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CREATIVE AND NOVEL IDEAS IN HIV RESEARCH (CNIHR 2012 ROUND)


Encouraging Innovation in HIV Research

Presented by the International AIDS Society, in collaboration with the Centers for AIDS Research Program, U.S. National Institutes of Health

Building on the success of the 2010 round, the NIH Office of AIDS Research, in cooperation with the IAS and CFAR, awarded twelve research grants in 2012, based on a competitive application process. The intent of this program is to attract both international and U.S.-based young, early stage investigators from outside the field of HIV/AIDS research to help address new questions related to emerging issues of long-term survival with HIV infection, strategies to control viral reservoirs and research leading toward a cure for HIV/AIDS, and new approaches for the prevention of HIV transmission including treatment as prevention.

The programme offers grant funding for up to two years, with support of up to $150,000 per year in direct costs, and is coordinated and managed by the NIH-CFAR institutions.

2012 grantees of the Creative and Novel Ideas in HIV Research Programme were awarded at the beginning of the Tuesday Plenary Session at the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) in Washington, 24 July 2012.


More photos from the awards ceremony are available here



2012 Grantees of the Creative and Novel Ideas in HIV Research

Jesse Bloom
Dr. Bloom from the USA will complete a research project, entitled “The biophysical underpinnings of gp120 evolvability”, under the guidance of Julie Overbaugh, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.


Michael Elliott
Dr. Elliott from the USA will complete a research project, entitled “Apoptotic cell clearance signaling and HIV-associated inflammation”, under the guidance of Stephen Dewhurst, University of Rochester.


Dhiraj Kumar
Dr. Kumar from India will complete a research project, entitled “Cellular autophagy response on HIV infections and implications on opportunistic Mtb infections”, under the guidance of Murali-Krishna Kaja, Emory University, Atlanta.


Wilson Liao
Dr. Liao from the USA will complete a research project, entitled “Psoriasis and HIV-1 control”, under the guidance of Douglas Nixon, University of California, San Francisco.      


Robert Lowe
Dr. Lowe from the USA will complete a research project, entitled “Role of FoxP3 in blocking transcriptional activation of the HIV-LTR in regulatory T cells”, under the guidance of Randy Cron, University of Alabama at Birmingham


Adam Murphy
Dr. Murphy from the USA will complete a research project, entitled “Impact of HIV status and race on disparities in prostate cancer treatment and incidence”, under the guidance of Mike Saag, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and William Catalona, Northwestern University


Gretchen Neigh
Dr. Neigh from the USA will complete a research project, entitled “Effects of adolescent stress and HIV on the stress response and neuroinflammation”, under the guidance of Guido Silvestri and Andrew Miller, Emory University.


Matias Ostrowski
Dr. Ostrowski from Argentina will complete a research project, entitled “Characterization of Gag trafficking pathways in HIV-1 infected macrophages and CD4+ T cells”, under the guidance of Christopher Aiken, Vanderbilt University, Nashville.


Takayuki Ota
Dr. Ota from the USA will complete a research project, entitled “Rapid characterization of NAbs in vivo using HoxA10 expanded HSC”, under the guidance of Dennis Burton and David Nemazee, The Scripps Research Institute.


Thomas Rice
Dr. Rice from the USA will complete a research project, entitled “Obstructive sleep apnea, cardiovascular disease and HIV infection”, under the guidance of Robert Kaplan, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University, New York, and Alison Morris, University of Pittsburgh.


Shomyseh Sanjabi
Dr. Sanjabi from the USA will complete a research project, entitled “Developing small animal models of HIV elite controller and rapid progressor immunity”, under the guidance of Warner Greene, University of California, San Francisco.


Eroboghene Ubogu
Dr. Ubogu from the USA will complete a research project, entitled “CCR5 mediated trafficking of HIV-infected mononuclear leukocytes at the human blood-nerve barrier in vitro”, under the guidance of Jason Kimata, Baylor College of Medicine.



CNIHR training and networking programme, 19-28 July 2012, Washington

The 2012 grantees, together with the 2010 grantees, were awarded scholarships to attend the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) in Washington, USA, on 22-27 July 2012. A pre-conference seminar with leading scientists in the HIV field was organized to give grantees an overview of HIV science and an opportunity to share their projects. The workshop was followed by training and networking sessions at AIDS 2012.

The pre-conference workshop agenda and an overview of the CNIHR training and networking programme is available here.