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In the Spotlight

The Neuroscience Clinical and Translational Research Center (N-CTRC), is a valuable resource for researchers from a variety of disciplines. Located on the 13th floor of Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC), the Center offers investigators a number of services including:

  • Investigational drug administration
  • Polysomnography (in-lab and in-home)
  • Sleep deprivation studies
  • Psychiatric assessments
  • Psychophysiological assessments (blood pressure, electroencephalography, 15-lead electrocardiography, heart rate, temperature, oximetry)
  • Specimen collection (blood, saliva, urine)

Facilities include five participant bedrooms, two time-isolation suites, a nurses' station, a sleep-recording control room, a treatment room, study preparation area, and patient lounge. Three bedrooms are equipped with IV ports for medication administration and blood sampling.

All patient rooms provide electroencephalography sleep, electrocardiography (EKG), respiration, oxyhemoglobin saturation, periodic limb movements, heart rate and heart-rate variability, core body temperature, skin temperature, mood, and performance monitoring capability. In addition, rooms are equipped to conduct Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (C-PAP) evaluations. Nursing personnel are available to conduct participant assessments, blood draws, 12-lead EKGs, participant monitoring during positron emission tomography procedures, and other nursing functions. The N-CTRC also has a pupillometer and eye-tracker. Electrophysiological equipment is supported by qualified systems and electronics specialists.

 

Hours of Operation

Polysomnography and overnight rooms are available 24 hours daily based on protocol needs.

Outpatient Nursing is provided from 6:00 am to 3:30 pm Monday through Friday. Additional hours are available upon request.

 

Contact

To learn more about how the Center can offer in terms of your own research projects, we invite you to contact the N-CTRC Manager, Christina Nicassio (Telephone: 412-246-6407; Email: nicassiocv@upmc.edu).