Children's Hospital Colorado CTRC Nursing Services


Doctor visiting a child patientWe provide nursing, nutrition, lab, and administrative resources and dedicated space at Children’s Hospital Colorado to conduct clinical research. The CTRC supports both investigator-initiated studies, including multi-center NIH studies and industry-initiated protocols. All services are provided on a fee-for-service resources basis with federally and investigator-initiated funded studies receiving subsidized rates for studies in pediatric, adolescent, and neonatal populations. We can also perform simple sample collections on adults when studies involve parents or caregivers. We work with populations that are healthy and those with a range of diseases such as type 1 and type 2 diabetes, obesity, cystic fibrosis, cardiovascular disease, chronic hepatitis, rare genetic and metabolic diseases, gastrointestinal disease, cholestatic and fatty liver diseases, HIV, and various infectious diseases.

Only IRB-approved protocols can request CTRC services.

All staff receive HIPAA and Good Clinical Practice training. CTRC research nurses are Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Basic Life Support (BLS) certified. Medical Research Assistants are BLS certified. The CTRC Core Lab is CAP and CLIA certified. All Nutrition staff are highly trained and Servesafe certified.

The CTRC conducts a broad range of research procedures, including novel procedures never performed in clinical care, such as measurement of insulin sensitivity (via hyperinsulinemia-euglycemic clamps. We routinely perform, OGTT and IVGTT), medication administration, infusions, pK assessments, measurements of growth and anthropometrics, as well as collecting, processing and assaying biological specimens.