Clinical Sciences Core


Babafemi O. Taiwo, M.B.B.S.
Northwestern University
Clinical Sciences Core Director

David Pitrak, M.D.
The University of Chicago
Clinical Sciences Core Co-Director

Ellen Gould Chadwick, M.D.
Northwestern University
Clinical Sciences Core Co-Director

Internal Advisory Committee
John P. Phair, M.D.
Northwestern University

Abel N. Kho, M.D.
Northwestern University

Renslow Sherer, Jr., M.D.
The University of Chicago

Scientific Agenda

The mission of the Clinical Science Core (CSC) is to facilitate and enhance patient-oriented clinical and translational HIV research in the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research.

Services and Resources

Studies Open to Enrollment

The Clinical Sciences Core maintains a list of actively enrolling trials at Third Coast CFAR partners throughout the Chicagoland area. Medical providers, patients, and investigators are encouraged to contact study staff directly in order to learn more about these important trials.

Research Subject Registry

Volunteer persons living with HIV who are interested in participating in research can learn about available studies. Third Coast CFAR members may benefit by enhancing research subject recruitment. Interfaces for both healthcare providers and research participants are under construction.

Biological Specimen Registry

The CSC includes plans for building mechanisms for archiving biological samples from Third Coast CFAR studies and efficiently matching investigators with existing biological samples. The CSC also assists investigators with using informed consent language that will allow future sharing of biological specimens.

Research Design and Biostatistical Support

CSC Investigators will provide critical review of study designs and data analysis plans, as well as expert advice during research implementation, manuscript preparation and grant applications. Under the direction of the CSC leadership, a Research Navigator will link Third Coast CFAR members to specialized services in these areas across Third Coast CFAR institutions. For information on services, please visit the Find a Service page.

Meet Your Researcher Forums

Meet Your Researcher Forums are community engagement initiatives aimed at persons living with HIV and at-risk or affected individuals, taking place at community partners’ venues. They are co-moderated by a Third Coast CFAR investigator and a community member who has participated in an HIV study to provide information about common concerns about research participation, as well as its benefits. Read more on the Events page.

Clinical HIV Research Collaborative Sessions

The CSC will sponsor interactive forums throughout the year as part of the HIV Research Updates and the HIV Lunch and Learn Series. The goal is to foster collaborative clinical and translational research teams across institutions. Read more on the Events page.