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Child & Maternal Health

Perinatal Clinical Translational Research Center (CTRC)


The Perinatal CTRC plays a crucial role in successfully carrying out human subject research studies in the fields of Newborn medicine and pregnancy, using subjects in the NICUs, Newborn Nursery, and Labor and Delivery suites on the Anschutz Medical Campus. By facilitating partnerships between our research staff, study investigators, and clinical staff, we are able to create a team effort, which works toward a shared goal of producing optimal research outcomes. The Perinatal CTRC also is committed to providing specialized research-focused nursing care.

Perinatal CTRC nurses come to the patient's bedside, as this is the safest and most ethical manner in which to enroll newborn infants and their pre- or post-partum mothers into research studies. The preterm infants are sometimes tiny, needing complex medical care and unique settings for mothers to deliver their babies. For more information about the following Services and Resources, please contact Lisa Lewis​.

Services & Resources

  • Screening and Enrollment
  • Informed Consent
  • Patient and family education
  • Clinical staff education
  • Sample collection and processing including:
    • Blood (maternal or infant)
    • Tracheal aspirates/lavages
    • Cord blood
    • Umbilical Cord/Placenta dissection
  • Anthropometrics and Peapod testing
  • Coordination of procedures (echo, ultrasound, x-rays)
  • Medication administration
  • IV infusions
  • Data collection and data entry into electronic databases
  • Study Liaison services to assist with:
    • Research lab collection processes and storage plan
    • Study procedure and guideline creation
    • Study design consultation
  • Cord blood and placental collection and processing
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