Research Facilities & Networks

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The CTSI Participant and Clinical Interactions (PCI) Core provides facilities, resources, and personnel to conduct clinical and translational research. PCI’s Clinical and Translational Research Centers (CTRCs) and Research Networks offer inpatient and outpatient facilities, staff, equipment, laboratory testing, and other research resources.

Multidisciplinary Acute Care Research Organization (MACRO) 


MACRO specializes in the identification and enrollment of patients in acute care settings into research studies.

Newborn Research Support Service (NuRSERy) 


​NuRSERy supports research in newborns and postpartum mothers.

Pediatric PittNet (PittNet) 


Pediatric PittNet is a pediatric primary care practice-based research network.

University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute Clinical and Translational Research Center (UPCI-CTRC)   


The UPCI-CTRC specializes in Phase I and Phase II oncology and pharmacokinetic studies.

Women's Health Practiced Based Research Network


The Women’s Health Practiced Based Research Network promotes collaboration between practitioners and clinical investigators to improve women’s health.

Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC Clinical and Translational Research Center (MWH-CTRC)


The MWH-CTRC specializes in women's health and reproductive services research.

Neuroscience Clinical and Translational Research Center (N-CTRC) 


The N-CTRC specializes in sleep, circadian and psychophysiological studies of health and disease across the lifespan.

Older Adult Research Network (OARN)


The OARN supports research in older adults residing in the community, senior-living communities, and skilled nursing facilities.

Physical Therapy Clinical and Translational Research Center (PT-CTRC)  


The PT-CTRC specializes in exercise physiology testing and rehabilitation.

UPMC Montefiore Clinical and Translational Research Center (MUH-CTRC) 


The MUH-CTRC supports inpatient and outpatient studies, oncology, vascular studies, and pharmacokinetics.

Protocol Submission

All new and ongoing research studies must obtain human subjects research (IRB) approval prior to using PCI resources. Approval is granted by the Human Research Protection Office (HRPO) for applications submitted via the OSIRIS online system. New protocols may also be submitted through the CTSI Tracking System.

Fees

Investigators planning to use PCI resources (including CTRCs and/or PBRNs) should contact the respective administrator to schedule an initial meeting. Initial discussions address study design, required resources, and budget for the proposed protocol. Fees for inpatient and outpatient studies are based on resources required. Fees related to the protocol and patient visits cannot be billed to a patient's insurer and are the responsibility of the investigator.