Resources

Clinical Participant Care Services

Jude in the Lab

Clinical Research Unit Staff

  • Six Registered Nurses
  • Three Research Assistants
  • Lab Manager
  • Unit Secretary
  • Two Administrators

The CRU provides outpatient and inpatient clinical research support to both pediatric and adult research participants.  Some of the procedures that the staff can perform and staff qualifications include:

  • Certified research professionals
  • Venipuncture techniques: phlebotomy, intravenous catheters, venous access devices, and central line placement
  • Collection of special fluids to include CSF, Pleural or Peritoneal preparation of specimens including use of the centrifuge and aliquoting
  • Storage, packaging, and shipping of specimens from IATA certified staff
  • Acute and emergency care trained ACLS certified
  • Acquiring ECGs and rhythm strips
  • Exercise stress testing
  • Pulmonary function testing
  • Resting energy expenditure
  • Complicated pharmacokinetic sampling
  • Dolorimetry
  • Tender point assessment
  • History and physical assessments
  • Vaccination
  • Pulse wave analysis
  • Complex medication administration with monitoring
  • Allergy testing
  • Questionnaire administration
  • DXA Scans

*The CRU staff is not limited to these procedures and are continually learning and extending their capabilities based on the needs of the investigators.

Physical Resources

Space

The Georgetown University Clinical Research Unit is located on the 1st floor of the Pasquerilla Healthcare Center of the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.

The area contains:

  • Nine Outpatient Rooms (including two negative pressure rooms)
  • BSL2 Plus Certified Lab
  • Six Beds
  • Phlebotomy Area
  • Cognitive Testing Room
  • Investigator Room Area
  • DXA Room
  • Conference Room

Equipment

The CRU has a variety of clinical and research equipment. The equipment available is constantly changing to meet the needs of our investigators. Below is a list of some of the equipment available for use:

  • Wall mounted stadiometer
  • Portable ECG machines
  • Vital signs machines with pulse oximetry
  • Hologic Discovery A DEXA System
  • Variable speed and temperature centrifuge
  • One subzero freezer set at -70 to -80
  • Electronic standing scale (weight up to 400 kgs)
  • Biosafety Cabinet