The mission of the Penn CFAR Clinical Core is to promote and support patient-oriented research related to HIV infection and its co-morbidities.
The Clinical Core maintains longitudinal Adult/Adolescent and Pediatric Databases that include information on over 3,100 HIV-infected men, women, adolescents, and children receiving care in University of Pennsylvania affiliated hospitals. These databases contain patient demographics, clinical and therapeutic information, and behavioral and psychosocial data. Data on adults can be linked to the University of Pennsylvania Data Store, which contains diagnoses, medication lists, laboratory and radiology test results, procedures, and healthcare utilization data from all inpatient and outpatient encounters within the University of Pennsylvania Health System. The CFAR Databases can be linked to Adult/Adolescent and Pediatric Repositories that contain stored plasma, serum and cells. Additional types of patient specimens can be collected by request.
These resources are available to promote interdisciplinary and translational HIV research across the University of Pennsylvania, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and Wistar Institute campus, and also are available to non-Penn CFAR members.