIV infection in South Africa"
John B. Jemmott, III, Ph.D.

University of Pennsylvania
1:50 p.m. "mHealth and social media-based interventions for adolescent HIV treatment and prevention"
Nadia Dowshen, M.D.

University of Pennsylvania, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
2:20 p.m. Break
2:30 p.m. "Pediatric HIV outcomes: It's hard to be 4, but harder to be 14"
Elizabeth Lowenthal, M.D., M.S.C.E

University of Pennsylvania, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
3:00 p.m. "HIV Latency in perinatal HIV Infection"
Deborah Persaud, M.D.

Johns Hopkins Children's Center
3:45 p.m.
to 5:00 p.m.
Poster Session & Reception

Kristen Paulk and Ramin Herati
Ramin Herati and Kristen Paulk

2014 Retreat
Mike Hogan, Sita Awasti, Shaheed Aldulhaqq, Lauren Hook

2014 Retreat
Una O'Doherty, Alan Perelson

2014 Retreat
Scott Sherrill-Mix

2014 Retreat
Deb Dunbar, Stuart Isaacs, Adrienne Swanstrom, Harvey Friedman

2014 Retreat
Deborah Persaud, Steve Douglas, Nadia Dowshen, David Bearden

2014 Retreat
Robert Gross, Liz Lowenthal, Anne Teitelman, Sergei Spitsin

2014 Retreat
Donna Soviello, Marlene Eisenberg, Michael Blank, Kitu Kumar

2014 Retreat
Ted Kreider, Colleen Kovacsics, Samra Elser, Mike Hogan, Brigid Jensen

2014 Retreat
Michael Betts, Marcus Buggert, Alan Perelson

2014 Retreat
Ron Collman, Melanie Duncan

The 12th Annual Research Retreat held on Friday, December 12, 2014.