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Save the Date for the 2024 Penn CFAR Scientific Symposium

2024 Penn CFAR Scientific Symposium Ending the HIV Epidemic: Innovation and Implementation Path to an HIV vaccine, and getting prevention & treatment to the community   Friday, October 18th, 2024 8:00 am – 5:30 pm Click here for more information!

Ron Collman receives the Philadelphia AIDS Fund “Fierce & Fabulous Award” on behalf of the Penn CFAR

Penn CFAR Director Dr. Ron Collman will receive the Philadelphia AIDS Fund “Fierce & Fabulous Award” on behalf of the Penn CFAR, to be presented at Black Tie Gay Bingo on April 6, 2024. This award celebrates a hero who has significantly contributed to the Philadelphia HIV/AIDS and/or LGBTQ+ communities. “Keeping the fight against AIDS … Continue reading Ron Collman receives the Philadelphia AIDS Fund “Fierce & Fabulous Award” on behalf of the Penn CFAR

Penn Mental Health AIDS Research Center 2025 Pilot Award Program

 Penn Mental Health AIDS Research Center – 2025 Pilot Award Program  1-Page Concepts Due May 15, 2024  The Penn Mental Health AIDS Research Center (PMHARC) supports innovative research at the intersection of HIV and mental health. We invite 1-page concepts for studies with clear potential to lead to larger funded research. Selected applicants will be … Continue reading Penn Mental Health AIDS Research Center 2025 Pilot Award Program

Passing of Pediatric Immunologist, AIDS research leader and CFAR Investigator Dr. Steven Douglas

Penn CFAR researcher Steven D. Douglas, MD, passed away on March 13, 2024. A faculty member at CHOP and PSOM since 1980, Dr. Douglas was a giant in the field of pediatric immunology for over 50 years, a leader in research to improve the care of children with HIV/AIDS for nearly 40 years, and for the past … Continue reading Passing of Pediatric Immunologist, AIDS research leader and CFAR Investigator Dr. Steven Douglas

Harsha Thirumurthy, PhD wins the 2024 Faculty Prize in Global Health

Harsha Thirumurthy, PhD, Professor, Medical Ethics & Health Policy and Co-Director, Behavioral Economics and Global Health Insights Lab, has been awarded the 2024 Faculty Prize in Global Health In 2021, Penn alum Robert Suskind, MD (C’59, M’63) and his wife, Leslie Lewinter-Suskind, MSS, MFA, generously endowed an annual award for a PSOM faculty member who … Continue reading Harsha Thirumurthy, PhD wins the 2024 Faculty Prize in Global Health

Drew Weissman and Katalin Kariko win the 2023 Nobel Prize

Drs. Katalin Karikó and HIV researcher Drew Weissman of the Perelman School of Medicine have been named winners of the 2023 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. They were recognized for their foundational research that led to mRNA vaccines. Their collaboration began in 1998 as an attempt to develop an HIV vaccine.

WATCH NOW: National Women & Girls HIV Awareness Day

Did you miss the National Women & Girls HIV Awareness Day Webinar? WATCH THE RECORDING HERE This event was held on Friday, March 15, 2024 from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm. Topics include: Integrating Perinatal Substance Use Disorder and HIV Care PrEP and Adolescents Integrating Support into Community Settings for Women with HIV The Importance … Continue reading WATCH NOW: National Women & Girls HIV Awareness Day

Q&A with CFAR pilot awardee Stephen Bonnett: “A New Clinic Model Makes It Easier to Get HIV Care & Prevention in Philadelphia”

Penn LDI has published “A New Clinic Model Makes It Easier to Get HIV Care and Prevention in Philadelphia,” a Q&A with LDI Fellow and Penn Nursing Assistant Professor Stephen Bonett about a recent study published in the Journal of Implementation Science. LDI Fellows José Bauermeister, Penn Nursing Professor, and Perelman School of Medicine Assistant Professor Sarah Wood were among the study co-authors. … Continue reading Q&A with CFAR pilot awardee Stephen Bonnett: “A New Clinic Model Makes It Easier to Get HIV Care & Prevention in Philadelphia”

Aging: New HIV Funding Opportunities and Resources

  Aging: New HIV Funding Opportunities and Resources https://www.hiv.gov/blog/aging-new-hiv-funding-opportunities-and-resources/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily20240124   With growing attention at the local, state, and federal levels on issues related to HIV and aging, these recent funding announcements and a new resource may be of interest to readers. These are examples of efforts underway to pursue the National HIV/AIDS Strategy’s call to expand … Continue reading Aging: New HIV Funding Opportunities and Resources

