About Us

The Pediatric Research Unit (formerly the Pediatric Research Center) combines research, top-notch care and compassion to offer exceptional care for children. The Pediatric Research Unit is located on the fifth floor of the new Center for Advanced Pediatrics, which is a 260,000-square-foot outpatient facility. The center brings together more than 20 pediatric specialties under one roof, enabling care coordination for our complex patient population. While at the Pediatric Research Unit, your child will be in the hands of highly skilled medical professionals with specialized training and expertise. Our team is well equipped to meet the unique needs of your child, and we take pride in delivering safe, compassionate, quality care.

The Pediatric Research Unit is a collaborative effort developed through a grant award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by Emory University School of Medicine, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Georgia Institute of Technology, Morehouse School of Medicine and the University of Georgia. It allows pediatric researchers to conduct innovative research, while giving children and their families an opportunity to take part in leading-edge clinical trials.

Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance (Georgia CTSA)

Learn more about the Pediatric Research Alliance

Patient facilities and services

The Pediatric Research Unit also has use of space on the Egleston hospital campus for research study visits that include services not offered in the Center for Advanced Pediatrics, such as MRI, CT scan and the Cardiovascular Imaging Research Core.

For research studies that require an inpatient stay, there is a fully equipped four-bed inpatient area at Egleston, where staff is trained in research nursing methodologies.

When participating in a research study at Egleston, we offer full access to the family-centered amenities available there, including:there, including:

  • Wireless Internet
  • Exercise area
  • Laundry room
  • Sleep rooms
  • Private showers
  • Business center
  • Family library
  • Cafeteria and coffee shop

Learn more about the services and amenities at Egleston hospital

PRC Professional Resources

Our Pediatric Research Unit offers the infrastructure and a wide range of services to support you as you conduct pediatric clinical research. The center is the pediatric clinical interaction research site of the Georgia Clinical and Translational Science Institute (GaCTSI), a multi-institutional partnership that translates scientific discoveries into the clinical setting.

What we offer

Located at the Center for Advanced Pediatrics and Egleston hospital, the Pediatric Research Unit offers a wide range of services, including:

Bio-nutrition

  • Metabolic kitchen that provides experimental research diets and feeding studies
  • Body composition lab to determine energy expenditure, body density and extracellular/intracellular fluid volume
  • Vmax indirect calorimeter, Hydra ECF/ICF bio-impedance system and anthropometrySupport for protocol development, food compositing, food record analysis, dietary data management and technical support

Staff

Erin Millson, MS, RD, LD
Bio-nutrition research manager

Learn more about bio-nutrition support

Core laboratory

  • ARUP- and CITI-certified lab staff
  • Sample processing to fit the protocol needs of researchers
  • Short- and long-term sample storage
  • Sample barcoding and tracking with laboratory information management software
  • Laboratory expertise for research protocol planning, setup and initiation

Staff

Heather MacDonald
Research Lab Manager

Investigational pharmacy

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

Staff

Jim Rhodes, PharmD
Lead Research Pharmacist

Nursing

  • Dedicated research nurses trained and certified in Collaborative IRB Training Initiative (CITI), Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
  • Medication administration, including research drugs
  • IV access, port access and infusions
  • Routine and complex vital sign monitoring
  • Phlebotomy
  • Timed specimen collections, including intensive PK-PD studies and oral/IV GTT
  • Telemetry monitoring
  • Electrocardiogram

Staff

Cheryl Stone, RN, CCRP
Clinical Lead Nurse

Michelle Popler, RN, BSN
Senior Research Nurse

Toby Newcomer, RN, BSN, CPN
Senior Research Nurse

Tamila Dover, RN, BSN, CPN
Senior Research Nurse

David Fancher, PMDC, CRC
Research Coordinator and Paramedic

Research

  • Six-bed outpatient research unit at the Center for Advanced Pediatrics
  • Two-bed outpatient unit at Egleston for studies requiring imaging not available at the Center for Advanced Pediatrics
  • Four-bed inpatient research unit 

The Pediatric Clinical Research Unit also offers access to all of Children’s clinical services and departments, including radiology, cardiology, clinical laboratory, vascular access team and sedation services.

If you’re a clinical investigator at Emory, Morehouse or Georgia Tech and you’d like to use the Pediatric Clinical Research Unit, follow our protocol submission guidelines or email Cheryl Stone, RN, CCRP.

The PRC also offers access to all of Children’s clinical services and departments including radiology, cardiology, clinical laboratory, vascular access team and sedation services.

If you’re a clinical investigator at Emory, Morehouse or Georgia Tech and you’d like to use the PRC, please follow our protocol submission guidelines or email Stephanie Meisner, R.N., B.S.N., C.C.R.P.

PRC protocol submission guidelines for Emory, Morehouse or Georgia Tech clinical investigators