Program Overview

Paul Volberding and Warner Greene

UCSF-Gladstone CFAR Co-Directors Paul Volberding and Warner Greene.

The UCSF-Gladstone Center for AIDS Research is one of a network of 21 centers across the country, and serves and sustains the large and vibrant community of more than 300 HIV scientists and clinicians in San Francisco. We are dedicated to ending the HIV epidemic in a city that has been particularly hard hit by this virus and to extending our efforts both near and far, specifically to the East Bay and to East Africa, where health disparities are undermining an effective HIV/AIDS response.

Our CFAR is also giving high priority to enabling the careers of the next generation of young HIV investigators through the creation of a dynamic mentoring program and through a pilot grant program that is investing $750,000 to fund approximately 20 peer-reviewed grants each year. Our CFAR is also providing a number of key scientific cores (Virology, Immunology, Clinical, Specimen Banking, and Pharmacology) that further enable the work of our members.

We are also reaching out to the various communities that we serve through active collaborations with Project Inform, the Forum for Collaborative HIV Research, and the UCSF Science and Health Education Partnership.

On the research front, the UCSF-Gladstone CFAR is focusing on three key strategic priorities:

  • Understanding the interface between HIV and aging
  • Working toward a cure for HIV infection
  • Applying breakthrough discoveries in antiretroviral-based prevention to curb the spread of HIV

We are now in the 5th funding cycle of CFAR that has been continuously funded since 1988. It is a privilege for each of us to co-direct the UCSF-Gladstone CFAR that brings together so many talented and dedicated individuals. Together, we believe we can materially contribute to realizing our shared goal of creating an AIDS free generation.

Paul A. Volberding, MD and Warner C. Greene, MD, PhD