Clinical Trials Unit

The Emory Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) was established in 2007 and is one of 35 CTUs funded by the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Our mission is to advance HIV/AIDS research on prevention, vaccines, treatment, and cure and improve community knowledge about the disease.

Clinical Trial Unit Team

The Emory CTU provides scientific contributions to develop clinical trials through NIAIDs clinical research networks: ACTG (AIDS Clinical Trials Group, HPTN (HIV Prevention Trials Network, and HVTN (HIV Vaccine Trials Network). The Emory CTU includes two Atlanta-area domestic clinical research sites (CRSs), the Hope CRS and Ponce de Leon Center CRS, and two international research sites, the De La Salle Health Science Institute Angelo King Medical Research Center (DLSHSI-AKMRC) CRS in the Philippines and the Nutrición-Mexico CRS located at the National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition Salvador Zubirán Institute (INCMNSZ), in Mexico City, Mexico ). All four sites are currently performing pivotal clinical trials in areas that are hard hit by HIV and TB.

Under the leadership of Co-Principal Investigators (PIs) Drs. Ighovwerha (Igho) Ofotokun and Colleen Kelley, the CTU successfully contributes a diverse population of research subjects to a broad portfolio of clinical trials including HIV prevention through medications, vaccines and biologics, novel HIV treatment strategies and therapies, treatment and prevention of TB and other opportunistic infections, improved therapies for HIV-related cancers, and studies of HIV-related inflammation and end organ diseases. Over a decade, our CTU has contributed over 1,057 volunteers to NIH network clinical trials, including 200 women and 476 members of underrepresented populations.

Together, we can make a difference.

Our study participants play the most important role in our CTU’s success. The contribution of our community members is critical to achieving public health outcomes and provides our Georgia area organizations and members an opportunity to voice their community concerns and issues while also providing perspectives in the development of our research. Please join us in our mission and consider volunteering for a study today.

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