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Clinical & Translational Research Center (CTRC)

Specialization Areas

  • Cancer
  • Cardiology
  • Endocrinology
  • Genetics
  • GI
  • IBD
  • Imaging
  • Ophthalmology
  • Maternal/Fetal Medicine
  • Pituitary
  • Rheumatology
  • Women’s Health

Specialized Resources

  • DXA (GE iDXA Pro)
  • Body Composition
  • Bioelectrical Impedance
  • Anthropometry
  • IV/Syringe Pumps (Alaris IV and Syringe)
  • Glucose and Insulin Testing
  • Crash Cart
  • Electrocardiogram (GE MAC3500)
  • Glucometer (2 Precision exceed Pro)
  • Sphygmomanometer (portable)
  • Diagnostic tools (wall-mounted): Sphygmomanometer, Ophthalmascope, Otoscope
  • Cold Centrifuge
  • Micro centrifuge
  • Freezers: - 80(4) and -20(1)
  • Scales
  • YSI 2300
  • VMAX (ENCORE/CareFusion)
  • Mobile Cardiovascular monitoring system (Heart rate, blood pressure, Pulse OX, ECG)

CTRC Program

  • Protocols with patients undergoing provocative testing, sample collections, and drug/hormone administration
  • Research nursing support for inpatient/outpatient studies. A 'mobile' unit that collects biological samples and supports investigators both in the field and in the hospital
  • Research subject screening, recruitment & education
  • A Sample Processing Laboratory that provides sample acquisition and triaging, including phlebotomy support for inpatient and outpatient research studies. Long-term sample storage is available in our laboratories in the Davis and Spielberg Research Buildings.
  • Bio-Nutrition research support (including DEXA scans)
  • Clinical rooms for research encounters, infusions, phlebotomy & testing
  • Research sample storage
  • Trial design and biostatistics support

Nursing Support

Services include drug management in Clinical Trials, support for research protocols in an intensive care setting, development of study specific data collection tools, patient education as related to specific research protocols, and screening/recruitment of potential participants. CTRC is staffed with 5.0 registered nurses.


Lisa Ronghong Nie, Ph.D., R.N., Research Nurse Supervisor
Katie Abdel-Razek, R.N., Research Nurse
Bella Bernshtam, R.N., Research Nurse
Nilly Moore, R.N., Research Nurse
Donald Zucca, R.N., Research Nurse

Bionutrition Support

For assessment of nutritional status and to provide nutrition counseling or design special research diets. Screening and recruiting potential participants is done for specific research projects.

Mindy Mamelak, R.D., Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Body Composition Core

The CTRC has recently acquired a GE iDXA Pro scanner that can be used to measure bone mineral density and fat mass for research purposes.

Mindy Mamelak, R.D., Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Donald Zucca, R.N., Research Nurse and iDXA Pro Operator

Data Safety Monitor Assistance

Available in the development of Data Safety Monitoring plans for CTRC supported protocols (IRB- and SAC-approved) in order to comply with federal requirements in patient safety.

Umbilical Cord/Amnion Tissue Collection Service

De-identified samples of umbilical cords, amnion, placenta and cord blood can be obtained from healthy deliveries and are available to investigators for research purposes.