Illinois: Chicago AIDS Research Center Pools Resources
December 28, 2010
The Chicago Developmental Center for AIDS Research (D-CFAR) is an HIV/AIDS scientific and clinical research consortium that launched just over a year ago. The cross-disciplinary D-CFAR team involves Rush University Medical Center, University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC), and the Cook County Health and Hospitals System.
"It's establishing a new collaboration that wouldn't have existed otherwise," said UIC's Dr. Robert Bailey, co-director of the center. "We really are an interactive group," D-CFAR's director, Dr. Alan Landay of Rush, agreed. "It's very effective."
The center's research has allowed doctors to learn more about HIV/AIDS in specific patient populations. Two Chicago focuses are the effects of AIDS in women and in incarcerated populations.
"We have a very good patient population to draw from, and they're diversified," said Landay.
In Chicago, D-CFAR is working with Cook County prison officials to identify new research initiatives. "You want to get [prisoners] into therapy right away," Landay said. "I think Chicago is one of the unique places to do that."
For the last four years, Bailey also has been traveling to Africa to encourage awareness about male circumcision to help prevent HIV. He educates people about the safety of the surgical procedure as well as the risk-reducing behaviors that need to accompany it.
"My goal is to reduce misery and save lives," said Bailey. "I've been doing AIDS research for 27 years," Landay said. "The drive I have is to see tremendous advances."
12.26.10; Christopher Nelson
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