Clinical Core

The Clinical and Population Sciences Core provides basic science and clinical investigators access to specimens and data from clinically well-characterized human subjects. It also seeks to stimulate and support the design and implementation of innovative translational clinical studies. 

The reconfigured Clinical Core offers services under three subcores:

Treatment Cohorts (SCOPE) Subcore

  • SCOPE is an ongoing, prospective cohort based at Ward 86, providing researchers with well-characterized data and specimens
  • The clinical core also serves other NIH-funded treatment cohorts at UCSF through mentoring, development, specimen banking
  • Supports the Uganda-based UARTO (extant data and specimens) and other international cohorts

Learn more about CFAR's Treatment Cohorts

Participant Referral Service (Ward 86) Subcore

  • This new referral service will coordinate clinical research recruitment for SCOPE and other investigator-initiated studies from the Ward 86 clinic, a safety-net clinic serving diverse, publicly insured patients
  • Dedicated clinical research coordinator and data manager staff facilitate recruitment for ESIs and URM investigators

Learn more about CFAR's Participant Referral Service

Specimen Processing and Storage Subcore

  • Also known as the AIDS Specimen Bank, this subcore supports the biorepository needs of CFAR investigators with specimen processing; data management; and short-and long-term specimen storage and shipment
  • Provides access to novel techniques in biobanking (including LDMS system) applied to help assure safety of specimens and east of distribution

Learn more about CFAR's Specimen Processing and Storage Services

Biostatistical Support

Specific Aims

  1. Provide expertise in the clinical and population sciences related to HIV/AIDS research via consultation regarding conception of research questions, study design, sources of data, data management, biostatistical analysis, and interpretation of data.
  2. Manage unique prospective observational cohorts of HIV-infected subjects in both San Francisco (SCOPE) and Africa (UARTO and ISS Clinic Cohorts) that provide basic and translational researchers with a diverse array of biological specimens and data from subjects who are well-characterized in terms of epidemiologic, clinical, laboratory and behavioral parameters.
  3. Offer a platform for the efficient conduct of newly proposed prospective human subjects studies.
  4. Mentor junior investigators in the conduct of research involving human subjects.