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Clinical & Translational Research Center (CTRC)

Cedars-Sinai Clinical & Translational Research Center

CTRC programs
Entrance to research unit
CTRC Procedure Room
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center campus
Sample Processing Laboratory
Town Hall
High School Mentor program

The Cedars-Sinai Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC) is designed to serve the needs of clinical research in a variety of settings, both inpatient and outpatient. The CTRC at Cedars serves investigators from a 2,250 square foot base of operation which provides clinical support services in a five room outpatient facility located in the South Tower of the Medical Center on Gracie Allen Drive in Los Angeles. Additional facilities include a processing lab and consult room.

Each of our rooms offers subjects a comfortable reclining lounger or an exam table. Each room is equipped with flat screen TVs and DVD players to help subjects relax through long procedures, while receiving excellent care delivered by highly skilled certified research nurses.

One of our unique features is our mobility, allowing support of research activity in the field. Such “field” services include providing support in CSMC clinics, surgical units or inpatient units, and assisting with data or specimen collection from patients and their family members. We also have a Research Subject Advocate who oversees research and data safety issues in close collaboration with the clinical investigators who utilize the CTRC.


  • 4 Exam Rooms
  • 1 Consult Room
  • 1 Processing Lab
  • Scatter Beds: cover all floors as needed
  • Scatter Nurses: same outpatient staff

Contacts and Location

8700 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles CA, 90048

Medical Director: Marzieh Salehi, M.D.
Administrator: Debby Peterson - (310) 423-8969
Nurse Manager: Regina Olivas, R.N. - (310) 423-8968
Bionutritionist: Mindy Mamelak, R.D. - (310) 423-6426
Hours: Monday - Friday, 6:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.


  • 5.0 RNs
  • 3 MAs
  • 1 Nutritionist (part-time)
  • Nurses on Call

Staff Directory

Marzieh Salehi, M.D., Program Director
Mariko Ishimori, M.D., Assistant Program Director

Regina Olivas, R.N., Nurse Manager


Debby Peterson, Administrative Director
Erica Bolton, Management Assistant
Jonathan Hackmeyer, Management Assistant

Specialization Areas

  • Cardiology
  • Endocrinology
  • Genetics
  • Maternal/Fetal Medicine

Specialized Resources

  • DEXA (GE iDXA Pro)
  • Body Composition
  • Bioelectrical Impedance
  • Anthropometry
  • IV/Syringe Pumps (Alaris IV and Syringe)
  • Glucose and Insulin Testing
  • Crash Cart
  • Electrocardiogram (GE MAC3500)
  • Glucometer (2 Precision exceed Pro)
  • Sphygmomanometer (portable)
  • Diagnostic tools (wall-mounted): Sphygmomanometer, Ophthalmascope, Otoscope
  • Cold Centrifuge
  • Micro centrifuge
  • Freezers: - 80(4) and -20(1)
  • Scales
  • YSI 2300
  • VMAX (ENCORE/CareFusion)
  • Mobile Cardiovascular monitoring system (Heart rate, blood pressure, Pulse OX, ECG)

CTRC Program

  • Protocols with patients undergoing provocative testing, sample collections, and drug/hormone administration
  • Research nursing support for inpatient/outpatient studies. A 'mobile' unit that collects biological samples and supports investigators both in the field and in the hospital
  • Research subject screening, recruitment & education
  • A Sample Processing Laboratory that provides sample acquisition and triaging, including phlebotomy support for inpatient and outpatient research studies. Long-term sample storage is available in our laboratories in the Davis and Spielberg Research Buildings.
  • Bio-Nutrition research support (including DEXA scans)
  • Clinical rooms for research encounters, infusions, phlebotomy & testing
  • Research sample storage
  • Trial design and biostatistics support

Nursing Support

Services include drug management in Clinical Trials, support for research protocols in an intensive care setting, development of study specific data collection tools, patient education as related to specific research protocols, and screening/recruitment of potential participants. CTRC is staffed with 5.0 registered nurses.

Regina Olivas, R.N., Nurse Manager
Nilly Moore, R.N., Research Nurse
Donald Zucca, R.N., Research Nurse
Sally Chi, R.N., Research Nurse
Katy Abdel-Razek, R.N., Research Nurse

Bionutrition Support

For assessment of nutritional status and to provide nutrition counseling or design special research diets. Screening and recruiting potential participants is done for specific research projects.

Mindy Mamelak, R.D., Research Dietitian

Body Composition Core

The CTRC has recently acquired a Hologic DEXA scanner that can be used to measure bone mineral density and fat mass for research purposes.

Mindy Mamelak, R.D., Research Dietitian and DEXA Operator

Data Safety Monitor Assistance

Available in the development of Data Safety Monitoring plans for CTRC supported protocols (IRB- and SAC-approved) in order to comply with federal requirements in patient safety.

Umbilical Cord/Amnion Tissue Collection Service

De-identified samples of umbilical cords, amnion, placenta and cord blood can be obtained from healthy deliveries and are available to investigators for research purposes.

Body Composition Core

The CTRC has recently acquired a Hologic DEXA scanner that can be used to measure bone mineral density and fat mass for research purposes.

Mindy Mamelak, R.D., Research Dietitian and DEXA Operator