Frequently Asked Questions for Investigators

We've compiled a list of FAQs for investigators. Below, you will find information about what to expect including services we offer, equipment, procedures, how to get started and more.

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

  • Providing an optimal environment for clinical research (clinical rooms for research encounters, infusions, phlebotomy and testing)
  • Recruiting and screening potential research participants
  • Providing education on research protocols
  • Collecting confidential participant information
  • Conducting infusion studies and blood draws
  • Providing trial design and biostatistics support
  • Offering research sample storage
  • Assisting in data and safety monitoring for federal and safety requirements
  • Collecting umbilical cord/amnion tissues

No, not all Cedars-Sinai research participants are seen at the CTRC. Please confirm with your research coordinator where your visit will take place.

The CTRC provides outpatient support to researchers in a variety of areas such as cardiology, diabetes, digestive diseases, pediatrics and rheumatology. Our mobile research nurses also conduct research-related procedures in inpatient areas of the hospital. Studies include industry-sponsored clinical trials, as well as those funded by the National Institutes of Health and a variety of foundations.

  • DXA (GE iDXA Pro)
  • Body composition
  • Bioelectrical Impedance
  • Anthropometry
  • IV/syringe pumps (Alaris IV and syringe)
  • Glucose and insulin testing
  • Crash cart
  • Electrocardiogram (GE MAC3500) Glucometer (2 Precision exceed Pro)
  • Sphygmomanometer (portable)
  • Diagnostic tools (wall-mounted): sphygmomanometer, ophthalmascope, otoscope
  • Cold centrifuge
  • Micro centrifuge Freezers: - 80(4) and -20(1)
  • Scales
  • YSI 2300
  • VMAX (ENCORE/CareFusion)
  • Mobile cardiovascular monitoring system (Heart rate, blood pressure, Pulse OX, ECG)

Regular hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday. Nurses are on call and available in case of emergency or protocol-required procedures. At this time, we cannot provide overnight stays or 24-hour visits.