Penn Center for AIDS Research

International Core Services

Feasibility Assessments

Core staff can provide practical guidance for the accomplishment of research in Botswana: availability of staff for specific assessments, budget suggestions for shipping infectious agents internationally, etc.


Provided for faculty, fellows, residents and students who do research or clinical care in Botswana. Penn currently rents three furnished apartments that are centrally located near the university and hospital. Availability is on a first-come basis at a subsidized rate.

Supervision of Research Staff

Core funds are used to support research personnel on site who are fluent in both English and Setswana. These individuals can obtain informed consent and assist in collecting protocol-required information and samples.

Storage and Shipment of Specimens

A trained microbiology technician is available to isolate organisms from patient samples and ship them to investigators in the US, or store them for future studies.

Liaison to University of Botswana

Collaborations with local investigators may be of critical importance to the success of a research project. Investigators are encouraged to recruit faculty and staff from the University of Botswana; Andrew Steenhoff can be consulted for potential resources.

Regulatory Management IRB submissions to the University of Pennsylvania, Ministry of Health of Botswana and local hospital or clinic in Gaborone are coordinated by Ro Kappes. She will facilitate submission by completing the necessary application forms, developing informed consent documents and collecting appropriate CVs and certifications. Translation of consent forms will also be arranged. Completion of the NIH checklist and submission of approvals and investigator documentation will be managed through Ms. Kappes and Kate Gordon. Interested investigators are encouraged to access the following links for a preview of the application forms and requirements:

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