Frequently Asked Questions


What is the Winnick Family Clinical & Translational Research Center (CTRC)?

The CTRC at Cedars-Sinai is a patient-oriented research center that helps investigators and study participants by:

  • Providing an environment for clinical research studies
  • Recruiting and screening potential research participants
  • Providing education on research protocols
  • Collecting confidential participant information
  • Conducting infusion studies and blood draws

Is the Cedars-Sinai CTRC the only place at Cedars-Sinai that sees research participants?

Not all Cedars-Sinai research participants are seen at the CTRC. Please confirm with your research coordinator where your visit will take place.

What kinds of research studies take place at the CTRC?

The CTRC provides outpatient support to researchers in a variety of areas such as cardiology, diabetes, digestive diseases, pediatrics and rheumatology. Also, our mobile research nurses can perform research-related procedures on patients who are in an inpatient area of the hospital. Research studies include industry-sponsored clinical trials, as well as those funded by the National Institutes of Health and a variety of research foundations

What types of procedures take place at the CTRC?

The type of research procedures you will participate in depends on your study.  Our research nurses typically help with the collection of vital sign measurements, blood draws and drug/hormone administration.

Who will be providing my care?

We have a knowledgeable and experienced staff to provide education, care and comfort for all research participants. Depending on the research study you are involved with you may meet our:

  • Certified research nurses
  • Certified research dietitian
  • Research pharmacy team
  • Front office staff and coordinators

How do I prepare for my visit to the CTRC?

Your research coordinator will provide you with everything you need to know about your visit — from fasting, study preparation and length of stay, to maps, directions and parking. You can also contact our office at 310-423-8965, and we will connect you with your research coordinator.

Can a friend or family member accompany me to the CTRC?

You are welcome to bring a friend or family member with you. Visitors can wait in our waiting area or in the procedure room with you.  We often have more than one research study being conducted, so please respect the privacy of your fellow research participants.

I am participating in a research study; how do I know if my research doctor is using the CTRC?

The best way to find out if your doctor conducts research at the CTRC is to contact your research coordinator. You may also contact our office at 310-423-8965, and we will be happy to assist you.

How long will my outpatient visit be at the CTRC?

Your visit length depends on the research protocol you have consented to and what is being done on the day of your visit. You can contact your research coordinator for specific information. You may also contact our office at 310-423-8965, and we will be happy to assist you.