Clinical & Translational Research Center (CTRC)
Winnick Family Clinical & Translational Research Center (CTRC)
The Winnick Family Clinical & Translational Research Center (CTRC) is funded by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), established by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Since 1994, the CTRC has provided clinical research infrastructure for investigators at Cedars-Sinai who receive their main research support from federal and other national/international agencies.
Cedars-Sinai's CTRC program supports:
- protocols with patients undergoing provocative testing, sample collections, and drug/hormone administration;
- a 'mobile' unit that collects biological samples and supports investigators both in the field and in the hospital;
- a Sample Processing Laboratory to speed the collection, handling and triage of samples and clinical data;
- a Human Tissue Repository that establishes and stores lymphoblastoid cell lines for use in genetic studies of a variety of diseases;
- a Genotyping/Phenotyping Core which is equipped for high through-put genotyping (including genome scans), as well as candidate gene studies;
- a Perinatal Clinical Research Center specifically designed for mother-newborn clinical projects;
- and a newly-developed Microarray and Bioinformatics Core Facility to assist with gene expression studies.
The CTRC also offers a variety of clinical research training and recognition programs designed to encourage participation in biomedical research. These programs begin as early as high school and extend to the junior faculty level.