Experienced study coordinators and regulatory staff to support you from study start-up through closeout

We are clinical research lifecycle experts who support a diverse community of sponsors, patients, and investigators. We connect inspiration with execution to advance science and medicine and improve human life.

CReST was created in 2017 as a CCTSI program to fill a gap in clinical research support for investigators and clinical research teams that did not have the capacity or experience to support all of their research operations. CReST started with only two members working on a handful of clinical studies within a single department.

CReST saw rapid growth and by 2021 they had expanded to a team of 15 clinical research professionals, supporting over 130 studies with more than 70 unique investigators in 30 departments across campus. The success of CReST would not have been possible without substantial initial investment and continued support from the CCTSI.

As CReST has proved to be an integral resource to clinical research across the Anschutz campus, it was decided that CReST would move from being a CCTSI resource and operate within the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research beginning in July 2021. This move allows CReST to expand and increase their presence and support across the campus as an institutional clinical research resource.

Our Services

CReST provides a pool of experienced study coordinators and regulatory staff to assist with clinical research study start-up, implementation, and closeout. This resource alleviates the administrative burden associated with training and managing research staff and allows investigators to pay only for the amount of effort required.


The needs of a study will determine the amount of time needed by CReST team members and this will be discussed and agreed to with the investigator on a case-by-case basis.

Study type

Cost per hour (effective 7/1/2023 - 6/30/2024)


Startup and Administration

IRB and Regulatory

Clinical Coordination






Clinical Monitoring






  • Costs can increase on a yearly basis by 6% due to inflation. Studies spanning for more than one year, budget correctly for steady spending. Prices are subject to change July 1st of every year.
  • Micro-grants cannot be used to pay for CReST services
  • Payment for services will be through iLab to a university speed type

For general inquiries, email CReST@ucdenver.edu.