Clinical Research Center

Do you need facilities and equipment to conduct your research?

The UF Clinical Research Center provides services for studies involving diverse diseases and age groups. The UF CRC’s highly experienced research staff includes registered nurses, research coordinators, a research dietitian, investigational pharmacists, research support and administrative personnel.

Initial consultations for all services are offered at no cost. If a study requires special or extended involvement of staff, cost may be assessed. We will discuss all available options at the first consultation.

Contact and Leadership

Desmond Schatz, MD

Director of UF Clinical Research Center

Holly Morris, RN, MSN, CCRC, CHRC

CTSI Director of Research Services

Janet King, RN, BSN, CCRC

Clinical Research Manager

Mark Segal, MD, PhD

CRC Associate Director


April Braxton

Research Coordinator Phone: (352) 294-5880

The benefits of conducting your research in the CRC include:

Professional Research Staff

  • Registered nurses
  • Research coordinators
  • Research dietitian
  • Investigational pharmacists
  • Administrative staff
  • Research subject advocate
  • Medical technologist
  • Phlebotomist

Bionutrition Services

  • 24-hour diet recalls
  • Food record analyses
  • Food frequency questionnaires
  • Anthropometric measurements
  • Protocol-specific nutrition counseling/ assessment
  • Nutrition data management
  • Protocol-specific controlled meals

Outpatient Research Facility

  • 10 exam rooms
    4 private outpatient rooms
    2 procedure rooms
    8 infusion bays
    Sample processing lab areas
    Reception and patient waiting area
    On-site investigational pharmacy
    Metabolic kitchen
    Nutrition room
    ADA compliant shower and restrooms
    On-site parking
    Access to UF Health shuttle
    Three beds for inpatient research in UF Health Shands Hospital
    Designated monitoring space

Nursing Services

  • Clinical trial coordination
    Serial blood collection
    Monitoring of vital signs
    Anthropometric 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
    Physician order set and worksheet development
    Conscious sedation

Laboratory Services

  • Protocol consultation
    Specimen collection processing
    Specimen shipping
    Temporary storage of specimens (-80 degrees)
    Pregnancy testing (urine)
    Urinalysis by dipstick
    Assistance in determining which tests are appropriate for protocol
    Liquid nitrogen and argon gas availability


  • EKG machines
    Bod Pod
    Wheelchair scale
    Infusion pumps
    Crash cart
    Oxygen and suction equipment
    BMR cart
    Harpender stadiometer
    Exercise physiology equipment
    Pulmonary function machine
    Pain testing research equipment
    -80 degrees monitored centered freezer


  • Positive pressure US 797 compliant clean room
  • Class A1 biological safety cabinet
  • Investigational pharmacy
  • Protocol consultations
  • Receipt, storage and dispensing of investigational product


New to starting a protocol with the UF CRC? Check out this page for how to begin.

Important links

  • UF CRC Online Admission Request
    • To access the CRC Admission Request Form:
      • If you are on a desktop computer in the Health Science Center, you may access the form directly by clicking here.
      • If you cannot access this link, please follow these steps:
        • Go to the UF Health VPN Portal by typing into your web browser
        • Select “UFAD” from the dropdown menu, “Domain”, and log in with your UF credentials.
        • Under “Web Bookmarks,” click the link called “WebCAMP – UF CRC Admission Request Form”
      • Note: If this is your first time accessing this form, you may need to request access from Janet King
  • View Participant Schedule (requires log in to WebCAMP)

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