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About the Clinical Research Center

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Welcome to the Clinical Research Center (CRC)! We focus on accelerating discoveries to improve better health for individuals through providing:

  • Comprehensive services (ranging from providing advanced medical instruments to clinical science training)
  • An optimal setting for controlled studies by translational and clinical investigators
  • Bi-directional and multidisciplinary interactions among members who can give their clinical research expertise
  • Cost-effective, state-of-the-art laboratory equipment and instruments

Our Facility

Our multi-facted facility specifically focuses on providing an efficient environment for conducting Phase I and II clinical trials. The facility features:

CRC Facility

  • Body Composition Imaging
    • iDEXA
    • underwater weighing tank
    • BOD POD
  • Routine and specialized exercise equipment
    • Biodex
  • Specimen Processing
    • In-house biorepository
    • air-controlled rooms equipped with emergency power for -80ºC freezers
  • Mass Spectrometers for the detection of drug metabolites, protein and peptide markers, and other genetic determinants
    • High Resolution, Accurate Mass (HR/AM) Orbitrap technology delivered by Q Exactive orbitrap mass spectrometer to measure drugs and metabolites in serum or other bodily fluids
    • Quanitiative, Multiplex Selected Reaction Monitoring (SRM) provided by  a TSQ Vantage triple quadrupole mass spectrometer to measure protein and peptide biomarkers
    • Quantitative Real Time-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) and multiplex enzyme linked immunoassays for amplifying a targeted DNA region
  • 8,000+ square foot facility
  • 24-hour, multi-service inpatient/outpatient unit
  • 8-bed inpatient unit for clinical research 
  • 4 outpatient rooms
  • 2 negative-pressure rooms suitable for infectious disease research
  • Procedure/observation room
  • Exercise room
  • Sleep laboratory with two sound-proofed bedrooms and wall ports for infusion tubing access
  • Metabolic control unit
  • Nursing expertise that xxx
  • Core Facility that xx
  • Bionutrition expertise that xxx
  • Review of approved research studies by the IRB for scientific merit

Why Choose Us?

Beyond having the laboratory space, equipment, and instruments to assist you with your clinical research needs, we have highly motivated and trained personnel who can assist with facilitating your study. Our staff consists of:

  • Nurses who are certified by the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) and through the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA)
  • Personnel who can assist with quality assurance and quality improvement of your study
  • Bionutritionists with extensive metabolic knowledge
  • Clinical trialists with experience in various clinical emphases

We have also supported hundreds of clinical studies, including:

  • Multi-center clinical trials
  • Complex phase I and phase II clinical trials
  • Pharmacokinetic and pharmacogenetic studies
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