The Providence/ Boston Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) is a joint research effort between Brown University/Lifespan, Boston University/Boston Medical Center and Tufs University/Tufts Medical Center. 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 Providence/Boston CFAR has brought together all senior AIDS investigators at the Tufts, Boston, 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 affiliated Boston University, 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.
Susan Cu-Uvin MD, Professor of Medicine, Brown University, is the principal investigator of the CFAR. All Brown University, Boston University, and Tufts University teaching hospitals are an integral part of the CFAR.