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Body Fat Loss in HIV Postive Patients

Start Date: 3/8/2010
Contact: GCRC 444-1200 or 444-6900
Study Type: HIV
Principal Investigator: Marie Gelato, MD

Researchers at Stony Brook University Medical Center's General Clinical Research Center (GCRC) are conducting a study to understand more about the impact of peripheral fat tissue loss on the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease in HIV-positive patients age 50 and older. Some studies have shown that significant loss of peripheral fat (from the outer part of the body) increases the risk of these diseases. Individuals who are HIV-positive have a tendency to lose body fat.

A variety of participants are needed for the study, including both HIV-positive and HIV-negative healthy adults. HIV-positive participants must be age 50 or older, and HIV-negative participants age 60 and older. As a control group, young adults ages 21 to 30 may also be eligible to participate in the trial.

Participants may be paid up to $250. The study involves having a detailed medical history and physical exam, blood work, and a single fat biopsy from the upper thigh.

For more information, call the GRCR at Stony Brook University Medical Center at 631-444-1200, or 631-444-6900.

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