Duke awarded $52.8M federal grant to oversee external quality assurance programs for HIV/AIDS labs

February 21, 2016

Denny says reaching the goals of the contract will require the creation of several new support systems. One would be the development of central web repository at the Duke Clinical Research Institute that would to track all project data, including testing and quality assurance findings. The system would track deviation from approved protocols and generate lab performance standards over time.

The contract also calls for the creation of new blood and reagent banks and expanded resources at Duke to enable additional onsite work in processing, testing and shipping blood products, assays and reagents world-wide.

Denny has considerable experience in managing quality control and assurance in complex laboratory settings. He is the principal investigator of the NIH-NIAID Division of AIDS Immunology Quality Assurance Program and he has also served on a number of government panels established to formulate guidelines used in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with HIV/AIDS.

"Tom Denny has created a remarkable organization with unique expertise," said Barton Haynes, MD, director of the Duke Human Vaccine Institute and the Center for HIV/AIDS Vaccine Immunology. "The resources that he has brought to Duke will help HIV research at Duke and globally, as well."

Source: Duke University Medical Center