Using the CTSC for Research Patient Visits


Application Process:

  1. If your study has been approved through an externally peer-review process, use our Expedited Application for Externally Peer-Reviewed and Approved Studies.
  2. If you study has not had prior peer review and approval, use our Full Research Application.

Inpatient and Outpatient Units

The Clinical and Translational Resource Unit (CTRU), an expansion of the former General Clinical Research Center (GCRC), is a network of resources and facilities, providing an efficient infrastructure for clinical research. Forming an integrated, dynamic resource, it includes professionally staffed patient care inpatient and outpatient units for adults and children, and resources and services for conducting scientifically sound studies. A trans-institutional resource, it is integrated with partnering institutions and a robust community engagement and outreach program.


The Adult Inpatient Unit, located in the Payson 2 Pavilion, consists of six rooms with nine beds, nursing station/ nurse manager’s office, metabolic kitchen.

The Adult Outpatient Unit, F260-F263, consists of six examination rooms, study room for continuous infusion studies, spacious reception area.

The Pediatric Inpatient Unit, Greenberg 6 North, consists of six rooms with eight beds and an inpatient procedure/ treatment room.

The Pediatric Outpatient Unit, HT3, consists of two examination rooms and treatment room and reception area.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) Experimental Therapeutics Center, located on the 7th floor of the Laurence S. Rockefeller Outpatient Pavilion is fully staffed with physician, nurses, and technician. This 1,150 square feet area has 6 dedicated treatment bays with reclining chemotherapy chairs and adjustable hospital beds. Also, the pavilion houses a pharmacy staffed with pharmacists available to prepare investigational therapies and provide medication to research subjects. The procedures that can be performed in the ETC include, but not limited to: 1) serial Plasma Sampling for pharmacokinetic analysis; 2) mononuclear cell isolation from whole blood by centrifugation using Ficoll-Plaque; 3) blood tests for marker analysis; and 4) blood tests for genetic and phenotyping.


Research Nurses and Technicians for Adult and Pediatrics Studies carry out the research protocol, ensuring proper and complete clinical implementation while providing research participants the highest standard in quality.

Research Aides assist the investigator with activities ranging from pre-screening of subjects and scheduling appointments to preparing paperwork for the inpatient or outpatient visit. They work with Investigators and CTSC nurses to ensure that study procedures are completed as outlined in the protocol, and that all test and procedures are performed within the approved protocol budget.

A Research Pharmacist works with research team members to improve drug therapy evaluation, ensure the proper use and drug interactions, and provide assistance of study and concomitant medications.

Research Subject Advocates (RSAs), work with investigators and CTRU staff to promote the safety and rights of research participants.

Other Services/Resources

A Research Manager acts as the primary contact point for investigators who have questions and who need assistance in preparing protocol applications or in carrying out their studies

A Research Facilitator assists investigators in preparing study documents and provides information about CTSC resources, regulatory and administrative issues related to their study and refers the Investigator to appropriate CTSC staff for consultation.

Specimen Processing Express (SPEx). The CTRU General Core Laboratory has been expanded to include sample processing as per protocol specifications, and laboratory technicians are available from 6 AM – 6 PM to process blood, urine, stool, and sputum specimens. A dedicated space for Specimen Processing Express (SPEx) has been added. SPEx provides: 1) increased hours of operation to include Monday to Friday, from 6am to 6pm; 2) DNA extraction and cell preparation; and 3) sample packaging and shipping.

Research Nutrition Services. The Nutrition Core, occupying 849 square feet, the Metabolic Kitchen and Nutrition Core continues to provide: 1) assistance in nutrition research methodology including design of specialized diets; 2) consultation for protocol design, including balanced constant and weighed diets for macro- and micro- nutrient composition; 3) computer-planned research diets with laboratory verification of food composition; 4) analysis of food-intake data, food records and food frequency questionnaires; and 5) measurements of body composition, anthropometrics and indirect calorimetry. A Bionutrition Manager, Bionutritionist, Diet Technician and Diet Aides are on staff.