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The CTRC offers
investigators a number of facilities and laboratories to use for their
The CTRC is a part of the Schubert Research Clinic in the Clinical Sciences Pavilion, Floor 1.
The VA Medical Center CTRC satellite facility is a unit for adult subjects with two inpatient rooms
able to support cardiac monitoring, five outpatient rooms and three procedure
rooms. The facility has an onsite processing lab with sample storage, as well
as a local clinical lab. Staff are Certified Clinical Research Coordinators and
IATA certified. It is on the fourth floor of the Cincinnati VA
Medical Center, three blocks from the Cincinnati Children’s main campus.
The outpatient facility operates 6:30 am-4:30 pm (later if needed) Monday
through Friday. This facility also offers inpatient and sleep study facilities
The CTRC Core
Laboratories provide diverse facilities for investigators:
Biochemistry Core Laboratory, in Location R, has a staff of four
experienced technicians. It houses analytical equipment including 3 automated
analyzers (1 general chemistry and 2 immunoassay) sufficient to perform a wide
array of assays such as general clinical chemistry, HPLC, RIA, ELISA and IRMA.
The Sample Processing
Laboratory, on the CTRC outpatient unit, houses a refrigerated centrifuge,
a room temperature centrifuge, and short-term storage at temperatures of 4ºC,
-20ºC and -80ºC. The lab also offers a YSI glucose analyzer for rapid bedside
testing. Processing is available 24 hours a day by arrangement. with the Cincinnati Children's
main hospital laboratory providing off-hours processing. This service must be
set up at study start up.
The Bionutrition Core maintains research equipment and the metabolic kitchen near the Schubert Research Clinic. The metabolic kitchen is available for careful preparation of food for ongoing feeding studies and limited preparation and measurement of study specific foods and small meals for outpatient visits.
The Body Composition Core is located in the Schubert Research Clinic, and provides instrumentation for imaging techniques. We have two dual beam X-ray densitometers and a peripheral quantitative computerized tomography densitometer (pQCT) system. We also perform other techniques for body composition assessment, including bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA), skinfold thicknesses, and circumference measurements.
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