ACTRI Center for Clinical Research

A nurse processes samples in the ACTRI clinic laboratory.

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The Center for Clinical Research (CCR) is located on the first floor of the Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute building on UC San Diego Health’s La Jolla campus.

This fully staffed, dedicated research clinic has 18,000 square feet of state-of-the-art facilities to support all phases of clinical research – from idea to implementation. Our research clinic supports a broad range of translational research studies, from sleep studies, to stem-cell-derived therapy for Type 1 diabetes, to an imaging agent for women with primary breast cancer undergoing surgery, to early stage Inflammatory Bowel Disease colon biopsy studies. Presently the clinic supports more than 200 clinical trials, with the capacity to support hundreds of clinical trials each year. We support pediatric and adult studies.

An infusion room at the clinic in the Altman CTRI building. This room, as well as many of the other participant care rooms, have windows to bring in natural light and enhance clinical trial participation experience.

The CCR includes:

  • a phase I unit for testing first-in-human studies for new drugs and devices
  • a research pharmacy to prepare experimental treatments under rigorous conditions
  • over 20 rooms for clinical trials, including overnight rooms, procedure rooms, examination rooms, and consultation rooms
  • a kitchen for metabolic and diabetes studies
  • two negative-pressure rooms for viral vector, infectious disease and cannabis studies
  • an expanded laboratory for processing samples
  • a minor procedure room
  • cardiovascular phenotyping services
  • Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing (CPET)
  • Continuous cardiac monitoring
  • expanded ultrasound services, with a full range of sonography
  • an infusion center
  • rooms for activities such as exercise and lung testing, and a DEXA scanner to measure bone health
  • trained staff to perform procedures

A dietitian prepares food in the clinic's metabolic kitchen at the Altman ACTRI building.

More than two dozen employees – skilled nurses, clinical coordinators, a registered dietitian, a registered sonographer, biostatisticians, pharmacists, and a pharmacy technician – support the researchers who conduct clinical trials at the ACTRI. Our Registered Nurses are certified by the Oncology Nursing Society for the administration of chemotherapy, and are certified in Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), and moderate sedation. The clinic has trained personnel and facilities to carry out many procedures, such as phlebotomy, IV placement, ECGs, drug administration, and skin biopsies, and our staff can provide dietary consultation and assistance with budgeting costs for clinical trials. Read an artcle about the Nurses of ACTRI

Investigators from UC San Diego and Partner Organizations are welcome to apply to use our facilities and services to conduct their clinical studies.

Mark S. Wallace, MD, manages the ACTRI clinic. For both outpatient and inpatient studies, please click on the “Request ACTRI Services” button below. You may also contact Mary Maeve Taaffe, RN, Nurse Supervisor, at (858) 822-1717, cell (858) 334-9769.


Parking and participant drop-off area

There is a participant drop-off and pick-up area in front of the ACTRI building, easing access to the clinic for clinical trial participants with limited mobility. We also provide parking vouchers for trial participants at the hospital garage next to the building.


Co-funding

Co-funding is not permitted under the new National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS) rules. There are limited institutional resources to co-fund occasional projects. At the time of service, please inquire about potential support for NIH and Foundation-funded projects.


Online Scheduling for Clinic Services

The CCR provides online scheduling for all clinical research services using a software package called Clinical Conductor, a Bio-Optronics product. Clinical Conductor works like restaurant reservations software and allows researchers to request preferences. The program automatically matches the room and schedule to accommodate the needs of the study. Users may request and cancel clinic appointments for up to five research subjects. They will receive email confirmation from a ACTRI staff member within 48 business hours.

Online Scheduling Form


Nursing Order Forms

Inpatient (Word | PDF)

Outpatient (Word | PDF)



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