Established in 1999 by the Division of AIDS (DAIDS) of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the HPTN carries out its mission through a strong network of expert scientists and investigators from more than two dozen international sites partnered with a leadership group comprised of three U.S.-based institutions.
The HPTN Coordinating and Operations Center (CORE) is located at FHI. The CORE is responsible for scientific management of the HPTN, starting with research plan development and continuing through protocol review, study implementation, and publication of results. The CORE also is responsible for logistical, administrative, and communications support for HPTN committees, scientific working groups, protocol teams, and Community Advisory Boards. The CORE works closely with DAIDS Program and Grants Management staff on monitoring and resource allocation within the Network, including the management of the HPTN discretionary fund. Dr. Vermund was the PI of the Network for six years and also chaired the Executive Committee, which sets the overall priorities of the HPTN and develops the prevention research agenda, and the Prevention Management Group, which is responsible for operational decision making and management of the Network. He currently serves as a board member and advisor.