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The MUH-CTRC offers state-of-the-art infrastructure, inpatient and outpatient facilities, specialized equipment, and experienced staff to support researchers performing clinical and translational research.

The MUH-CTRC has five inpatient and three outpatient private rooms, an outpatient suite that includes three beds and treatment chairs, six outpatient examination rooms, a metabolic kitchen, DEXA scanner, bariatric bed, and a sample-processing laboratory. Personnel include specialized research nurses, a bionutritionist, and support staff, all of whom have completed the University's online training required of individuals engaging in studies with human research participants.

Nursing Resources
MUH-CTRC nursing personnel can provide patient/family care and research protocol assistance, including development of study sheets and physician-order implementation.

Nursing Services

  • Acute and emergency care with full support of a UPMC code team
  • Caring for cancer patients, including cytotoxic agent administration and symptom management (certified oncology nurses)
  • Complex endocrine diagnostic procedures
  • Precise timing of drug administration and blood collection
  • Protocol conduct and management
  • Specimen preparation (centrifuge and aliquot), packing, and storage
  • Venipuncture techniques (phlebotomy and intravenous catheters)

Nutrition Resources
A bionutritionist (registered dietitian) and a full-time dietary technician provide nutrition services from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and on weekends and holidays as needed. A state-of-the-art metabolic kitchen is located in the MUH-CTRC. The CTRC bionutritionist is also available to consult with investigators during protocol development. Services include research participant instruction and, if required, disease-specific therapeutic nutrition education. Dietary staff can also provide research meals prepared for at-home studies of up to six weeks. In addition, MUH-CTRC dietary services are available to investigators using other CTRC facilities. Information regarding dietary services can be obtained by emailing Elaine Wahl, RD, MS.

Nutrition Services

  • Constant diet
  • Controlled nutrient diet
  • Control of timing for meal service
  • Estimated diet
  • Formula diet
  • Metabolic balance diet
  • Micro and macro nutrient control

Meals provision

  • 24-hour recall
  • Anthropometric measurements
  • Bioelectric impedance assays
  • Direct nutritional assessments
  • Food record analysis
  • Indirect calorimetry
  • Indirect nutritional assessments
  • Nutrition software program
  • Observed monitoring of intake

Location:
UPMC Montefiore Hospital, 6NE
200 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Administrative Office: 412-648-6691
Available 24 hours weekdays and two weekends each month

Contact:
Administrator: Rosemary J. Sabol, BS, MBA
Phone: 412-648-6694
Fax: 412-802-8668
E-mail: sabolrj@upmc.edu

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