Einstein-Rockefeller-CUNY Center for AIDS Research

Developmental Core

The overarching goal of the Einstein/Rockefeller/Hunter CFAR (ERC-CFAR) Developmental Core is to support the career development of early stage investigators (ESIs) through an effective mentoring process coupled with a peer-reviewed Catalytic grants program and ongoing support for their scientific growth via participation in programs specifically tailored for ESIs. The objectives of the ERC-CFAR Developmental core are centered on mentoring ESIs, catalyzing trans-institutional collaborative AIDS research in the ERC-CFAR, supporting Scientific Working Group (SWG) efforts to catalyze research in their topic areas, facilitating scientific communication among ERC-CFAR investigators and enhancing international HIV/AIDS research. Specifically the Core:

  • Provides individually tailored mentoring to ESIs and facilitates their development into independently funded researchers by pairing ESIs with established investigators (EIs), by providing both individual and group-level mentoring to help them develop NIH K- or R- type grants and by assisting senior level ESIs with transition to an R01 funding.
  • Supports ESIs engaged in AIDS research in the ERC-CFAR via catalytic and micro grants, which will also be used to promote trans- institutional collaborations and to support SWG priorities.
  • Stimulates intra- and trans-institutional, collaborative AIDS research at the participating institutions by awarding joint catalytic grants and proactively recruits non-AIDS EIs engaged in cutting edge research into AIDS research.
  • Facilitates scientific communication among ERC-CFAR investigators by organizing a bi-weekly Trans-institutional ERC-CFAR research seminar series and the biweekly Clinical AIDS Grand Rounds series both of which are simulcast to all three institutions, ERC-CFAR Invited Speaker Seminars, Annual ERC-CFAR Scientific Retreats to foster scientific interaction.
  • Promotes AIDS Research in the ERC-CFAR via integration with other Einstein programs such as WIHS, the AIDS T32 program and African HIV/AIDS research programs.
  • Facilitates and mentors ESIs in conducting community participatory and behavioral AIDS research via collaboration with the Behavioral Science Core.
  • For further information or to access the Developmental Core services, please contact Drs. Prasad or Cunningham. 

Dr. Vinayaka Prasad
Director, ERC-CFAR Developmental Core
Director, HIV/AIDS Training Grant
Professor, Microbiology & Immunology, Einstein  

Dr. Chinazo Cunningham
Co-Director, ERC-CFAR Developmental Core
Professor, Medicine and of Family & Social Medicine 
Director, Diversity Affairs for the Dept. of Medicine
Associate Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine, Einstein


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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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