The role of the UAB CFAR is to expand the intersections of HIV research among multiple scientific disciplines and to catalyze groundbreaking research. As a chartered University-wide Research Center, the CFAR provides focus and coordination for basic and clinical AIDS research activities to ensure effective dialogue between administrators and investigators. Towards this end, the Center provides the necessary infrastructure in the form of Core facilities, equipment, administrative and technical support and advisory counsel to foster collaboration and research. This approach is supported by the cooperation of our Executive Committee, Core Directors and External Advisory Committees. Translating our discoveries into AIDS prevention and awareness programs for the community are equally important missions of the CFAR.