The Clinical Investigation and Biostatistics Core is primarily administered at the UC San Diego AntiViral Research Center (AVRC), a spacious research facility in Hillcrest located behind the UC San Diego Medical Center. The AVRC has multiple examination rooms, laboratory and pharmacy facilities, a data center, conference room, library, and freezers for temporary storage of specimens.
The AVRC employs six physicians, all trained in infectious diseases, who primarily conduct clinical investigation on therapeutics for HIV-infected subjects.
More than 70 staff members support the physicians and the HIV-positive persons who make our research possible. Our support staff includes research nurses, Infectious Disease Fellows, postdoctoral mathematicians, statisticians, programmers, outreach, and administrative staff.
Dr. Chuck Hicks, co-director of the Clinical Investigation Core, directs the UC San Diego Owen Clinica multidisciplinary HIV outpatient clinic established in 1982. The Owen Clinic is the largest clinic in San Diego County dedicated to treatment and care for HIV-positive persons.
Part of the clinic's mission has been to document historical outcomes for thousands of patients who have received HIV care at the clinic and through the UC San Diego Medical Center. A variety of clinical, laboratory, and administrative datasets have been assembled since 1990 on more than 6,000 patients. These databases were assembled to improve quality of care and to facilitate observational research on natural history, treatment outcomes, quality of life, and costs of care. Access to de-identified datasets is available to researchers through the our Core services.