The Stanford Center for Clinical and Translational Research and Education

CTRU Laboratory Services

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 - Thurs: 7 am to 5 pm
    Fri: 7 am to 3:30 pm
  • Freidenrich Center for Translational Research
    800 Welch Rd, Palo Alto, CA
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  • Patient Reservation Form
  • Subsidy and Cost Recovery Policy
  • CTRU Pricing List
  • CTRU easy contact list
  • Required new study in-service at the CTRU
  • Nursing in-service template
  • Template for Lab orders/visit at the CTRU
  • Basic template for treatment orders at the CTRU

Contact CTRU  email
(650) 723-6713

CTRU Laboratories have been structured to provide optimal service to all CTRU investigators. The equipment and space are used exclusively for CTRU activities. Currently, there are two physical CTRU laboratory locations. Laboratories are located at:

  • Freidenrich Center for Clinical and Translational Research at 800 Welch Road, FC 145
    (effective 8/5/2012)
  • Cancer Center (room CC-2341)

Laboratory Functions

The primary functions of the CTRU laboratory are:

  • processing of clinical research specimens
  • the performance of specialized research tests
  • shipping and receiving of biological and dangerous specimens
  • Staff are also available to assist with phlebotomy.
  • provide sample acquisition and processing support for studies that have to be done in Stanford Hospital (inpatient or outpatient)


The Human Immune Monitoring Center (HIMC) is a comprehensive source for immune monitoring services for clinical and translational studies. HIMC provides standardized, specimen processing and state-of-the art immune monitoring assays at the RNA, protein, and cellular level. In its partnership with CTRU, HIMC handles all PBMC isolation for SOM. For more information, please visit HIMC.

The overall utilization of laboratory resources is balanced among investigators and reflects differences in census and intensity of sampling among various protocols.

We meet with individual investigators or their staff to establish the coverage requirements and will work closely with nursing staff to implement the procedures for collecting and processing of samples according to given procedures, some days continuously around the clock to accommodate biological samples generated.

Confidentiality Issues

All laboratory personnel are HIPAA certified and follow HIPAA regulations for confidentiality issues. To comply with National Bioethics Advisory Commission’s recommendations, all samples that are processed by a CTRU laboratory are coded to ensure that the privacy and interests of research subjects are protected. The laboratory then provides the investigator with a database to identify the coded samples. CTRU laboratories use a bar-coded sample tracking system to help with the inventory and management of these coded samples.

Key Points
  • A completed CTRU Request Form is required for all CTRU services and resources.
  • CTRU laboratory is NOT CLIA certified. Test results should not be used to make medical diagnostic or treatment decisions.
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