Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) Core Facilities
- Last Updated on June 05, 2013
CCTS Specimen Processing and Analytic Nexus (SPAN)
Jeffrey C. Edberg, PhD, Director
Specimen Processing Lab (JT1535)
Specimen Processing, DNA Preparation and Cell Line Lab (Shelby 230)
The SPAN of the CCTS has two coordinated facilities for processing research samples and for preparing patient specimens for genetic studies with specimen banking - the Specimen Processing Lab and the Specimen Processing, DNA Preparation & Cell Line Lab. The Core is available to work with the Clinical Research Unit (CRU) patient facilities to facilitate “bedside-to-bench” research. SPAN Core usage fees, which cover the cost of consumables, are available on the facility’s website. Additional costs are applied to industry sponsored protocols, depending upon intensity level.
For more information about the CCTS SPAN, click here.
Clinical Research Unit
CRU outpatient facility is located on the 15th floor of Jefferson Tower (JT 15)
CRU inpatient accommodations are on the 8th floor of Medical Education Building (MEB 8).
The Clinical Research Unit (CRU) is committed to providing investigators and their teams with a research environment and broad range of services guided by good clinical practice, which contributes to the conduct of excellence in clinical and translational research. The CRU equips investigators with essential tools and critical resources and provides a highly efficient and flexible infrastructure that is sustainable through a comprehensive cost-recovery system. Since its inception, the CRU has provided services for 266 protocols and served over 800 investigators.
For more information about the CRU, click here .
Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design (BERD)
Bob Oster, PhD, Co-Director
Jerry McGwin, PhD, Co-Director
The BERD Component provides clinical and translational investigators with access to experienced methodologists. It supports translational research at UAB by providing investigators with methodological expertise in epidemiology, biostatistics, outcomes and effectiveness research, and data management. These methodologists are available to collaborate with clinical and translational researchers needing assistance from the CCTS. The focus of this support is at the “launch” of translational research, during the critical design and initial implementation phases of the project, with the expectation that resources for the continued involvement of methodologists will be provided by the projects themselves as they transition to funding and execution.
For more information about the BERD, click here.
Robert P. Kimberly, MD, Director
UAB has a unique opportunity to expand scientific insights into many diseases and populations. As a part of the School of Medicine's strategic initiative and in conjunction with the CCTS, this centralized resource of UAB Biorepositories assembles information about specimen collections including:
- An inventory of UAB specimens available for research
- Standard operating procedures, and
- Internal and external information related to Biorepository management.
For more information about the UAB Biorepositories, click here .
Elliot J. Lefkowitz, PhD, Director
Jonas S. Almeida, PhD, Co-Director
Eta S. Berner, EdD, Co-Director
Matthew Wyatt, MSHI, Asst. Director
The Biomedical Informatics (BMI) Component capitalizes on existing strengths and develops new capabilities to enhance clinical and translational research at UAB. The Component serves as the resource center for UAB CCTS efforts that provide the CCTS with the informatics infrastructure to collect structured clinical data at the point of care; export it to a data warehouse that also contains genomic and other biological information; and use the data for clinical, translational and outcomes research from bench to bedside and back. It is also enhancing communication among CCTS Components and investigators and with the national CTSA community, as well as providing informatics education for CCTS researchers, trainees, and the next generation of informaticians.
For more information about BMI, click here