The Child Health Research Unit (CHRU) is a partnership between Children’s of Alabama, the UAB Department of Pediatrics and the UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS)

Our mission is to provide an outpatient pediatric research unit that reduces barriers to the conduct of scientifically rigorous clinical and translational research. The CHRU facilitates the implementation of safe and age-appropriate clinical research protocols in a flexible fashion to accelerate our understanding and treatment of childhood diseases.

Guidance and Application Process

All protocols that utilize the CHRU must have a designated, protocol-specific physician with primary responsibility for the safe conduct of the study and must have IRB or WIRB approval.

Investigators will supply their own support staff (and during Modified Business Operations, all PPE and supplies - see CHRU R2Op) for research conducted in the CHRU. For those in need of additional research study staff, the UAB Clinical Research Support Program (CRSP) is a fee-for-service entity that may provide study coordination, phlebotomy service, regulatory form application completion, etc.  CRSP works closely with DOP PIs in support of pediatric research. Contact Rhonda Corvalan of CRSP for more information and CCTS Clinical Services application.

To utilize the CHRU, including the centrifuge located in the laboratory:

  1. Complete the one-page CHRU Application and submit it with the *required attachments (IRB/WIRB approval, assent/consent form(s), Human Subjects Protocol (HSP) and research protocol) to Cheryl Perry. 
  2. Once approved, request space and time using the Reservation Template; email Cheryl Perry (copy Melissa McBrayer).

    *The approved Resumption of Research Operations (R2Ops) for the 3rd floor CHRU is available from Cheryl Perry.

To maintain equipment and cover general upkeep of the Unit, charges to use the Unit have been developed.  These charges are commensurate with those of other academic institutions.  Budgets with sponsors should include unit utilization fees ($1500 start-up and $75/hour for exam rooms - not including overhead) during the negotiation process. If you need justification for these costs (or for the 4% departmental fee), please contact Cheryl Perry.

Use of the facility includes access to the following.CHRU room artwork

  • Triage room with scales and stadiometer
  • Exam rooms
  • Lab with centrifuge and freezer for short-term storage
  • Locked storage space for equipment and supplies
  • Conference room space (limited to research only during Modified Business Operations)