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Clinical and Translational Science Center

Clinical and Translational Science Center

CTSC Clinical Research Center - Facilities


What CCRC resources are available?

  • 10 highly skilled RNs who provide 24/7 care to subjects enrolled in clinical research studies, whether they be admitted to the CCRC, to any Health System site (i.e., the UC Davis Medical Center, any of the clinics, the MIND Institute, the Cancer Center, the Shriner's Hospital, or a research site on the UC Davis campus), or in the home, or at any community site. Our RNs are specially trained in Human Subjects Protection, Good Clinical Practices, and Research Protocol Adherence; all are Chemotherapy, Conscious Sedation, and ACLS/PALS certified
  • A Nurse Practitioner who provides expanded services to investigators (i.e., clinical procedures, exams)
  • An Exercise Physiologist who has a variety of methods of measuring body composition, bone density, metabolic rate and exercise fit. The CCRC houses a BOD POD, DEXA machine, Metabolic Cart, 12 Lead EKG Stree Treadmill system and much more.
  • A Research Dietitian who provides nutritional support to study protocols by providing nutritional analysis, designing specialized meal plans, providing nutritional counseling to subjects, and on-site food preparation
  • Lab Support is available to all investigators to assist with phlebotomy, simple and complex processing, sample storage, and specimen shipping
  • Clinical Research Coordinators are available to aid Investigators with regulatory support, training staff, or assisting with study visit activities

The range of study visits can be as simple as a single blood draw or as complex as a Swan Ganz insertion with Hemodynamic Monitoring.

Who can use the CCRC

The CCRC is available to any member of the faculty, residents, postgraduate fellows, medical students and nurses in any department of the UC Davis School of Medicine, UC Davis Health System and the Veterans Affairs System. Approval for use of the center is determined by three criteria:

  1. The quality and significance of the research
  2. The special need for the center's unique facilities
  3. The common usefulness or collective justification for facilities or personnel.

The CCRC is located on the fourth floor of the VA Northern California Health Care System at Mather, about 10 miles east of the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento (Get Directions). The facility includes six inpatient/outpatient rooms, laboratory, service kitchen, physiological assessment and body composition measurement rooms, offices for Informatics and Biostatistics staff, and a day room. The CCRC Administrative Space is located on the fifth floor.


The UC Davis CCRC is a collaboration between the University and the Veterans Affairs Northern California Healthcare System (VANCHCS). The CCRC is located in an 8,000-square-foot area on the fourth floor in the new inpatient tower at the Sacramento VA Medical Center at Mather, about 10 miles east of the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento (Get Directions).

The nine-bed facility consists of three double and three single-patient rooms, a designated metabolic kitchen, a core laboratory, a body composition unit, videotaping facilities and offices for biostatistics, informatics and the administrative staff. In addition, the center has all the resources required for an inpatient facility, including a communication center, utility rooms, diagnostic area, storage facility and patient day room. The patient rooms are flexibly designed to allow for inpatient and outpatient activities. Adjacent to the CCRC is a state-of-the-art imaging facility including PET, MRI and standard radiology equipment available to CCRC users.