Research Nursing Services

Provides expert research nursing support for protocol implementation and data collection in adult populations, pediatric, and perinatal at:

All services are provided as fee-for-service resources.

Core Lab Services

CTRC Core Laboratory Services support IRB-approved protocols with a wide range of analytical testing including chemical, hormone, metabolite, and immunological assays. CTRC Core Laboratories are CAP- and CLIA-accredited and provide trained personnel, reagents, equipment, and QC capabilities to conduct assays for research studies.

All services are provided as fee-for-service resources.

University of Colorado Hospital CTRC Core Lab

Children’s Hospital Colorado CTRC Core Lab

  • Chemical and immunological assays including cytokine and fat soluble vitamin assays, UPLC, HPLC, ELISA, Luminex, RIA, Nephelometry, chemiluminescence, and spectrophotometry.
  • Processing of sputum, tracheal aspirates, and BAL fluids

National Jewish Health CTRC Inflammation & Immunology Core Lab

Nutrition Services

Providing nutrition research expertise and assistance for clinical research protocols. We have two groups of professionals:

  • Scientists and nutritionists with extensive experience in nutrition and metabolism research
  • Food service staff trained to prepare and distribute meals from our commercial kitchen

Only CTRC-approved protocols can request Nutrition Services. All services are provided as fee-for-service resources.


  • Dietary intake assessment – habitual and during protocol interventions
  • Hunger and satiety assessment and/or measured ad libitum feeding
  • Meal preparation, including meal design, preparation, measurement, and dispensation
  • Growth, body composition, and resting metabolic rate (RMR) measurements in children
  • Consultation on study design, American dietary norms, and ways to achieve specific dietary intervention targets
  • Protocol-specific dietary counseling and instruction

Methods, Techniques, and Materials

Cardiovascular BioImaging

The Cardiovascular BioImaging Core offers imaging techniques in vascular and cardiac ultrasound to provide a comprehensive assessment of cardiovascular health in pediatrics and adults:

  • Brachial artery endothelial function testing
  • Arterial stiffness
  • Intimal-medial thickness
  • Real-time three-dimensional (3D/4D) echo technology
  • Speckle tracking imaging that enables accurate measures regional and global cardiac function

Clinical Research Support Team (CReST)

Provides a pool of experienced study coordinators and regulatory staff to assist with clinical research study start-up, implementation, and closeout. This resource alleviates the administrative burden associated with training and managing research staff and allows investigators to pay only for the amount of effort required.

See the CReST website for more information and pricing.