The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a consortium of Chicago-based institutions, led by Rush, a five-year, $3.75-million grant to establish a Developmental Center for AIDS Research, creating a comprehensive research infrastructure to spur basic science, clinical studies and translational research in the prevention, detection and treatment of HIV infection and AIDS. Over the years, the NIH has funded 20 such centers at major academic institutions across the country.|
The new center is one of only two in the Midwest — the other is in Cleveland — and was the only developmental center funded in 2009. It involves investigators from Rush, the University of Illinois at Chicago and Cook County Health and Hospitals System, who will collaborate across disciplines and institutions to advance HIV/AIDS research. It will concentrate its investigations around three themes:
Chicago ranks sixth among U.S. cities in the number of HIV cases, with approximately 21,000 known infections and another 5,000 presumed infections.
- HIV and women
- HIV and aging
- HIV and drug abuse
"With this grant, we have an unparalleled opportunity to make Chicago an epicenter for AIDS research, focusing on translational research that takes investigations from bench to bedside, and out to the community, to make a truly significant impact," said Alan Landay, PhD, chairperson of immunology and microbiology at Rush, director of the new center, and an internationally recognized expert in immunology, and the origin and development of HIV.
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