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FAQs


What is CHI?

The Center for Human Immunology, Autoimmunity and Inflammation is a trans-NIH project that began in 2009. The term 'trans-NIH' simply means the Center is supported by and works with many different institutes at NIH. The goal of CHI is to understand human immunology and to use that knowledge to develop new treatments for human diseases.

Who can I contact if I have a question?:

Staff Clinician: Shira Perl, 301.594.0512

Research Nurse: Paula Schum, 301.402.3796

Administrative support: Christen Sandoval, 301.443.8757

What protocols are currently recruiting participants?

You can find a list of our protocols here: CHI Protocols

Please contact Christen Sandoval or Paula Schum if you would like to know which are currently recruiting new participants

Where will I be seen if I participate in a CHI protocol?

Depending on the nature of the protocol, CHI utilizes the Clinical Center's outpatient and inpatient facilities.

I am worried about how my samples will be used and for how long.

This is a legitimate concern and we are happy to address it. Every protocol is slightly different depending on the goal of the study. We recommend making a list of all your concerns and questions and bringing it to your consenting appointment with our research nurse. At this time, your specific questions will be answered as well as referral to further resources if needed.

I thought I wanted to participate in a protocol, but have now changed my mind. What should I do?

Participation in CHI protocols is completely voluntary, and a participant can decide to stop their involvement at any time. If you wish to no longer participate in a CHI protocol, please contact Christen Sandoval and Paula Schum by phone or email.

For an ethical concern or to learn more about your rights as a protocol participant, we encourage participants to contact the Office of Human Subjects Research Protections and/or The Department of Bioethics.

I am not a NIH employee, where do I park?

Partipants have two options for free parking:

  • If you choose to self-park, go to the Patient Parking garage (P1), which is located to the west end of the building off Convent Drive. Parking attendants will be available to assist you. You'll enter the new hospital through a new lobby on the lower (B1) level. Stop by the Hospitality desk to validate your parking ticket. The South Elevators serve the parking garages.
  • If you'd prefer to use the valet parking service for patients and visitors, drive to the Clinical Center's new main entrance on Center Drive. Valet parking is available Monday through Friday, 7 am-10 pm (excluding federal holidays). When you arrive, have your valet claim ticket validated at Hospitality desk.

(NIH Parking)

I heard Building 10 can be very confusing to navigate. Is there a map available?

Here is a map of the first floor of Building 10: Map image of PDF icon (1.70 MB)

For additional assistance with directions during your appointments, please do not hesitate to contact Christen Sandoval.

Are there places to eat on campus?

Yes, we recommend eating in Building 10. There is a cafeteria on the 2nd level, and a food court on the B-1 level both on the "old-side" of the building. For a simple cappuccino, pastry or cup of soup Au Bon Pain is located in the North Lobby of Building 10.



Last Updated January 2013




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