Department of Psychiatry
Penn Behavioral Health

Penn Mental Health AIDS Research Center (PMHARC)

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Welcome to the PMHARC

The Penn Mental Health AIDS Research Center (PMHARC) strives to transform how individuals with comorbid mental illness and HIV/AIDS are treated and managed by developing innovative, interdisciplinary, and integrative approaches to optimize psychiatric, behavioral, and medical outcomes and achieving a better understanding of the biological, psychological, and behavioral mechanisms underlying these combined illnesses and treatments.

The Mission of the PMHARC is to:

  • Focus on the combination of mental illness and HIV/AIDS and related comorbidities
  • Develop innovative, integrated treatments to optimize psychiatric, behavioral, and medical outcomes
  • Achieve a better understanding of the biological, psychological, and behavioral mechanisms underlying these combined illnesses and treatments
  • Expand the research base by fostering collaborations among well-established:
    • mental illness/AIDS researchers
    • mental health researchers who have not previously studied AIDS
    • substance abuse AIDS researchers who have not previously studied mental health
    • AIDS researchers not previously focused on mental health
    • researchers expert in metabolic phenomena common to AIDS and to mental illness

Meeting Announcement

The PMHARC is co-sponsoring a free Philadelphia citywide HIV/AIDS Research Conference with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health to update the science, highlight local researchers, and provide a networking/collaborative opportunity.

"From Bench to Bus Stop: Building HIV Research Collaborations in Philadelphia"

January 26, 2016
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
19 S 22nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

For information, please visit:

www.phillyhivresearch.wix.com/hivconference2016