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, effective July 1, 2015.

Service requests must come through the CTRI website request form in order to receive the approved recharge rates. Contact Dr. Mark Wallace for questions about bundling services.

Recharge Rates went into effect July 1, 2015.

Clinic Support     UCSD Users Non-UCSD Users
Contact Mary Maeve Taaffe, RN, Nurse Supervisor, for additional questions
Nursing—RN VS, injection (SQ, IM), IV infusion (non-chemo as well as monoclonal & chemo infusions), IVPush, oral medication administration, assessment, RN observation, urine pregnancy test, urine dipstick, urine toxicology test, hematocrit/hemoglobin testing, blood glucose finger stick, phlebotomy, serial PK's, blood sample processing, sample shipping, ECG/EKG, consenting, patient teaching, large volume blood draws, documentation, assisting with procedures such as liver biopsy, nerve block placement, stress tests hourly—recharged in 30-minute increments $93 $135
Nursing—RN for Phase I studies Same as above + RN is 1:1 with subject hourly—recharged in 30-minute increments $97 $141
Nursing LVN VS, urine pregnancy test , urine dipstick, urine toxicology test, hematocrit/hemoglobin testing, blood glucose finger stick, IV placement, phlebotomy, serial PK's, blood sample processing, sample shipping, oral and ECG, non-RN observation, patient teaching, large volume blood draws, documentation hourly—recharged in 30-minute increments $52 $75
Clinical Coordinator Communicates with sponsors, schedules subject visits, manages database, assists with phlebotomy, measures vital signs, performs ECGs, conducts subject evaluations, processes and ships samples, assists with regulatory tasks. hourly $55 $80
Dietitian Metabolic kitchen meals prepared by RD, food frequency questionnaires, resting metabolic rate/indirect calorimetry, bioelectrical impedance analysis & report, skinfold set/anthropometrics hourly—recharged in 30-minute increments $74 $108
Food Services - Snack     $10 $15
Food Services - Breakfast     $15 $22
Food Services - Lunch     $20 $29
Food services - Dinner     $30 $44
DEXA Scans Machine not available without our technician flat rate per patient/per scan $93 $135
VO2 Exercise Testing Machine not available without our technician flat rate per patient/per test $100 $145
Room Only - Exercise Room Preparation and restocking of supplies per patient $20 $29
Room Only - Exam room Preparation and restocking of supplies per patient $20 $29
Room Only - Treatment Room Minor procedure surgical room per patient $100 $145
Room Only
—Infusion Room
Preparation and restocking of supplies per patient $40 $58
Room Only - Sleep Room Preparation and restocking of supplies per patient $40 $58
Admission (nightly)
—Hillcrest
Includes nurses, food 12-hour shift $1,206 $1,749
Overnight - ECOB Includes nurses, food 12-hour shift $1,536 $2,228
Phlebotomy Only Single stick flat rate/single stick $20 $29
Processing of Lab Specimens Without shipping   $45 $66
Processing of Lab Specimens With shipping—dry ice   $55 $80
Use of Lab/Lab Equipment Access to lab during business hours per hour $25 $37
Ultrasound Cardiac per procedure - flat rate per patient $180 $261
Ultrasound Vascular per procedure - flat rate per patient $171 $248
Ultrasound Abdomen per procedure - flat rate per patient $135 $196
Ultrasound Unlisted per procedure - flat rate per patient $71 $103
Ultrasound Usage Only (no technician) Must have proper training/certification to use machine per region/per hemisphere $100 $145
Sleep Recording Technician, based on 12-hour shift—overtime for additional hours per hour $55 $80
Machine Use Only Sleep equipment per patient $40 $58
Machine Use Only EKG per patient $15 $22
Machine Use Only Portable ultrasound per 24 hours $50 $73
Non-RN Duties Non-RN duties per hour $45 $66
Parking Fee Daytime per visit* $5 $5
Parking Fee Overnight per visit* $8 $8
Pass-through Charges Specialty supplies such as biopsy trays, drugs, specialty tubs, parking per day based on actual costs    
* Parking fees are at the same rates for UC users and non-UC users

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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