“Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work.” Daniel Hudson Burnham (1846-1912)

Like the transformational Chicago architect, Daniel Burnham, the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) has a grand vision – to end the HIV epidemic, with Chicago as a national model for high-impact research collaborations. Third Coast CFAR partners include Northwestern University and the University of Chicago, the Chicago and Illinois Departments of Public Health, and key community organizations, including Howard Brown Health, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Center on Halsted, and AllianceChicago.

Our Mission

Our mission is to catalyze cross-institutional and cross-disciplinary HIV research collaborations with a broad scope and major impact on the HIV epidemic in Chicago. The Third Coast CFAR will fulfill this mission through the following:

  • Initiating and facilitating innovative science and translational research that will address current gaps in knowledge and develop new strategies to improve the prevention-care continuums.
  • Supporting HIV-related researchers through efficient exchange of information, access to new infrastructure and resources, and mentorship of the next generation of HIV scientists, as well as established investigators in other fields interested in HIV-related questions.
  • Strengthening partnerships between communities most affected by HIV, researchers, public health practitioners, and service providers.

National CFAR Network

The Third Coast CFAR is one of a national network of Centers for AIDS Research, the purpose of which is to synergistically enhance and coordinate high quality HIV research projects. The  emphasis is on collaboration between basic and clinical investigators in order to enhance translational research — a type of research in which findings from the laboratory and behavioral science are brought to the clinic and vice versa. In doing this work, we aim to value diversity, inclusion, and community engagement.