Friday, February 24, 2012

New Lectures from the UNC AIDS Course!

Hi friends!! Here are the links to the first five lectures of the UNC AIDS Course this semester. We will be posting the rest as the semester continues :) Hope you enjoy and learn something new!!!

UNC AIDS Course Lecture 1 (Virus & the Immune System with Charles van der Horst - 1/10/2012)

UNC AIDS Course Lecture 2 (Prevention 101; Youth and Teens at Risk with Peter Leone - 1/17/2012)

UNC AIDS Course Lecture 3 (HIV: Manifestations of Disease with Lisa Hightow-Weidman - 1/24/2012)

UNC AIDS Course Lecture 4 (HIV in the South with Kathryn Whetten - 1/31/2012)

UNC AIDS Course Lecture 5 (Substance Use and Interventions with Christopher Hurt - 2/14/2012)

Monday, February 6, 2012

CFAR Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 1 - World AIDS Day Yoga and Global HIV Efforts

Hi friends! We hope you enjoy our first edition of the CFAR newsletter in 2012! It includes a wonderful global-focused article by Karine Dube and lots of great photos from our World AIDS Day Yoga event on UNC Campus!! Sending you all love and joy :)
CFAR Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 1

Sunday, November 6, 2011

October Newsletter - The Community Advisory Board

It's our October newsletter...all about our amazing and dedicated Community Advisory Board and a special member, Julian, with an amazing project and a huge heart. We hope you enjoy!!!  CFAR Newsletter - Volume 3, Issue 4

PUBH420 - Time to sign up for the AIDS course!!

It's that wonderful time of year again...time to sign up for the AIDS course :) You can come to class one night a week for an hour and twenty minutes to soak up fascinating, widely-applicable knowledge...what could be better?

You can learn interactively, engage top experts across disciplines, and carry a lifetime of experience forward with you into any professional field, with PUBH 420-AIDS: PRINCIPLES, PRACTICES, AND POLITICS.

**PUBH 420. AIDS: Principles, Practices, and Politics**
**ENROLLMENT for SPRING 2012 WILL OPEN SOON to Professional, Graduate and
 Undergraduate Students**

This class is 1 credit. It is cross-listed as PUBH 420 (Sect. 1 - Undergrad, Sect. 2 - Graduate, Law, Cont. Studies), MEDI 483 (Medicine), NURS 414 (Nursing), PHPR 133/DPET 810 (Pharmacy), DENT 482E (Dentistry).

 - HIV: The Virus & Immune System
 - HIV: Manifestations of Disease
 - Face of AIDS: Patient Panel
 - Substance Use and Interventions
 - History and Artistic Perspectives on HIV's beginnings in the US
 - Prevention, Condom Show & Tell, Youth and Teens at Risk
 - HIV: Young Women in South Africa
 - International AIDS, Prevention Strategies
 - HIV in the Prison Setting
 - Gay Life in America
 - Tuberculosis and HIV
 - Interactive Theater and Arts Response for Health Justice
 - AIDS in the African American Community
 - AIDS and Mental Health

Info that is at once high-level and accessible, from presenters like: Charles van der Horst, MD (UNC Infectious Diseases), Ronald Strauss, DMD, PhD (UNC Dental Ecology), Wendee Wechsberg, PhD (RTI/Research Triangle Institute), Peter Leone, MD (UNC  Infectious Diseases), Audrey Pettifor, PhD (UNC Epidemiology), Myron S. Cohen, MD (UNC Infectious Diseases), David Wohl, MD (UNC Infectious Diseases), David Jolly, PhD (North Carolina Central University), Annelies van Rie, MD, PhD (UNC School of Public Health), Ben Saypol and Interactive Theater Carolina (Director ITC, UNC Campus Health, Ntl Interactive Theater Assoc. President), David Malebrance, MD, MPH (Emory University), Glenn Triesman, MD (Johns Hopkins School of Medicine).

If you want to learn more, search for PUBH 420 when registering for classes, and read below about the class participants say is a highlight of their university career - and which is such a pairing of important and fun experiences that schools across the state are incorporating it into their distance-learning curriculum.

