Child Health Research Unit (CHRU)

Child Health Research Unit (CHRU)

The mission of the Child Health Research Unit (CHRU) at The Children's Hospital of Alabama is to provide a platform for the conduct of clinical and translational research with two overarching goals: 1) to improve the understanding of childhood disease pathophysiology, and 2) to bring new therapies to children.

In 2009, the UAB CCTS partnered with Children’s Hospital and the UAB Department of Pediatrics to develop the CHRU as a way to better engage and care for children participating in research.  The UAB partnership with Children’s Hospital gives UAB physicians and researchers a child-friendly environment and access to staff with the expertise needed to better address the physical and emotional needs of children.
 
With support from the Department of Pediatrics, the unit was developed on the 7th Floor of Dearth Tower.  It encompasses examination rooms, study-related equipment, workspace, specimen storage, and protocol storage space for active protocols utilizing the Unit.
 
CHRU services are tiered to meet the needs of study protocols and a wide range of pediatric participants.  Available facilities and services include space and equipment, Children’s Hospital-subcontracted services, CCTS-subcontracted services, UAB outreach laboratory services, and storage of biologic specimens.  Staffing of the CHRU is flexible depending on the needs of the investigative team, and can include research coordinators, research nurses, and other health professionals who are based in the CRU and/or CRSP.  The CHRU can also provide support for study initiation, including study design, regulatory support, and budget preparation through CRSP.  To  facilitate research activities and resources offered by the CCTS, the CHRU utilizes a program manager.
 
For more information, please contact Wanda McLaurin at 205-939-5796 or wmclauri@uab.edu.
Equipment and space available for use in the CHRU includes:
     • 3 equipped exam rooms
     • Work areas study teams
     • Scales (standing & infant)
     • Stadiometer and 
        thermometer
     • Blood pressure monitor 
     • ECG equipment
     • Oximeter
     • Oto/opthalmoscopes
     • Spirometry equipment
     • Nebulizer equipment
     • Refrigerated centrifuges
     • Cytospin and hematocrit
     • Glucometer
     • Specimen storage (limited
        -80C, -20C, and 0-4C)
     • Two sterile hoods 
     • Digital laboratory scales
     • 40X - 100X microscope
     • Hemocytometer
     • Autoclave
     • pH meter
 
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