University of California, Los Angeles



(13-17 years of age)


Substudy in adolescents and young adults who are infected with HIV versus adolescents and young adults who are not infected with HIV


Technical title: HIV Replication and Thymopoiesis in Adolescents – Substudy


Assent form for HIV infected subjects


Principal Investigator:  Paul Krogstad, M.D.

Co Investigators: Martin Anderson, M.D., Yvonne Bryson, M.D., Karin Nielsen, M.D., and Jaime DeVille, M.D.


UCLA Department of Pediatrics, Los Angeles, California


If you don't want to be in this study, you don't have to participate.  Remember, being in this study is up to you and no one will be upset if you don't want to participate or even if you change your mind later and want to stop.  Please talk this over with your parents before you decide whether or not to participate.  We will also ask your parents to give their permission for you to take part in this study.  But even if your parents say "yes" you can still decide not to do this.


This study is sponsored by a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).




Your health care provider may be an investigator of this research protocol, and as an investigator, is interested in both your clinical welfare and in the conduct of the study.  Before entering in this study, or at any time during the research, you may ask for a second opinion about your care from another doctor who is in no way associated with this project.  You are not under any obligation to participate in any research project offered by your physician.




You have been asked to participate in this sub-study because you are participating in the main study looking at the function of the thymus, an organ in your body that makes special cells called T cells to fight infections.  In this sub-study we are looking to see how HIV infection affects the thymus.  This will be done by looking at how the thymus functions in adolescents and young adults who are infected with HIV versus how it functions in adolescents and young adults who are not infected with HIV.  We will do this by using a special sugar solution or special water that contains a chemical (“a label”) that is taken into your cells.  We can then detect the label by testing your blood. The first subjects who are in the sub-study will receive a labeled sugar solution.  We are not sure if this procedure will allow us to detect enough of the label in your cells.  If it doesn’t, the next subjects in the sub-study will receive a special water solution that contains the label.  You will receive only the sugar solution or the water solution, not both, and you will be told which you will receive before you start the sub-study.


Your pariticpation in this substudy will last for 1 month. Up to 30 subjects may be enrolled in this substudy, with up to 10 at UCLA.


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If you volunteer to participate in this study, we would ask you to do the following things:


Month 6

At the month 6 visit of the main study, we would ask you to stay overnight in the hospital for one night.   If you will receive the sugar solution, it will be given to you over a 24 hour period through a needle in one of your veins.   You will have a drop of blood collected from your fingertip or other similar area at 12 hours and again at 24 hours.    You will also be asked to come back to the clinic between 4 and 7 days, and between 8 and 14 days after you receive the sugar solution  to have more blood collected (up to 3½  tablespoons at each visit, but it may be less depending on your body weight).  If you receive the water solution, you will drink the water solution during your 24 hour stay in the hospital, and you will get the water solution to take home with you.  You will be asked to give a urine sample at the end of your stay.  You will drink the water solution 2-3 times per week for four weeks.  The investigator or a member of the study team will call you during the four week period to remind you to drink the water solution.  You will be asked to come back to the clinic on day 14 and day 28 after your hospital stay to have up to   tablespoons of blood collected at each visit, although it may be less blood depending on your body weight. 


The blood collected in this substudy will be studies to see how the labeled sugar or labeled water enters your cells.




The risks of this study are given below.  In addition, there may be risks that are currently unforeseeable.


Infusion of sugar solution

If you are given the sugar solution, you will have a needle in one of your veins for the entire time you’re in the hospital.    This may cause pain, infection, bruising, swelling at the site and rarely, fainting.


Drinking the water solution

If you are given the water solution to drink, you may be slightly dizzy during the first 24 hours that you drink it.  This is because you will be drinking more water than you are used to.


Blood collecction

Blood drawing may produce pain, infection, bruising, swelling at the site and rarely, fainting.  When possible,  the blood will be drawn at the same time you are having blood drawn for another reason.




You will not benefit from participating in this study.




This study may help physicians to better understand diseases that decrease the body's ability to fight infections and tailor appropriate therapy for those conditions thus saving more lives.




An alternative is not to participate.




You will be paid $75 for the overnight stay, $35 when you come back for the first blood collection, and $35 when you come back for the second blood collection, for a total of $145 if you complete all three visits.




