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Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council

Figure 1 OAR Acting Director Dr. Bill Kapogiannis presents to the OAR Advisory Council in June 2023.

The Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council (OARAC) is a federal advisory committee that provides advice to the Office of AIDS Research (OAR) Director on the planning, coordination, and evaluation of research and other HIV and AIDS activities conducted or supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). OARAC also advises the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Assistant Secretary for Health, the Director of NIH, and the Director of OAR on HIV research programs and the development of the NIH Strategic Plan for HIV and HIV-Related Research.
Learn more about OARAC in its charter.

OARAC Members

OARAC consists of up to 18 voting members; at least 11 non-voting ex officio members, including the NIH Director and the OAR Director; and an executive secretary. Visit the OARAC Members webpage for the list of current members.

OARAC Meetings

OARAC meetings are typically held three times per year. These meetings are open to the public, with limited exceptions, and public comments are welcome. To submit a comment for an upcoming OARAC meeting, please send it to View videocasts, minutes, and summaries of previous OARAC meetings to learn more.

Upcoming OARAC Meetings 

Thursday, June 20, 2024
12:00 noon – 4:00 pm
Virtual: Videocast link

Thursday, October 24, 2024

This page last reviewed on June 14, 2024