Clinical Core Services: Specimen Processing and Storage
- Database Access
- Specimen Repository Access
- Procurement of Fresh Specimens
- Specimen Processing and Storage
The Penn AIDS Clinical Trials Unit (ACTU) carries out clinical trials studying new treatments against HIV infection, AIDS, and AIDS-related opportuniistic infections. For additional information regarding current studies conducted by the Penn ACTU, visit the AIDS Clinical Trials Unit (ACTU) website.
Core Service Contact:
Debbie Gudonis, HUP Research Coordinator
Specimen Processing, Storage and Shipping
The CFAR Clinical Core follows all procedures set forth by the ACTG and HIV/AIDS Network Processing Standard Operating Procedures. The Clinical Core, ACTG, Industry and Internal studies are processed in the Infectious Disease laboratory according to the HANC procedures unless requested to follow specific protocol procedures by study provider or Principal investigator. All specimen data is entered into our Laboratory Data Management System (LDMS) labeled with bar-coded labels and stored according to requirements set by specific protocols and time-points. We have freezers to maintain temperatures at -20, -80 and -150 and Liquid Nitrogen cryo-temperatures. Some studies require same-day shipping at ambient and/or frozen temperatures to a clinic, research laboratory or repository. All the laboratory staff members are certified to ship ambient or frozen samples according to IATA and DOT regulations.