UCSF's AIDS Research Institute (ARI) and Global Health Research (a partnership between GHS and CTSI) hosted a networking event for early-career faculty on December 6, 2012 (see a slideshow of photos from the event). The evening brought together researchers from across campus, representing many fields and interests.
"These events are invaluable for early-career faculty, who rely on peer knowledge and networking to get the lay of the land and extend their own collaborations beyond the walls of their home departments," says Paul Volberding, director of the ARI.
In 2005, the ARI created JFAR — the Junior Faculty AIDS Researchers group — to provide networking and collaboration opportunities for these young faculty, who are often isolated in their work in varied disciplines and dispersed over multiple locations. There are currently about 125 JFAR members, including assistant-level faculty, post-docs, fellows, and interns from throughout the four professional schools at UCSF—Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy—and the Graduate Division. The group organizes quarterly events that appeal to the specific needs of our early-career HIV/AIDS researchers and clinician-scientists. Some of these are centered on specific skills-building; others are more socially oriented, focused on networking, planting seeds for collaboration, and learning from one another.
See a slideshow of photos from the holiday event