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Publish Date: 04/02/03
Media Contact: AHC Public Relations, (513) 558-4553
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VA Medical Center and UC College of Medicine Create General Clinical Research Center

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center, Cincinnati, and the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine have established a site to study adults with complex medical or psychiatric disorders.  The new site, named the General Clinical Research Center (GCRC), will accommodate studies from a variety of sponsors including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the VA Research Programs.  A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on April 15 at 1:00 p.m. in the GCRC located on the 4th floor of the Cincinnati VA.  This ceremony is open to the public.

The GCRC offers a wide range of support to researchers including assistance with grant preparation and submission, Institutional Review Board and VA Research and Development Committee submission and processing, grant budgets and contracts, study assessments, and study logistics.   

The GCRC space is made up of two monitored rooms for inpatients, five outpatient examination rooms, an investigational pharmacy, a phlebotomy room, and a fully equipped cardiac physiology laboratory. 

Stephen M. Strakowski, MD, professor in the UC Department of Psychiatry, was appointed by the Cincinnati VA as the director of the GCRC.  VA Associate Directors of the GCRC are Dave D'Alessio, MD, associate professor in the UC Department of Internal Medicine/Division of Endocrinology; and Paul E. Keck, MD, professor in the UC Department of Psychiatry.

For more information contact the GCRC Administrator Amelia T. Nasrallah by phone at (513) 558-2226 or (513) 861-3100, ext. 4486, or e-mail

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