The CCTS has created a supportive environment for clinical and translational research involving human subjects. Our cutting-edge capacities and coordinated expertise ensure safety and good clinical practice. Through the CCTS Clinical Support registration process, we tailor the following services to meet the individual needs of each investigator we assist. 

Bionutrition Units

Our Bionutrition units foster the integration of nutrition into clinical and translational research by providing nutrition research expertise and resources for investigators across the CCTS Partner Network. The UAB Hub unit features a state-of-the-art metabolic kitchen, which allows for the preparation of specially designed meals for participants on both inpatient and outpatient studies. Learn more

Child Health Research Unit (CHRU)

CCTS partners with Children's of Alabama and the UAB Department of Pediatrics to provide two convenient outpatient research environments within Children's Hospital at the CCTS Hub. Available facilities and services include space and equipment, UAB outreach laboratory services, and storage of biologic specimens. We also offer support for pediatric study design, regulatory support, and budget preparation. Learn more

Clinical Research Support Program (CRSP)

Our CRSP staff assist investigators with protocol negotiation and development, study implementation, regulatory requirements, organizational and budget management, sponsor communication, internal quality measures, and data management. CRSP also works in partnership with the CCTS Clinical Trials Administrative Office to provide education and training for all research team members. Learn more

Clinical Research Unit (CRU)

CRU encompasses a 15,450-square foot outpatient interaction area with trained nursing staff and patient rooms that can support a wide range of clinical research, including Phase I clinical trials. Dedicated treatment areas allow for the collection of pharmacokinetic, pharmacodynamic, and pharmacogenomic samples from research participants receiving oral drugs and a centrally located nurse‚Äôs station with pneumatic tube functionality allows for quick transport of specimens to the hospital lab as well as receipt of some pharmaceuticals. Learn more

Clinical Trials Administrative Office (CTAO)

The CCTS CTAO aims to bring innovative therapies to patients through the development and continual enhancement of operational excellence in the management of clinical trials. We seek to support investigative teams throughout the clinical trial lifecycle. One example is the enterprise-wide rollout and operation of OnCore, which is transforming clinical trial processes at the HUB and beyond. Learn more


CCTS Informatics brings together resources, tools, methodology and expertise in both clinical and bioinformatics to support biomedical research collaboration and consultation across the translational spectrum. Our informatics team offers help with study design; access to summary, limited (de-identified), and fully identified data sets; and data analytic services. Learn more.

Phase I Clinical Trials Unit

The CCTS supports a 7,950-square foot Phase I Clinical Trials Unit, which is located adjacent to the CCTS CRU and sample processing facility. The Phase I unit comprises five exam rooms for the administration of research agents. A centrally located nurses' station supports the unit. Learn more.

Research Commons

If you don't see what you need in our Clinical Translation domain, visit Research Commons, which connects investigators to tools, technology, institutional resources, and collaborators to accelerate discovery. Learn more.

Specimen Processing, Analysis, and Biorepository Unit

Our SPAN and Biorepository Unit offers specialized support for the entire continuum of sample needs, from collection and processing to analysis and biobanking. All services are performed in compliance with best practices of ISBER (International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories), the Office of Biorepositories and Biospecimen Research (OBBR), the College of American Pathologists (CAP). Our lab staff have completed Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and IRB training. Learn more


The above clinical supports are fee-for-service. We work with investigators to ensure they only pay only for the amount of effort required. Access price lists for each of the following units here (BlazerID & login required). 


To register for one or more clinical supports, please provide the following required information:

  • a completed Registration Form
  • Human Subjects Protocol - Approval may be pending. Send stamped approval form(s).
  • Consent Form(s) - Approval may be pending.  Send stamped consent form(s).
  • Protocol (Grant application, sponsor protocol, study group protocol)

The CCTS Clinical Support registration form and accompanying documentation should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Don't see what you need? Have an urgent request? Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 205-934-7442.