Spotlight - Programs
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:
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org).
The University of Pittsburgh Sleep Medicine Institute (UPSMI) is an integrated, multi-disciplinary program encompassing research, teaching, and clinical care.
Under the leadership of Dr. David Kupfer (Director) and Drs. Daniel Buysse and Patrick Strollo, Jr. (Co-Directors), the UPSMI leverages the talent, infrastructure and resources of the University of Pittsburgh Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and its partners to offer unique multidisciplinary training opportunities for young researchers, to support collaborative research initiatives across the lifespan with investigators from a wide range of disciplines, and to help translate promising new treatments into practice.
David J. Kupfer, MD
Daniel J Buysse, MD
Patrick Strollo Jr, MD
The UPSMI coordinates activities of the Sleep Research Network, a consortium of CTSA institutions established in 2007 to promote multidisciplinary research collaborations that address significant public health and mechanistic questions related to sleep medicine. The network was created to promote and facilitate collaborative projects in sleep medicine, and to attract and support the training of the next generation of sleep medicine investigators. The network comprises researchers representing 40 of the current 60 CTSA institutions across the United States.
UPSMI activities focus on four core areas: research, training, clinical interactions, and community outreach. The Institute’s focus on the complex associations between sleep, health, and disease brings together experts engaged in research, clinical care, and educational programs throughout the University’s Schools of the Health Sciences. The UPSMI helps to coordinate sleep medicine activities across the University, including: one of the top three NIH-funded sleep research faculties in the United States; an NIH-funded T32 training program in multidisciplinary, translational sleep medicine; the UPMC Sleep Center; and an ACGME-accredited clinical sleep medicine fellowship program.