To provide a child friendly environment conducive to pediatric research.


Providing faculty of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA), Department of Pediatrics with a child friendly environment to:

  • Promote clinical research for the children of South Texas.
  • Provide infrastructure to allow full range of pediatric trials, including those involving ill children.
  • Offer an environment catering to the unique needs of children and their families.
  • Consolidate currently duplicated resources and effort.
  • Provide the infrastructure and administrative expertise for the development of new projects especially by new investigators.


Management Team:
Robin Tragus, RN, MSN Research Nurse Supervisor, UTHSCSA
Jannine Cody, PhD Scientific Director
Daniel Hale, MD   Medical Director
Ann Kruger, RN, MBA Administrator, Dept. of Pediatrics
Dana Word, RN  
Judy Kral  

Services Provided

The staff can provide assistance with a variety of clinical and administrative needs such as:

  • Research Nursing support,
  • Collection of study data and biological samples
  • Completion of case report forms
  • Lab sample processing and shipping,
  • Investigational drug storage at room temperature, and 2-8oC
  • Institutional approvals and monitoring for compliance
  • Institutional Review Board
  • Facility utilization review
  • Budget preparation
  • Financial tracking
  • Billing for procedures
  • Patient incentives
  • Informed consenting
  • Budgeting and negotiation
  • Account management
  • Agreement/ Contract Review