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 18 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 through campus, regional and national leadership; catalyzing collaborative research through working groups, outreach and strategic planning; education through seminars, courses and workshops; developing new HIV/AIDS investigators and research programs through pilot funding, mentorship, and partnership programs; and research support through innovative shared resource Cores that offer unique services, materials, technical education and assistance, and collaborative support.  

Penn CFAR Cores include the Clinical Core, Virus & Reservoirs Core, Immunology Core, Biostatistics & Data Science Core; Prevention Science & Community Outreach Core; International Core; and Nonhuman Primate Core.

You can make a donation to the Penn CFAR via the button below!


CFAR National Meeting Recordings Now Available!


From November 1-5, 2021 the Penn CFAR hosted the annual CFAR National Meeting, including keynote presentations by Dr. Tony Fauci and Dr. Rochelle Walensky. This was also an exciting opportunity to showcase the cutting-edge research happening here at Penn, CHOP, and Wistar and from our colleagues across the country, as well as the phenomenal work happening in our communities, both locally and nationally. Click here to watch the recorded sessions of the Community Symposium, Scientific Symposium, and the Early Stage Investigator Mentoring Workshop!

CFAR CAB Statement on COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter

The CFAR Community Advisory Board released a statement, in solidarity with the Penn CFAR Administrative Core, reflecting on the COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter movement and offering support and direction to the people of Philadelphia.

See the full June 29th, 2020 statement here.

CFAR Statement on HIV/AIDS and Social and Health Disparaties

In the wake of the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, and the resulting civil rights movement lead by Black Lives Matter, The Penn Center for AIDS Research released a statement reflecting on the parallels between COVID-19 and the HIV/AIDS crisis and the devastating toll these crises, in combination with systemic racism, have taken on marginalized communities.

See the full June 4th, 2020 statement here.


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.