Clinical and Translational Research Center

The Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) provides clinical trial assistance through its Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC) and its Core Laboratory. The CTRC, formerly known as the General Clinical Research Center (GCRC), has been in continuous operation since 1961.

About Us

The CTRC serves as a core institutional resource for investigator-initiated, peer-reviewed, high-quality, innovative clinical research within Tufts Medical Center and across the scientific community.  It provides the infrastructure for investigators to conduct a wide range of state-of-the-art clinical studies in neonatal, pediatric, and adult research participants in the inpatient and outpatient settings. The CTRC offers an array of resources to facilitate clinical research for studying the causes and progression of human disease and for translation of biomedical research to prevent, treat or cure disease.

The CTRC is staffed by specialized research nurses and research assistants, research study coordinators, a research dietitian and laboratory technicians.

Investigators at all levels of the academic ladder (students, trainees and faculty) and at all Tufts CTSI partner institutions have access to CTRC services. We are especially supportive of young investigators during the early stages of their development.

What We Offer

The CTRC supports every aspect of a clinical study, including:

  • Regulatory and coordination support
  • Data collection
  • Routine and specialized nursing
  • Sample collection
  • Processing
  • Short-term and long-term storage and shipment.

For more information, please visit the CTRC services and facilities page.

Investigators who are preparing an application to request external or internal funding (e.g., NIH) for a study that will be conducted, at least in part, at the CTRC should contact the CTRC Manager as early as possible so we can assist with customized study-specific documents for the resources/environment and budget sections of the application.

Information for clinical trials participants is also available.

Tufts CTSI is supported the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health, Grant Number UL1 TR000073. The content on these pages is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.

Please cite this grant any time you use Tufts CTSI resources, services, and facilities.