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). The Pediatric Research Office manages the unit.

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 supply their own support staff 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. Contact Pam Cunningham of CRSP for more information and to access the CCTS Clinical Services application. The UAB Center for Injury Science's Research Assistant Program is a fee-for-service program with expertise in screening, recruitment, enrollment in the hospital setting. Contact Shannon Stephens for more information.

To utilize the CHRU, including the centrifuges 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 Request template; email to Melissa McBrayer (Cc: Cheryl Perry ).

  3. As UAB faculty and staff, research teams should read and follow the guidelines found on the UAB United as well as the Children's of Alabama visitation guidelines.

To maintain equipment and cover general upkeep, 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.

The CHRU maintains the following for research use. Contact Melissa McBrayer if you would like to view the unit. Directions to the CHRU and information on parking are available here

  • Triage room with scales and stadiometer

  • Exam rooms

  • Laboratory with two table-top centrifuges and -20 freezer for short-term storage

  • Conference room space (limited to research only use at present)

  • Locked storage space is available for storage of team supplies