Services

The Clinical and Translational Research Unit provides a wide selection of services, personnel, equipment and space for researchers to plan, develop, conduct and complete their research.  Research nurse support may be provided at the unit or outside the unit for studies conducted in community hospitals and clinics.

Clinical Support Services

Provides investigators with experienced clinical research nurses, research coordinators and space (3,600 sq.ft) for research with human subjects. The CTRU has three outpatient research rooms, phlebotomy/vitals area, private rooms with computers for consenting study subjects and completing online questionnaires, and office space for investigators to utilize while they are in the unit. In addition, a large conference room with video conferencing capabilities is available for research team or group study subject meetings. Research staff may provide support services outside of the CTRU throughout the university, local community and state. The unit supports REDCap for research data capture and management.

Recruitment and Screening Services

Study subject Recruitment and Screening Services provide trained personnel to complete telephone and email screenings of individuals to determine basic study eligibility and invitation to schedule the initial study visit. Investigators can schedule and manage CTRU study visits through an electronic patient management system (CR-Assist).

Core Laboratory

The laboratory is fully equipped to process and store blood and other study samples. Samples may be stored at the unit or shipped to labs for analysis. The laboratory is equipped with refrigerated centrifuges, refrigerator, freezers (-20° C & -80° C), and analytical balances. The unit employs state-of-the art Nautilus Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) for de-identified sample storage and management. Routine biomedical assays are performed at Piedmont Athens Regional Lab Outreach (examples of lab pricing: glucose: $2.08, lipid panel: $2.96, hs-CRP: $5.30, HbA1C: $5.51). Specialized biomedical and genetic assays are sent to UGA or Emory Core Facilities, commercial laboratories, or to investigator/collaborator labs as needed.

Exercise Physiology Studies

The unit is equipped with exercise treadmills and a stairclimber. Heart rate monitors are available for study subjects to wear during exercise studies. A metabolic measurement system (ParvoMedics TrueOne 2400) is available for cardiopulmonary stress testing, indirect calorimetry, and maximal O2 consumption measurements.

Metabolic Kitchen

The unit supports study meal preparation/controlled study diets and includes a full-size refrigerator and freezer, small appliances and tools for food preparation (e.g., microwave, digital food scale, blender, etc.), along with a storage area for food.

Bone & Body Composition

The unit provides equipment for various anthropometric measurements including bone density, bone geometry and body composition using dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) (Horizon 2000), peripheral quantitative computed tomography (Stratec XCT 3000 Scanner) and bioelectrical impedance (InBody 770 Body Composition Analyzer).

Cardiovascular/Cardiopulmonary Testing

The unit is equipped to conduct resting and stress test EKGs and spirometry (Welch Allyn CardioPerfect), as well as ultrasound imaging (Terason uSmart 3300) for the assessment of flow mediated dilation and carotid intima-media thickness.

Research Design and Biostatistical Support

The unit provides assistance to investigators on study design, measurement methods and data analysis techniques.

Regulatory Support

The unit can assist investigators with IRB submission and with registering and updating their trials on clinicaltrials.gov.

Community Based Research and Engagement Services (CBRES)

The unit can assist investigators with protocol development and conduct of research throughout the state through the university’s outreach network (i.e., Cooperative Extension Service, Archway Program).

Research Core Facilities

CTRU investigators have access to valuable research core facilities at UGA and Emory University that can be used in conjunction with CTRU services and resources. The CTRU can also provide transportation of participants or samples to the research core facilities at UGA. Core facilities have capabilities that include biomarker assays, genetic sequencing, and bioimaging. Pricing for core facilities is available on each core facility web page. See a complete list of core facilities.

The CTRU partners with the Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute (ACTSI) which may provide additional resources to support clinical and translational research and education.  CTRU and ACTSI research services will soon be available through RAPID (Request And Progress Information Database).

For more information on services provided or equipment available, check out our Facility Resource List or contact us with questions or to set up a tour of the facility.