Providence/Boston Center for AIDS Research (CFAR)
The Providence/Boston Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) is composed of two academic institutions, Brown University and Boston University, their affiliated hospitals, Lifespan and Boston Medical Center (BMC), and the Rhode Island Department of Health, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, local community organizations, and international sites, including Kenya, South Africa, Philippines, Uganda, Zambia, Russia and Ukraine. The mission of the Providence/Boston CFAR is to promote the NIH HIV priority research agenda. We are devoted to the pursuit of translational research to reduce the burden of HIV infection worldwide, with special focus on substance users, women, MSM, justice-involved persons, and at-risk youth. To achieve this goal, we are committed to fostering emerging HIV investigators both domestically and within resource-limited settings. CFAR Core Services are available to support HIV/AIDS research and Faculty Development Programs are open to all affiliated Boston University and Brown University faculty members. Susan Cu-Uvin MD, Professor of Medicine, Brown University, is the principal investigator of the CFAR.
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The Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights seeks health equity for justice involved populations and works to change policy and practice through education, advocacy, research, and the development of strategic solutions. The Center’s work falls into four core areas:
- Raising awareness at the national and state level about the healthcare issues and challenges that justice-involved populations face; and providing education and training opportunities for college, graduate, and health professional students and trainees in this area, and encouraging student and trainee engagement and leadership in justice issues
- Conducting and supporting clinical, behavioral, and social research involving justice-involved populations
- Providing resources, training, and technical assistance that enhances health equity within systems for justice involved populations
- Mobilizing and collaborating with national and local justice system stakeholders to identify, develop, and support practice and policy projects that respond to the intersections of criminal justice, incarceration, recidivism, diversion, and public health
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The principal objective of Phase I COBRE application is to build a unique, multidisciplinary center to study mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance and develop therapeutic countermeasures. The long-term goal of the Center for Antimicrobial Resistance and Therapeutic Discovery (CARTD) at The Miriam Hospital is to develop new therapies for infections caused by drug-resistant pathogens. This goal will be attained through short-term objectives of developing a new generation of junior investigators.
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The Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) on Opioids and Overdose at Rhode Island Hospital is the first center of its kind to address the opioid epidemic. The Center is funded by a 5-year Phase I (of III) grant from the National Institute on General Medical Sciences and is directed by Principal Investigator Josiah “Jody” Rich, MD, MPH and Deputy Director Traci Green, PhD, MSc. The Center brings together researchers, policymakers, public health officials, community-based organizations, and scientists from multiple disciplines across Rhode Island to help shape policies and practices that will curb this epidemic. Through the development of robust research infrastructure, the collaborative and multidisciplinary COBRE on Opioids and Overdose will also support innovative work and foster the professional growth of junior investigators.
To bolster research quality and lend support to COBRE junior investigators, the COBRE award funds three research cores. The Data and Research Core led by Brandon Marshall, PhD provides quantitative expertise, methodological knowledge on study designs, and technological resources. The Translational and Transformative Core headed by Susan Ramsey, PhD and Traci Green, PhD, MSc will strengthen translational research in social, behavioral, and clinical sciences, as well as improve study dissemination. The Special Populations Core spearheaded by Curt Beckwith, MD and Timothy Flanigan, MD will assist in the recruitment process and provide guidance in conducting ethical research with vulnerable populations. The long-term goal of the Center is to develop and sustain a critical mass of investigators specializing in opioids and overdose, thereby enhancing the competitiveness of affiliated investigators and propelling the field of opioid and overdose research forward. Through leveraging the exceptional talent and accomplishments in Rhode Island, the COBRE on Opioids and Overdose aims to support excellence in research essential to understanding the mechanisms underlying opioid use disorder and developing innovative solutions. For more information, please contact the Administrative Coordinator, Gayle Fraser, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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