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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 Clinical Services Core successfully supports: interdisciplinary teams and infrastructure, new technology, training clinical scientists, shared resources and community outreach.


Clinical Services at the University of Utah, a 14 room nursing and administrative unit, is housed in 5200 square feet of prime clinical space on the fifth floor of the University of Utah Hospital. Our CSC serves as the Utah CTSI laboratory for performance of first-in-human clinical investigations. In addition to bed space and nursing, integral resources include a research pharmacy, kitchen with nutritionist support, endoscopy, electrodiagnostic and body composition suites, and clinical laboratory facilities.

Active protocols and study visits represent NIH funded studies, investigator-initiated studies, pilot studies, and industry-sponsored trials. From 2007-2012 our active protocols increased from 69 to 120 and subject visits increased from 2200 to 3800 annually for 7800 visit hours. Half of our visits represent NIH funded studies, and use of the Utah CSC saved an estimated $720,000 for parent NIH institutes.

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.

The CSC Internal Advisory Committee (IAC) reviews new applications based on an NIH review panel model to insure scientific quality and significance, impact to the CTSI, research subject safety, and adherence to regulatory requirements. Investigators from diverse academic communities serve on the internal advisory committee. Clinical care standards for patient safety and quality align with University of Utah Health institutional requirements for dual Joint Commission and DNV accreditation in 2013.

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The CTSI Clinical Services Core 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.

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 amazing team includes and is able to provide:

  • Distance nursing, or “mobile nursing” offers support to studies carried out elsewhere in the University Hospital, Primary Children's Hospital, and other off site locations.
  • Master's trained research nutritionist.
  • 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
Bionutritionist Ruther Tanner-Schramm, MS, RDN, CD 801-581-7665
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 Trial Support Director, and Ms. Dixie Thompson, BSN, RN, Associate Director, by calling 801-213-1359 or by emailing  You may also learn about CTSI Hub Liaison Team resources for multi-center trial support here
  • 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.