Penn Center for AIDS Research

Clinical Core Services: Specimen Processing and Storage

Mission | Personnel | Services | Contact Info

To request Clinical Core Services, please complete the Query Request Form. Questions concerning guidance in competing the form should be directed to Debbie Gudonis, Clinical Core Research Coordinator. Questions concerning study design or availability of services should be directed to Ian Frank, Director, Clinical Core or Robert Gross, Co-Director, Clinical Core.

The Clinical Core is currently beta-testing a password protected web-based link to the Adult/Adolescent Database and Specimen Repository that will allow investigators to perform independent searches of the Database, download data, and check for the availability of specimens in the Adult/Adolescent Specimen Repository with specified characteristics. The link should go live in mid-October.

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
Clinical Core Research Coordinator
Phone: 215-360-0470

Ian Frank
Director, Clinical Core
Phone: 215-662-7419
Cell: 215-964-1077

Robert Gross
Co-Director, Clinical Core
Phone: 215-898-2437


Specimen Processing, Storage and Shipping

The CFAR Clinical Core Laboratory will process, store, and/or ship blood and body fluids upon request to support translational research or clinical trials. The Lab has experience handling and processing blood, spinal fluid, genital secretions, gastrointestinal lymph tissue, and apheresis products. The Lab follows procedures set forth by the HIV/AIDS Clinical Trials Networks Processing Standard Operating Procedures, but can handle individualized procedures based upon study protocol or investigators' needs. Rapid processing of time sensitive specimens can be provided. Same day processing and shipping of specimens is routine. Stored specimens are archived using the Laboratory Data Management System (LDMS) with bar-coded labels. Storage can be provided according to the requirements of study protocols in -20oC, -80oC, -150oC freezers or liquid nitrogen storage. All laboratory staff members are certified to ship ambient or frozen samples according to IATA and DOT regulations.

To discuss how the Clinical Core Laboratory can support your research and to estimate costs, call Peggy Cummins, Director.

Laboratory Contact:
Peggy Cummins
Phone: 215-746-8516