Charles Carpenter

Professor of Medicine:
Phone: +1 401 793 4025

Charles Carpenter's research over the past decade has been directed toward two main areas, the optimal treatment of HIV infection in North American women and therapeutic strategies that are effective in the developing world.


Dr. Carpenter is Director of the Lifespan/Tufts/Brown Center for AIDS Research. He has served as Chair of the Treatment Subcommittee of the Congressionally mandated NAS/IOM Committee to evaluate the President's Emergency Plan for HIV/AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

Dr. Carpenter has been involved in the care of persons living with HIV since 1982. He served as the site Director of the longitudinal CDC-supported HIV Epidemiology Research Study (HERS) from 1992-1999, and then as Principal Investigator of the CDC-supported SUN Study of the Natural History of HIV/AIDS in the era of effective antiretroviral therapy from 2004-2011.

Dr. Carpenter has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Brown University Fogarty AITRP Program since its inception, has participated in the training of Fogarty fellows from each of the participating sites, and is currently involved in on-going research in Chennai, India.


Dr. Carpenter and his colleagues, Susan Cu-Uvin and Timothy Flanigan, have developed the Miriam Immunology Center, which now provides medical care for over 90% of the women in Rhode Island with HIV infection. In this setting they have, in collaboration with colleagues at three other academic medical centers, completed the HIV Epidemiology Research Study (HERS), which has defined the clinical course and response to effective antiretroviral therapy, over a 7-year period, in a cohort of over 1,000 North American women.

Dr. Carpenter has also contributed to studies in Chennai, India which have helped to define practical antiretroviral regimens that can be utilized on a large scale in developing countries with a very high prevalence of HIV infection. These studies are continuing at the present time.

He has been Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-supported Lifespan/Tufts/Brown Center for AIDS Research since 1998. He has served as a member of the NIH/NIAID/DAIDS, HIV/AIDS Clinical Trials Networks Strategic Working Group since 2008, and currently serves as the U.S. Chair of the U.S.-India Joint Working Group on HIV/AIDS.




Alpha Omega Alpha, 1956
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Career Development Award, 1965
Society of Scholars, Johns Hopkins University, 1984
Charles C.J. Carpenter Award, endowed in 1986 and presented annually to the outstanding Resident Physician at University Hospitals of Cleveland, 1986
Member, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, 1988
Francis Gilman Blake Award of the Association of American Physicians, 1988
Joseph E. Smadel Award of the Infectious Diseases Society of America for outstanding contributions to public health, 1991
Medical Alumni Service Award for distinguished contributions to the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 1991
Mastership, American College of Physicians, 1992
The Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold and Silver Star, conferred by The Emperor of Japan for outstanding contributions to the Japan-United States Cooperative Medical Science program, 1998
Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contributions to HIV treatment and research, The Miriam Hospital, 2000
Milton Hamolsky Lifetime Achievement Award for distinguished contributions to the practice of medicine, Rhode Island Chapter American College of Physicians, 2001
Distinguished Alumnus Award for Excellence in Career from the class of 1952 at Princeton University, 2003
Distinguished Teacher Award from the American College of Physicians- American Society of Internal Medicine, 2003
John E. Fogarty International Center Recognition Award for International Health, 2003
John H. Chafee Leadership in Health Care Award, American Heart Association, 2004
W.W. Keen Award, Brown Medical Alumni Association, 2004
Susan Colver Rosenberger Medal of Honor, Brown University, 2009.
Association of American Physicians
--Secretary, 1975-81
--Councilor, 1981-87
--President, 1987-88
American Board of Internal Medicine
--Member, Board of Directors, 1976-84
--Executive Committee, 1978-83
--Chairman, 1983-84
American College of Physicians, Master, 1989
Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, 1981-2008
--Executive Committee, Board of Science and Technology for International Development, 1981-84
--Chairman, Expert Committee on Strategies for Malaria Prevention and Control, 1989-91
--Chairman, Committee on the Assessment of Future Needs For Variola (Smallpox) virus, 1998-99
--Chairman, Treatment Subcommittee, Committee for the Evaluation of the President's Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), 2005-8
U.S.-Delegation, U.S.-Japan Cooperative Medical Science Program, 1972-2012
--Chair, 1995-2005
Member, Founding Board of Trustees, International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research, Dacca, Bangladesh, 1979-82
Chair, International AIDS Society-USA Panel on Antiretroviral Therapy, 1995-2000


American Federation for Clinical Research,1962
Infectious Diseases Society of America, Fellow, 1976
American Society for Microbiology, 1967
American College of Physicians
--Fellow, 1967
--Master, 1992
American Society for Clinical Investigation,1968
Association of Professors of Medicine, 1973-86
Central Society for Clinical Investigation, 1973-86
American Clinical and Climatological Society, 1975
Council of Academic Societies, Association of American Medical Colleges, 1975-81
American Board of Medical Specialties, 1982-84
Federated Council for Internal Medicine, 1982-85
Fellow, Royal College of Physicians, 1992
Society for Mucosal Immunology,1993


Burden of Disease in the Developing World: Epidemiology, pathogenesis and treatment of cholera. Epidemiology, pathogenesis and treatment of AIDS.

Funded Research

P30 AI-42853-05, Carpenter C (PI) 9/01/12-6/30/17 40%
National Institutes of Health $8,351,725
Lifespan/Tufts/Brown Center for AIDS Research

This is a multi-institutional Center for AIDS Research, for which the goals are: 1) to stimulate translational AIDS research with women, minorities, and other underrepresented groups, 2) to encourage multidisciplinary research on clinical issues related to new therapies and the accompanying extended survival of HIV-seropositive patients, and 3) to support and mentor basic biomedical scientists who are initiating HIV/AIDS research.

N-00403 Carpenter C (PI) 9/13/02-9/12/12 12%
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention $2,775,824
(SUN) Study of the Unnatural History of HIV

The major goals of this project are to study the many manifestations, morbidities, and mortalities of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), in women and men, in the post highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) era (since 1996) and to incorporate HIV prevention activities into HIV medical care.

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