Proficiency Testing & Quality Assurance

EQAPOL – External Quality Assurance Program Oversight Laboratory (Luminex/Multiplex Proficiency Testing Program)

Duke PIs: T. Denny, G. Sempowski (HHSN272201000045C)

The EQAPOL based at Duke (DHVI/Duke RBL) is an NIH contract-funded resource to support the development, implementation and oversight of external quality assurance programs that monitor laboratories involved in HIV/AIDS research and vaccine trials around the world. EQAPOL Luminex assesses the proficiency of NIAID/DAIDS-supported and other interested research laboratories at performing a bead-based Luminex assay to quantify cytokine levels in human serum. (learn more


EQAPOL – External Quality Assurance Program Oversight Laboratory (Viral Diversity Program)

Duke PIs: T. Denny, F. Gao (HHSN272201000045C)

The EQAPOL based at Duke (DHVI/IVQA/Duke RBL) is an NIH contract-funded resource to support the development, implementation and oversight of external quality assurance programs that monitor laboratories involved in HIV/AIDS research and vaccine trials around the world.  The goal of the EQAPOL Viral Diversity program based out of the Duke RBL is to establish a set of fully characterized clade-specific HIV virus panels representative of early acute HIV infections that are consistent with the degree of viral evolution present globally.  Panels are then shared with investigators world-wide for the developing new assays, validating assay platforms, assisting regulators to evaluate test kits, monitoring hiv drug resistance and informing vaccine development. (learn more