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Center for AIDS Research

Houston, Texas

BCM has 25 departments and more than 90 research and patient-care centers.
Molecular Virology and Microbiology
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Core Facilities - Clinical Research

The CFAR Clinical Research Core facilitates investigations of HIV infection and disease pathogenesis that require the use of human specimens.

The Core provides a variety of services and assays, including logistical support for collection of clinical specimens from patients. Limited sample processing (on a study-by-study basis) is also available. A complete listing of services and assays provided.

Clinical sites in Houston treat more than 100 children and several thousand adults who are potentially available for studies conducted by CFAR investigators. Over one thousand HIV-infected children are also treated through the auspices of the Baylor-UTHouston CFAR International Research Core. These patient populations are well-characterized with regard to age, race, ethnicity, exposure to antiretroviral agents, and classification of HIV disease progression. A summary description of potential patient populations is available.

To request services or assistance with designing a study, please complete the Concept Sheet and e-mail it to the Clinical Research Core Director.

A resource newly available to Baylor-UTHouston CFAR researchers is the University of Washington CFAR HIV Specimen Repository. This repository consists of plasma and PBMC fractions donated from over 1100 patients with chronic HIV infection. For more details on demographic and clinical characteristics of the Repository or to initiate a feasibility study or formal request for specimens, please contact Lauren Sterling, Program Coordinator for the UW Clinical Research Core and HIV Specimen Repository. Tel 206-744-8876

Contact the Directors of the Clinical Research Core

Co-Director (Pediatric Component)
William T. Shearer, M.D., Ph.D.
Tel: 832-824-1274
Fax: 832-825-7131

Co-Director (Adult Component)
Roberto C. Arduino, M.D.
Tel: 713-500-6731
Fax: 713-500-0610

Assistant Director
Javier Chinen, M.D., Ph.D.
Tel: 832-824-1319

Director of International Research Core (for requests involving International sites)
Mark W. Kline, M.D.
Tel: 832-822-1038
Fax: 832-825-1281

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