We are delighted to announce that Jared Baeten, MD, PhD, has accepted the position of CFAR Director. He will officially start on January 1, 2017. After a robust nomination and vetting process, Jared was unanimously approved for the position.
As you likely know, Jared brings to this position all of the qualities, skills, expertise, and training needed to succeed as CFAR Director. He is an internationally-recognized HIV/AIDS researcher with a long track record of independent research and high-impact publications in the field. His research focuses on the prevention of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, including clinical trials of novel prevention interventions, epidemiologic studies of risk factors for HIV transmission, and biobehavioral and implementation science research aimed at optimizing effective prevention of HIV. He led the Partners PrEP Study and MTN-020/ASPIRE, randomized clinical trials that proved the efficacy of tenofovir-based pills and of the dapivirine vaginal ring as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) against HIV acquisition. Recently, his work has evolved to focus on how to achieve HIV prevention at scale, using operational research methods and behavioral science to understand how better to deliver effective prevention tools such as PrEP, antiretroviral treatment, and HIV testing. Additional work has explored whether use of hormonal contraception is a risk factor for HIV.
A hallmark of Jared’s work is interdisciplinary science – including collaborative laboratory discovery science, clinical epidemiology, intensive behavioral and social science, sexual and reproductive health, mathematical modeling, and implementation science. He has been deeply engaged in education, training, and mentoring of the next generation of public health leaders, in Seattle and through his extensive collaborations in Africa. These strengths – in interdisciplinary work and in the development of new leaders in HIV research and practice – are of particular importance for the CFAR.
Jared is very familiar with the CFAR, having previously received a CFAR New Investigator Award and Emerging Opportunity Grant, and having utilized CFAR Cores as a CFAR member, and collaborated closely with many CFAR investigators. In his various roles within the University, including his role as Vice Chair of the Department of Global Health, he has demonstrated excellent leadership, management, and strategic planning skills, as well as collaborative and interdisciplinary skills. We are eager to see him in this new role.
Please join us in congratulating and welcoming Jared as the next CFAR Director.
King K. Holmes, MD, PhD - and - Judith N. Wasserheit, MD, MPH