RNA Pilot Grant Program

The Penn Institute for RNA Innovation is requesting applications for the Spring Pilot Grant Program. The Pilot Program runs twice a year, Fall and Spring, and is intended to stimulate investigators from other areas to lend their expertise in research in RNA. The Spring 2024 Pilot Grant Program research priority area will be to support … Continue reading RNA Pilot Grant Program

New Developmental Core Co-Director

Please join us in welcoming Daniel Kulp, PhD to the CFAR! Dan is the new Co-Director of the CFAR Developmental Core. He will be working with Core Director Liz Lowenthal, MD, MSCE, and the Core B team as of January 2024. Dan is an Associate Professor in the Vaccine & Immunotherapy Center at the Wistar … Continue reading New Developmental Core Co-Director

Welcome new CFAR faculty members!

Raiees Andrabi, PhD Renata Arrington-Sanders, MD Jesper Pallesen, PhD Blanton S. Tolbert, PhD   Please join us in welcoming four new faculty members to the Penn CFAR!   Raiees Andrabi, PhD Associate Professor Division of Infectious Diseases Dr. Andrabi’s work focuses on development of vaccine immunogens against complex pathogens such as HIV, Influenza virus, Arenaviruses … Continue reading Welcome new CFAR faculty members!

Billy Tsima, MD, MSCE named Interim Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Univ of Botswana

Dr. Tsima MD MSCE, CFAR International Core Investigator and first graduate of Penn’s NIH/Fogarty funded “HIV Clinical Epidemiology Training for Botswana” has been named Interim Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Botswana. Dr. Tsima is a Family Medicine physician and HIV clinical epidemiologist. His research has addressed issues of mental illness, … Continue reading Billy Tsima, MD, MSCE named Interim Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Univ of Botswana

Penn CFAR researchers awarded End the HIV Epidemic Supplements

Penn CFAR researchers Cedric Bien-Gund of the Perelman School of Medicine and Malitta Engstrom of the School of Social Policy and Practice have received special supplemental awards from the National Institutes of Health to further the End the HIV Epidemic initiative. Dr. Bien-Gund’s research will focus on implementation of community pharmacy-based rapid HIV testing and … Continue reading Penn CFAR researchers awarded End the HIV Epidemic Supplements

In Low and Middle-Income Countries, Target Multiple Risk Behaviors, Not Single Ones, to Change HIV Outcomes, Penn Study Finds 

“Whether multiple-behavior interventions work better than single ones in increasing testing, treatment, and prevention of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is an empirical question,” notes an article recently published by the Journal of Clinical and Consulting Psychology by a team led by Dolores Albarracin, Alexandra Heyman Nash University Professor and Director of the Scientific Working Group on HIV Communication … Continue reading In Low and Middle-Income Countries, Target Multiple Risk Behaviors, Not Single Ones, to Change HIV Outcomes, Penn Study Finds 

IS Core Works-in-Progress Meetings

Join the CFAR Implementation Science Core for their fall Works in Progress Meetings. Tuesday, October 31st at 12 pm Pairing PrEP with Family Planning Services Sarita Sonalkar, MD, MPH & Emmanuel Drabo, MPhil, PhD Register Here for the October WIP Session: RSVP for Zoom Link Thursday, November 8th at 1 pm HIV Prevention Strategies Among … Continue reading IS Core Works-in-Progress Meetings

Penn Medicine AIDS Researcher Receives $16.3 Million from National Institutes of Health to Accelerate HIV Vaccine Development

George M. Shaw, MD, PhD, a professor of Hematology/Oncology and Microbiology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, has received $16.3 million over five years from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to develop a long-sought-after HIV vaccine.

Anne Teitelman, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN received Article of the Year from the Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care

The Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC) honors research led by Anne Teitelman, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, Associate Professor Emerita in Penn Nursing’s Department of Family and Community Health, as the 2021 JANAC (Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care) Article of the Year. Teitelman’s  research team and their article, Just4Us: Development of a Counselor Navigator and Text … Continue reading Anne Teitelman, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN received Article of the Year from the Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care

Dr. Ghose receives a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award

Dr. Toorjo Ghose, MSW, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Social Policy & Practice, University of Pennsylvania, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to India. Ghose will be hosted by Presidency University in Kolkata as part of a project to document and teach about the strategies deployed by sex workers to negotiate the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Vahedi receives a Burroughs Welcome Award

Dr. Golnaz Vahedi, PhD, Assistant Professor of Genetics at the Institute for Immunology, has received a Burroughs Welcome Award. Please see a description of Dr. Vahedi’s proposal below: “Our goal is to understand how lentiviruses change the linear and three-dimensional (3D) organization of the host genome. Propelled by rapid technological advances, the field of epigenomics is … Continue reading Dr. Vahedi receives a Burroughs Welcome Award