Pediatric Translational Research Unit

Pediatric Translational Research Unit

The Pediatric TRU is located on the 4th floor of the center tower of Children's Milwaukee campus. You can access the TRU via the S elevators by taking them to the 4th floor and following the signs to the TRU.

The Pediatric TRU provides nursing care and coordination for research subjects and their families. Care, from infancy through adulthood, is individualized to meet a variety of research needs.

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TRU Services:

  • Research Operations and Training Support - EPIC Credentialed Research Trainer, IRBnet navigation assistance, budget consultation, FDA regulation assistance, and monitoring support for IND/IDE studies.
  • Nursing support - coordination and study support
  • IV starts, Investigation Drug Administration, and Phlebotomy - Ability to draw clinical labs at the time of the research draw.
  • 12 Lead ECG support (not reading/interpreting)
  • Simple lab spinning, storing, and shipping of specimens.
  • TRU Lab: designated as a BSL 2 lab, the lab contains: refrigerated and standard centrifuge machines, Baker Hood for maximum safety when processing specimens and sterile alliquoting, GSPMC DNA sample pick up site, and all staff are IATA/DOT trained.
  • All RNs are PALS certified nurses
james Medical Director:
Dr. James Verbsky
(414) 266-6701
beth Manager:
Beth Gissibl BAN, RN, CCRN
(414) 266-3994
Cristen Hemstead MSN, RN

Cristen Hemstead MSN, RN
(414) 266-7233

jeff Research OperationsSpecialist:
Jeff Crawford CRC
(414) 266-7254


The Pediatric TRU is open Monday and Wednesday 0730-1630, Tuesday and Thursday 0730-1800 and Friday 0730-1600. Additional requests for services outside these times can be discussed with Cristen Hemstead, TRU Supervisor.

Study start up:

Whenever you wish to initiate a study using the TRU or are considering using the TRU, please contact: Beth Gissibl and/or Jeff Crawford to set up a meeting for initial conversations.

P-TRU provides a variety of support for both funded and unfunded research. The P-TRU supports researchers of both National Institutes of Health-funded studies and pilot studies that may lead to future NIH funding, as well as other peer-reviewed, patient-oriented research and clinical trials.

Human Research Protection Program

(414) 337-7133

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