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Central Service Facilities

Central Service Facilities ensure that HIV vaccine research results are comparable and reproducible, and that laboratory specimens can be stored for future study.

  • The use of consistent reagents and laboratory techniques will ensure that results generated by the Vaccine Discovery Consortia may be combined or compared for analysis.
  • Uniform and standardized methods of data analysis will further enhance the ability to make valid conclusions about a vaccine candidate.
  • The storage of research samples, such as blood samples collected from individuals enrolled in vaccine trials, will allow researchers access to specimens for further research.

The Central Service Facilities include two centers for standardization and development of laboratory assays, a cryorepository for storage and distribution of specimens and reagents, and a data analysis and statistical center. Each Central Service Facility also conducts research to improve existing methods of analyzing vaccine research results and storing specimens.