All tissue and/or fluid samples are important to this research study.  Your sample will be owned by the University of California or by a third party designated by the University (such as another university or a private company).  If a commercial product is developed from this research project, the commercial product will be owned by the University of California or its designee.  You will not be paid even if a product is made because of this research.




On the checklist at the end of this consent form, you will be asked to indicate if you would permit part of this sample to be shared with other researchers.  If you agree to have your sample shared with other researchers and later decide to withdraw, we may not be able to retrieve any or all of your sample from other researchers.  The researcher is not required to store your sample(s) indefinitely.




On the checklist below, you are asked to let us know if you would like to receive information about the results of this study.  There are two types of information you may receive:


1.      general information about what this study found (or conclusions of the study);


2.      specific information about what the study found about your sample.


You may also choose not to receive any information.  Research is a long and complicated process.  Obtaining general information from a project may take years.  Even if there is general information from a project, there may not be personal information for every participant.




Neither you nor your insurance company will be charged for your participation in this research.




The only people who will know that you are a research subject are members of the research team and, if appropriate, your physicians and nurses.  No information about you, or provided by you during the research, will be disclosed to others without your written permission, except:


-         if necessary to protect your rights or welfare (for example, if you are injured and need emergency care); or

-         if required by law.


When the results of the research are published or discussed in public, no information will be included that would reveal your identity.




Your participation in this research is VOLUNTARY. If you choose not to participate, that will not affect your relationship with UCLA (or UCLA Medical Center), or your right to health care or other services to which you are otherwise entitled.  If you decide to participate, you are free to withdraw your consent and discontinue participation at any time without prejudice to your future care at UCLA.




The investigator may withdraw you from participating in this research if circumstances arise which warrant doing so.  The investigator will make the decision and let you know if it is not possible for you to continue.  The decision may be made either to protect your health and safety, or because it is part of the research plan that people who develop certain conditions may not continue to participate.




During the course of the study, you will be informed of any significant new findings (either good or bad), such as changes in the risks or benefits resulting from participation in the research or new alternatives to participation, that might cause you to change your mind about continuing in the study.  If new information is provided to you, your consent to continue participating in this study will be re-obtained.




In the event of a research related injury or if you experience an adverse reaction, please immediately contact one of the investigators listed below.  If you have any questions about the research, please feel free to contact any of the investigators.  They can be reached Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. at the numbers listed below.  You may be asked to leave a message with the secretary for the investigator to call you back. 


Paul Krogstad, M.D.                            [redacted]

Martin Anderson, M.D.                        [redacted

Yvonne Bryson, M.D.                          [redacted]

Karin Nielsen, M.D.                             [redacted

Jaime DeVille, M.D.                             [redacted]


After hours, or in case of emergency, the investigators can be reached through the UCLA page operator at [redacted].




You may withdraw your consent at any time and discontinue participation without penalty.  You are not waiving any legal claims, rights or remedies because of your participation in this research study.  If you have questions regarding your rights as a research subject, you may contact the Office for Protection of Research Subjects, 2107 Ueberroth Building, UCLA, Box 951694, Los Angeles, CA  90095-1694, [redacted].



I have read (or someone has read to me) the information provided above.  I have been given an opportunity to ask questions and all of my questions have been answered to my satisfaction.  I have been given a copy of this form, as well as a copy of the Subject's Bill of Rights.





Name of Subject


______________________________________________                ______________

Signature of Subject                                                                              Date



Name of Parent/Legal Guardian


______________________________________________                ______________

Signature of Parent/Legal Guardian                                     Date





Please check the appropriate box below and initial:


˙_______I agree to have my tissue/fluid sample shared with other researchers.


˙_______I do not want my tissue/fluid sample shared with other researchers.




Please indicate by checking and initialing the category below what type of information you want to receive.  It is your responsibility to let the investigator know if your address and/or telephone number changes.  The contact information is in this informed consent form under "Identification of Investigators".


˙_______General Information about what the study found


˙_______Specific Information about what the study found about me


˙_______I do not want any information about my sample




I have explained the research to the subject or his/her parent/guardian and answered all of his/her questions.  I believe that he/she understands the information described in this document and freely consents to participate.



Name of Investigator


________________________________________    _____________________________

Signature of Investigator                                                Date (must be the same as subject’s)