Clinical and Translational Science Unit (CTSU)

Purpose of the Clinical and Translational Science UnitClinical Research Center

The Clinical and Translational Science Unit (CTSU) provides state-of-the-art space for researchers to see patients who are enrolled in clinical trials. The CTSU is staffed by experienced registered nurses and medical assistants, who provide routine care, complex protocol procedures and help record research data in study flow sheets. The space in the University of Kansas Clinical Research Center in Fairway features an exercise physiology laboratory and a commercial-quality metabolic kitchen.

Overview of CTSU Services

The CTSU offers clinical space, including:

  • Nine exam rooms for multi-purpose outpatient research evaluations.
  • Two cognitive testing rooms.
  • Two isolation exam rooms, designed for smoking cessation or ID studies.
  • Workspace for up to eight study coordinators.
  • Sample processing lab.
  • Euglycemic clamp testing.

The building also features an on-site drug infusion center:

  • Eleven infusion suites for drug infusion and pharmacokinetic studies.
  • Investigational pharmacy.
  • Study drug administration and pharmacokinetic lab draws.

An extended observation unit/sleep lab space is also available:

  • Allows for evening stays.
  • Three hospital-style suites.
  • Sleep studies available for research, using EEG to examine overnight sleep parameters.

An exercise physiology laboratory offers a variety of services and equipment:

  • An exercise physiologist, ACSM certified, is available to assist with studies.
  • Two Parvo Medics Metabolic Carts.
  • Treadmills, cycle, recumbent stepper and an upper body ergometer
  • Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scans to test bone density and body composition, including iDXA that can measure visceral fat.
  • Quantitative Sudomotor Axon Reflex Testing (QSART or Q-Sweat)
  • Nerve conduction studies, electromyography and quantitative sensory testing.
  • Supervised strength or aerobic exercise training.

Metabolic and demonstration kitchens can assist with assessment of dietary intake and nutrition interventions.

  • Bionutritionists available to help with design and implementation of nutrition studies.
  • Develop and prepare calculated meals.
  • Provide nutrition education to study participants.
  • Food record or diary analysis.

 Benefits of Participating in the CTSU

  • State-of-the-art space to support your research study.
  • Get access to nursing staff and coordinators who can help with your study.
  • An experienced research coordinator pool is available for researchers who don't have study coordinators of their own.
  • Use facilities like the exercise lab, sleep lab and metabolic kitchen.
  • Get help with recruiting participants for your study with tools like the Frontiers recruitment registry and the Pioneers website.
  • Access data by searching HERON, which allows researchers at KU Medical Center to search de-identified electronic medical record data.

Contact Us

To find out more about how the CTSU program can help with your study, initiate the contact process by filling out this application. For questions, contact Andra Lahner,, or 913-588-0046.