The mission of the San Diego Center for AIDS Research (SD CFAR) is to drive HIV discoveries and foster cutting-edge research by San Diego investigators to improve the lives of people with HIV and to stop new infections, both locally and globally.


The San Diego CFAR promotes scientific and clinical studies in HIV and fosters researchers using innovative strategies to advance our research priorities of preventing new infections, optimizing HIV care, and developing a cure for those living with HIV while promoting health equity for all.

The overall objective of the San Diego CFAR is to have a meaningful impact on HIV research by fostering our local HIV researchers using innovative and efficient strategies. We do so through the following activities:

  • Basic research in the areas of molecular pathogenesis and immunopathogenesis.
  • Utilization of insights from basic research to develop pre-clinical and clinical trials of therapies and vaccines.
  • Furthering clinical research to address fundamental scientific and practical medical issues.
  • Providing leadership and serving as a regional resource to coordinate, stimulate and cross-fertilize all of the above to foster synergism, economies of scale and novel and creative approaches.

Guiding Principles

Our Center uses a set of guiding principles that assist in the decision making of all Center activities.

  • Be clear: Effective communication helps Center members collaborate across member institutions.
  • Be strategic: Thoughtful planning of Center growth and use of resources maximizes impact.
  • Engage: Community input from diverse voices improves Center activities and member research.
  • Be responsible: Fiscal responsibility sustains our Center’s future. Personal responsibility builds trust.
  • Nurture: New investigators make new HIV discoveries and will help end the epidemic.
  • Be transparent: Clear and visible processes build trust and support among Center members.
  • Be efficient: Optimal use of available resources expands scientific opportunities.
  • Be ethical: Ethical conduct of research and Center management establishes trust.
  • Be just: HIV research is improved when pursued through the lens of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • Be curious: Commitment to continual learning and improvement opens doors to new discoveries.
  • Empower: Decolonialization of HIV research at international sites enhances local sustainability.
  • Work together: Teams get farther than individuals.