Dedicated Clinical Research Facilities

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Pediatric Research Unit (PRU) - formerly the PRC

The Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Pediatric Research Unit (PRU) is the pediatric clinical interaction research site of the Geogia Clinical and Translational Science Institute (GaCTSI). The unit is located on the 5th floor of the Center for Advanced Pediatrics and will improve the ability of pediatric researchers to perform innovative research while providing patients and their families with increased access to leading-edge clinical trials. The Children’s Pediatric Clinical Research Unit 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.

Children’s Pediatric Clinical Research Unit is designed to provide the necessary infrastructure for investigators conducting pediatric clinical research. Located at Children’s Center for Advanced Pediatrics (CAP), the facilities and services include:

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

2174 North Druid Hills NE
Atlanta, GA 30329

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Emory Children's Center Research Unit (ECC-RU)

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Investigational Drug Services (IDS)

CHOA Investigation Drug Services

  • Pharmacy expertise for researcher protocol planning, set-up and initiation
  • Drug inventory ordered and maintained by sponsor, state and federal requirements
  • Drug information fact sheets for pharmacy and nursing staff to fit researcher protocol needs
  • Investigational medications compounded and dispensed per protocol requirements


Egleston Campus: Phone: 404-785-1281

Scottish Rite Campus: Phone: 404-785-0342

Emory Investigational Drug Services

The Investigational Drug Service (IDS) is an integral part of the research process at Emory University. IDS is responsible for insuring that research drugs are handled and dispensed according to protocol, and has implemented systems to insure that drug studies are handled correctly and efficiently.

For complete information, please visit the Emory IDS website.

Specimen Processing Labs in CAP and HSRB

Emory Lab Processing Space in CAP – 5th Floor:

The Emory University Processing Laboratory, located in the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Center for Advanced Pediatrics, provides a secure laboratory space for the processing of biological samples that are obtained as part of a clinical trial.   Emory University clinical research coordinators will have access to all of the equipment necessary to process and store these bio-specimens, including calibrated centrifuges and pipettes.  The laboratory also provides a monitored 4°C refrigerator, -20°C freezer, and -80°C Freezer.

Contact: Mimi Le, PhD


The research specimen-processing lab in the Health Sciences Research Building provides the following services: 

Clinical Trial Support:  Clinical sample processing and storage services for their subsequent use in hypothesis-driven clinical research.
Correlative Biology Studies: Support and advice on the conduct of correlative biology studies associated with clinical trials from initial study design and planning through the implementation and interpretation of molecular assays of drug targets and genomic correlates of disease.
Biorepository: Access to a variety of human biological specimens from both healthy control participants and patients with a variety of diagnoses.

Contact: Mimi Le, PhD


Cystic Fibrosis Processing Lab – CAP 5th Floor:

This lab processing space is for Cystic Fibrosis researchers only.  The space is currently being developed but once finished will house a hood, centrifuge, and freezer for storing specimen from patients with cystic fibrosis. 


CHOA  Researching Processing Lab – CAP 1st Floor, Room 1420:

The CAP research-processing laboratory provides the following services:

Specimen processing including


Short term storage in both -20 and -80 freezers with daily monitoring
Clinical Trial Kit Processing
IATA Certified Shipping

Contact: 404-785-5437 extension 17315

Cali Hulsey

Bethany Watson