The Clinical and Laboratory Core for the University of Washington (UW) STI CRC is located in dedicated clinical research space on the 11th floor of a newly constructed building on the UW-Harborview Medical Center campus. The research clinicians and coordinators who work at the Clinical Core have many years of experience in STI-related research. This Core has been the site of innovations in STI research, most notably the use of participant-collected genital swabs to understand the host-pathogen interaction in genital herpes as well as the vaginal microbiome. The CRC laboratory facilities are accredited UW reference laboratories staffed by experienced technologists with faculty oversight. The Clinical Core will recruit, evaluate and retain participants to provide clinical specimens for study in Projects 1, 2, 3, and 4. In addition, the Core will provide the laboratory expertise needed to assess eligibility for study entry, diagnose baseline and intercurrent infections, and coordinate routine laboratory testing, including diagnostic testing for common STI and Gram stains for evaluation of Nugent score.
Our aims are:
Specific Aim 1. To recruit, enroll, and retain participants into research protocols from defined populations, including characterization of baseline infection status through antibody tests (HIV and HSV-2) and nucleic acid amplifications tests (NAAT) for N. gonorrhoeae, C. trachomatis, T. vaginalis and M. genitalium.
Specific aim 2. To obtain clinical specimens required for the Research Projects, including: 1) Vaginal swabs for characterization of bacterial communities (see Microbiome Core) and for Nugent score in Projects 1, 2 &4; 2) Swabs for HSV PCR assay from mucosal sites for Projects 1 &4;3) Cervicovaginal lavage and cervical cytobrush for immune mediator studies in Projects 1 &4;and 4) Urethral swabs from men for characterization of bacterial communities (Project 3).
Specific Aim 3. To ensure the integrity of data collected for all Projects by adhering to study procedures and promoting the highest standards of human subjects research, including adherence to Good Clinical Practices.

National Institute of Health (NIH)
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Research Program--Cooperative Agreements (U19)
Project #
Application #
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZAI1)
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
Budget End
Support Year
Fiscal Year
Total Cost
Indirect Cost
University of Washington
United States
Zip Code
Khosropour, Christine M; Dombrowski, Julia C (2018) A Web of Complexity: Untangling the Routes of Rectal Chlamydia Acquisition. Sex Transm Dis 45:511-513
Fink, Susan L; Vojtech, Lucia; Wagoner, Jessica et al. (2018) The Antiviral Drug Arbidol Inhibits Zika Virus. Sci Rep 8:8989
Reeves, Daniel B; Duke, Elizabeth R; Wagner, Thor A et al. (2018) A majority of HIV persistence during antiretroviral therapy is due to infected cell proliferation. Nat Commun 9:4811
Khosropour, Christine M; Bell, Teal R; Hughes, James P et al. (2018) A Population-Based Study to Compare Treatment Outcomes Among Women With Urogenital Chlamydial Infection in Washington State, 1992 to 2015. Sex Transm Dis 45:319-324
Balle, Christina; Lennard, Katie; Dabee, Smritee et al. (2018) Endocervical and vaginal microbiota in South African adolescents with asymptomatic Chlamydia trachomatis infection. Sci Rep 8:11109
Gasper, Melanie A; Hesseling, Anneke C; Mohar, Isaac et al. (2017) BCG vaccination induces HIV target cell activation in HIV-exposed infants in a randomized trial. JCI Insight 2:e91963
Manhart, Lisa E (2017) Mycoplasma genitalium on the Loose: Time to Sound the Alarm. Sex Transm Dis 44:463-465
Herbst-Kralovetz, Melissa M; Pyles, Richard B; Ratner, Adam J et al. (2016) New Systems for Studying Intercellular Interactions in Bacterial Vaginosis. J Infect Dis 214 Suppl 1:S6-S13
Gasper, Melanie A; Biswas, Shameek P; Fisher, Bridget S et al. (2016) Nonpathogenic SIV and Pathogenic HIV Infections Associate with Disparate Innate Cytokine Signatures in Response to Mycobacterium bovis BCG. PLoS One 11:e0158149
Mayer, Bryan T; Srinivasan, Sujatha; Fiedler, Tina L et al. (2015) Rapid and Profound Shifts in the Vaginal Microbiota Following Antibiotic Treatment for Bacterial Vaginosis. J Infect Dis 212:793-802

Showing the most recent 10 out of 12 publications