The URMC Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) is part of a national network coordinated by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) in collaboration with many National Institutes of Health (NIH) centers. Created in 1988, the CFAR program promotes and encourages research activities that enhance collaboration and coordination of AIDS research. The CFAR program emphasizes the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration, especially between basic and clinical investigators as well as behavioral scientists to support translational research. The CFAR program also encourages training and mentoring of young investigators and inclusion of women and minorities.
As a member of the CFAR network, the URMC CFAR supports a multidisciplinary environment that promotes and enhances HIV/AIDS research at UR, with the goal of improving the prevention, detection and treatment of HIV infection, AIDS and related disease processes. The CFAR achieves this mission by providing leadership, services and infrastructure necessary to: establish multidisciplinary collaborations that achieve high-impact discoveries; support the early career development of diverse young HIV/AIDS investigators; and to establish a distinctive scientific identity for the Rochester CFAR, placing it at the forefront of HIV/AIDS research.