Center for AIDS Research

Developmental Core


PrasadThe overarching goal of the Developmental Core is to help support the career development of early stage investigators (ESIs) at Einstein through a peer-reviewed pilot grants program, coupled with an effective mentoring process and a program for scientific growth involving participation in multiple CFAR events. Funds from the Developmental Core played a pivotal role in developing AIDS malignancy research, and helped galvanize a successful international AIDS research program at Einstein.

To initiate the mentoring process, please fill out the Einstein-Montefiore CFAR Individual Developmental Plan (click here to download) and email Dr. Prasad or Dr. Arnsten.

The University of Wisconsin Institute for Clinical and Translational research hosts a website (click here) that provides resources to improve research mentoring relationships. It provides curricula, assessment tools and resources relevant for mentors and mentees, as well as those who would like to implement mentor training that greatly facilitate the mentoring process.

Core Mission

  • To provide individually tailored mentoring programs to nurture the careers of ESIs (early-stage investigators) and facilitate their development into independently funded researchers.
  • To catalyze new directions for AIDS research by Einstein investigators by providing pilot and feasibility grants, especially to ESIs and to non-AIDS established investigators (EI) interested in moving into HIV/AIDS research.
  • To integrate cutting edge research technologies utilize by CFAR and non-CFAR investigators to drive both qualitative and quantitative increases in HIV/AIDS research at Einstein. 
  • To facilitate and stimulate scientific communication among active CFAR investigators, and researchers not yet engaged in HIV/AIDS research.
  • To promote international AIDS research by supporting and training Einstein CFAR investigators and colleagues in other countries. 

Core Services

  • Integrated and individualized clinical and basic science mentoring programs 
  • Web-based searchable database to identify relevant collaborators (CollaboratorQuest and Collaboration Zone)
  • Providing ESI with grant-writing support and training in grant application structuring.
  • Coordination with the Administrative Core of with review and award of pilot project grant and microgrant programs.
  • Organization with the Administrative Core of the CFAR seminars presented by internal and external speakers
    • Biweekly internal CFAR AIDS Club Seminar series 
    • Weekly AIDS Center & Einstein Montefiore-CFAR Grand Rounds
    • CFAR Invited Speaker Seminar Series
    • Annual Research Symposium by CFAR pilot project awardees.
  • Interface between the CFAR and other Einstein mentoring and training programs particularly the Office of Diversity Mentoring (
    • AIDS International Training and Research Program (AITRP)
    • Kwa-Zulu Natal Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV (K-RITH)
    • Einstein Office of Faculty Development
    • Harold and Muriel Block Institute for Clinical and Translational Research at Einstein and Montefiore



Core Leadership 

Vinayaka Prasad, PhD

Julia Arnsten, MD
Associate Director


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