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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 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.

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In the News

  • José Bauermeister 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...
  • Multi-drug tuberculosis regimens are no more effective than screenings and preventive therapy to treat TB in HIV patients, according to Gregory Bisson of Medicine. Read more...
  • Dr. Liz Lowenthal was awarded the Gilead Scholars Award in HIV. The award will be used to develop and test a community-based, youth-led, adolescent rights-centered, HIV stigma reduction intervention to increase adolescent HIV testing. Read more...
  • Hans-Peter Kohler of Arts & Sciences found that AIDS treatment can help HIV-negative people by quelling fear of the virus and boosting mental health and productivity. Read more...
  • On World AIDS Day, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine professors Carl June, MD, and Bruce Levine, PhD, were featured in a special HIV report from HBO’s Vice. Read more...
  • Vincent Lo Re III, MD, MSCE has been appointed to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee for a National Strategy for the Elimination of Hepatitis B and C, November 2015. Read more...

  • Baligh Yehia has been named the 2015-2016 recipient of the Walter J. McDonald Award for Early Career Physicians from the American College of Physicians (ACP). Read more...
  • Anne Teitelman (Associate Professor, School of Nursing) interviewed on WHYY “Radio Times” about Teen Pregnancy, Contraception and Safer Sex. Read more...
  • A study by Penn Medicine’s Emily Blumberg found 400 HIV-positive people might serve as organ donors to HIV-positive patients annually, with such donations now legal. Read more...
  • Dr. Jim Riley and his team receive $7.5 Million to Expand HIV Gene Therapy Work. Read more...
  • 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...

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