Established in 1999, the Penn Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), one of 21 NIH-funded CFARs, has advanced HIV/AIDS research by:
- Coordinating efforts to develop resources on campus that would be of general use to AIDS researchers.
- Creating an infrastructure to foster basic, clinical, social and integrated HIV/AIDS research on campus.
- Identifying funding opportunities and encouraging involvement by Penn investigators in new and emerging areas of AIDS research Identifying underrepresented research areas in order to facilitate faculty recruitment.
- Promoting educational activities and training opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.
- Strengthening the capacity for HIV/AIDS research in developing countries.
- Supporting research on prevention and treatment of HIV infection in hard-to-reach, and hardest hit domestic populations, especially: those in inner cities, the rural poor and disadvantaged minorities.