Penn Center for AIDS Research

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Welcome to the Penn Center for AIDS Research

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.


CFAR Community Advisory Board Red Ribbon Awards - Friday, December 6th, 2019

The Red Ribbon Awards Ceremony is held each year in commemoration of World AIDS Day, and recognizes the tireless efforts of our local heroes in policy, research, community, faith, youth leadership and more. The Penn CFAR CAB has developed partnerships with several programs from the School District of Philadelphia showcasing the work of youth around the city and creating the space to continue the work of HIV activism and education.

This year's honorees are:

Researcher:  Ron Collman, MD

Community Leader:  Tiffany Dominique

Provider:  Jay Kostman, MD

Faith Leader:  Sister Bernadette Kinniry

Legacy Award:  Loraine Ballard Morrill

Dale L. Grundy Youth Award:  Samuel Weissman

Pioneer Award:  Action Wellness


DATE:              Friday, December 6, 2019 in conjunction with World AIDS Day  

TIME:              5:00pm – 7:00pm (doors open at 4pm)

LOCATION:   The School District of Philadelphia 

                           440 N. Broad Street 

                          Philadelphia, PA 19130 

Penn CFAR Developmental Pilot Program:  Request for Applications Fall 2019

The Penn Center for AIDS Research (Penn CFAR) invites Pilot Grant applications offered through its Developmental Core.  Proposals in all areas of HIV/AIDS clinical, basic and bio-behavioral research are welcomed. The CFAR is especially interested in proposals that bridge programmatic areas and, in particular, investigators outside the HIV/AIDS field turning their focus to HIV/AIDS and projects linked with CFAR HIV/AIDS investigators. For more information, see the Developmental Pilot Awards RFA.


NEW CFAR Microgrant Program

The Penn Center for AIDS Research is happy to announce a new funding mechanism available to junior faculty CFAR investigators (Instructor and Assistant Professor or equivalent) to obtain targeted data needed for resubmission of a scored grant, or other critical needs that will result in a stronger HIV research grant or related goals.  This should be limited to key essential resources for which no other support is available. These grants will be implemented in FY2019, and will be subject to rigorous evaluation and review by the Developmental and Administrative Cores.

Please see the Microgrant Program page for more details.

BEAT-HIV Delaney

The Delaney Collaboratory to Cure HIV-1 Infection by Combination Immunotherapy (BEAT-HIV Collaboratory) is a consortium of more than 60 top HIV researchers from leading academic research institutions working with government, nonprofit organizations, and industry partners to test combinations of several novel immunotherapies under new preclinical research and clinical trials.

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Penn Center for AIDS Research

522 Johnson Pavilion
3610 Hamilton Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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