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Accelerating Discoveries Toward Better Health

The CTSI Clinical Research Unit focuses on patient-oriented research. Our reputation for excellence in clinical research began here as the University of Utah General Clinical Research Center or GCRC, an academic home for “first in human” research performance that has been generously supported by the National Institutes of Health and the University of Utah since 1964. Today, the CSC provides physical space and expert nursing support for both inpatient and ambulatory human subject research.

History of the Unit

In 2007 the University of Utah GCRC community of scientists and visionaries successfully competed for a new clinical research award, a Clinical and Translational Science Award. The clinical research enterprise was re-envisioned, the expanded model now accelerates the full cycle of translation from bench-to-bedside, to the community, and back to the bench. This modern model of the CTSI successfully supports interdisciplinary teams and infrastructure, new technology, training clinical scientists, shared resources and community outreach.

Current CSC utilization builds on the historic strengths of the CTSI in phenotype/genotype correlation, cancer genetics, and pediatric disease. Diversity of investigators using the CSC continues to increase; pediatric protocols now account for 28 percent of CSC nursing hours. The CSC actively recruits clinical investigators and protocols from all clinical specialties, nursing, pharmacy, exercise physiology, and physical therapy.

Nursing & Other Research Performance Series

Our research nurses receive specialized training to facilitate research protocols that range from simple outpatient encounters to intensive studies requiring invasive procedures and multiple day hospital admissions. Our team includes and is able to provide:

  • Nursing services that offer support to studies at CSC venues, and “mobile nursing” for studies carried out elsewhere in the University Hospital, Primary Children's Hospital, and other off-site locations.
  • Dedicated research pharmacy staff.
  • PhD trained exercise physiologist.

Let us show you how we are able to consistently execute exceptional patient-oriented research, ensure research integrity, and provide quality care and patient safety for our participants.

Contact Us

General Contact Information

Clinical Services Core, Nursing Services  


Fax: 801-585-3629

Director, Research and Science Dixie D. Thompson, BSN, RN 801-585-9511
Nursing Manager Michelle Adams, BSN, RN 801-585-5861
Clinical Nurse Educator Jesika England, BSN, RN 801-583-8565
Scheduling 801-581-2224
Pediatric Mobile Nursing Shawna Baker, RN 801-581-6737


Recommended Contact Points

  • For budget and cost information, contact Michelle Adams, Nurse Manager (801-585-5861) to schedule a meeting. At this meeting you will review and define your requests for nursing and other CSC services.
  • If you have an idea for a clinical trial and would like to request consultation services regarding study design, available resources, or potential clinical/translational collaborations, please contact Rob Singleton, MD, Clinical Research Unit Director, and Ms. Dixie Thompson, BSN, RN, Associate Director, by calling 801-213-1359 or by emailing
  • Contact Shawna Baker, 801-581-6737, if you have any questions regarding the pediatric mobile nursing services.
  • Contact Stacey Peterson (801-213-1359) for clarification about the CTSI application process, our Internal Advisory Committee (IAC), or the review process and projected deadlines.
  • Contact Nurse Manager Michelle Adams (801-585-5861) for site visit facility requests from sponsors, monitors, or regulatory agencies.
  • Contact to schedule participant visits. All scheduling requests or cancellations are handled via email.
  • Contact Sadie Gabler (801-581-3803) at the Office of Research Participant Advocacy for research participant concerns.