Penn Center for AIDS Research


Welcome to the Penn Center for AIDS Research (CFAR)

The Penn Center for AIDS Research (Penn CFAR) is one of 20 NIH-funded CFARs and includes HIV and AIDS investigators at the University of Pennsylvania, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and the Wistar Institute.

The Penn CFAR's mission is to support, encourage and facilitate research in all areas of HIV/AIDS on the Penn/CHOP/Wistar campus by (a) facilitating communication and interdisciplinary collaborations through workshops, working groups, strategic planning efforts, and a seminar series covering all topics in the field; (b) support innovative pilot research in HIV/AIDS through developmental pilot grant programs including nonhuman primate-based research; (c) mentoring and support of junior investigators; (d) services and training in support of HIV research through Shared Cores: Clinical, Viral/Molecular, Immunology, Biostatistics & Data Management; Behavioral and Social Sciences; International; Nonhuman Primate.


In the News

  • Three-year Study Will Help Researchers Design a Program That Promotes HIV Awareness and Prevention Options Among Women: Dr. Anne Teitelman of Penn School of Nursing and Dr. Beryl Koblin of the New York Blood Center, in partnership with local community consulting groups, have received a 3-year grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to embark on designing and evaluating an awareness, uptake and adherence support program for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) among women in Philadelphia and New York City. Read more here.

    Dental Medicine’s Kelly Jordan-Sciutto, Cagla Akay Espinoza and grad student Patrick Gannon led work that reveals how certain HIV treatments cause neuronal damage. Read more here.

    A new study led by CFAR investigators Katherine Bar, MD, and Pablo Tebas, MD, with colleagues at the NIH and other institutions, reveal the impact of passive immunization with broadly neutralizing antibodies on HIV rebound and virus selection after treatment interruption and was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Read more here.

    José Bauermeister, PhD, MPH, Presidential Associate Professor of Nursing in the Department of Family and Community Health, leads a research team that has just been awarded a $9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The team, comprised of Penn Nursing, the University of Michigan School of Nursing, and Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, will adapt and test an HIV prevention intervention for adolescent men who have sex with men. The intervention, referred to as iCON (“I Connect”), builds on an Herb Ritts Foundation initiative and seeks to address the growing disparity in new HIV cases among young men by offering life skills training and community-based HIV prevention resources through an online app.

  • Vin Lo Re, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine in Infectious Diseases, has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 HIVMA Research Award. This major national awardrecognizes HIVMA members who have made outstanding contributions to HIV medicine in clinical or basic research. The award was based on innovation, originality, and demonstration of significant independent research (particularly, success in securing independent peer-reviewed grant funding) and productivity (especially publications in peer-reviewed journals).

  • James L. Riley, PhD, a research associate professor of Microbiology at the Perelman School of Medicine, and Luis J. Montaner, DVM, DPhil, director of the HIV-1 Immunopathogenesis Laboratory at The Wistar Institute Vaccine Center, will co-lead a 5-year, $23 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, as part of the second iteration of the Martin Delaney Collaboratory: Towards an HIV-1 Cure program, that aims to advance basic medical science toward a cure for the disease. Read more...

  • José Bauermeister, PhD, MPH, has been named a Presidential Professor in the School of Nursing. He is an expert in HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases among sexual-minority populations. Read more...

  • A research study led by Anne Teitelman of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing demonstrates that high risk sexual behaviors in adolescents are associated with intimate partner violence and relationship power. Read more...
  • Microbiologist Beatrice Hahn of Medicine has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Read more...

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