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About the CTRU

The CTRU, located at the new Freidenrich Center (FCTR), is Stanford's home for clinical and translational research. Facilities include:

  • 16 patient bays
  • 4 hospital beds
  • 3 pediatric study rooms
  • 2 phlebotomy rooms
  • Exercise/ exam room
  • Consultation rooms
  • Research kitchen
  • Sample collection lab
  • 2 rooms equipped for 23-hour sleep studies

Hours & Location

  • Mon - Fri: 7 am to 5 pm
  • Freidenrich Center for Translational Research
    800 Welch Rd, Palo Alto, CA

Clinical & Translational Research Unit (CTRU)
& Spectrum Biobank

Follow this link to request CTRU services, and for CTRU documents - instructions, templates, guidelines, and directions to download for participants:

CTRU documents and Request CTRU Services

Note: The CTRU website is under construction. STUDY NAVIGATOR was decommissioned effective 3/31/2017; CTRU services are requested via this link.

About Us

The Clinical and Translational Research Unit (CTRU) and Spectrum Biobank are the major clinical research facilities for Stanford Medicine.

The CTRU, housed in the Freidenrich Center for Translational Research (FCTR), provides resources towards the conduct of patient-oriented research, to translate basic scientific knowledge into a better understanding and treatment of human diseases, and to train health professionals in clinical research. The CTRU clinical team consists of highly-specialized research nurses and other medical professionals to support multi-disciplinary human subject trials. Stanford investigators with IRB-approved active adult and child health protocols may utilize CTRU facilities and services.

The Spectrum Biobank is set up to handle high-volume, longitudinal studies and disease registries that require isolation and cataloging of various biofluid and tissue biospecimens for derivatives such as DNA, RNA, PBMCs, serum, plasma, urine, stimulated cell cultures, and any other specimens as they relate to further functional analysis. Our biobank works in tandem with specialized assay groups, such as the Human Immune Monitoring Center (directed by Dr. Holden Maecker) for functional downstream analysis with cutting-edge technologies such as CyTOF, single-cell sequencing, flow cytometry, and immunoassays. Technicians are proficient in all sterile techniques and processing protocols; utilizing state-of-the-art systems infrastructure for cryopreservation of specimens. The biobank is spread across the Stanford campus with locations at FCTR, Cancer Center, Porter Dr, and Arastradero.

The CTRU and Spectrum Biobank partner with:

  • Stanford Hospital & Clinics (main hospital)
  • Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System
  • Lucile Packard Children's Hospital

Please feel free to reach out to our management team by following this link to request additional information:

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CTRU Advisory Committee Member Tools