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CTRU Space Changes - May 2022

Thank you for your continued patience as the CTRU space has changed to allow for greater efficiency to conduct your research. The CTRU is excited to provide you with an update on the new unit layout. Additional information about CTRU space scheduling, staff office changes, supply and medication storage and CTRU utilization is listed below.


For scheduling purposes, please see below for room and equipment location changes.

Former Calendar Name New Calendar Name Room Purpose/Equipment
Irvine Hall 247 Exam Room 1 Irvine Hall 247 Exam Room 1 Procedure Room (Hospital Bed)
Irvine Hall 245 Exam Room 2 Irvine Hall 245 Exam Room 2 Exam Room Space (Phlebotomy Chair)
Irvine Hall 246 (Rachel Clift's old office) Irvine Hall 246 Exam Room 3 Participant Interview Room
Irvine Hall 241 Medical Director Suite Irvine Hall 241 Exam Room 4 OsteoDx
Irvine Hall 236 (Tiffani Hart's old office) Irvine Hall 236 Exam Room 5 Lab & Exam Room Space
Irvine Hall 234 (Old record storage) Irvine Hall 234 Exam Room 6 Exam Room Space (Phlebotomy Chair)
Irvine Hall 231 Metabolic Cart Exercise Irvine Hall 231 Exam Room 7 Metabolic Testing (Metabolic Cart, Treadmill & Bike)

The following calendars/rooms will remain the same:

  • Irvine Hall 249 Lab
  • Irvine Hall 239 DEXA Facilities
  • Irvine Hall 238 TMS & BioDex Facilities
  • Irvine Hall 232 Exercise Facilities
  • Academic and Research Center OMNI MRI


Additional updates to note:

  • Irvine 243 (Formally the Participant Interview Room) will be taken offline for scheduling, as it now serves as the Participant Lounge.
  • Irvine 233b will now be a records storage room.  
  • Irvine 248 will now be a sterile lab prep room


Staff Office Changes

For reference, please note staff office locations may have changed.

  • Tiffani Hart - Irvine 230
  • Megan Cochran - Irvine 218
  • Lynn Petrik - Irvine 242
  • Cammie Starner and Crystal Brooks - Irvine 244
  • Lee Ann Williams - Irvine 223A


Storage of study supplies, records or equipment may have changed. Please see a CTRU staff member for questions related to specific items.

As a reminder, all medications ordered and dispensed under the licensure of the CTRU Medical Director or stored on the CTRU are subject to the CTRU SOP for Medication Accountability. 

CTRU Utilization

As a reminder, all research conducted with CTRU space or staff must be approved prior to use.  Please see the CTRU Utilization Policy for more detail.   

This is a lot of information, and there may be some confusion for some time. Again, we appreciate your patience, and we encourage you to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.


CTRU 2021 Year in Review

CTRU 2021 Year in Review


CTRU participates in Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation AWARE for All-Midwest Event - July 2021

CISCRP Aware event (CTRU)

The Clinical & Translational Research Unit participated in an online webinar and information exhibit to educate the public, medical and research communities about clinical trials. The Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation AWARE for All Midwest event was held on July 22. If you were unable to attend, you can still access the webinar recording and informational exhibit center here and the program handbook here.

Founded in 2003, the Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation is a first-of-its-kind nonprofit organization dedicated to educating, informing and engaging the public, patients, medical/research communities, media and policymakers about clinical research and the role each party plays in the process.

Heritage College Researcher focuses on obesity - June 2021

Dr. Yuanjie Mao

Yuanjie Mao, assistant clinical professor in endocrinology, joined OhioHealth and the Heritage College in 2019. Obesity is just one of the areas of research in which he has focused. The rates of overweight and obesity continue to grow: In the U.S. from 1999–2000 through 2017–2018, the prevalence of obesity increased from 30.5% to 42.4%, and the prevalence of severe obesity increased from 4.7% to 9.2%. Dr. Mao has also conducted clinical and translational research projects such as hormonal therapies for cardioprotection, stem cell therapies for diabetes, statin therapy in diabetes and diabetic nephropathy.

CTRU medical director, state surgeon of the West Virginia National Guard - May 2021

Dr. Todd Fredricks

It’s 8 p.m. on Monday, and Todd Fredricks, associate professor of primary care and CTRU medical director, is logging on to the weekly CTRU meeting from Kuwait. Dr. Fredricks is a colonel and the state surgeon of the West Virginia National Guard, juggling multiple military duties for U.S. troops involving health protection and finding ways to improve efficiencies that prevent illness and injury. In addition to serving as a medical advisor for the 111th Engineer Brigade commander (who oversees all engineering operations in the Middle East) and being a senior coordinator for COVID testing in theater for units returning home from deployment and a physician in one of several clinics helping to provide care for a population of 6,000 soldiers, he and his physician assistant provide training for the combat medics of the brigade. Thank you for your service, Dr. Fredricks!

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