Cores

The Providence/Boston CFAR consists of six separate cores. All CFAR members are eligible to utilize core services. Please contact the Core Manager and/or Core Directors for more information on how to access specific core services.

  • The ADMINISTRATIVE CORE provides the administrative infrastructure necessary for the success of the CFAR, establishes and maintains communication channels between the other cores, provides financial and grant management of the CFAR, and coordinates the strategic planning process.
  • The DEVELOPMENTAL CORE provides developmental awards through a peer-review process in order to encourage new research and attract new investigators to HIV/AIDS research, as well as provide mentoring opportunities to Junior Faculty members.
  • The SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES CORE, supports the use of social-behavioral science and its integration with biomedical science to advance research focused on the HIV treatment cascade and HIV prevention among vulnerable populations. 
  • The BIOSTATISTICS CORE ensures that all research undertaken by CFAR investigators uses optimal methods for study design and analysis; to develop innovative new approaches that address existing gaps in methodology; to expand the number of quantitative researchers engaging in HIV research; and to ensure, through collaboration, training and mentoring, that CFAR researchers have a strong base of knowledge about principles related to study design, data analysis, and interpretation.
  • The BASIC AND TRANSLATIONAL SCIENCES CORE builds and supports collaborative research and synergy between basic, translational clinical and behavioral investigators as well as other multidisciplinary scientists, by providing laboratory, consultation and mentoring services.
  • The CLINICAL SCIENCES CORE supports and facilitate research designed to improve the continuum of HIV prevention and care [diagnosis, linkage to care, antiretroviral treatment (ART), HIV-1 (HIV) viral suppression, and retention in care] among vulnerable and underserved populations with a particular focus on women, substance users including persons involved with the criminal justice (CJ) system, and persons living in resource-limited settings.