The Lifespan/Tufts/Brown Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) is a joint research effort between Tufts and Brown Universities and their affiliated hospitals and centers. The CFAR is part of a national program begun by the National Institutes of Health in 1988. There are currently 20 Centers for AIDS Research (CFARs) located at academic medical centers throughout the U.S.
The Lifespan/Tufts/Brown Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) is a joint research effort between Tufts and Brown Universities and their affiliated hospitals and centers. The CFAR is part of a national program begun by the National Institutes of Health in 1988. There are currently 20 Centers for AIDS Research (CFAR) located at academic medical centers throughout the U.S.
The Lifespan/Tufts/Brown CFAR has brought together all senior AIDS investigators at the Tufts and Brown Universities and their affiliated hospitals in a user-friendly structure which has been successful in supporting on-going research among active AIDS investigators and in stimulating new AIDS research by young investigators and by others who had not previously been involved in this research area. Besides the extensive efforts in Southeastern New England, the leadership has expanded the scope of international studies through the training of international collaborators and collaborative research at international sites.
CFAR Core Services are available to support HIV/AIDS research to all Tufts University and Brown University faculty members who hold the rank of assistant professor or greater. The full range of research disciplines including behavioral science, basic science, clinical research, prevention science, and international research are supported by the CFAR.
The collaborating institutions include the Brown Medical School in Providence, Rhode Island and four affiliated hospitals, (The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, Women and Infant’s Hospital of Rhode Island and Roger Williams Medical Center), and the Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts, with its primary teaching hospital, the Tufts Medical Center (TMC). The Miriam Hospital in Providence serves as the primary contracting institution for the project. All CFAR members are faculty members at either Brown University or Tufts University.
Since one of the Core Directors in this CFAR, Dr. Kenneth Mayer, Professor of Medicine at Brown Medical School, has had a long-standing research relationship with the Fenway Community Health Center (FCHC) in Boston, this institution continues to serve as a unique collaborating site for a major project in the Prevention Science Core of this CFAR.
The merging of these institutions into the Lifespan/Tufts/Brown Center for AIDS Research has provided expertise of Tufts/Tufts Medical Center scientists in nutritional aspects of AIDS, outcomes research, and basic science on HIV-related pathogenesis, to the broad based clinical research and prevention science programs, primarily directed toward women and other hard to reach populations, at the Brown Academic Medical Center.
Charles C.J. Carpenter, MD, Professor of Medicine, Brown University, is the principal investigator of the CFAR, funded in 1998. All Brown University and Tufts University teaching hospitals are an integral part of the CFAR.