UMass CFAR Mission

The mission of the UMMS CFAR is to strengthen and facilitate multidisciplinary AIDS-related research in order to improve our understanding of the molecular interplay between HIV, the infected patient, and therapeutic efforts and how this interplay is altered by other infections. Our investigators are committed to translating this molecular knowledge to improve prevention and treatment strategies for HIV and associated conditions.

CFAR Program Mission

The mission of the Centers for AIDS Research (CFAR) program of the Division of AIDS, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the National Institute on Drug Abuse, (NIDA), the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) of the National Institutes of Health is to support a multi-disciplinary 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.

The mission of the CFAR program and mechanisms for achieving this mission were developed by the CFAR directors in 1995 and revised in 1996, 1998, and in the 2002 Position Statement of the NIH CFAR Directors.

NIH Co-Funding and Participating Institutes and Centers: NIAID, NCI, NICHD, NHLBI, NIDA, NIMH, NIA, NCCAM, FIC, and OAR