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Doing Research

The Center for Translational Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center supports a wide range of consultative resources, facilities, and funding opportunities related to clinical research.

Requesting CTM Services

Investigators are directed to the Research LaunchPad System to request CTM services. This web-based system allows researchers with a UTSW ID to login and submit a request for services on behalf of themselves or their PI. The request is then routed to appropriate CTM personnel.

Advanced Imaging Research Center (AIRC)

The Advanced Imaging Research Center (AIRC) is a collaboration between UT Southwestern Medical Center and other North Texas institutions to further research in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS), and translation of discoveries into clinical practice.

The AIRC’s facilities include:

  • High-field MRI scanners for humans and small animals
  • Small-animal positron emission tomography/computerized tomography
  • Analytical nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy machines
  • Chemistry laboratories for developing imaging agents
  • Cyclotron facility for generating imaging isotopes (coming soon)

Clinical Research Unit (CRU)

The Clinical Research Unit (CRU), formerly known as the CTRC, is a multipurpose, centralized institutional resource for clinical and translational investigators on campus. The CRU provides services for all stages of a research project, from protocol development to implementation and study close-out.

Investigational Drug Services (IDS)

The Clinical Research Unit’s (CRU) Investigational Drug Service (IDS) provides full research pharmacy services to support clinical trials, including consulting services to develop pharmacy-related aspects of a protocol, a secured location for drug storage and dispensing, an Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS), subject randomization and blinding, and protocol adherence, such as drug counseling and drug accountability.

Funding Opportunities

Several funding opportunities made possible by the CTSA award are available to both junior and established investigators at UT Southwestern and its partnering institutions.

Consultative Resources

The CTM provides consultation services for researchers to assist in the development of a research protocol, including Spanish language validation services, biostatistics, epidemiology and research design, research volunteer recruitment, Redcap data management tools, pre-IRB review services, research ethics, and more.

Citing Support and Reporting Publications

Investigators who receive support from the Center for Translational Medicine are required to: