The CTSC Clinical Research Center (CCRC) is located on the UC Davis Health campus in Sacramento, California. This 3,500 square foot outpatient clinic provides flexible, carefully monitored clinical resources necessary for patient-oriented research focusing on human health and/or disease. Resources include unique equipment and protocol administration tools, as well as highly experienced staff trained in human subjects' protection, good clinical practices, protocol implementation, and compliance, thus ensuring the quality of data collected and the integrity of the research.
The facility has four infusion chairs, a hospital bed, a procedure room, two general exam rooms, two private interview/testing rooms, two phlebotomy stations, an exercise physiology laboratory with a DEXA machine to measure body composition, and a specimen processing room. The clinic provides expert research personnel trained to implement protocol-specific activities and collect data in accordance with the protocol and all applicable local, state, and national regulatory requirements. Skilled clinical research nurses provide direct nursing care for all subjects enrolled in research studies. The nurses ensure patient safety and protocol fidelity, and are certified in chemotherapy administration, moderate sedation, and ACLS/PALS. A nurse practitioner is available to provide expanded services to investigators. Certified laboratory staff support investigators with sample collection; simple/complex sample processing; DNA/RNA isolation; preparation of samples for proteomics analysis and flow cytometry; and multiplex cytokine/chemokine and metabolic analyses. A master’s level exercise physiologist performs metabolic, exercise, and spirometry testing, body composition/bone density measurements, and provides data analysis for investigators.