Don C. Des Jarlais, PhD

Director, International Research Core, Center for Drug Use and HIV Research
Research Fellow, NDRI
Director of Research, Baron Edmond de Rothschild Chemical Dependency Institute, Beth Israel Medical Center
Professor of Epidemiology, Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine


Dr. Des Jarlais began his research on AIDS in 1982 and is recognized as a world leader in research on the epidemiology of HIV transmission among injection drug users. He is also a pioneer in the evaluation of a variety of harm reduction interventions, particularly syringe exchange programs, and was instrumental in the development and expansion of syringe exchange programs in New York City during the 1980s. Dr. Des Jarlais has published more than 300 articles on these topics. In 1989, Dr. Des Jarlais was jointly appointed by the President and Congress to serve as a Commissioner on the US National Commission on AIDS, a role he played until 1993. He has testified on many occasions before city and state legislative and Congressional committees on HIV prevention and syringe exchange. Since 1994, his research group at Beth Israel Medical Center has conducted annual surveys of syringe exchange programs in the United States. He currently serves as a consultant to various institutions, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Academy of Sciences and the World Health Organization. Dr. Des Jarlais is currently working on research studies in 20 different countries.