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Leading New HIV/AIDS Research

For 25 years, the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) has been a leader in HIV/AIDS care and research, helping people with HIV/AIDS live longer, healthier lives, while finding ways to better treat and prevent this disease. In less than five years, our goals are to be the world’s first Center to test a new therapy in people to prevent severe HIV associated neurocognitive disorders, and also to conduct the first test of a new treatment to spare the lives of half a million people each year. 

A major focus of our HIV/AIDS research effort is on HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders which occur when HIV enters the nervous system and causes damage to nerve cells. These disorders remain highly prevalent, despite advances in the treatment of HIV infection, and represent a major public health problem – with symptoms that can include significant problems with movement and cognition. It is likely that neurocognitive problems will become more severe as persons living with HIV/AIDS become older, making it critically important to develop effective treatments now.

Our research team is also leading the way in developing new treatments for the deadly fungal pathogen, Cryptococcus, a major cause of AIDS-related deaths in resource-limited regions of the world.

In May 2013, we announced that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) named us as a Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), distinguishing us as among the best in the nation for research to improve the prevention, detection, and treatment of HIV/AIDS. And due to our partnership with local community members, enrollment in our clinical trials—carefully designed research studies—is among the highest per capita in the nation, helping us examine the safety and effectiveness of HIV medicines and therapies. As a result, we have consistently played a lead role in testing new HIV/AIDS vaccines and therapies.

With your help, we can build on our legacy of excellence in research, and accelerate our scientific discoveries to the patients who need them most. 

Case for Support

Center for AIDS Research Case Statement

Contact Us

For more information about making your gift to support the Center for AIDS Research, please contact Dianne Moll, Director, Medical Center Advancement at (585) 273-5506 or dianne.moll@rochester.edu.