The Center for Clinical and Translational Research is the virtual home for pediatric clinical and translational research. The Center supports innovative clinical research studies and the translation of basic science discoveries into improved child health.

The Center integrates closely with the Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute (ACTSI), an NIH/NCRR-sponsored component of the CTSA network, and represents the pediatric component of the ACTSI. 

Mission: To facilitate bringing new and cutting edge therapies to patients by providing the infrastructure to build national and international clinical and translational research capacity.

Vision: To become the premier Center for Clinical and Translational Research across the spectrum of pediatric medicine. 

To request any of the below CCTR services, please click here.

  • Protocol Scientific Consultation: CCTR provides individual scientific consultations for investigator initiated studies. Please note: a draft proposal or protocol must be submitted prior to the meeting. 
  • Research/Data Safety Monitoring Plan: CCTR assists investigator initiated studies by providing remote/on-site interim monitoring visits, assisting in the creation of the data and safety monitoring plan, and the development, implementation and closure of corrective and preventive actions (CAPA). 
  • IND Application Resources: CCTR will provide guidance and assistance in navigating FDA regulation for pediatric Investigational New Drug (IND) applications.  For more information on this service, please click here
  • Clinical Research Resources: CCTR provides investigators and their teams with a wealth of clinical research resources.  To learn more, please click here.
  • Clinical Trails Advisory Committee (CTAC): CTAC facilitates discussions and initiatives of quality improvement in the many aspects of conducting clinical trials at Emory and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The committee consists of investigators and other research staff. 
  • If you would like to submit a topic suggustion, or become a member of CTAC, please email us at cctr@emory.edu
  • The Pediatric EducAtion Research Lunch Series (P.E.A.R.L.S.) was created specifically for coordinators and research nurses working in Pediatrics. Each session will have a panel of "experts" available to discuss topics and answer questions.  For more information, please click here.

The Emory Children's Center Research Unit is space dedicated to research only subject visits (with IRB approval).  

Available Space:   

  • 2 exam rooms
  • 1 consult room 
  • Research staff work room


  • Emory Children’s Center, 2015 Uppergate Drive Atlanta, GA 30322
  • 1st Floor, Rooms: 148D, 150A, 150B. 150C

Contact Information: ECC-RU@emory.edu; 404-727-4888

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please click here

The Biorepository and MCTL are open to investigators at Emory and CHOA, as well as collaborators within and outside of Emory

Mission: Support and compliment the research efforts of qualified investigators by providing laboratory research services and access to biological samples that represent a variety of diagnoses and healthy volunteers

Services offered:

  • Collection, processing and storage of the following samples:
  • PBMCs, Serum, Plasma, Urine, Stool, Tissue, Biopsies, and DNA
  • Storage in a variety of storage media and freezers, including -80C and -150oC freezers
  • Laboratory Support:
  • Cell Culture, Plate-based Assays, Sample Processing, Electrophoresis and Immunoblotting, Molecular Biology

For more information, please click here 

The Biostatistics Core provides assistance with analytics and statistical methodology for the design and preparation of studies, grant proposals, and manuscripts.  PhD biostatisticians and masters level biostatisticians are available to consult and provide expertise to meet pediatric researchers’ data management and statistical analysis needs.  Please note that data entry assistance is not provided via this core.

For more information, please click here

The Pediatric Research Center (PRC) is the pediatric clinical interaction research site of the Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute (ACTSI), a multi-institutional partnership established to effectively translate scientific discoveries into the clinical setting.  The Children’s Pediatric Research Center is designed to provide the necessary infrastructure for investigators to conduct pediatric clinical research. 

For more information on the services and facilities, please click here

The Research Office at Scottish Rite supports child health investigators throughout the planning and implantation of their research. Led by Dr. Cynthia Wetmore (Director of the Center for Clinical and Translational Research) the office provides individual consultations, biostatical support, IRB guidance, and Study Coordinator support. The office, located on the ground floor within the medical library, is accessible to investigators around the clock. Computers and workstations are available.

To submit an appointment request, please complete the intake form by clicking here or emailing us at: cctr@emory.edu 

Amanda Cook, CCRP

  • Director, Clinical Research Services
  • Contact for:  Pediatric Clinical Research operations, logistics and issue management

Kesley Tyson MS, CCRP

  • Startup and Compliance Coordinator
  • Contact for: Support with the start-up process and compliance oversite for Investigator Initiated trials, Research Coordinator educational opportunities and seminars 

Kristen Herzegh, MPH

  • Program Coordinator 
  • Contact for: CCTR seminars, working groups, newsletters, IND guidance and submission   

Brad Hanberry, PhD

  • Director, Biorepository and Molecular Clinical Trials Laboratory 
  • Contact for: Questions pertaining to the Biorepository and Molecular Clinical Trials Laboratory cores  

Courtney McCracken, PhD

  • Director, Biostatistics Core 
  • To contact for biostatstical support, please click here