Enhanced Data and Specimen Collection Service

The Clinical and Retrovirology Research Core provides a specimen collection and storage service for approved investigators who lack the funds or infrastructure needed to procure the clinical specimens necessary for their research.

This service provides a mechanism for IRB-approved investigators to procure clinical specimens necessary for their research.  Qualified HIV-positive study participants are identified via queries of clinical data pulled from electronic medical records.  Qualified HIV-negative study participants are identified via queries of self-reported data contained in our HIV Negative Registry database.  The CRRC research team can assist with study procedures including enrollment, consent, and collection of clinical specimens.  Our current list of IRB approved specimen collection protocols is as follows:

  • Phlebotomy (including whole blood, plasma, dried blood spots, dried plasma spots)
  • GI biopsies
  • Genital biopsies or swabs
  • Cervical lavage fluid
  • Urine
  • Semen

If you are requesting help from the CRRC staff in obtaining specimens for your research, please fill out a Request for UW HIV Information System (UWHIS) Data, Specimens and Referral Services and submit it along with your CV and documentation of IRB approval (including a copy of the IRB submission & consent) to the CRRC Core Manager via mail at University of Washington, Harborview Medical Center, Box 359930, 325 Ninth Avenue, Seattle, WA 94104-2499 or email at: cfarcrc at uw.edu or fax 206-744-6831. Your request will be reviewed by CRRC staff who will notify you of their ability to accommodate your request.