Howard University, DC-Area Researchers Receive NIH Grant to Establish HIV/AIDS Research Center

WASHINGTON (August 16) – Howard University and researchers at leading District of Columbia educational and medical institutions have been awarded a five-year, $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to establish an HIV/AIDS research center and to develop the next generation of HIV/AIDS researchers.

The center, the District of Columbia Developmental Center for AIDS Research (DC D-CFAR), is the first for the region and one of only 20 such facilities across the nation. Researchers from Howard, George Washington University, Children’s National Medical Center, Georgetown University Medical Center and the DC Veteran Affairs Medical Center and community-based clinics throughout the Washington area developed the grant proposal.

DC D-CFAR will support new HIV/AIDS research and provide mentorships to junior researchers to help establish them as independent NIH-funded investigators.

“This is an important and vital step forward as we continue to confront the HIV/AIDS epidemic that plagues our nation’s capitol,” said Anthony K. Wutoh, Ph.D., associate dean of the School of Pharmacy at Howard University and co-director of the Developmental Core of the DC D-CFAR.  “This gives us the ability to help train the next wave of researchers to continue the fight against this disease and continue to advance research that we hope will one day bring to an end this global scourge.”

Leading HIV/AIDS researcher Dr. Alan E. Greenberg, professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services and director of the Center for HIV/AIDS Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Public Health Laboratory Research at George Washington, is the Principal Investigator of the DC D-CFAR.

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty applauded NIH’s support and congratulated the District’s institutions on receiving the federal grant.

“The District is leading the fight against the most complex HIV/AIDS epidemic in the nation,” Fenty said, “and we welcome this first-time opportunity for D.C. to attract the best and the brightest scientists to join us.” 

The District has the nation’s highest HIV/AIDS infection rate, which rivals that of some Third World countries.

While continuing HIV/AIDS research and developing new HIV/AIDS researchers, the center will be working towards applying for full CFAR status within the five-year grant period.

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