Clinical Sciences Core

Leadership

Babafemi O. Taiwo, MBBS, Northwestern University
Clinical Sciences Core Director

David Pitrak, MD, The University of Chicago
Clinical Sciences Core Co-Director

Ellen Gould Chadwick, MD, Northwestern University
Clinical Sciences Core Co-Director

 

Internal Advisory Committee

John P. Phair, MD, Northwestern University
Abel N. Kho, MD, Northwestern University
Renslow Sherer, Jr., MD, 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.

Biological Specimen Repository

The CSC includes plans for building mechanisms for archiving biological samples from Third Coast CFAR studies and efficiently matching investigators with existing biological samples. Support includes identifying useful specimens as well as guiding users through the regulatory processes associated with each cohort. See the HIV Cohort Catalog for more information on the participating projects.

Research Design and Protocol Development

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.

Biostatistical Consultation and Data Analysis

The CSC offers both doctoral and masters level biostatistical expertise to CFAR members. Services include power analysis, survey construction, latent variable modeling, and traditional statistical analyses (e.g. ANOVA, regression, or survival analysis). Core staff can also connect users to other resources for electronic data capture and data management at both Northwestern or the University of Chicago.

Subject Recruitment

Through systems connected to the Electronic Medical Record data at CFAR institutions, the CSC offers recruitment services that are tailored to clinical and translational research. The core also facilitates partnerships with community groups where CFAR faculty can promote their projects to external colleagues. In conjunction with the Behavioral, Social, and Implementation Sciences (BSIS) core, the CSC also connects faculty to CHAMP, the CFAR’s participant registry, which collects contact information, demographics, and HIV testing frequency and results.