Center For AIDS Research (CFAR)
The Providence/Boston Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) is one of 19 NIH-funded centers that provide administrative and research support for initiating, enhancing and innovating in HIV/AIDS research. Faculty at the Center for Statistical Sciences lead and participate in the Biostatistics Core, which is jointly operated with faculty from Boston University School of Public Health. Expertise of the core faculty includes, among other areas, analysis of observational data, study of social and sexual networks, modeling of disease dynamics, combining and integrating data from multiple sources, analysis of genomic and molecular-level data (e.g. to understand treatment resistance), and design and analysis of intervention trials and screening studies. The core organizes 1-2 research workshops per year on timely topics at the intersection of HIV and biostatistics. The core also provides advice on construction and management of new databases.
Core faculty are available to collaborate and consult on a wide range of projects and activities related to HIV, including new grant proposals, pilot studies, and use of specific statistical or data analytic methods. All members of the Brown and Boston University research communities are welcome to access the core, with priority is given to junior investigators. The core is led by Professor Joseph Hogan (co-director at Brown University) and Professor Debbie Cheng (co-director at Boston University).