If you have questions, contact Vanessa White at, or via telephone at 919-966-5169

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Fall 2011 Friday Morning Conference Schedule

Fall 2011 Friday Morning Conference Schedule
Sept 9, 2011       Edwin Cameron
                          "The Constitution and HIV/AIDS: the personal and the political"
                          Robert Coombs, MD, PhD
                          "Laboratory medicine can have tsunamis, too: the case for simple/rapid
                           HIV RNA testing"
Sept. 16, 2011    Meredith Shiels, PhD
                         "Aging and cancer in HIV-infected individuals"
Sept. 23, 2011    Richard W. Price, MD
                         “Evaluating and treating CNS HIV infection in the current era”
Sept. 30, 2011    Brian Pence, PhD, and Brad Gaynes, MD, MPH
                         "Depression in HIV primary care"
Oct. 7, 2011       Jim Thomas, PhD
                         “Inter-organizational network analysis for HIV care”
Oct. 14, 2011     Judith Auerbach, PhD
Oct. 21, 2011      Marcia Hobbs, PhD
                          "Performance of reverse sequence syphilis testing in Jamaica"
Oct. 28, 2011      Byrd Quinlivan, MD, and Bill Messer, MD, PhD
                         “Access to care for HIV-positive women”
Nov. 4, 2011       Annelies Van Rie, PhD
                         "Diagnosing TB: progress and challenges"
Nov. 11, 2011      Bill Miller, MD, MPH
                          "Spatial epidemiology of syphilis and gonorrhea"
Nov. 18, 2011      Kristina Abel, PhD
                          "Safety and immunogenicity of a novel pediatric HIV/TB vaccine"
Nov. 25, 2011      HOLIDAY - NO CONFERENCE
Dec. 2, 2011        Keymanthri Moodley, PhD
                           "Experiences with the ethics of HIV prevention 
research in South Africa"
Dec. 9, 2011        Omar Glarraga, MA, PhD
Dec. 16, 2011      Lynn Matthews, MD
                          "Minimizing HIV transmission among serodiscordant couples who choose to
Dec. 23, 2011      HOLIDAY - NO CONFERENCE
Dec. 30, 2011      HOLIDAY - NO CONFERENCE
About Friday Infectious Disease Conference
This weekly conference series features distinguished clinicians and scientists from UNC, local universities and other national and international institutions.  The topics are varied and appeal not only to infectious disease specialists, but also professionals in epidemiology, public health, microbiology, biostatistics and other global health-related disciplines.
The conference takes place every Friday, September through June, from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in 1131 Bioinformatics (first floor auditorium) on the UNC campus (click here for directions). Coffee, tea and refreshments are served. For more information, or to suggest a speaker, please contact the conference coordinator, Kathy James, at For the latest schedule, please visit
Friday ID Conference is co-sponsored by:
at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Dr. Myron Cohen's Comments on HPTN 052

The HPTN 052 study grew directly out of the CFAR teams’s long term commitment. 
The results have provided definitive proof that treatment reduces HIV transmission.
The also show the benefit of earlier ART in the first RCT to do so: all other such data are from observation.

The World After HPTN 052 - A guest post from CFAR Director Dr. Ron Swanstrom

In July the results of the HPTN 052 study were presented at the International AIDS Society Meeting in Rome coincident with their publication in the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of Infectious Diseases.  Our own Dr. Myron Cohen is the lead investigator on this NIH-funded study.  Discordant couples were enrolled in 13 countries and the infected partner randomized to early treatment or delayed treatment to determine if treating the infected partner could reduce transmission.  Such a large undertaking included a number of collaborators both within the US and at critical international sites, and our CFAR partner FHI 360 was a crucial member of this team.  At the end of the four back-to-back presentations in Rome there was a standing ovation, and for good reason.

The initial results of the trial had been revealed earlier this Spring when the DSMB had instructed the 052 team to make the results known because of the clear efficacy.  At that time there had been 27 transmissions in the delayed treatment arm (i.e. off therapy) with only a single transmission in the early treatment arm for 96% efficacy.  Subsequent work has shown that even this single transmission event could have occurred just prior to the start of therapy (L. Ping, unpublished).  In terms of a prevention strategy this is a home run. 

The study goes on since there is the important question of durability to be addressed.  There are also important discussions ongoing that will lead to decisions on how best to apply this approach.  However, we now have an intervention that works as well as we could have hoped, and all strategies moving forward will be judged by how they compare to HPTN 052.  This was a clear victory for the humans over the human immunodeficiency virus.  Congratulations to Mike and the entire HPTN 052 team.

Ron Swanstrom
Director, UNC Center For AIDS Research