The Pediatric Clinical Research Center (PCRC) acts as the hub for clinical and translational research at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland and is funded by the National Institutes of Health. PCRC staff help researchers with their administrative, nursing, statistical and laboratory needs.
The center also offers comprehensive research lab services and state-of-the-art facilities to the medical center's scientists. However, the PCRC focuses entirely on research. Clinical laboratory services for hospital staff or patients is handled by the Pathology and Clinical Laboratory.
Eligibility and Costs
All clinical and basic scientists at Children's Hospital Oakland, as well as other staff working on studies approved by Children's Hospital Oakland Internal Review Board, are welcome to use PCRC services. We are able to handle multi-center studies and studies with various sources of funding, including those with corporate sponsors. PCRC use fees vary and are negotiable.
Laurie Schumacher, MPH, PhD, Assistant Program Director/Administrator
Nancy Sweeters, RN, PNP, Research Nurse Practitioner
Phone: (510) 428-3885 Ext. 5366
Fax: (510) 450-5809
Outpatient Center, 1st Floor
744 52nd St.
Oakland, CA 94609
Clinical & Research Lab Services
The center offers a full range of research-specific services—from consulting and administration to clinical data collection and laboratory testing—ensuring that research results are accurate and clinically relevant.
Clinical Services include:
- Biostatistical consultation
- Consultation with industry sponsors
- Database assistance
- Outpatient clinic rooms
- Patient care costs
- Protocol development
- Research nursing support
Research Lab Services include:
- Pharmacokinetic studies
- Protocol adherence
- Regulated and tracked shipping
- Specimen and database management
- Specimen processing quality assurance and quality control
- Two -80° C. freezers, monitored 24/7, with emergency back-up
- One -70° C. freezer
- One -20° C. freezer
- Refrigerated centrifuges
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