Research Staff and Lab Space

Lab worker smiles as they work with participant. ISGMH employs over 30 research assistants and study/project coordinators who are skilled at implementing research protocols via in-person psychosocial assessments, HIV and STI testing/counseling, behavioral and mental health interventions, electronic data capture (EDC) systems, and delivering surveys and interventions online or in eHealth/mHealth applications via text, phone apps, and tablets. Staff and faculty all complete applicable CITI training.

Interview Rooms at 625 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1400
IMPACT has four dedicated interview rooms equipped with computers and supplies to conduct study visits, provide HIV and other point-of-care (POC) testing, administer surveys, and deliver interventions. Additional rooms are available for group interventions, focus groups, and delivery of media or study content.

Interview Rooms at the Center on Halsted (in Lakeview/Boystown)
Four additional interview rooms outfitted with touchscreen computers dedicated to IMPACT are located within the Center on Halsted (COH).

Phlebotomy Labs and Biospecimen Collection
IMPACT manages two CLIA-waived/approved phlebotomy labs at ISGMH and COH. Each lab is fully equipped to perform blood draws, and process and centrifuge blood for plasma and serum specimens. Each location has a private, dedicated ADA-compliant restroom for specimen collection with a pass-through window to the phlebotomy lab allows for collection of biospecimens. We also collect urine and rectal swabs as part of specific study protocols. If required, stored specimens may be transported on dry ice.

De-identifyed biospecimen Storage and Banking
Temporary storage: ambient, refrigerated, or frozen (-20°C) specimens may be stored before shipping or long-term storage at -80°C.

Long-term storage of specimens occurs at other locations and labs associated with Northwestern University in conjunction with the Third Coast CFAR and Northwestern Pathology Core Facilities.

For more information about access to specimens from our repository, contact Thom Remble, IMPACT director of research.