The principal mission of the Duke Center for AIDS Research (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 and its principal international research partners at the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center (KCMC) in Moshi, Tanzania, thereby enhancing both the quality and quantity of their collective significant global contributions to the field.
NIH Centers for AIDS Research program
The Centers for AIDS Research (CFAR) program at the National Institutes of Health provides administrative and shared research support to synergistically enhance and coordinate high quality AIDS research projects. CFARs accomplish this through core facilities that provide expertise, resources, and services not otherwise readily obtained through more traditional funding mechanisms.
The CFAR program emphasizes the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration, especially between basic and clinical investigators, translational research in which findings from the laboratory are brought to the clinic and vice versa, and an emphasis upon inclusion of minorities and inclusion of prevention and behavioral change research.
This program was originally begun by the NIAID Division of AIDS in 1988 and most recently renewed through a 2021 program announcement. CFARs are co-funded by eleven NIH Institutes.
The Duke CFAR is one of 18 Centers for AIDS Research located at academic and research institutions throughout the United States