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Clinical & Translational Research Center (CTRC)

Specialization Areas

  • Sleep Study Center
  • Cardiology
  • Endocrinology
  • Gene Therapy
  • Maternal/Fetal Medicine
  • Neuro
  • Oncology
  • Pediatrics
  • Phase I, II & III Studies

All Services

  • Mobile care of inpatients requiring investigational products or timed samples
  • Overnight stay by arrangement
  • Blood draws including venipunctures, PK, PICC line, and port draws
  • Investigational product dosing
  • ECG, vitals, and other monitoring
  • UCLA Institutional Biosafety Committee core facility for the administration of human gene therapy product, either in the CTRC or at a mobile site
  • Unique study requests
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy
  • Skin biopsy
  • Muscle biopsy
  • Endoscopy
  • Cystoscopy
  • Anoscopy
  • Fat biopsy
  • Bone marrow aspirate
  • Lumbar puncture
  • Food challenge
  • Ultrasound (limited)
  • Nutrition Research Core
  • COVID isolation PODs – a fully-contained sub-unit used for COVID positive research participant encounters.
  • Meals for research participants that are in the facility for more than 4 hours.
  • Specialized menu preparations
  • Analysis of nutrition data
  • Anthropometry.
  • NP support for consenting, inclusion/exclusion, clearance for dosing, and order entry

Specialized Equipment

  • Body Composition
  • Bioelectrical Impedance
  • Anthropometry
  • Indirect Calorimetry
  • Research Kitchen
  • IV/Syringe Pumps (10 Sigma 4 Baxter)
  • 4 Crash Carts
  • Glucose and Insulin Testing (2 Accu Check)
  • Continuous Vital Sign Monitoring
  • Vital Sign Machines (10 Casmed)
  • Portable Sphygmomanometer (5 adult 1 peds)
  • Portable Opthalmascope/Otoscope
  • Cold 8K Centrifuge
  • Freezers
  • Participant Transportation: campus shuttle
  • 6 Pulse Oximeters
  • Scales (Scantron, Toledo)
  • Specialized scopes with HD imaging system
  • GE portable Ultrasound System for research studies
  • WOW machines with CareConnect for in room patient consults
  • Standard 2 lead EKG

Mobile Nurse Service

This program is dedicated to furthering research in the hospital, by providing a dedicated, well trained set of RN’s who will do the research part of the inpatient stay. It is planned that this will relieve the clinical nurses to care for the patients’ routine and clinical needs. Mobile staff are available for both UCLA hospitals and outpatient areas plus areas of campus within certain limitations.

For additional information, please contact the UCLA CTRC, 310-825-5225.

Nutrition Research Core

The mission of the CTRC Nutrition Research Core (NRC) is to provide specialized nutrition resources and services to CTSI investigators in the planning and implementation of studies with metabolic and nutritional considerations. 

Nutrition research expertise and assistance are available for clinical research protocols that might be either studying the effects of nutrition or may need to control for nutrition.

The NRC supports a wide variety of research services for investigators requiring metabolic kitchen services and research dietitian expertise, including but not limited to:

  1. Consultation services in the planning stages of the nutrition component of protocol development, grant and manuscript preparation.
  2. Development of specialized diets in our own metabolic kitchen, with independent chemical analyses by outside laboratory available to verify accuracy of diets prepared.
  3. Meal services ranging from regular, unrestricted diets for study participants to individualized, metabolic balance diets providing exact nutrient precision. A fully equipped metabolic kitchen staffed with trained dietary staff is located in CHS.
  4. Dietary assessments, nutrition counseling and participant education.
  5. Customized nutrient analyses of diets using state of the art software, including Pronutra and Food Processor.
  6. Anthropometric measures and metabolic testing (measurement of resting energy expenditure by indirect calorimetry).
  7. A research training site for dietetic interns, graduate nutrition students, and post-doctoral individuals interested in human nutrition research.

Services are offered on a cost-sharing or cost-recovery basis.

For additional information, please contact
Patricia Jardack, MS,RDN, 310-825-5768, pjardack@mednet.ucla.edu

Affiliated Research Cores

Pathology Research Portal (PRP)

Two previous research laboratories, the Clinical and Translational Research Laboratory (CTRL) and the Clinical Immunology Research Laboratory (CIRL) restricted into the Pathology Research Portal (PRP).

  • The PRP is a CAP accredited laboratory which functions as the biospecimen liaison between researchers and clinical testing. 
  • The laboratory provides coordination for sample receiving, accessioning, processing, short term and long term storage, dispatching to multiple core facilities for testing, and result retrieving. 
  • PRP also provides shipping and temporary storage services as well as customized services to meet various research needs.

Contact Information & Operating Hours
Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday - Sunday, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Email:  CPRS@mednet.ucla.edu
Pager (800) 233-7231 ex:94858
Website: http://pathology.ucla.edu/ctrl