November 2021 - Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions

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Virtual Meeting Recap

Thank You to All Participants at the 2021 Fall ATN Virtual Meeting

Network members from across the country gathered virtually in October for the ATN's Fall 2021 meeting. We heard updates from network projects, joined together for roundtable sessions, listened and learned at a Q&A panel with the Youth Experts and Advocates for Health (ATN-YEAH), and heard about approaches for youth engagement and the Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) federal plan.

The ATN welcomed two keynote speakers: Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); and Rohan Hazra, MD, Acting Director, Division of Extramural Research, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).

During the meeting, Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, presented a keynote speech on "Ending the HIV Epidemic in Adolescents and Youth Adults." Rohan Hazra, MD, Acting Director, Division of Extramural Research, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, presented on "NICHD and Our Research Priorities" in a keynote speech.

Copies of presenters' slides can be found on the ATN's secure website. The meeting agenda with specific presenters and topics can be found here.

Save the date for Spring 2022: April 27-28.

ATN at Adherence 2021

Two presentations will feature ATN study data:

Daily psychosocial predictors of ART adherence among HIV-positive adolescent and young adult men who have sex with men: A daily diary study from ATN 112. Co-authors: Matthew Psioda, PhD; Arlene Sena, MD, MPH; Betty Rupp, Kimberly Enders.

Electronic dose monitoring device patterns in youth living with HIV enrolled in an adherence intervention clinical trial. Presenting author: Rivet Amico, PhD.

This conference will take place November 7-9. Visit the Adherence 2021 website.


"Marijuana and illicit drugs: Correlates of condomless anal sex among adolescent and emerging adult sexual minority men." Published in the journal Addictive Behaviors.

"Cost-effectiveness of Frequent HIV Screening Among High-risk Young Men Who Have Sex With Men in the United States." Published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.

"Engaging Sexual and Gender Minority Youth in HIV Interventions Through Gay Dating Apps: Recruitment Protocol." Published in JMIR Research Protocols.

"A behavioral economics perspective on the COVID-19 vaccine amid public mistrust." Published in the journal Translational Behavioral Medicine.

"Influence of dapivirine vaginal ring use on cervicovaginal immunity and functional microbiome in adolescent girls." Published in the journal AIDS.


Scale It Up at the Tallahassee AIDS Walk 2021

See photos on Twitter of Scale it Up in Florida participating with the community at the event, which took place in September.

Letter from the Director of the NIH Office of AIDS Research

Read "Optimizing the Investment in HIV Research: Pandemics, Pipelines, and Partnerships" from Maureen Goodenow, PhD, Associate Director for AIDS Research and Director, Office of AIDS Research (OAR), National Institutes of Health.

HIV Research News from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

Read the news release from NIAID, "NIH Researchers Identify How Two People Controlled HIV After Stopping Treatment," published October 28, 2021.

CDC Report: HIV Self-Testing

These findings were published in a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) released September 24, 2021: "Increasing Access to HIV Testing Through Direct-to-Consumer HIV Self-Test Distribution - United States, March 31, 2020–March 30, 2021."

IMPAACT Announces Study Results

The International Maternal Pediatric Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials (IMPAACT) Network announced findings from IMPAACT 2019 at the International Workshop on HIV Pediatrics 2021 and the 11th IAS Conference on HIV Science. See more information here.

Scale It Up Hiring

Florida State University's College of Medicine at the Center for Translational Behavioral Science in Tallahassee, FL is hiring a Research Faculty I position within Scale It Up. See the job listing here (job ID 50064).

World AIDS Day 2021

The annual World AIDS Day is December 1, 2021. See details about this year's theme and more about the Ending the HIV Epidemic plan in this blog post from HIV.gov.

Conferences and Events

Trying to keep track of what conferences have moved to a virtual format, rescheduled, canceled? Maybe this list can help: Research meetings and conferences, for HIV prevention and care, youth-centered health, and major events for public health research.

Featured Events:

November 7-9, 2021. Adherence 2021. Hybrid event; online and Orlando, FL.

February 12-16, 2022: Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI). Denver, CO, including virtual and in-person sessions.

July 29 - August 2, 2022. AIDS 2022. Montreal, Canada and virtually. Abstract submission and registration will open November 16, 2021.

About Your ATN Presentations / Abstracts ...

Are you part of the ATN and presenting at an upcoming event, or have recently had an abstract accepted to a conference? Please email atnhelp@unc.edu to let us know.

Funding Opportunities

The list of selected funding opportunities is here.

Featured funding opportunities this month:

The Pediatric HIV/AIDS Cohort Study (PHACS) Emerging Research Pilot (ERP) Program supports the investigation of new scientific questions arising during the course of PHACS studies, as well as previously identified scientific questions, which align with the PHACS scientific agenda but were unable to be funded in the current grant funding. Proposals are due February 1, 2022. To view the full eligibility requirements, funding information, key dates, and application format requirements, visit the PHACS website.

Expanding Differentiated Care Approaches for Adolescents Living with HIV: See the R01 Clinical Trial Optional listing and the R34 Clinical Trial Optional listing.

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