ACTSI Pediatrics, in collaboration with the Clinical Research Network (CRN) and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (Children's), supports a Clinical Research Site located on the Children's at Egleston campus. The Pediatric Clinical Research Unit is designed to provide the necessary infrastructure for investigators conducting pediatric clinical research and is a pediatric clinical interaction research site of ACTSI. The center improves the ability of pediatric researchers to perform innovative research while providing patients and their families with increased access to leading-edge clinical trials.

About the Center

Children's Pediatric Research Center is designed to provide the necessary infrastructure for investigators conducting pediatric clinical research. Located at Children's at Egleston, the facilities and services include:

  • A four-bed outpatient research unit
  • A four-bed inpatient research unit
  • A core research lab
  • A research pharmacy
  • Bionutrition services

The Children's Pediatric Research Center is available for patients coming to Children's for research visits. Depending on the particular research study, participants visit either the outpatient or inpatient unit. The Children's research team works closely with care providers throughout each research visit. Families participating in a research study will have full access to the family-centered amenities at Children's at Egleston including:

  • Wireless Internet
  • Exercise area
  • Laundry room
  • Sleep rooms
  • Private showers
  • Business centers
  • Family library

The ACTSI's CRN program provides support for the conduct of patient-oriented research at multiple sites across Atlanta. The CRN includes sites at Emory University Hospital, Emory Midtown, Emory Children's Center, Grady Memorial Hospital, the Ponce Infectious Diseases Clinic, the Hope Clinic, Wesley Woods Health Center, the Morehouse School of Medicine Clinical Research Center, and many others.

Features of the Pediatric Research Center

Nursing Services:
  • Dedicated trained research nurses
  • Medication administration including research drugs
  • Intravenous (I.V.) access and port access
  • I.V. infusions - Routine and complex vital sign monitoring
  • Phlebotomy
  • Timed specimen collections
  • Telemetry monitoring

Core Laboratory Services:

  • Sample processing to fit researcher protocol needs
  • Short-and long-term sample storage
  • Sample barcoding and tracking using sophisticated laboratory information management (LIMS) software
  • Laboratory expertise for researcher protocol planning, set-up, and initiation

Bio-Nutrition Services:

  • Metabolic kitchen: providing experimental research diets and feeding studies
  • Body composition lab: determination of energy expenditure, body density, and extracellular/intracellular fluid volume
  • Vmax indirect calorimeter, and Hydra ECF/ICF bioimpedance system and anthropometry
  • Support for protocol development, food compositing, food record analysis, dietary data management, and technical support

Investigational Pharmacy Services

  • Pharmacy expertise for researcher protocol planning, set-up, and initiation
  • Order and maintain investigational drug inventory per sponsor, state, and federal requirements
  • Prepare investigational drug information fact sheets for pharmacy and nursing staff to fit researcher protocol needs
  • Compound and dispense investigational medications per protocol requirements

ACTSI Pediatric Protocols Include:

If you are an Emory, MSM, or Georgia Tech clinical investigator and would like to utilize these sites through a CRN-supported mechanism please follow the protocol submission instructions. If you have questions, please contact Debora Clem, CRN Program Manager (404-712-1993 or For more information on the Pediatric Research Unit please contact the center's medical director, Anne Fitzpatrick, PhD (404-727-9112 or


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