The overall goal of the UAB CFAR is to stimulate and support multidisciplinary basic, behavioral and clinical AIDS research so as to hasten the development of a fundamental understanding of the origin, pathogenesis, treatment, and prevention of HIV/AIDS. The UAB CFAR has taken a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, institution-wide approach to pursuing these goals through the provision of pilot funding, core services and faculty recruitment and development. From these efforts, four major programmatic areas of HIV/AIDS research have emerged at UAB:
AIDS Therapeutics and Pathogenesis
AIDS Complications and Prevention
Outcomes Research and Health Informatics
AIDS Global Health InitiativesThe UAB CFAR provides leadership and management to several national and local research networks such as Alabama Clinical Trials Unit, 1917 Clinical Cohort, CNICS (CFAR Network of Integrated Clinical Systems), the NA-ACCORD (North American AIDS Cohort Collaboration on Research and Design) and the recently awarded WIHS, Women's Interagency HIV Study. UAB investigators, as well as those from other institutions, are encouraged to utilize these resources for their research programs. For more information on any of these, contact the CFAR offices.
Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs)
IRGs serve as the primary mechanism to develop emerging research areas and convert the CFAR Scientific Agenda into action. The IRGs are charged with developing specific, achievable objectives based on synergies identified between bench scientists and clinicians for the study of HIV/AIDS. Several areas of interest are currently under development by active IRGs. IRGs are encouraged to meet regularly, develop internal UAB workshops and invite external experts for seminars / consultation. IRGs were invited in 2012 to apply for pilot funding through the Developmental core for preliminary studies to support NIH applications. For more information on CFAR research programs or IRGs, contact us.