CFAR Scientific Symposium


Thursday, November 2, 2017
8:00 am – 4:30 pm
National Academy of Sciences, 2101 Constitution Ave., NW

The CFAR Scientific Symposium is a full day event that brings together HIV researchers from across the U.S. to discuss the latest developments in HIV research with an audience of fellow scientists – in government and academia – and members of the community. The theme for this year’s meeting is “Conducting HIV Research in Partnership with Government and Community,” with a focus on the research response to the domestic HIV epidemic.

The program will feature plenary talks by Dr. Anthony Fauci (NIH) and Dr. Eugene McCray (CDC) and four themed sessions: HIV Cure Research, The Urban Epidemic, Health Inequities and Aging and Co-Morbidities. Each moderated session will include three oral presentations followed by responses from a government scientist and a community member and Q&A from the audience.

Meeting Agenda

8:00-8:30 am


Registration and Breakfast

8:30-8:45 am


Alan E. Greenberg, MD, MPH, DC CFAR
Michael Kharfen, District of Columbia Department of Health
Marcia Ellis, DC CFAR Community Advisory Board

8:45-8:50 am


Introduction of Plenary Speaker
Alan E. Greenberg, MD, MPH, DC CFAR

8:50-9:20 am


Opening Plenary
Envisioning a Bolder Agenda for Implementation Research
Eugene McCray, MD, CDC

9:20-10:35 am


Session #1: Basic Science - HIV Cure Research

Douglas F. Nixon, MD, PhD, DC CFAR
Carl W. Dieffenbach, PhD, NIH

HIV reservoirs and reservoirs from whence virus cometh when treatment is interrupted
Ashley T. Haase, MD, University of Minnesota

Latent HIV Reservoirs Exhibit Unexpected Resistance to Elimination by CTLs
R. Brad Jones, PhD, DC CFAR

Differential Induction of the mTOR Pathway in Elite Control of HIV
Cheryl Cameron, PhD, Case Western Reserve CFAR (Early Stage Investigator)

Karl Salzwedel, PhD, NIH
A. Toni Young, Community Education Group


10:35-10:50 am


Coffee Break

10:50-12:05 pm


Session #2: Epidemiology and Prevention - The Urban Epidemic

Anthony K. Wutoh, PhD, DC CFAR
Carlos del Rio, MD, Emory CFAR

Mapping Urban HIV Epidemics
Patrick Sullivan, PhD, DVM, Emory CFAR

Changing the landscape of an urban HIV epidemic in the nation's capital
Amanda D. Castel, MD, MPH, DC CFAR

Missed opportunities for HIV prevention: Individuals who seroconverted despite accessing
health care

Uriel R. Felsen, MD, Einstein-Rockefeller-CUNY CFAR (Early Stage Investigator)

Michael Kharfen, DC Department of Health
Ron Simmons, PhD, Us Helping Us


12:05-12:55 pm


Lunch Break

12:55-1:00 pm


Introduction of Plenary Speaker
Gary L. Simon, MD, PhD, DC CFAR

1:00-1:30 pm


Afternoon Plenary
Ending the HIV/AIDS Pandemic: Follow the Science
Anthony S. Fauci, MD, NIH

1:30-2:45 pm


Session #3: Social and Behavioral Science - Health Inequities

Maria Cecilia Zea, PhD, DC CFAR
Chris Beyrer, MD, JHU CFAR

Towards a Critical Health Equity HIV Prevention Research Stance: Why Framing the U.S. HIV/AIDS
Epidemic as Health Inequity vs. Health Disparity Matters

Lisa Bowleg, PhD, DC CFAR

Race, Gender and HIV in an Age of Mass Incarceration
Kim M. Blankenship, PhD, DC CFAR

HIV Risk Behaviors and Acculturation Strategies Among Latino Youth in Atlanta: One Ethnic Group,
Two Different Realities

Valeria D. Cantos, MD, Emory CFAR (Early Stage Investigator)

Lisa Fitzpatrick, MD, MPH, MPA, DC Department of Health
Abby R. Charles, MPH, Institute for Public Health Innovation


2:45-3:00 pm


Coffee Break

3:00-4:15 pm


Session #4: Clinical - Aging and Co-Morbidities

Princy N. Kumar, MD, DC CFAR
Michael S. Saag, MD, UAB CFAR

HIV, Inflammation, and Cardiovascular Disease
Priscilla Y. Hsue, MD, UCSF CFAR

Progress in HIV-associated cancers – where we are and next steps
Kieron Dunleavy, MD, DC CFAR

HIV Reservoirs in the Brain and Association with Sex and Neurocognition
Michelli Oliveira, PhD, UCSD CFAR (Early Stage Investigator)

Henry Masur, MD, NIH
Melissa Turner, MSW, LICSW, Veterans Affairs Medical Center


4:15-4:30 pm


Special Performance

4:30 pm


Closing Remarks and Adjourn
Alan E. Greenberg, MD, MPH, DC CFAR