The Ragon Tissue Platform has been established to provide the necessary infrastructure to conduct patient-based research investigating tissue specific immune responses against HIV.
We seek to significantly reduce the major obstacle to initiating tissue based studies by providing access to human tissue specimens to assist in studies of HIV pathogenesis and tissue-specific immune responses against HIV.
For questions regarding the tissue platform please contact Doug Kwon
Ragon Institute investigators who wish to request tissue will be asked to first submit a short Concept Sheet describing their proposed project. Concept Sheets can be submitted via the Ragon Cellular Immunology Research Database (CIDB).
Interested investigators will be asked to describe their proposed study’s hypothesis, specific aim(s), background, rational, and experimental design.Investigators will also be asked to indicate the number and types of tissuespecimens required, and identify a funding source for the project.
If the tissue you wish to request is not on the list you may click the link “CIDB Team” in the Concept Sheet as shown above and an email will be generated to the CIDB team to look into the possibility of adding the tissue type.
Concept sheets will be reviewed and priority scores assigned by a review committee including the Ragon Institute Tissue Working Group. The review committee will meet monthly to rank concept sheets. Those projects receiving the highest priority scores will be allocated material pending the availability of the tissue requested.