Investigator Resources

CFRI research lab and research facilities

Le Bonheur investigators have access to state-of-the-art research facilities that give them the best chance at finding new treatments and cures. 


The Administrative Core oversees all aspects of CFRI operations, including contracting and invoicing for industry-sponsored trials, maintenance of basic research laboratory equipment and laboratory safety compliance.
    The CFRI assists researchers in securing funding by identifying funding sources and coordinating proposals to government agencies, foundations and other grant-making organizations. The CFRI also facilitates the contracting process for sponsored and investigator-initiated clinical research studies.

A master's-level American Medical Writers Association certified scientific editor with almost 20 years of professional experience is available to assist with preparation and development of scientific publications and presentations. The scientific editor can provide different levels of editing from basic to advanced. Basic editing comprises a review of grammar, spelling, punctuation and structure. Advanced editing covers all the areas addressed in basic editing in addition to review and suggestions regarding content (e.g., how to make a more compelling argument for your conclusions). Formatting for specific journals and grant applications as well as support for submitting to journals are also available.

Please email the scientific editor for requests for work and to determine an estimated timeline for completion. Completion time will vary based on the work needed and the current volume of work assigned to the editor. Please allow sufficient time for review, discussion and revision. One to two business days is insufficient for extensive high-quality work and may result in oversights.

Study Support

The CFRI has over 30,000 sq. ft. of basic laboratory space. CFRI Shared Laboratory Equipment is available for use by CFRI researchers. All inquiries or requests for assistance in using this equipment should be directed to the Research Laboratory Director.

View the list of shared laboratory equipment and instruction manuals.
The Regulatory Core coordinates research efforts with UTHSC, Institutional Review Board (IRB) and hospital and university staff to ensure research is carried out in compliance with local and federal regulations. The UTHSC IRB is the IRB of record for all human research conducted by UTHSC faculty members.
The BMIC provides best-in-class informatics support for all CFRI researchers and UTHSC pediatrics faculty. For more information, see BMIC webpage.
The biostatics core provides assistance with study planning, study design, power calculations, and statistical analyses. For more information, see the Biostatistics webpage

Clinical Trials

The CFRI provides infrastructure and clinical expertise to facilitate therapeutic, pharmaceutical and disease-oriented research. The CFRI’s research support staff includes research coordinators with research certificates from SOCRA or ACRP and research data specialists. Available support includes data management, subject recruitment, phlebotomy services, protocol monitoring procedures and clinical testing. The Research Center 7th floor exam rooms are available for research patient visits.
The committee reviews new unfunded or underfunded investigator-initiated research projects, in order to improve the quality of investigator-initiated research, as well as efficiency of use of CFRI resources. This formal review process applies to all investigator-initiated research projects that will require full-board IRB review.

Clinical Trials Advisory Committee
Children’s Foundation Research Institute
50 N. Dunlap Memphis, Tennessee 38103
Phone: 901.287.5355
Fax: 901.287.4478