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Community Research Initiative of New England is an independent, not-for-profit, community-based organization dedicated to improving the lives of all people living with HIV. We do this by creating and sponsoring research studies, through the rapid investigation of promising therapies for people with HIV/AIDS, and through the integration of research into primary medical care at sites throughout New England.
We are also committed to increasing options for those who have traditionally been denied access to HIV research. This includes women, people of color, individuals who live outside of the established Boston research and health care network, and those with a history of substance use. We accomplish this goal by expanding access to experimental and approved drug therapies through research trials, education about treatment options, financial assistance through the Massachusetts HDAP (HIV Drug Assistance Program), and treatment adherence support.
CRI's research results have contributed to the approval of nearly half the HIV/AIDS drugs now on the market and are having a global impact on treatment strategies. CRI's research team, led by Calvin J. Cohen, MD, MSc, is well recognized and respected internationally. CRI investigators use the knowledge they gain every day to develop our own leading-edge studies that improve the quality of HIV patient care by making current treatments more effective, more flexible and more tolerable. In the past two years CRI enrolled more than 350 participants in clinical trials at our three clinical trial sites in Boston, Springfield and Provincetown, areas with the highest HIV prevalence rates in the state. Nearly half of CRI's study population includes women, people of color, non-English speakers, and others who have traditionally been denied access to research.
Through our targeted outreach and education programs, CRI provides critical treatment information and adherence support to all people living with HIV/AIDS, especially the historically underserved groups mentioned above. And, as part of our mission, CRI serves over 3,600 clients in the Massachusetts HIV Drug Assistance Program (HDAP), ensuring that drugs and health insurance reach the state's neediest people living with HIV/AIDS.
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