About Neuroscience Clinical and Translational Research Center (N-CTRC)
The N-CTRC, located on the 13th floor of Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC), focuses on research in clinical neuroscience, psychiatric disorders, sleep, and circadian rhythms. The N-CTRC provides the infrastructure to conduct polysomnography (PSG) on a 24 hour basis as well as a variety of other psychophysiological research studies conducted in close collaboration with protocol specific personnel. In addition, N-CTRC facilities provide the means to conduct lifespan research with areas designated for adult sleep research as well as for studies in children and adolescents.
Facilities include five participant bedrooms, two time-isolation suites, a stimulus presentation control room, a sleep-recording control room, a treatment room, study preparation area, and patient lounge. All bedrooms contain private bathrooms, televisions and PCs that can be used for electronic questionnaire data collection. Three bedrooms are equipped with IV ports for medication administration and blood sampling. All patient rooms provide electroencephalography sleep, electrocardiography (EKG), respiration, oxyhemoglobin saturation, periodic limb movements, skin and core body temperature, mood, and performance monitoring capability. Physiological data processing and storage is conducted in adjacent office space which includes a computing operations laboratory and server room.
An exam room is available to conduct participant assessments, blood draws with basic processing, 12-lead EKGs, and other nursing functions. Nursing support is not provided by the N-CTRC.
Electrophysiological equipment is supported by qualified systems and electronics specialists whom also provide customized consultation services related to electrophysiological collection equipment.
3811 O'Hara Street, 13th Floor ERC Wing
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Hours of Operation
Polysomnography and overnight rooms-24 hours daily based on protocol needs
Administrator: Christina Nicassio