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Penn Center for AIDS Research

The Penn Center for AIDS Research (Penn CFAR) is one of 19 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.

Our mission is to support and advance research in all areas of HIV/AIDS on the Penn/CHOP/Wistar campus and in the Philadelphia region by:

  • catalyzing innovative collaborative AIDS research through working groups, outreach, partnerships on campus, regionally, and internationally
  • providing education through seminars, courses, and workshops
  • developing new HIV/AIDS investigators and research programs through pilot funding, mentorship, and partnership programs
  • providing cutting-edge research support through innovative shared resource cores that offer unique services, materials, technical education and assistance, and collaborative support
  • providing strategic planning on campus with campus, regional, and national HIV/AIDS research leadership

Penn CFAR Cores include the Clinical Core, Virus & Reservoirs Technology Core, Molecular & Translational Immunotechnology Core, Biostatistics & Data Science Core, Community Research & Engagement Core, Implementation Science Core, and International Core.

Upcoming Events

HIV Grand Rounds

Every Thursday

12:00 – 1:00 PM EST

HIV / Pathogenesis CURE Journal Club

Every Other Thursday

1:30- 3:00 pm, Room 501, Johnson Pavilion

CFAR Seminar Series

Recent News

Fueling the next epidemic of HIV in Philadelphia: the boomerang effect of curtailing syringe exchange services for people who inject drugs

Fueling the next epidemic of HIV in Philadelphia: the boomerang effect of curtailing syringe exchange services for people who inject drugs The Philadelphia Tribune has published an op-ed by CFAR Director Ron Collman and Implementation Science Core Director Florence Momplaisir on the effect of defunding syringe exchange in Philadelphia. The effectiveness of syringe exchange is … Continue reading Fueling the next epidemic of HIV in Philadelphia: the boomerang effect of curtailing syringe exchange services for people who inject drugs

Save the Date for the 2024 Penn CFAR Scientific Symposium

2024 Penn CFAR Scientific Symposium Ending the HIV Epidemic: Innovation and Implementation Path to an HIV vaccine, and getting prevention & treatment to the community   Friday, October 18th, 2024 8:30 am – 6:00 pm Click here for more information!

Red Ribbon Award Nominations – Now Open!

The Penn CFAR CAB is now accepting nominations for the 20th Annual Red Ribbon Awards Ceremony. Here is your chance to nominate someone you think deserves to be recognized for the extraordinary things they do in the fight to prevent and treat HIV. Our theme for the event thus year is “The Magic of Faith, … Continue reading Red Ribbon Award Nominations – Now Open!

2024 Jonathan Lax Lecture

IN PERSON: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/28th-jonathan-lax-memorial-award-lecture-in-person-registration-tickets-909823315027 VIRTUAL: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ypjKw6u6RTWGgKOj5SDTog

CDC Emphasizes the Importance of Syringe Exchange in Preventing HIV

CDC Emphasizes the Importance of Syringe Exchange in Preventing HIV In a letter to CFAR Director Ron Collman, Dr. Jonathan Mermin (Director of the CDC’s National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention) discusses the benefit of syringe exchange services in curtailing the spread of HIV and Hepatitis C, and the risks of … Continue reading CDC Emphasizes the Importance of Syringe Exchange in Preventing HIV

Congratulations to Dolores Albarracin on being elected as a 2024 AAAS Fellow!

Six from Penn elected 2024 AAAS Fellows Dolores Albarracin, PhD, the Penn CFAR’s HIV Communication & Policy Scientific Working Group Director, is one of six 2024 AAAS Fellows elected from Penn. Researchers from the School of Arts & Sciences, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Perelman School of Medicine, Wharton School, School of Nursing, and … Continue reading Congratulations to Dolores Albarracin on being elected as a 2024 AAAS Fellow!

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