Service description

The USC Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) provides a broad range of services to assist in the initiation and conduct of human studies. The CTU can facilitate study visits ranging from low to high complexity, and specializes in medium to high complexity human studies.

The CTU provides consultation services to assist investigators and study teams with all operational aspects of coordinating a study. As part of the protocol assessment consultation, the CTU can assist with: protocol review for feasibility, service pricing, budget development, hospital credentialing for medical and research staff, providing a letter of support for grant applications, providing IRB support, invoicing, developing a data safety and monitoring plan, and any other logistical needs.

The CTU employs highly qualified research staff to meet all of your human study needs, such as skilled research nurses, research phlebotomists, lab technicians, and radiology technicians.

Our staff can conduct a range of ad hoc services such as serial blood sample acquisition and processing (i.e. pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic), infusion therapy, electrocardiogram tests, DEXA scans and body composition tests, and more. To learn more about the specific capabilities of the CTU Specimen Processing Center, please click here.

Our facilities contain equipment such as a refrigerated centrifuge, -80C ultra-low freezer, -20C freezer for temporary storage, and dry ice for shipment. Freezers are equipped with electronic monitors for hourly temperature reports.

For metabolic studies, the CTU has a YSI analyzer for rapid glucose results for various tests such as OGTT, IVGTT, and glucose clamps. Biospecimen processing can be done on specimens obtained from participants outside of the CTU.

Benefits for users

The CTU offers dedicated research and lab space; highly qualified research staff such as research nurses, phlebotomists, radiology and laboratory technicians; lab equipment, and a Specimen Processing Center.

Types of Services

Highly Qualified Research Personnel 

The CTU offers experienced research personnel that can conduct study visits and are trained in performing precise specimen collection of serial blood sampling for pharmacokinetic (PK) and pharmacodynamic (PD) assessments, as well as data collection. CTU’s skilled nurses can care for your research patients from the beginning to end of a visit. These services include taking vitals, doing EKGs, chemotherapy, infusion therapy, and more. Other services include phlebotomy, DEXA scans, body composition tests (anthropometric measurements), radiology, and nursing services. CTU nurses balance standard of care and protocol specific requirements, to provide and ensure the highest level of care. 

CTU research staff includes research nurses, phlebotomists, radiology technicians, and lab technicians.

To set up a consultation or to discuss any services offered by the CTU in more detail, please email

Dedicated Collaboration with Ancillary Services at USC

CTU has close partnerships with IDS Pharmacy, Radiology department, and other ancillary entities to facilitate the smooth conduct of research.

Benefits for users: Streamlined access to the necessary ancillary services for research patients.

Dedicated Human Research Space

CTU has outpatient clinic rooms centrally located on the third floor of the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at the USC Norris Cancer Hospital. The rooms contain monitoring equipment suitable for day-cases and/or longer outpatient observation stays requiring a calm and private environment.

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Contact information

Yolanda Gutierrez
Assistant Director for Clinical Research Operations


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Lilit Baronikian
CTU Lab Supervisor

323-865-3379 (office) or 818-642-4838 (cell)

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Clinical Trials Unit (CTU)

Provides a broad range of services to assist in the initiation and conduct of human services.

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Tooltip: Clinical Trial Management System (CTMS)

USC’s Clinical Trial Management System, OnCore, is a jointly sponsored, web-based software system for managing clinical trials.

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NIH Funding Acknowledgment: Important - All publications resulting from the utilization of SC CTSI resources are required to credit the SC CTSI grant by including the NIH funding acknowledgment and must comply with the NIH Public Access Policy.