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.
The overrall mission of the Centers for AIDS Research (CFAR) program of the Division of AIDS within the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID); the National Institure on Aging (NIA); the National Cancer Institute (NCI); the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD); the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI); the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK); the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA); the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS); the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH); the Fogerty International Center (FIC); and the Office of AIDS Research (OAR) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is to support a multidisciplinary environment that promotes basic, clinical, epidemiologic, behavioral, and translational research in the prevention, detection, and treatment of HIV infection and AIDS. The CFARs accomplish this mission by:
- Providing scientific leadership and institutional infrastructure dedicated to AIDS research
- Stimulating scientific collaboration in interdisciplinary and translational research
- Promoting development of sustainable multidisciplinary HIV/AIDS research programs at each CFAR institution
- Strengthening capacity for HIV/AIDS research in developing countries
- Fostering scientific communication
- Sponsoring training and education
- Promoting knowledge of CFAR research findings and the importance of AIDS research through community outreach
- Promoting and supporting innovative NIH HIV/AIDS research initiatives
- Establishing collaborative research between CFARs, and supporting HIV/AIDS research networks
- Facilitating technology transfer and development through promotion of scientific interactions between CFARs and industry
- Supporting research on prevention and treatment of HIV infection in hard-to-reach domestic populations, especially in inner city, rural poor, and disadvantaged minorities.