Einstein-Rockefeller-CUNY Center for AIDS Research

Administrative Core

The Administrative Core led an extensive and inclusionary Strategic Planning process which developed, organized and structured the Einstein/Rockefeller/CUNY (ERC)-CFAR so that its Cores and SWGs would drive and support a multi-disciplinary and highly interactive research program aligned with the priorities of the FY 2015 OAR Trans-NIH Strategic Plan for HIV-related research and its overarching goal -to stop new HIV infections “so that we can all once again live in a world without AIDS.” The ERC-CFAR Administrative Core drives and coordinate synergistic research interactions among HIV/AIDS and other investigators from three leading institutions, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Einstein), Rockefeller University (Rockefeller) and the School of Urban Public Health at CUNY College, City University of New York (CUNY) whose highly significant investigative programs span the full spectrum of research, from the “bench to the bedside to the community and back to the bench”.

The Administrative Core consists of the ERC-CFAR Director, Dr. Harris Goldstein (Einstein) and four ERC-CFAR Associate Directors, Dr. Charles Rice (Rockefeller), Dr. Betsy Herold (Einstein), Dr. Sarah Schlesinger (Rockefeller) and Dr. Denis Nash (CUNY) who provide a cross-institutional leadership group to integrate the input of ERC-CFAR leaders from Einstein, Rockefeller and CUNY, interdisciplinary faculty groups, internal and external scientific advisory boards, and community leaders and stakeholders to bring together and generate synergism among investigators engaged in the full range of basic, clinical, translational, behavioral and epidemiological sciences. The Administrative Core stimulates ERC-CFAR researchers to focus on ending the AIDS epidemic by integrating their collective resources and expertise to develop and implement novel multimodal approaches linking therapeutics development with behavioral and implementation science research. To accomplish this imperative, the Core:

  • Coordinates a highly interactive and inclusive strategic planning process that includes the annual ERC-CFAR retreat, and meetings of the Executive and Steering Committees, the Internal and External Scientific Advisory Boards and the Community Participatory Partnership.
  • Provides the infrastructure for sound and dynamic financial management of the scientific Cores with the fiscal agility to reallocate funds and realign Cores and Scientific Working Groups (SWGs) to support emerging high-priority research initiatives in response to new OAR/NIH initiatives and/or advice and counsel from our Internal and External Scientific Advisory Boards.
  • Utilizes a responsive and inclusive scientific leadership structure and Cores and SWGs to drive synergism among Einstein, Rockefeller and CUNY investigators and to coordinate and expand the investigative and educational HIV/AIDS activities at Einstein, Rockefeller and CUNY.
  • Promotes interactions of ERC-CFAR investigators with other inter-CFAR activities and with national and international colleagues, collaborators and institutes.
  • For further information or to access the Administrative Core services, please contact Drs. GoldsteinRiceSchlesinger, Nash or Herold.   

Dr. Harris Goldstein
ERC-CFAR Director
Professor, Pediatrics and Microbiology & Immunology 
Charles Michael Chair,  Autoimmune Diseases
Associate Dean, Scientific Resources, Einstein 

Dr. Charles Rice
ERC-CFAR Associate Director
Maurice R. and Corinne P. Greenberg Professor, Virology, Rockefeller
Head, Laboratory of Virology and Infectious Disease


Dr. Sarah Schlesinger
ERC-CFAR Associate Director
Associate Professor, Clinical Investigation, Rockefeller  

Dr. Denis Nash
ERC-CFAR Associate Director
Professor, CUNY School of Public Health
Executive Director, CUNY Institute for Implementation Science in Population Health


Dr. Betsy Herold
ERC-CFAR Associate Director
Block Chair and Professor and Vice Chair, Pediatrics, Einstein
Professor, Micro. & Imm. and Ob. & Gyn. and Women’s Health


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ERC-CFAR at a Glance

Partner Institutions 

  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Rockefeller University
  • The City University of New York (CUNY)


Total ERC-CFAR members

  • 183 Full members
  • 10 Affiliate members

CFAR member trainees funded by NIH K awards

  • 15 Full members

NIH Funding 

FY2015 OAR NIH AIDS FRB grants

$34,084,840 Total costs


New NIH AIDS grants awarded in FY2016

$7,345,645 Total annual costs


FY2014 non-AIDS NIH grants

$34,745,334 Total costs

Publications (first 6 months of 2016) 

Total Publications: 240

Publications multi-authored
by ERC-CFAR members: 91



Director: Dr. H. Goldstein



Directors: Dr. V. Prasad & Dr. C. Cunningham


Biomarkers & Advanced Technologies 

Directors: Dr. J. Berman & Dr. S. Almo


Behavioral Science 

Director: Dr. L. Bauman


Clinical Translational Implementation Science 

Director: Dr. K. Anastos


Scientific Working Groups 

HIV and Eradication 

Directors: Dr. G. Kalpana & Dr. M. Caskey


Patient and Population Health Outcomes Research 

Directors: Dr. D. Nash & Dr. J. Arnsten  

New 2016 NIH Grants Awards 

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In the Media

With Donor Backing, Hard-Hit Bronx Becomes a Center for COVID-19 Research

Harris Goldstein, M.D., discusses the challenge grant awarded to Einstein and Montefiore by Michael F. Price and the Price Family Foundation to support COVID-19 research. Dr. Goldstein is associate dean for scientific resources and professor of microbiology & immunology.

(Monday, Jul 13, 2020)

Now Made in New York City: Much-Needed Coronavirus Test Kits

Harris Goldstein, M.D., and Brian Pelowski discuss Einstein's success in transforming a lab to provide viral transport medium after the New York City Economic Development Corporation requested the college's assistance for its initiative to produce 50,000 COVID-19 testing kits each week. Dr. Goldstein is associate dean for scientific resources and Mr. Pelowski is assistant dean for scientific operations.

Additional coverage of the initiative includes CBS NewYork, US News & World Report, NBC 4 New York, ABC7NewYork, PIX11, AMNewYork, The Staten Island Advance, Patch, Gothamist, WCBS880, The Daily News, and The New York Post.

(Wednesday, Jun 10, 2020)

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