The Mid-Atlantic Centers for AIDS Research Consortium: Promoting HIV Science Through Regional Collaboration
AIDS research and human retroviruses
CFAR; HIV; MACC; consortium
The Centers for AIDS Research (CFAR) program was established by the National Institutes of Health in 1988 to catalyze and support high-impact HIV research and to develop the next generation of HIV investigators at academic institutions throughout the United States. In 2014, the Penn CFAR, the Johns Hopkins University CFAR and the District of Columbia CFAR developed a partnership-the Mid-Atlantic CFAR Consortium (MACC)-to promote cross-CFAR scientific collaboration, mentoring, and communication and to address the regional HIV epidemic. Over the past 6 years, the creation of the MACC has resulted in a rich web of interconnectivity, which has fostered through working groups on the black men who have sex with men (MSM) and Latinx regional HIV epidemics, joint peer-reviewed publications, and successful collaborative grant applications on topics ranging from HIV prevention in young MSM, transgender women, implementation science, and clinical epidemiology; supported through the MACC Scholars program, cross-CFAR mentoring, joint symposia, cross-CFAR seminar participation, and keynote speakers; and promoted through advisory committees, best practices consultations, and the social and behavioral science research network. The MACC has been highly impactful by promoting HIV science through regional collaboration, supporting a diverse network of scholars across three cities and focusing on the epidemic in underrepresented and marginalized communities. Lessons learned from this consortium may have implications for scientific research centers beyond the field of HIV.
Greenberg, Alan E.; Celentano, David D.; Metzger, David S.; Magnus, Manya; Blank, Michael B.; Davis, Wendy; Brooks, Durryle; Dominque, Tiffany; Page, Kathleen R.; Limaye, Rupali J.; Collman, Ronald G.; Chaisson, Richard E.; Zea, Maria Cecilia; and Beyrer, Chris, "The Mid-Atlantic Centers for AIDS Research Consortium: Promoting HIV Science Through Regional Collaboration" (2022). GW Authored Works. Paper 646.