About Us

The Center for HIV Identification, Prevention, and Treatment Services (CHIPTS) is a collaboration of leading researchers from UCLACharles Drew University of Medicine and ScienceFriends Research Institute, and the RAND Corporation. Funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health, our mission is to eliminate new HIV infections by promoting collaborative research, fostering networking, and supporting capacity building, with an emphasis on key populations who face comorbidities. Both domestically and globally, CHIPTS has expertise in HIV program administration, junior faculty and trainee development, policy impact and evaluation, and innovation in interventions to optimize care and treatment of HIV-infected individuals and to expand prevention opportunities for HIV-uninfected at-risk individuals.

To accomplish our mission, five Cores support the design, implementation, and evaluation of existing funded projects and assist in the development of new research protocols focused on communities, systems-of-care, service providers, and individuals at risk.

Administrative Core

The Administrative Core identifies and manages strategies for addressing the Center’s strategic planning process (i.e., setting a scientific agenda), daily operation of the Center, including self-monitoring, budgets, dissemination, and identifying scientific challenges that require analysis by multi-disciplinary teams. In addition, it fosters the relationship between CHIPTS scientists, community stakeholders, and the communities affected by or at-risk for HIV in Los Angeles, in the state, in the nation, and globally.  The Global HIV Prevention Strategies Program is also housed within the Administrative Core.

Combination Prevention Core

The Combination Prevention Core facilitates research and provides expertise on high-impact combination behavioral, biomedical, technological and structural interventions to reduce HIV incidence and to improve viral suppression, especially in key populations and those with substance use and mental health disorders. They provide expertise, leadership, and capacity building support to scientists, health departments, and community based organizations engaged in these activities.

Development Core

The Development Core reviews and allocates pilot funds, implements an investigator career development component through which researchers can obtain multidisciplinary peer review, and coordinates community relationships, particularly across Cores.  It aims to invest in innovative, early stage research to emerging investigators and promotes dissemination of findings locally, nationally and internationally.

Methods Core

The Methods Core provides expertise, leadership and infrastructure to promote and facilitate the quality of HIV research projects conducted by CHIPTS researchers and collaborators. The Core guides innovation and impact in measurement, statistical methods, and implementation science, focusing on factors presented by those with substance use and mental health disorders.

Policy Impact Core

The Policy Core optimizes public health impact and science implementation by providing evidence on policy options to guide HIV prevention policy at local, national, and international levels.