February 2021 - Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions (Photos taken October 2019)

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The 2021 Spring ATN Virtual Meeting

Two Keynote Speakers Announced

The ATN warmly welcomes two keynote speakers for the upcoming meeting - check out the exciting news and see the dates and times so you can save the date. There will be a question and answer period after each keynote presentation.

Day 1 Keynote Speaker, Wednesday, April 28 at 1:05pm ET (following a short welcome address from project officers at the National Institutes of Health) - Harold Phillips, MRP, Senior HIV Advisor and Chief Operating Officer of Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America.

Day 2 Keynote Speaker, Thursday, April 29 at the start of the meeting, 1pm ET - Stephaun E. Wallace, PhD, Director of External Relations, COVID-19 Prevention Network (CoVPN) & HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN)

Submit a Virtual Poster!

Deadline: March 26

Attend a virtual poster session on Wednesday, April 28th during the spring meeting. The poster submission form and instructions can be found here. The form is due March 26, 2021.

Be sure to save the date for the 2021 Spring ATN Virtual Meeting, April 28-29. A full agenda will be available soon, as well as registration details. Visit the ATN events page, which includes save-the-dates for Fall 2021's meeting.

"HIV in the USA" Series Published

A special journal issue from the Lancet, published this month, reviews ongoing challenges for eliminating HIV in the United States in a six-paper series, along with two commentary articles.

Related: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Release

The NIH published a statement about the Lancet "HIV in the USA" series that summarizes key findings, including statements from some of the lead authors: "To end HIV epidemic, we must address health disparities - Expert report cites unequal progress in Southern U.S. and among marginalized groups (February 19, 2021)."

News and Publications

See new publications from ATN researchers:

"Primary Care and Pre-exposure Prophylaxis Services in Publicly Funded Family Planning Clinics in the Southern United States." Journal of General Internal Medicine, 2021. Another recent Planning 4 PrEP (ATN 155) publication is "Pre-exposure Prophylaxis Implementation in Family Planning Services Across the Southern United States: Findings from a Survey Among Staff, Providers and Administrators Working in Title X-Funded Clinics." AIDS and Behavior, 2021.

"Modeling Adherence Interventions Among Youth with HIV in the United States: Clinical and Economic Projections." AIDS and Behavior, 2021.

"A Tale of Two Cities: Exploring the Role of Race/Ethnicity and Geographic Setting on PrEP Use Among Adolescent Cisgender MSM." AIDS and Behavior, 2021.

"Adolescent Sexual Minority Males, Relationship functioning, and Condomless Sex." Journal of Adolescent Health, 2021.

"Developmental Barriers to Couples' HIV Testing and Counseling Among Adolescent Sexual Minority Males: A Dyadic Socio-ecological Perspective." AIDS and Behavior, 2021.

"Trajectories of depressive symptoms, neurocognitive function and viral suppression with antiretroviral therapy among youth with HIV over 36 months." AIDS and Behavior, 2021.

Series in the journal mHealth: "Technology-based Interventions in HIV Prevention and Care Continuum among American Youth"

See the series, which includes iTech research, here. Lisa Hightow-Weidman, MD, MPH, served as guest editor for this issue. Dr. Hightow-Weidman is Principal Investigator for ATN iTech and Professor of Medicine in the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases and a Professor of Health Behavior at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Young Leaders! - Call for Applications

The International AIDS Society (IAS) asks that young leaders apply to be a part of its efforts to build a youth-led digital space to share resources, support fundraising, foster mentorship opportunities and many more goals. Applications are due March 7 - see more and how to apply.

Committee Addresses Representation in Research

Amelia Knopf, PhD, MPH, RN, Indiana University School of Nursing, is a newly appointed member of a 12-person National Committee on Improving the Representation of Women and Underrepresented Minorities in Clinical Trials and Research sponsored by the National Academies of Science Engineering and Medicine. Dr. Knopf is Principal Investigator for ATN 150 (Consent 2.0). The new national committee had its first meeting in January 2021. See more, including the rest of the committee membership and its planned activities.

HIV Research-Related News/Reports

"Evidence grows on the link between adolescents’ mental health and viral suppression" - News from Avert on a JIAS-published study with participants who are teenagers living with HIV.

"WHO recommends the dapivirine vaginal ring as a new choice for HIV prevention for women at substantial risk of HIV infection" - News released published in January 2021, from the World Health Organization (WHO).

"New guidance on ethical HIV prevention trials published" - UNAIDS, Feature story on January 27, 2021 (in partnership with the WHO).

Letters from the Director, NIH Office of AIDS Research

Maureen Goodenow, PhD, Associate Director for AIDS Research, and the Director, Office of AIDS Research, National Institutes of Health, published two recent letters of interest to the HIV research community:

"2021: Learning from the Past While Planning for the Future," a look forward at OAR's HIV strategic research agenda at the start of 2021.

"HIV Prevention Forward: Choices for the Future," a wrap-up of OAR's participation at the HIV R4P conference.

Conferences and Events

Trying to keep track of what conferences have moved to a virtual format, rescheduled, canceled? Maybe this list into 2021 can help. Research meetings and conferences, for HIV prevention and care, youth-centered health, and major events for public health research.

Featured events:

Adherence 2021 will be held June 13-15, 2021. Registration is open, and abstracts are due Friday, February 26, 2021.

May 20-22, 2021: ACTHIV 2021, American Conference for the Treatment of HIV. Registration is open. Abstracts are being accepted until May 1, 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:

HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) Call for Concepts: 2021 - Letter of intent is due March 1, 2021. Read more here.

NICHD Program Project Grants for HIV Research (P01 Clinical Trial Optional) - open date February 26, 2021.

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