UAB Center for AIDS Research Clinical Core

Research Administration Centers and Cores UAB Center for AIDS Research Clinical Core

UAB Center for AIDS Research Clinical Core

Directory Category: Core

The Clinical Core has been a cornerstone of the UAB CFAR for over two decades. Iterative expansion of the depth and breadth of core services have been implemented to meet changing investigator needs, to address new knowledge gaps and accompanying shifts in the scientific agenda, and to study the evolving HIV epidemic. Building upon a long-standing history of successful service provision resulting in high impact scientific discovery, the importance and future direction of the Clinical Core is as dynamic as it has ever been. Clinical and behavioral scientists need novel data elements that are not historically captured and housed in the expansive clinical database maintained by the Core. There is also an emerging need for research coordination and health informatics services to implement prospective research studies that are in keeping with the US National HIV/AIDS Strategy. Basic and translational scientists increasingly require biological specimens that are not routinely captured and banked, often from unique patient phenotypes, requiring targeted identification and sample collection. Accordingly, the Clinical Core is rapidly adapting and instituting innovative and expanded services in response to user needs and to support the overarching UAB CFAR scientific mission and pillars of prevention, drug discovery, pathogenesis, and the natural history of HIV in the modern treatment era.