Thanks for visiting the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research (CFAR). On behalf of our team, I welcome you. I’d like to give you a sampling of what our researchers are doing, how CFAR helps them, and invite you to join with us in in advancing research to end HIV.

Over the course of my career, research has enabled major progress. Treatment advances have dramatically improved life expectancy and led to effective prevention. There is now real promise that coordinated effort to better implement both optimal treatment and prevention “cascades of care” can lead to actually Ending the HIV Epidemic. Many of our CFAR’s members and community partners are national leaders in community-engaged translational and implementation research toward that goal and our Scientific Working Group is providing opportunities for new local collaborative ideas. This work builds on their leadership in improving the health of Chicago’s diverse communities, including racial and sexual/gender minorities.

Other of our researchers learn from observational cohorts of those living with, and at risk for, HIV. They are now increasing research on the aging-associated conditions that continue to impinge on the healthy lifespan of persons living with HIV (PLWH), even when their HIV is well-suppressed.

Synergistic collaborations across disciplines are also innovating better ways to treat HIV and its comorbidities, as well as to prevent new HIV infections. Researchers from multiple schools at our Universities are contributing to promising ongoing research that can help overcome the hurdles to an HIV/AIDS-free world and a long, healthy lifespan for all those living with HIV.

The CFAR’s Scientific Cores provide resources to help all HIV researchers. In addition, our Developmental Core funds new research and mentors the next generation of researchers. We very much appreciate our Schools’ generous supplementation of our NIH-awarded funds to seed new research this way. I also encourage anyone else interested in helping us to do so through donations, and by staying connected through our newsletter and membership.

I hope you learn something on this visit to our website – and return often. Please let us know how we can better help you to contribute to our shared goal of ending the HIV epidemic – feel free to send your thoughts to:


Rich D’Aquila, MD
Director, Third Coast Center for AIDS Research