As the AIDS research community and public health systems locally, nationally and globally focus efforts on preventing HIV transmission and ending the epidemic, it is critical to integrate our efforts across institutions and disciplines, sharing resources among many researchers to achieve the greatest gain in scientific understanding. Our strategic planning process made clear that the greatest contribution of a New York City-based Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) would be achieved by synergizing the scientific strengths, research expertise and clinical resources of three major NYC academic institutions, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Einstein), the Rockefeller University (Rockefeller) and the School of Urban Public Health at Hunter College, City University of New York (Hunter).
Thus, the Einstein/Rockefeller/Hunter (ERH)-CFAR was created as a highly synergistic new partnership of non-overlapping complementary resources. The ERH-CFAR links a strong basic and clinical research institution (Einstein) with a large patient base of HIV-infected individuals, a globally pre-eminent basic science institution (Rockefeller), and a strong public health/implementation science institution (Hunter) to catalyze research to prevent, treat and eradicate HIV infection and thereby end the epidemic. The ERH-CFAR is structured to drive extensive collaborations across disciplines and institutions and coordinate a research agenda by ERH-CFAR investigators focused on “bench to bedside to community and back to the bench” research to achieve our mission, to arrest the AIDS epidemic.
A major focus of our efforts are to improve utilization of current treatments and to develop new therapies, such as potent broadly neutralizing antibodies, for prevention, reducing the incidence of new infections; treatment, improving treatment outcomes among infected individuals and reducing transmission; and eradication of HIV reservoirs. In addition to developing novel therapeutic approaches, our investigators are optimizing the translation of scientific breakthroughs into reality by identifying and implementing the most effective strategies to deliver treatments shown to be efficacious in clinical and bench research.