Providence/Boston Center for Aids Research (CFAR)

Inter-CFAR Substance Use Research Community

The Inter-CFAR Substance Use Research Community (I-SURC) connects researchers from the fields of substance use and HIV across the CFARs to create research  synergies, innovations and new capacities.

The mission of the Inter-CFAR Substance Use Research Community (I-SURC) is to identify and bring together CFAR substance use researchers who can complement expertise and perspectives, share resources, increase efficiencies, and share cutting-edge technologies across the nation. Innovative substance use research methodologies, data harmonization and pooled expertise in areas of opportunity (such as implementation and improvement science) will catalyze collaborative and large-scale projects.

The I-SURC provides the platform for substance use researchers within CFARs nationwide to foster the exchange of ideas and develop collaborations, share information and training, and disseminate progress planned and achieved at the intersection of HIV and substance use research. The I-SURC adopts an expansive view of substance use to include alcohol and tobacco, given these substances’ profound impact on morbidity and mortality among people living with HIV.

  • Membership is available to all investigators at CFAR institutions. Members of the I-SURC are able to participate in symposia, access collaborators and cohorts within the network, participate in external reviews for developmental proposals, and pursue collaborative initiatives with other members of the working group.

If you are looking for a collaborator or mentor in the field of substance use and HIV research, please contact us.

For more information please contact:

Christopher Kahler
[email protected]

Karsten Lunze
[email protected]

Administrative Contact

Natalia Gnatienko
[email protected]


I-SURC Symposium May 25, 2021

View full presentations from this year's symposium.

Open video player