Biorepository Resources Information

The Clinical and Population Sciences  (CPS) Core facilitates access to a variety of existing biological specimens from multiple studies and sources. In addition, the CPS Core is available to assist in the collection of new specimens through collaborating DC CFAR institutions to address specific research questions.

Click here for frequently asked questions about specimen availability.

Existing Biorepository Resources

There are a number of biorepositories which may have specimens available for research in HIV; in the list linked below are some of the most well-known. Some may be restricted access, fee-for-service, or via concept sheet approval only. Consult the website or contact person for further information; many researchers, especially those at other CFAR institutions, may be interested in collaborative opportunities. Please remember that no matter where you obtain your specimens, you should be aware of IRB requirements for all of your research.

Click here to see a list of existing biorepository resources.

Do you know of other biorepositories or public access datasets that might be of use to students? Nominate it for this list! Email us at cfarindc@gmail.com

Other Available Resources

Informed Consent Template - This is a template for sample use only.  Please be sure to consult your institution's IRB for specific requirements.  To access the template, please contact CPS Core Manager, Max Menna.

Public Access Datasets - There are numerous free and publicly accessible data sources available to study HIV related research questions.  Most of the following are public access; however some may be limited or restricted data access only. Consult the website or contact person for further information. Please remember that no matter where you obtain your data, you should be aware of IRB requirements for all of your research.

Request to Use Core Services

For more information about accessing biorepository resources, or to request clinical services, please complete the Core Services Request Form.

Questions or concerns about your study? 

Contact the DC CFAR at CFARinDC@gmail.com.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I get specimens for my HIV research?

There are millions of existing specimens that may be available to you and meet your research needs. Please see this list created by the DC CFAR CPS Core for potential sources for some of the most well-known. Some of these may be restricted access, fee-for-service, or via concept sheet approval only. Consult the website or contact person for further information; many researchers, especially those at other CFAR institutions, may be interested in collaborative opportunities. 

I am collecting specimens and would like to contribute to an existing repository for future use. Who should I contact?

Contact Dr. Sylvia Silver (ssilver@gwu.edu), who runs the GW Biorepository. This repository is operated with attention to best practices in specimen collection and processing to ensure preservation of your specimens so they last until you need them.

None of the existing specimens will be useful for me. I need new specimens collected for my study. What should I do?

Contact the DC CFAR! With over 200 investigator members and numerous community and clinic collaborators, the CFAR may be able to help you identify a source for your specimens. Contact CFARinDC@gmail.com for more information.

I would like basic science services such as specimen processing or support with a new assay for my study. Who should I contact?

The DC CFAR offers a number of basic science services. Contact Farah Mouhanna at mouhanna_farah@email.gwu.edu to find out what they are and how to obtain them.

I am conducting a study and would like special study design and analytic support. Who can I contact?

The DC CFAR offers a number of design and analytic services. Contact Max Menna at maximiliano.p.menna@gunet.georgetown.edu to find out what they are and how to obtain them.

I am conducting a behavioral study and would like to collaborate with a basic scientist. Who can I contact?

Congratulations on this excellent idea! The DC CFAR can put you in touch with investigators in its multi-disciplinary network who may be interested in working with your study sample. You do not have to know anything about basic science—if you can tell the DC CFAR about what you are doing, they may be able to work with you to develop translational ideas that will be appealing in addressing the NIH priorities. Contact Farah Mouhanna at mouhanna_farah@email.gwu.edu for a consultation where you can learn more.

I am conducting a basic study and would like to collaborate with a behavioral scientist. Who can I contact?

Congratulations on another excellent idea! The DC CFAR can put you in touch with investigators in its multi-disciplinary network who may be interested in working with your study sample. You do not have to know anything about survey design or behavioral science—if you can tell the DC CFAR about what you are doing, they may be able to work with you to develop translational ideas that will be appealing in addressing the NIH priorities. Contact Farah Mouhanna at mouhanna_farah@email.gwu.edu for a consultation where you can learn more.

I would like a letter of support indicating that the DC CFAR will help me obtain access to specimens. Who can I contact?

The DC CFAR is happy to support DC CFAR investigators. Contact CFARinDC@gmail.com to begin steps required for a letter of support.

I am conducting a study to obtain new specimens for my study, but am not sure what I need to do in order to collect specimens.

Research cannot be conducted without the appropriate approvals. Be sure to work with your Institution and your IRB to determine what steps need to occur prior to implementation of your study. The DC CFAR has a template consent for use that can be customized for your study. Contact CFARinDC@gmail.com for more information. Please remember that no matter where you obtain your specimens, you should be aware of IRB requirements for all of your research.