Welcome to the Pre-Clinical Research Laboratory

Within the Center for Clinical Translational Research (CCTR), pre-clinical studies using animal models are most often conducted in the Center's Pre-Clinical Research Laboratory (PCL). The mission of the PCL is to facilitate pre-clinical animal research, particularly of larger laboratory animals, and to create an environment of clinical and translational research learning. 

The staff of the Pre-Clinical Research Laboratory can assist you with all stages of your pre-clinical animal studies:

  • Experimental design
  • Grant preparation
  • Budget preparation
  • IACUC application 
  • Study execution (technical support, facilities, equipment)

We have experience with animal models in species ranging from rodents through pigs and sheep. If needed, we can help you identify possible collaborators from the College of Veterinary Medicine. 

For more information on this Purdue and CTSI fee-for-service core laboratory, please contact:

Pre-Clinical Research Laboratory

Robyn McCain, manager
Lynn Hall Rm 1243
625 Harrison Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Pre-clinical studies – Also called non-clinical studies. Precede clinical studies; usually in vitro and in vivo (animal) studies, where different aspects of the test article, including safety and efficacy, are evaluated. Animal models used in this stage of the translational continuum are usually so-called induced animal models. Successful pre-clinical studies may facilitate FDA approval. or further evaluation of the test article in clinical trials.

Test article - Any food additive, color additive, drug, biological product, electronic product, or medical device for human use subject to regulation under the Public Health Service Act.

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