UF Clinical Research Center

UF Clinical Research Center

Pediatric waiting area in the UF CRC’s new facility in the Clinical and Translational Research Building.

Desmond Schatz

Desmond Schatz, M.D., Director, UF Clinical Research Center

The UF Clinical Research Center provides services in support of inpatient and outpatient research studies involving any disease area or age group, from neonates to older adults. The UF CRC’s highly trained research staff includes registered nurses, a medical technologist, a research dietitian, and bionutrition and administrative staff. A research subject advocate is available to help participants understand their rights and responsibilities. A Scientific Advisory Committee oversees UF CRC operations.

Open RFA: CTSI Clinical Research Pilot Project Awards

The CTSI is accepting applications on a rolling basis through March 31, 2015, for pilot projects using the UF CRC: Request for Applications

Facilities & Equipment

Occupying the first floor of the north wing in the new Clinical and Translational Research Building (CTRB), the UF CRC has a significantly expanded outpatient research facility with 14 exam rooms, 2 procedure rooms and 8 infusion bays plus reception, consenting, phlebotomy, sample processing and lab areas. The new space has adult and pediatric waiting areas and office space for research teams to utilize, as well as an on-site investigational pharmacy and metabolic kitchen. The CTRB has on-site parking for research participants and is accessible by request on the UF Health shuttle. The UF CRC is able to accommodate uncomplicated overnight stays in the CTRB and has access to three beds for inpatient research in unit 42 of UF Health Shands Hospital. The UF CRC has a treadmill, exercise bike, Bod Pod, pulmonary function and pain testing research equipment.

Nursing Services

Nursing services include clinical trial coordination, phlebotomy, serial blood collection, monitoring of vital signs, height and weight measurements, specimen collection including pharmacokinetic sampling, assistance with procedures, body composition testing, basal metabolic rate testing, EKG testing, exercise testing, medication administration including investigational medications and infusions, and physician order set and worksheet development. Investigators can also utilize their own nurses and coordinators in the new CTRB facility.

Bionutrition Services

The UF CRC can provide 24-hour diet recalls, food record analyses, food frequency questionnaires, anthropometric measurements, protocol-specific nutrition counseling/ assessment, and nutrition data management. Protocol-specific controlled meals can also be provided.

Laboratory Services

Lab services include specimen processing, temporary storage of specimens (-80 degrees), pregnancy testing (urine), YSI glucose and lactate testing, urinalysis by dipstick, and DNA extraction. We can also help determine which tests are most appropriate for a protocol.

Contacts

Desmond Schatz, M.D., CRC Director
Mark Segal, M.D., Ph.D., CRC Associate Director
Teresa d’Angelo, RN, BSN, CCRC, CTSI Director of Research Services
Glenna Paguio, RN, CRC Interim Nurse Manager

If you would like to discuss using the services of the UF CRC, please contact:
Jill Sandersen, sandejn@ufl.edu, 352-294-5900