Focusing national institutes of health HIV/AIDS research for maximum population impact

Rochelle P. Walensky, Charles J. Carpenter, Judith D. Auerbach, Moisés Agosto-Rosario, Dawn Averitt, John G. Bartlett, James W. Curran, Ralph J. DiClemente, Wafaa El-Sadr, Ashley Haase, Sharon Hillier, King K. Holmes, Paul A. Volberding

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Progress in advancing research on the pathophysiology, prevention, treatment, and impact of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is threatened by the decaying purchasing power of National Institutes of Health (NIH) dollars. A working group of the NIH Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council was charged by the NIH Director with developing a focused and concise blueprint to guide the use of limited funding over the next few years. Science priorities outlined by the working group and reported here are intended to maximally address individuals, groups, and settings most affected by the epidemic, and to redress shortcomings in realizing population- level HIV prevention, treatment, and eradication goals. Optimizing these priorities requires that traditional silos-defined by topic focus and by scientific discipline-be dissolved and that structural issues affecting the pipeline of new investigators and the ability of the Office of AIDS Research to fulfill its role of steward of the NIH HIV/AIDS research program be directly addressed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)937-940
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Infectious Diseases
Issue number6
StatePublished - 15 Mar 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • AIDS
  • HIV
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Research


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