The Clinical Translational Research Unit (CTRU) operates as a clinical research unit, with both outpatient and overnight  facilities.

The CTRU is a Washington University in St. Louis Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences (ICTS) – associated core. Located on the 5th floor, Center for Outpatient Health (COH).


Core Description

The CTRU supports clinical research by offering space and clinical services to research teams.  A skilled research nursing staff and patient care associates experienced in implementing sophisticated clinical studies is available to assist (see services).

The CTRU is staffed 24 hours per day beginning Mondays at 7:00 AM through Fridays at 5:00 PM. The CTRU is open one weekend every other month (see weekend availability).


Service available to Washington University only.

Priority service for No distinctions.


  • Phlebotomy
  • IV Line insertion
  • Central-line blood draws
  • Biopsy
  • Serial Sampling
  • ECG
  • Measurement of body composition and bone density by using dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA)
  • Specimen processing services
  • Other services as necessary
  • IP administration
  • Metabolic research kitchen and other nutrition services


  • Exam rooms with basic equipment
  • Scale
  • Emergency cart
  • Portable ECG machine
  • IV infusion pumps
  • Pulse oximeter
  • Centrifuges
  • Refrigerated centrifuges
  • iDXA (weight up to 450lbs)


Pricing is subject to core verification

Pricing for space and services will be based on study requirements.

Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences (ICTS)
Center for Clinical Studies