About Us

The Pediatric Research Center (PRC) combines research, top-notch care and compassion to offer exceptional care for children. Whether your child is coming in for an outpatient research appointment or staying overnight for an inpatient research visit, he 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 PRC 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 and Morehouse School of Medicine. It allows pediatric researchers to conduct innovative research while giving children and their families an opportunity to take part in leading-edge clinical trials.

Learn more about the Pediatric Research Alliance

Patient facilities and services

The PRC is located on the campus of our Egleston hospital. When you participate in a research study, we offer full access to the family-centered amenities available 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 Center (PRC) 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 Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute (ACTSI), a multi-institutional partnership that translates scientific discoveries into the clinical setting.

The PRC 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 and Morehouse School of Medicine.

What we offer

Located at our Egleston hospital, the PRC offers a wide range of services, including:

Bio-nutrition services

  • 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 bioimpedance system and anthropometry
  • Support for protocol development, food compositing, food record analysis, dietary data management and technical support

Staff

Erin Millson, M.S., R.D., L.D.
Bio-nutrition research manager

Learn more about bio-nutrition support

Core laboratory services

  • 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 (LIMS)
  • Laboratory expertise for research protocol planning, setup and initiation

Staff

Diana Worthington-White
Cellular Therapy Lab manager

Ashley Dulson
Lab technician

Investigational pharmacy services

  • 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, Pharm.D.
Research pharmacist

Jane Chen, Pharm.D.
Research pharmacist

Nursing services

  • Dedicated research nurses trained and certified in CITI, GCP and PALS
  • Medication administration including research drugs
  • I.V. access, port access and infusions
  • Routine and complex vital sign monitoring
  • Phlebotomy
  • Timed specimen collections, including intensive PK-PD studies and oral/I.V. GTT
  • Telemetry monitoring

Staff

Stephanie Meisner, R.N., B.S.N., C.C.R.P.
Clinical nurse manager

Michelle Popler, R.N., B.S.N.
Senior research nurse

Jessica Heyer, R.N., B.S.N.
Research nurse

Elizabeth Liu, E.M.T.
Research coordinator/tech

Research units

  • Four-bed outpatient research unit
  • Four-bed inpatient research unit

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