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Comprehensive NeuroAIDS Center (CNAC)



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Developmental Core Request for Applications


The Developmental Core is currently inviting interested researchers to apply for funding via the Developmental Core Pilot Grants. Applicants must provide a project title, updated biosketch, and specific aims for the proposed project by Monday, August 18. All projects must be related to NeuroAIDS and/or co-morbidities. For more information on who is eligible and how to apply, please see the attached flyer.



City-Wide NeuroAIDS Discussion Group


Three City-Wide NeuroAIDS Discussion Group meetings are planned in 2014 focusing on “Viral Eradication and Novel Strategies for Treatment of HIV/AIDS”. The first was held on February 19, 2014 and was hosted by the Department of Neuroscience and Comprehensive NeuroAIDS Center (CNAC), in conjunction with Drexel’s Institute for Molecular Medicine and Penn’s School of Dental Medicine and Perelman School of Medicine. Norman Haughey, PhD, Associate Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University, delivered the keynote presentation on “Promises and Pitfalls in the Race to Eradicate HIV”. Additional presentations were given by Rafal Kaminski, PhD, Temple University, Julio Martin-Garcia, PhD, Drexel University, and Alexander Gill, BS, University of Pennsylvania. The next meeting will be held at Drexel University College of Medicine in June 2014. More details will be provided in the coming months.



Developmental Core Request for Applications – “Interdisciplinary and Translational Research in NeuroAIDS”


The CNAC Developmental Core request for letters of intent is now closed. We thank you for your interest – please check back periodically for news on future opportunities. For more information, please contact Andrea Albelda, at andrea.dwyer@temple.edu.



12th International Symposium on NeuroVirology


The 12th International Symposium on NeuroVirology and 2013 Conference on HIV in the Nervous System was held October 29 to November 2, 2013 in Washington D.C., USA. The meetings involved more than 350 basic and clinical scientists and trainees working in the areas of neurology, neuropathology, neuropathogenesis, neurobiology, neuroimmunology, neurochemistry, and molecular virology. The overall goal of these symposia is to provide investigators working in the field of neurovirology and related areas with leading edge information to continue to identify important gaps in knowledge. For information on the International Society for NeuroVirology, please visit http://www.isnv.org.



2013 City-Wide NeuroAIDS Symposium


Two City-Wide NeuroAIDS Symposia were held in 2013. The first City-Wide NeuroAIDS Discussion Group took place on Monday, January 14, 2013 at Temple University’s Medical Education and Research Building. The topic of this first discussion group focused on "HIV and Aging", with a special keynote address by Avindra Nath, MD, Clinical Director of the NINDS. Presentations were also given by Kelly Jordan-Sciutto, PhD (University of Pennsylvania), Vanessa Pirrone, PhD (Drexel University), Dianne Langford, PhD (Temple University), and junior investigator Elizabeth Crowe, MD/PhD candidate (Drexel University).


The Second City-Wide NeuroAIDS Symposium took place on Monday, May 20, 2013 at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. The topic of discussion at this meeting was “HIV and co-Morbidities of the CNS” with the keynote address given by David Metzger, PhD, Director of the HIV/AIDS Prevention Research Division at the University of Pennsylvania. Yuri Persidsky, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Temple, presented on “Dysfunction of blood brain barrier in HIV-1 infection: Mechanisms and protective strategies”, with additional presentations given by Marianne Strazza, PhD, postdoctoral research fellow from Drexel University, and Patrick Regan, PhD candidate in Neuroscience from Temple University.