The University Central del Caribe (UCC) has a two-floor clinical treatment / research facility with a total of 4,000 sq. feet that is used directly for Alliance related research. The CRRF facility area have a 1500 sq. ft. area, which includes an administrative area, ten patient care rooms, records storage area with controlled electronic access (locked gates and security cameras), providing ample security for the participants and confidentiality protection for the sensitive data, an examination room, and a phlebotomy area for confidential human subjects’ interviews, physical evaluations, evaluation, and consent process. It is also supported by a clinical laboratory and research laboratories that have special containment facilities with Biosafety level 2 (BL-2) rooms. HIV and HCV identification and quantification, HIV-1 serology, cytokine/chemokine determination, and flow cytometry analyses are performed. The laboratories are also equipped to perform quantitative real-time PCR and Western blot and other cell and molecular biology techniques.
The hospital and clinics serve the Bayamon Health Region of Puerto Rico. This health region is composed by 10 municipalities that include: Bayamon, Toa Alta, Corozal, Vega Alta, Toa Baja, Naranjito, Orocovis, Cataño, Barranquitas and Dorado. Its estimated population is 581,564 inhabitants according to the year 2013 estimates from the Puerto Rico Census Office. Researchers are provided assistance by the Data Management and Statistical Research Support Unit that has four servers, 24 desktop computers, 17 laptop computers, nine printers, and two Scanners. The computer are equipped with SPSS 14, SAS 9.1.3, STATA 10, Stat Transfer 9.3, Oracle lOg, SPSS Data Entry Builder 4.0, Microsoft Office 2007, Approach 97, Visual Studio 2005, Adobe Acrobat 8.0 Professional, Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended, Adobe Illustrator CS3, Adobe Flash CSS Professional, Macromedia Studio 8.
All of these facilities have provided support for integrated clinical and translational research projects at UCC. They will remain as resources available to clinical investigators from the participating institutions, in their interests to conduct clinical and translational studies. For more information visit UCC-Reasearch