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Thirteenth Annual CFAR Fall Scientific Retreat

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About the CFAR Fall Scientific Retreat

The Duke Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) holds its annual Fall Scientific Retreat to provide the membership with important updates on the development and support of infrastructure for the research community at Duke. The Retreat also provides a forum for disseminating new research findings from current projects, and promoting networking opportunities for the establishment of innovative new scientific collaborations in HIV research. This year we are pleased to welcome Dr. Mary Klotman, the newly appointed Dean of the Duke School of Medicine, as our Keynote speaker. We will also hear from several successful young scientists whose research has been supported by the Duke CFAR, and from several of our strategic partners at Duke. A highlight of the symposium will be the presentation of Research posters that span basic, clinical, epidemiologic, preventive and translational aspects of HIV biology. Posters will be displayed in a new venue on the 6th floor of the Trent Semans Center.

Date: September 18, 2017 - Program 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Continental Breakfast from 8:30-9:00 AM; Poster Session TBD; Networking lunch from 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Keynote Speaker

Duke CFAR: Driving Success Through Partnerships
Mary Klotman, MD
Dean, School of Medicine
Duke University Medical Center

Fall Retreat Speakers

Identifying Host-directed Therapies for Tuberculosis
David Tobin, PhD
Associate Professor, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, and Immunology
CFAR Small Grant Recipient and Faculty Recruit

Postpartum HIV Care Engagement in the Context of Option B+

Melissa Watt, PhD
Associate Professor of the Practice of Global Health
Associate Director, Duke CFAR SBS Core
CFAR Small Grant Recipient

Estimating HIV Patients' Treatment Preferences to Inform Treatment Decisions
Nathan Thielman, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine and Global Health
CFAR Small Grant Recipient and Faculty Recruit

The HIV/AIDS Specialty for Nurse Practitioners at the Duke University School of Nursing
James “Les” Harmon, DPN, RN, ANP-BC, AAHIVS
Director of the HIV/AIDS specialty program
Associate Professor
Duke University School of Nursing

Engaging North Carolina In PrEP:  Current Activities of the Biomedical Prevention Scientific Working Group
Amy Corneli, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Population Health Sciences
Duke University School of Medicine

Strategies to Implement Cervical Cancer Prevention into HIV-care Programs
Megan Huchko, PhD
Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Global Health
Duke University

Oral Presenters from Submitted Abstracts

Association of Self-Reported Adherence and Antiretroviral Drug Concentrations in Hair with Virologic Outcomes among Tanzanian Youth

Zachary Tabb
Zachary Tabb is an MS4 at Alpert Medical School (AMS) of Brown University. He received a B.S. in Psychology from Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, in 2008, and then served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uganda from 2008-2010. Last year, Zac spent a year as a Fogarty Global Health Fellow in Moshi, Tanzania working with his mentor Dr. Dorothy Dow to assist the coordination of a mental health intervention for youth living with HIV and to compare the association with virologic status between ART concentration in hair and self-reported adherence. Zac is currently applying to residency in Pediatrics with the goal to become a leading global child health clinician-scientist and educator.

Early Infancy Gut Microbiome is linked to the Immune Response against HIV Envelope Vaccination of Newborn Rhesus Macaques

Holly Heimsath
Holly Heimsath is a research analyst in the laboratory of Dr. Sallie Permar at the Duke Human Vaccine Institute. Their work focuses on the natural maternal and infant immune responses that contribute to impeding transmission of vertically transmitted viral pathogens, such as HIV, cytomegalovirus (CMV), and Zika, and how these effective immune responses can best be targeted by vaccine approaches.

Structural Network Position and Performance of Health Leaders within an HIV Prevention Trial

Marta Mulawa, MHS, PhD
Marta Mulawa is a Postdoctoral Scholar in Duke’s Interdisciplinary Research Training Program in AIDS T32 Program. She is based in the Duke Global Health Institute and her research aims to improve our understanding of how social networks influence various HIV-related behaviors.