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Penn Center for AIDS Research

Clinical Core Services: Fresh Specimens

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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.

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
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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Procurement of Fresh Specimens

Collection of fresh specimens from HIV infected or at-risk individuals is available upon request. Specimens that can be procured include large volumes of whole blood, apheresis products, gastrointestinal lymph tissue, semen, cervicovaginal lavage fluid, and stool for microbiome analysis. Assistance can also be provided to procure harder to obtain specimens such as cerebrospinal fluid, bronchoalveolar lavage fluid, and lymph node biopsies. The Clinical Core has IRB approved informed consents that can be used for the collection of these specimens. Clinical Core personnel will obtain informed consent from volunteers, schedule the collection of the specimens, and oversee the transfer of the material to investigators directly or following processing of specimens by the Clinical Core Laboratory.

To request fresh specimens, please contact Debbie Gudonis directly to discuss your needs and the charges associated with the necessary procedures.

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