Clinical Trials Office



The Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science (LA CaTS) Center is Louisiana's entry point for investigators looking for clinical and translational research resources, funding support and education; and for communities wanting to learn more about research and to get involved. LA CaTS' goal is to transform the clinical and translational research efforts of our region away from the status quo, where institutions operate in isolation to pursue their institutional missions, and toward a cohesive, mutually supportive enterprise for clinical and translational research. 

LA CaTS Research Toolbox : Here you can find a vast array of resources and useful links for investigators conducting clinical and translational research.

LA CaTS Center SPARCRequest : LA CaTS Center's SPARCRequest webpage is where you can search and request services across all Cores and Resources of the LA CaTS Center.

LA CaTS ListServ : Subscribe to the LA CaTS ListServ to receive emails regarding the services offered by LA CaTS, information about new funding opportunities, and notifications of events. You can sign up using the Subscribe button on the LA CaTShomepage (top right) or you can email Tiffany Prather

LSUHSC Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC)

The LSUHSC Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC) provides a unified research infrastructure with an overall theme of “prevention, care and research of chronic diseases in the underserved population.”  The clinical research core (LSUHSC-NO CTRC) provides a clinical site located in New Orleans, LA.  The CTRC is a major component of the Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science Center (LACaTS). The CTRC supports research activities, provides assistance with recruitment, and supports a network of clinical investigators, employing a uniform and systematic approach to clinical research.  The CTRC is located in the LSU Healthcare Network Multispecialty Clinic Building at 478 S. Johnson Street, Room 652.  It is approximately 2,000 square feet and includes 5 exam rooms, 2 interview rooms, 2 offices, a medical records room, core laboratory, lobby, and a nurse's station.  Parking is conveniently located behind the clinic building at no charge to patients.

Who Can Use the CTRC? 

Any LSU investigator or their affiliates conducting an Institutional Review Board (IRB) approved clinical research project may apply to use the LSU CTRC on a fee-for-service basis.

What Does It Cost to Use the CTRC? 

The cost for using the CTRC and its services for a pharmaceutical or investigator initiated study will vary according to the services utilized and available funding.  The CTRC will provide a cost analysis for study implementation which is subject to review and approval prior to study initiation.  Study submission begins with the completion of the CTRC application in SPARC at  

Services Provided

  • Highly Skilled Nursing Staff
  • Nurse Practitioner Support
  • Sample Collection and Serial PK Sampling 
  • Implement Study Questionnaire and Interviews
  • Injections 
  • Assistance with Ancillary Hospital Services and Diagnostic Testing 
  • LabCorp Lab Services and Assistance with Simple Specimen Processing and Shipping 
  • Investigational Product/Device Oversight and Storage
  • Assistance with Study Budget Preparation 
  • Assistance with Development of Study-Specific Forms (logs, case report forms, procedure flow sheets, etc.) 
  • Assistance with Informed Consent Development 

Equipment Available 

  • NDD Easy-On Spirometry
  • Cosmed Bod Pod (Total Body Composition)
  • Welch Allyn Spot Vital Signs Machines with Pulse Oximetry 
  • Interview rooms equipped with computers for questionnaire and data input 
  • EKG
  • Glucometer
  • Portable Ultrasound Machine

Core Lab

  • Eppendorf Refrigerated Centrifuge 
  • Refrigerator/Freezer
  • -80 Freezer for short-term storage