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 for studies involving any disease area or age group, from neonates to older adults. The UF CRC’s highly trained research staff includes registered nurses, research coordinators, a research dietitian, investigational pharmacists, 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.

CRC Services

Participant Schedule

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.


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
Janet King, RN, BSN, CCRC, Clinical Research Manager

If you would like to discuss using the services of the UF CRC, please contact:, 352-294-5900