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Clinical & Translational Research Center (CTRC)

Cedars-Sinai Clinical & Translational Research Center

CTRC programs
Entrance to research unit
CTRC Procedure Room
Steven Spielberg Building, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
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 provides clinical support services in an outpatient facility located in the Steven Spielberg Building of the Medical Center on Alden Drive in Los Angeles. Additional facilities include a processing lab and a DXA imaging procedure room.

Each of our rooms offers subjects a comfortable reclining lounger or a hospital bed. 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.


  • 5 Exam Rooms
  • Processing Lab
  • 1 DXA imaging procedure room

Contacts and Location

8723 Alden Drive
Los Angeles CA, 90048

Program Director: Odelia Cooper, M.D. - (310) 423-2830
Associate Program Director: Mariko Ishimori, M.D. - (310) 423-3870
Administrator: Debby Peterson - (310) 423-8969
Bionutritionist: Mindy Mamelak, R.D. - (310) 423-6426
Hours: Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.


  • 5.0 RNs
  • 2 Administrative Assistants
  • Nurses on call
  • 1 Nutritionist
  • 2 Clinical Research Coordinators

Staff Directory

Odelia Cooper, M.D., Program Director
Mariko Ishimori, M.D., Associate Program Director


Debby Peterson, Administrator

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.


Katie Abdel-Razek, R.N., Research Nurse
Bella Bernshtam, R.N., Research Nurse
Nilly Moore, R.N., Research Nurse
Donald Zucca, 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 GE iDXA Pro scanner that can be used to measure bone mineral density and fat mass for research purposes.

Mindy Mamelak, R.D., Research Dietitian and GE iDXA Pro 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 GE iDXA Pro scanner that can be used to measure bone mineral density and fat mass for research purposes.

Mindy Mamelak, R.D., Research Dietitian and GE iDXA Pro Operator