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Penn Center for AIDS Research

Clinical Core Services: Specimen Repository

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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 provides access to CFAR investigators who want to directly query the Database and Specimen Repository either in preparation for research (e.g., to check for the availability of specimens in the Adult/Adolescent Specimen Repository with specified characteristics) or the carry out retrospective studies with existing data. Click here to access the database! Please contact Ritu Ahluwalia to receive a username and password. A FAQ sheet is available here for instructions on accessing and utilizing the data.

If you require a more complex query than you can perform on your own or need more guidance in accessing the data, please complete the Query Request Form. Questions concerning guidance in completing 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.

Core Service Contact:
Debbie Gudonis
Clinical Core Research Coordinator
Email: Debbie.Gudonis@uphs.upenn.edu
Phone: 215-360-0470

Ian Frank
Director, Clinical Core
Email: franki@mail.med.upenn.edu
Phone: 215-662-7419
Cell: 215-964-1077

Robert Gross
Co-Director, Clinical Core
Email: grossr@mail.med.upenn.edu
Phone: 215-898-2437

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Specimen Repository Access

The Clinical Core maintains and Adult/Adolescent Specimen Repository linked to our Database. Serum, plasma, and PBMCs are collected at periodic intervals prior to and following the start of antiretroviral therapy. In addition, apheresis products are stored from a select number of individuals with defined characteristics, including elite controllers and patients with acute or recent HIV infection.

In making requests from the Specimen Repository you may wish to first consider the characteristics of the patients you would like to consider. Completion of the Query Request Form should include that information, such as:

  • Demographics
  • Viral Load
  • CD4+ Count
  • Antiretroviral Treatment Experience
  • Hepatitis Co-infection

To request specimens from the Repository, please complete the Query Request Form and forward it to Debbie.Gudonis@uphs.upenn.edu

Core Service Contact:
Debbie Gudonis
Clinical Core Research Coordinator
Email: Debbie.Gudonis@uphs.upenn.edu
Phone: 215-360-0470

Specimen Repository Charges:

PBMCs

$50 per 1ml vial (approximately 5 million cells)

Serum $10 per 1ml vial

Plasma

$10 per 1ml vial

Apheresis Products: PBMCs $5 per million cells