We are a medical scientific research group, based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Our research group is a part of the University of Amsterdam/Academic Medical Center and CPCD Foundation (Center for Poverty-related Communicable Diseases).
We are starting a study about comorbidity (additional diseases) and aging in HIV-infected patients. This study will start in october 2011.
Approximately 800 HIV-positive patients and 600 HIV-negative individuals (this is the control group) will be enrolled in the study.
They will undergo an extensive testbattery to investigate different organs and organ systems. The test battery includes blood- and urine analysis, lung function test, EKG, bone mineral density scan, length, weight, bloodpressure, memory/cognitive function, depression, quality of life, work participation and several experimental devices such as the AGEreader (measures aging in the skin) and the arteriograph (measures elasticity of the blood vessels). After two years these measurements will be repeated.
The study period will initially be 4 years, but we are hoping to continue the measurements in this cohort for a longer period of time.
Our hypothesis is that HIV-infected people age differently or faster than non-infected people. This is why we chose the study name "AgeIV".