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HIV research networks and collaborations
The centre conducts research on HIV not only in the UK, but also in Europe, with strong participation within collaborative HIV research networks.
This includes joint HIV research and surveillance with the Health Protection Agency and the MRC Clinical Trials Unit, the British Paediatric Surveillance Unit, and work with the Children's HIV Association (CHIVA).
A collaboration between the NSHPC and the UK Collaborative HIV Cohort Study (UK CHIC) involving record linkage has facilitated ongoing research into the long-term impact on health of HIV-positive women of pregnancy and antenatal antiretroviral therapy.
Much of the HIV research in Europe is co-ordinated by EuroCoord, a EU-funded network of HIV cohorts and collaborations in Europe which aims to strengthen HIV research.
Dr Claire Thorne is a member of the EuroCoord Executive Board and leads the pregnancy/prevention of mother-to-child transmission work within EuroCoord's European Pregnancy and Paediatric HIV Cohort Collaboration (EPPICC) sub-group.
EPPICC conducts epidemiological research on the prognosis and outcome of HIV-infected pregnant women, children and children exposed to HIV in utero, with a programme of work encompassing individual patient data meta-analyses, pharmacovigilance projects and other observational studies.
The European Collaborative Study on HIV-infected pregnant women and their children, Ukraine Paediatric HIV Cohort, European Paediatric HIV and Lipodystrophy Study are included within EPPICC's programme of work, and the National Study for HIV in Pregnancy and Childhood (NSHPC) is a member of the collaboration.
The Paediatric European Network for the Treatment of Aids (PENTA) is one of the four founding networks in EuroCoord. It is a collaboration between paediatric HIV centres across Europe, overseeing an integrated programme of clinical trials and observational studies among HIV-infected pregnant women and children.
Dr Claire Thorne is member of the PENTA executive and steering committees, and some of our HIV research is carried out in collaboration with PENTA, including the European Collaborative Study and the Ukraine Paediatric HIV Cohort.
CHIPS - Collaborative HIV Paediatric Study
CHIPS is a follow-up study of HIV-infected children being cared for in the UK and Ireland and is a collaboration between the MRC Clinical Trials Unit, the National Study of HIV in Pregnancy and Childhood, and the clinics caring for HIV-infected children.
The study records clinical, laboratory and treatment data for these children, as well as their use of paediatric HIV services. By doing this it aims to enhance the exchange of information and expertise between centres to promote standardised high quality paediatrician-led care of all HIV-infected children in the UK and Ireland.
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