Center for Clinical Research

Request CTRI Services

The CTRI currently supports two clinical research facilities at UC San Diego. They are available to investigators to conduct clinical research and are staffed with skilled nurses, allied health personnel, a registered dietitian, a DEXA technician, an echocardiographer and clinical coordinators to facilitate the safe and efficacious conduct of research involving human subjects. Investigators from UCSD and Partner Organizations are welcome to apply to use these facilities and/or services to conduct their clinical studies.

DEXA technician uses scanner
The CTRI DEXA technician calibrates the DEXA machine in CTRI clinic

CTRI Clinic

The outpatient facility is located on the UCSD Medical Center Campus in La Jolla, and includes five exam rooms; three infusion rooms (five chairs); one consultation room where participants and staff can discuss informed consent or other confidential information; two treatment rooms with two beds each, which accommodate research procedures; an exercise physiology room with DEXA scanner and ultrasound machine; a medication room; lab processing room with one -20C freezer, one refrigerator, two refrigerated centrifuges, and one ambient-temperature centrifuge; two phlebotomy rooms; a centralized nursing station; and an investigational pharmacy.

CTRI Registered Nurses are certified by ONS for administration of chemotherapy, and are certified in ACLS, PALS, and moderate sedation. The clinic has trained personnel and equipment to carry out many procedures, including 

Clinical Lab

  • Phlebotomy (up to 600 ml)
  • IV placement
  • Pharmacokinetic studies, including sample processing 
  • ECG
  • Infusions
  • Vital signs
  • Specimen collection, processing, and shipping
  • Drug administration, including conscious sedation
  • Skin biopsies 
  • Assistance with other biopsies
  • Oral glucose tolerance testing
  • Intravenous GTT
  • Dietary consultation
  • Individualized metabolic diets
  • Indirect calorimetry
  • Bioelectrical impedance analysis
  • Anthropometrics
  • Exercise testing, including steady state and maximum V02
  • DEXA scanning
  • Ultrasound
  • Assistance with budgeting costs for clinical trials
  • Cardiac doppler ultrasound for cardiac phenotyping
  • Vascular ultrasound

For both outpatient and inpatient studies, please click on the "Request CTRI Services" button above. You may also contact Mary Maeve Taaffe, RN, Nurse Supervisor, at (858) 657-7099, cell (858) 334-9769 or

The CCR has an electronic request form for scheduling clinic services. You are able to request and cancel clinic appointments for up to five research subjects. Once your request is submitted, you will receive an email confirmation from a CTRI staff member within 48 business hours.

The online scheduling request form can be accessed at the link below. The link will be easily accessible by all mobile devices.

Clinic Recharge Rates                               UCSD            non-UCSD


Admission (nightly) $1,204.00
Nursing-RN (hourly) $73.00 $106.00
Nursing Non-RN (hourly) $42.25 $61.00
Dietitian (hourly) $56.00 $84.50
Room Only - prep fee (flat rate) $18.00 $26.00
DEXA scans (flat rate per scan) $93.00 $134.00
Exercise testing (flat rate per test) $116.00 $169.00
Phlebotomy only (Flat rate) $12.00 $17.00
Sleep Recording (hourly) $51.50 $72.00
Cardiac Ultrasound procedure $180.00 $261.00
Vascular Ultrasound procedure $131.00 $189.95




 Nursing Order Forms:  Online Scheduling Form:



Research Match

What is ResearchMatch?

It is a registry of volunteers willing to learn more about research studies. Research needs both volunteers and researchers. ResearchMatch helps bring these two groups together in a secure convenient way.