Facilities & Utilizing Our Resources

The Pediatric Clinical and Translational Research Center (PCTRC) operates inpatient and outpatient facilities as well as a collection and processing laboratory. Learn more below about how you can utilize these facilities and our resources.


  • Inpatient Facilities Four inpatient beds are provided, staffed by nurses who are specially trained in clinical research. The PCTRC inpatient nurse manager coordinates all admissions and supervises the inpatient protocols. The nurse manager develops a nursing co-protocol for each approved clinical protocol conducted on the center.
  • Outpatient Facilities
    Three outpatient-testing rooms are available on the outpatient unit for specimen collection, tolerance testing, examinations or simple procedures. The PCTRC outpatient nurses schedule visits and are also available to assist the investigator or to perform some testing procedures independently.
  • Collection & Processing Laboratory The specimen collection laboratory is available for both inpatient and outpatient protocols.

How to Utilize Our PCTRC Resources

  • Who Can Use the PCTRC?
    NIH-funded research has top priority to use the PCTRC, but studies funded by other federal, state and local agencies as well as by the private sector are also welcome.
  • Pilot Studies
    The center can support limited unfunded preliminary studies that have a very high likelihood of leading to extramural funding.
  • Industry Sponsored Protocols
    If an investigator is carrying out a drug company-initiated study, fees are charged based on utilization of resources. A physician must be associated with the study – either as principal investigator or co-investigator, collaborator or consultant and is considered ultimately responsible for all patient care relating to the research protocol.
  • Available Resources
    The PCTRC, unlike other NIH research programs, does not provide funds directly to investigators. Rather, we offer services: expert nursing care, dedicated research space for inpatients and outpatients, specialized testing and biostatistical support.
  • Approval Process and Funding
    Use of the PCTRC is contingent upon approval of the research protocol by the PCTRC Advisory Committee and the University of Pittsburgh Institutional Review Board (IRB). A protocol must have final IRB approval before it will be reviewed by the Advisory Committee.

The PCTRC Advisory Committee meets monthly to evaluate each study and allocate PCTRC resources. All protocols must follow the PCTRC Guidelines and are reviewed for scientific merit, validity, significance, relevance and feasibility. All protocols must be renewed annually. Administrative support is available in preparing the application.