About the Clinical Research Center (CRC)
The Clinical Research Center (CRC) is part of the Clinical Services Core of Penn State's Clinical and Translational Science Institute. At University Park, the CRC is housed in the Elmore Wing of Noll Lab. The three-story, 14,000 square foot CRC facility, which opened its doors in the fall of 1998, provides personnel support and facilities for research with human subjects. While the CRC is based in the College of Health and Human Development and receives significant support from the College, the CRC aims to be a resource for all investigators from any college or campus who are doing research in human disease and wellness.
Services currently available include:
- Clinical Services (project consultation with physicians and nurses, physical exams, stress tests, medication administration, all nursing procedures including blood drawing)
- Nutrition Services (food preparation, counseling, diet analysis)
- Study coordination (%FTE of study coordinators available)
- Help dealing with IRBs, including consent form and other document preparation
- Off-site Services (where physically possible CRC personnel can carry out procedures at remote sites)
- Ancillary Tests (blood tests, etc.)
- Blood, urine and other processing, storage or shipping
- Biostatistics support
- Bone density measurement (DXA)
- Space (various clinical and interview rooms)
If you do not see something that you need, please ask, we will gladly consider adding new services.
The CRC supports investigators funded by NIH and other federal, state and local agencies as well as by pilot funds and by pharmaceutical or other biomedical industries.
It is best to contact the CRC staff if you are planning to apply for external funding for research to be conducted in the CRC. We will help you make sure that your grant application properly dovetails with CRC services and fees.
For purposes of continued support of the Center, we request that you document the use of any of the CRC services in all publications. Please also send us copies of all published manuscripts, articles, or abstracts based on research performed with CRC services..