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Dana-Farber scientists have been at the forefront of the battle against AIDS since the early 1980s, when the disease was first identified.
In 1989, the Institute was designated by the National Institutes of Health as a Center for AIDS Research, and in 1999 it teamed with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Boston Children's Hospital to create the DFCI/BIDMC/CH Center for AIDS Research.
Over the past 30+ years, Dana-Farber has been the site of key discoveries into the transmission of human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1) and the mechanism by which it infects and reproduces in immune system cells. Insights from this work have generated an array of new strategies for blocking the spread of AIDS and treating those with the disease.
Areas where Dana-Farber scientists have made key advances: