NIH-Supported Center for AIDS Research to be Established in Washington, D.C.

The George Washington University Medical Center To Lead Multi-Institutional Effort.

Researchers from institutions across Washington, DC, led by Alan E. Greenberg, M.D., M.P.H., of The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, have been awarded an approximately $3M grant over five years from the National Institutes of Health to establish the District of Columbia Developmental Center for AIDS Research (DC D-CFAR).

The mission:

To provide scientific leadership and institutional infrastructure to promote HIV/AIDS research, and to develop the next generation of HIV/AIDS investigators in Washington, whose population has one of the country’s highest rates of HIV/AIDS infection.

The researchers who were instrumental in developing the grant proposal are HIV/AIDS experts from The George Washington University, Children’s National Medical Center, Georgetown University Medical Center, Howard University, and the DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center, with the support of investigators from numerous community-based clinics throughout Washington DC. The institutions have established administrative, developmental, scientific and educational functions that will serve as a foundation upon which the DC D-CFAR will be built.

The prestigious grant will enable the consortium of institutions in Washington to support new HIV/AIDS research through pilot grants, access to core research services and facilities, and mentorship by senior scientists to enhance the ability of junior and minority researchers to establish themselves as independent NIH-funded investigators. The overall goal is to establish a full CFAR following the initial five year funding period.

Currently, there are 20 CFARs located at academic and research institutions throughout the U.S. – 17 are standard CFARs and three are Developmental CFARs. The CFAR program emphasizes the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration, especially between basic and clinical investigators, translational research in which findings from the laboratory are brought to the clinic and vice versa, and an emphasis upon inclusion of minorities and inclusion of prevention and behavioral change research. The CFAR program is jointly funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and six other NIH institutes: the National Cancer Institute; the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute; the National Institute on Aging; the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; the National Institute on Drug Abuse; and the National Institute of Mental Health.

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