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Clinical & Translational Research Center (CTRC)

LUNDQUIST/Harbor-UCLA Clinical & Translational Research Center

Computer Lab
Outpatient Nutrition Food Preparation
Video Conference room


The development of a study supported through the Lundquist CTRC is described in the image below.
You can also view the process here.

The UCLA-Clinical and Translational Research Institute (UCLA-CTSI) at Lundquist/Harbor-UCLA is located at the Lundquist Institute for Biomedical Innovation at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.  The Associate Director of the UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Lundquist/Harbor-UCLA is Christina Wang, M.D. The Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC) provides support and resources for studies on human research participants. The CTSI also provides consultation and support in biostatistics, study design, data management, and biomedical informatics and supports community engagement and research. In addition the UCLA-CTSI supports a large number of Translational Research Cores. The description below provides brief information for the UCLA-CTSI resources at Lundquist/Harbor-UCLA. Detailed information on all UCLA-CTSI resources can be obtained from www.ctsi.ucla.edu.

All protocols requesting use of CTSI resources are independently reviewed for scientific merit, research participant safety, valid justification for resource utilization by the UCLA-CTSI Scientific Advisory Committee at Lundquist/Harbor-UCLA, the Human Subjects Committee or the Institution Animal Use and Care Committee as appropriate, and the Research Committee. All protocols must be approved at all three levels before use of the UCLA-CTSI resources are possible.

Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC) Facilities

  • 5 Exam rooms
  • 4 Bed/exam rooms for extended or overnight stay
  • 2 Consult/interview rooms
  • Sleep lab with monitoring equipment
  • 2 Multipurpose rooms with:
    - 1 bed
    - 1 infusion chair
    - Phlebotomy area
    - Retinal eye camera
    - pQCT
    (bone architecture and   density scanner)
  • Sample processing lab
  • Body composition core
  • Research kitchen
  • Nutrition classroom
  • Small conference room

Specialized Resources

  • IV pumps
  • 2 Hot Boxes
  • Emergency Cart
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Vital Sign Machines
  • Pulse Oximeter
  • Sphygmomanometers
  • Wall-mounted otoscope
  • Wall-mounted ophthalmoscope
  • Doppler 
  • Orchidometers
  • Glucometer
  • Uroflow meter
  • Muscle Biopsy Trochars
  • Centrifuges
  • Refrigerators
  • Freezers
  • Digital Weight Scales
  • Stadiometers


The CTRC is staffed with registered nurses, medical assistants, and registered dietitians. Our nurses, medical assistants, and bionutritionists are certified in good clinical practices (GCP), HIPAA, and protecting study volunteers in research.

  • 4 registered nurses
  • 2 medical assistants
  • 2 bionutritionists

Staff Directory

For staff contact information, please see the Staff Directory page here.

CTRC Facilitator

The facilitator advises and assists new investigators on obtaining regulatory approval for their research projects and directs the new/junior investigators to research resources available both on campus and throughout the UCLA-CTSI.

Research Facilitators
Raquel Gutierrez, gutierrez@lundquist.org

Nursing Service

The CTSI Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC) provide nursing support for clinical research.  Our nursing staff is knowledgeable and skilled in protocol implementation, data collection, phlebotomy, IV insertions, pharmacokinetic studies, drug-abuse studies, administration of investigational drugs, multiple sample collection, Oral Glucose Tolerance Tests, glucose clamp studies, EKGs, and assisting investigators with minor bedside procedures.

Contact information
Loritta Manai, Tel: 323-457-1912, email: lmanai@lundquist.org

The Liu Research Center, Bldg RB3, 1124 W. Carson Street, Torrance, CA  90502

Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Extended or overnight 24 hours (open for 10 nights per month for overnight studies). Potential users please contact nurse manager for information.

Nutrition Service

Nutrition support is available for extended stay, outpatient and community-based studies, including: design of research diets, preparation of nutrient controlled meals, metabolic and nutritional status assessments, including DXA, indirect calorimetry, BIA, and anthropometry, diet analysis and nutrition education.

Bionutrition Core

The CTRC Bionutrition Core at Lundquist/Harbor-UCLA provides services tooutpatient, overnight / extended stay and community based studies.   A metabolic kitchen  is dedicated to the preparation of nutrient controlled and regular meals. The Bionutrition core has a metabolic assessment room with DXA, indirect calorimetry, BIA and anthropometric tools that integrates body composition, bone mineral density, and energy expenditure testing. The Bionutrition Core also provides state-of-the-art nutrition computing facilities with programs for nutrient analysis, semi-quantitative food frequency analysis, and design and specification of research diets.  Bionutrition Core personnel are experienced with REDCAP and can facilitate the collection and tracking of nutrition data for research studies. Training in nutrition research methodology is available to research fellows and other students.

Bionutrition Core Unit Resources:
  • Metabolic Research Kitchen
  • Body Composition Core
  • Hologic, whole body QDR 4500 Delphi Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry System (DXA)
  • Stratec Medizinintechnik GmbH pQCT Bone Densitometer, model XCT 2000L
  • Lange and Holtain calipers for skinfold thickness, elbow breadth calipers to measure frame size
  • Jamar hand grip dynamometer to measure grip strength
  • Bioelectric impedance monitor (RJL Systems) to measure body composition
  • Near-infrared spectroscopy to measure body composition
  • Abdominal calipers to measure abdominal sagittal diameter
  • Vmax indirect calorimeter to measure energy expenditure
  • Nutrient analysis software (Nutrition Data System for Research (NDSR)
  • Metabolic diet design and tracking (Pronutra)

The Bionutrition core unit is managed by a Ph.D. level dietitian, and is staffed by a full time research dietitian and a per diem diet technician.

Contact information
Rachelle Bross, Tel: 310-974-9538, email: rbross@lundquist.org
Research Dietitian, Tel: 310-974-9538, email: ctsinutrition@lundquist.org  

The Liu Research Center, Bldg RB3, 1124 W. Carson Street, Torrance, CA  90502

Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Extended or overnight stay less than 24 hours (open for 10 nights per month for overnight studies). Potential users please contact nurse manager for information.

Lundquist/Harbor-UCLA Research Cores

For the full list of available cores at Lundquist/Harbor-UCLA and other CTSI partner sites, please visit the Research Cores page.