Information for Researchers

Led by Silva Arslanian, MD, the Pediatric Clinical and Translational Research Center (PCTRC) is a focal point for clinical research within Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. It is a component of the University of Pittsburgh’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), which is led by Stephen Reis, MD. The PCTRC is supported as part of the Participant and Clinical Interactions Resources (PCIR) core of the CTSI. The PCTRC was formerly known as the General Clinical Research Center, or GCRC. The name change is reflective of the change in funding to the Clinical and Translational Science Award of the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Research Resources (NCRR).

The PCTRC provides investigators with peer-reviewed funding and the resources they need to conduct clinical research under controlled circumstances, and encourages collaboration among basic and clinical scientists through studies that may translate into new or improved patient care methods. View our current areas of study.

PCTRC Facilities and Resources

The PCTRC research facility is located on the 8th Floor of Children’s Hospital’s Main Tower and includes inpatient and outpatient facilities and a specimen-processing laboratory. Learn more about our facilities and laboratory and how to utilize them.

Contact us

For questions or additional information, please contact Administrative Director, Lynnette Orlansky at 412-692-5573 or call the PCTRC Administrative Office at 412-692-5746. See the full list of PCTRC Staff.

Forms for researchers

Services and specialized testing

The PCTRC performs various testing including the following:

  • EKG
  • DEXA – 400 pound maximum
  • Heel ultrasound for bone density
  • Spirometry
  • Insulin clamp procedure
  • Tolerance/Stimulation testing
 Statistical support is provided by the PCTRC biostatistician, including consultation on experimental design, data analysis and data management.

 Nursing staff support services

  • IV placement and Mediport access
  • PK and PD including frequent vital signs
  • Tolerance/stimulation testing
  • Anthropometric measurements
  • Medication administration
  • Specimen collection, processing, mailing
  • Help with assuring accurate protocol implementation
  • Patient education
  • Intradermal skin testing
  • Observational studies
  • Cerner order set development