The Duke Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) is part of a network of NIH-funded CFARs across the nation. The principal mission of the Duke CFAR is to provide scientific leadership as well as establish, enrich, and provide continued infrastructure support to an academic research environment that will effectively promote collaboration and coordination among the community of HIV/AIDS investigators at Duke. Learn more about the services and support available to researchers at Duke through our scientific Cores.

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D3C Chair Eugenia Rogers selected for NMAC 2024 HIV 50+ Strong & Healthy Cohort

Each year, NMAC ensures that those selected represent the communities most impacted by the HIV epidemic. This year’s HIV 50+ cohort is comprised of older adults living with HIV and who have a demonstrated record of advocating for PLWH over the age of 50 and/or other Long-Term Survivors. As always, the cohort is made up of a mix of returning 50+ Scholars (38%) and new Scholars (62%).

The Duke CFAR is excited that our Duke Collaborative Community Council (D3C) Chair Eugenia Rogers was selected for this year's cohort.

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From Nairobi to Duke: How Soccer Helps Researcher Build Bridges in Global Health

Growing up in Kenya, Charles Muiruri honed his skills on the soccer pitch in hopes of pursuing a professional soccer career. Yet, it was his eventual arrival in North Carolina that marked a pivotal chapter in his life's story to become a population health professor and researcher at the Duke Global Health Institute who is revolutionizing health care for those living with HIV and chronic health conditions.

You can read the story written by Anton Zuiker on the Magnify website

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LaTonya Williams and Justin Pollara receive awards at 2024 HVTN Full Group Meeting

The 2024 Full Group Meeting of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN) took place May 1-3, 2024 in Washington, D.C. Every year at the Full Group Meeting (FGM), HVTN Leadership presents awards to recognize clinical site staff and affiliated individuals who have made significant contributions to the Network.

LaTonya Williams, PhD received the 2024 HVTN Bonnie Mathieson Young Investigator Award for her outstanding publication and discovery of how vaccines can tune antibody specificities. Justin Pollara, PhD received an award in recognition of his exceptional scientific communication skills and commitment to using people-first language.

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Save the Date!

The 20th Annual Duke Center for AIDS Research Fall Scientific Retreat will be held on Thursday, September 19th, 2024 in the Great Hall of the Trent Semans Center.

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Duke CFAR researchers deliver quantitative and qualitative methods workshops in Vietnam

In March 2024, the Duke Center for AIDS Research’s Social & Behavioral Sciences (SBS) Core and Quantitative Sciences (QS) Core, in collaboration with the Clinical Core, organized two workshops held at the Tropical Medicine Research Center for Talaromycosis at Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Each workshop provided training for 30-45 Vietnamese post-graduate trainees in health sciences from surrounding medical universities and affiliated hospitals across Vietnam.

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Congratulations to recently awarded Distinguished Professors from the Duke CFAR!

Duke University has awarded distinguished professorships to 32 faculty and will recognize them in a ceremony at the Washington Duke Inn on May 23.

“I am very pleased to honor these faculty members with distinguished professorships,” said President Vincent Price. “Their outstanding scholarship has advanced knowledge across a wide variety of fields and made a positive impact on society, and I am proud to have them as colleagues.”

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Duke CFAR presents at CROI 2024

The Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) was established in 1993 to provide a forum for basic scientists and clinical investigators to present, discuss, and critique their investigations into the epidemiology and biology of human retroviruses and associated diseases. The synergy of basic science and clinical investigation has been a major contributor to the success of the meeting. CROI has facilitated the presentation of important discoveries in the field, thereby accelerating progress in HIV and AIDS research.

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Apply for an HIVR4P 2024 Scholarship

Scholarship submissions for HIVR4P 2024, the 5th HIV Research for Prevention Conference, are now open! 

You are eligible for a scholarship if you are at least 18 years old on 6 October 2024, working, volunteering or studying in the area of HIV prevention and require support to attend HIVR4P 2024. 

For more information about the scholarship programme, types of financial support, how to apply and the Journalist Fellowship Programme, visit the HIVR4P 2024 scholarship page

Scholarship applications will be accepted until April 10th.

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SBS Core Researchers Network with UNC CFAR to Untangle The Quagmire of Stigma

The NIH recognizes that “despite HIV scientific advances, stigma and discrimination continue to be critical barriers to the uptake of evidence-based HIV interventions.” HIV-related stigma research, in addition to being an NIH priority, is a topic of concern and interest for many of our CFAR investigators and for the community members who make up our Duke Collaborative Community Council (D3C).

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Visualizing and Interpreting Macromolecular Structural Models

Macromolecular structure visualization is an essential step in understanding protein function at the atomic level. Directly visualizing macromolecular interactions, macromolecule shape, and small molecule interactions can provide important mechanistic insight into structure-function relationships that can in turn drive experimental design.

This full-day workshop will equip researchers with the skills necessary to identify already determined macromolecular structures, prepare theoretical structures, and visualize those structures using popular tools in structural biology.

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2024 Duke CFAR Pilot Award Request for Proposals

CFAR Pilot projects should lead to future independent HIV/AIDS funding. The CFAR is especially interested in proposals from new investigators and those from established investigators who are turning their focus to HIV/AIDS.

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Commemorating World AIDS Day 2023

Every year on December 1st, the world unites to commemorate World AIDS Day. This annual event serves as a reminder of the global struggle to end HIV-related stigma, an opportunity to honor those we have lost, and a rallying cry to continue working toward a day when HIV is no longer a public health threat. 2023 marked the 35th commemoration of this important day.

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Dr. Nwora Lance Okeke Honored with 2023 HIVMA Innovator Award

Congratulations to Nwora Lance Okeke, MD, MPH for receiving the 2023 HIVMA Innovative Leader Award. Dr. Okeke, an Associate Director of the CFAR, was recognized by the HIV Medicine Association during IDWeek 2023 for his contributions to advancing the field through his productive research portfolio and innovative and transformative delivery of care to people with HIV.

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Dr. Chris Beyrer named an Outstanding Ally in Advancing Scientific Advocacy

Chris Beyrer, M.D., director of the Duke Global Health Institute, an Associate Director of the CFAR, and an internationally recognized researcher on HIV prevention and treatment, has been named an Outstanding Ally in Advancing Scientific Advocacy for his work to improve the health and human rights of gay men in Africa. 

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Hayley Cunningham receives Community and Clinical Research Training Program award

Congratulations to Hayley Cunningham, MD, Infectious Diseases Fellow, for her recent award as a scholar of the Brown University Community and Clinical Research Training (CCRT) Program. The goal of the NIH-funded CCRT program is to train the next generation of researchers to end the HIV epidemic and to conduct research related to reducing racial disparities in HIV outcomes in the Southern United States.

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19th Annual CFAR Fall Scientific Retreat Recap

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 19th Annual CFAR Fall Scientific Retreat, held on Thursday, September 14th. We had over 200 attendees, bringing together CFAR researchers from across campus and community members from the Duke Collaborative Community Council (D3C) to share in a packed day full of scientific updates and connecting in our common cause.

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This Is Who Will Suffer Most if US AIDS Funding Ends

“Sitting in a conference room in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro in northern Tanzania, we cautiously asked a group of young Tanzanians who are living with HIV to contemplate the unthinkable: What if PEPFAR ends?

It’s a question many Americans may not have considered. PEPFAR — the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief — is arguably the U.S. government’s most successful global health program, credited for preventing an estimated 25 million deaths from AIDS since its start in 2003. Now, after decades of wide bipartisan support, the program is in serious danger, as some Republicans in Congress are threatening to hold up its reauthorization over baseless claims it funds abortions.