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.
MUH-CTRC nursing personnel can provide patient/family care and research protocol assistance, including development of study sheets and physician-order implementation.
- 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)
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.
- Constant diet
- Controlled nutrient diet
- Control of timing for meal service
- Estimated diet
- Formula diet
- Metabolic balance diet
- Micro and macro nutrient control
- 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
For more information on protocol submissions, visit the CTRC web portal.
UPMC Montefiore Hospital, 6NE
200 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Administrative Office: 412-648-6691
Available 24 hours weekdays and two weekends each month
Administrator: Rosemary J. Sabol, BS, MBA