We have several clinical studies that are being done to find out more information about how the body’s immune system, the genes we have inherited and the HIV virus interact. Specifically we are interested in studying the genes and cells that help resist and fight the HIV virus and keep it form replicating. This might help us find new ways to treat people and make a HIV vaccine, a medicine to prevent HIV infections.
After contacting the study coordinators at the Ragon Institute (please see contact page), you will be informed about the existing clinical studies that enroll individuals with low HIV viral load. You might be asked to send copies of your medical records and be pre-screened for the study protocols that you are interested in. The coordinators will guide you through this process and will be available to answer any questions that you might have. If you are eligible for the studies, the coordinators will schedule a study visit at a time that is convenient for you.
To study how HIV affects the immune system we will draw blood from you. During the first study visit we will review a consent form with you, go over the tests that will be performed, and answer any questions you might have about the study.
All of our studies at this time take place in the Boston area. If you are not from the Boston area, the coordinators at the Ragon Institute will arrange your travel and hotel stay. Travel and hotel expenses will be covered by the study.
Depending on which studies you are eligible for and interested in, your study visit may last 2-4 days.
Compensation varies depending on which studies you are eligible for and interested in. Please contact the study coordinators for more information (see contact page).