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 11th Annual Research Retreat held on December 3, 2012. For more information on past retreats, visit the Past Symposia and Retreats page.

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


2011 Research Retreat

The 10th Annual Research Retreat held on Friday, December 2, 2011.