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Mayor Lee cuts the ribbon at the Bridge HIV opening.

Mayor Edwin M. Lee officially cut the ribbon on September 28, 2012 to open the San Francisco Department of Public Health (DPH)’s new Bridge HIV research facility as part of the City’s new $9.5 million HIV/AIDS Research Center, located at 25 Van Ness Avenue.

“The research that has come out of the San Francisco AIDS Office has changed the way we look at, treat and prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS all over the world,” said Mayor Lee. “The new state-of-the-art Bridge HIV facility reflects the commitment and integrity of the work that goes on here, and we have produced a new innovative world class center for world class researchers.”

Herb Schultz, Region 9 Director of US Dept. of Health and Human Services, Dr Grant Colfax, National Aids Policy Director, and Mayor Lee

“As one of the earliest and hardest hit cities, San Francisco has always been at the forefront of responding to the crisis of HIV/AIDS – from our community-based model of care to the cutting edge research at UCSF,” said Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. “With the addition of the federally-supported Bridge HIV Research Facility, our city will continue to lead the way as we strive for better treatments, a vaccine and finally a cure to the scourge of HIV/AIDS.”

“As Health Director, one of my primary concerns is bridging the gap in health disparities,” said DPH Director of Health Barbara Garcia. “This new facility will allow us to increase our recruitment, enrollment and retention of large and diverse populations of study participants. Also, we will increase our capacity to train students and other researchers and expand our ability to collaborate with other groups and seek input from members of the community.”

Kimberly Marsh, Lab Coordinator and Mayor Lee during tour of the new facility.

The Bridge HIV completion marks the end of phase one of the SOAR project (San Francisco Office of AIDS Renovation). The DPH project is funded by a grant through the National Center for Research Resources at the National Institutes of Health and is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The new 17,000 square feet HIV/AIDS research center will expand and improve the existing research activities and accommodate future scientific needs.

San Francisco’s early HIV/AIDS epidemiology and research played a major role in the discovery of the virus that causes AIDS. The AIDS Office was created in 1982 as the City began responding to the newly-evolving AIDS epidemic, concentrated, at that time, in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. Along with tracking new AIDS cases

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