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Penn Center for AIDS Research

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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 reaseach 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.

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In the News

  • Penn Medicine Immunotherapy Pioneer Carl June, MD, Awarded 2015 Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize. Read more...
  • Dave Weiner was awarded $16 Million over 5 years for an IPCAVD grant entitled “Synthetic DNA & Novel Env Vaccine for HIV”.Collaborators on the grant come from Emory, Duke, VRC, U Mass, and Inovio. Read more...

  • Two of the four groups of human AIDS viruses originated in the western lowland African gorillas, according to research by Dr. Beatrice Hahn. Read more...
  • Dr. David Bearden of the Division of Child Neurology at CHOP, in a study supported by a CFAR Developmental Pilot award, shows that early antiretroviral therapy reduces the seizures in children with HIV by almost two-thirds. Read more...
  • Dr. Greg Bisson discusses his Penn study about measuring biomarkers to guide future research and treatments before HIV treatment begins. Read more...
  • Penn Medicine receives $3.5 Million NCI Grant to study cervical cancer in HIV positive women in Botswana. Read more...
  • Penn Medicine named leader in LGBT Healthcare equality. Read more...
  • Dr. Jim Riley (CFAR Member and Core Director) received a 2014 Award for Excellence for his work in autoimmune research.   Read more...
  • Dr. Dennis Kolson identifies a new mechanism in the pathogenesis of HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders in vitro and in vivo- deficiency of the detoxifying enzyme Heme Oxygenase-1. Read more...
  • Alex Gill, MD/PhD combined degree student, profiled in The Journal of Clinical Investigation for his groundbreaking work identifying new pathways in the pathogenesis of HIV-associated neurological dysfunction. Read more...
  • Xiaolu Yang, CFAR Pilot Grant recipient, identifies a protein recycling pathway in Molecular Cell. Read more...
  • David Issadore, CFAR Pilot Grant recipient, awarded S. Reid Warren, Jr. award. Read more...
  • Luis Montaner's interferon trial set to begin. Read more...
  • Hongzhe Li receives Jane Glick Student Teaching Award. Read more...
  • Changchun Liu interviewed about his Point-of-Care HIV Testing device. Read more...
  • Vin Lo Re's study suggests HCV/HIV co-infected patients face higher risk for liver disease. Read more...
  • Carl June and Pablo Tebas prove safety and efficacy of T cell gene editing against HIV. Read more...
  • Carrie Kovarik's study in JAMA Dermatology finds teledermatology app to be reliable and efficient. Read more...
  • David Weiner develops DNA vaccines to boost immune system against infections & tumors. Read more...
  • Mental Health patients more likely to by infected with HIV according to study by Michael Blank. Read more...
  • Baligh Yehia appointed director of innovative LGBT health program at Penn Medicine. Read more...
  • Penn HIV Researchers Deploy Large-Scale Intervention Project in South Africa. Read more...
  • Luis Montaner awarded $6.2 million grant to conduct clinical trial to drain HIV-1 reservoirs. Read more...
  • Greg Bisson awarded Marjorie A. Bowman New Investigator Research Award for his work on improving health outcomes among patients with HIV and TB.
  • Toorjo Ghose presents on "Stigma" to the World Bank's UNAIDS Conference. Read more...
  • Carrie Kovarik's teledermatology practice in the headlines. Read more...
  • Baligh Yehia and Kathleen Brady report that receiving care at multiple clinics adversely affects treatment and outcomes for people living with HIV. Read more...
  • Bridgette Brawner, Anne Teitelman, and Loretta Jemmott recommend Personalized Biobehavioral HIV Prevention for Women and Adolescent Girls. Read more...
  • Changchun Liu and Haim Bau, CFAR Pilot recipients, develop low cost device to quickly separate plasma from blood cells for novel low-cost Point of Care Viral Load analysis. Read more...
  • Michael Blank's study suggests that trained nursing interventions for mentally ill people with HIV improves adherence to medication. Read more...
  • Henry Kranzler named Director of Penn's Center for Studies of Addiction. Read more...

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