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.

Clinical LabCTRI 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:

  • 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.

Clinic Recharge Rates UCSD non-UCSD
Admission $1,204/night  
Nursing-RN $73/hr $106/hr
Nursing Non-RN $42.25/hr $61/hr
Dietitian $56/hr $84.50/hr
Room Only - Prep Fee $18 $26
DEXA Scans $93/per scan $134/per scan
Exercise Testing $116/per test $169/per test
Phlebotomy only $12 $17
Sleep Recording $51.50/hr $72/hr
Cardiac Ultrasound Procedure $180 $261
Vascular Ultrasound Procedure $131 $189.95

Clinic Recharge Rates, effective July 1, 2015.

Online Scheduling for Clinic Services

The CCR provides online scheduling for all clinical research services using a software package called Clinical Conductor, a Bio-Optronics product. Clinical Conductor works like restaurant reservations software and allows researchers to request preferences. The program automatically matches the room and schedule to accommodate the needs of the study. Users may request and cancel clinic appointments for up to five research subjects. They will receive email confirmation from a CTRI staff member within 48 business hours.

Online Scheduling Form

Nursing Order Forms

Inpatient (Word | PDF)

Outpatient (Word | PDF)

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