The CFAR HIV Transplant Tissue Procurement Facility provides access to fresh samples procured from HIV+ donor bodies for research purposes, offering a novel approach to propel HIV vaccine, immunology and comorbidities research.

How It Works: Instead of the transplant team flying to the location of the deceased donor to harvest organs, the deceased donors are being flown to Birmingham so the organs are harvested here.  UAB is one of the sites performing HIV-HIV transplants (per the HOPE Act). Once the donor organs are removed, other tissues / blood can be collected for research purposes.   

UAB performs Deep South’s first HIV-positive kidney transplant from HIV-positive deceased donor
  kidney chain surgery

Contact Information
Nathan Erdmann, MD, PhD
HIV Transplant Procurement Facility Leader