Frontiers: University of Kansas CTSI opens new Clinical and Translational Science Unit at KU Medical Center

Leadership of the new CTSU Rainbow at the University of Kansas Medical Center

A new research unit that will greatly expand the capacity for scientists to conduct clinical trials is set to open at the University of Kansas Medical Center on Jan. 13. It will be the first clinical and translational science unit (CTSU) on the main KU Medical Center campus in Kansas City, Kansas. The new CTSU Rainbow builds on the success of the CTSUs in Fairway, Kansas, the KU School of Medicine-Wichita and a pediatric unit at Children's Mercy in Kansas City, Missouri.

The new CTSU Rainbow will have five exam rooms; six infusion bays for intravenous drug delivery; two phlebotomy bays for blood draws; a kitchen; a sample processing laboratory with refrigerators, freezers, and centrifuges; a conference room; and workspace for coordinators. It will also have a pulmonary testing laboratory with equipment to test lung function. A nurse trained in clinical research protocols, a medical assistant and an administrative assistant will staff the unit.

"This new CTSU will to help fulfill the main mission of Frontiers, which is assisting our investigators in developing, accomplishing and completing their clinical translational research projects," said Richard J. Barohn, M.D., director of Frontiers and vice chancellor for research at KU Medical Center. "And the result should be more discoveries that bring new treatments to patients in Kansas and beyond."

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