Translational Trials Unit (TTU)

female physician assistant and patient in Endocrinology clinic

The After Completion of Care (ACT) Clinic and clinics for Infectious Diseases, Hematology, Hepatology, and Endocrine are located in the Translational Trials Unit (TTU). Patients in these clinics have their primary visits in the TTU. It is open Monday through Friday 7 am–5 pm.

You may be wondering why this area is named the “Translational Trials” Unit. What is a translational trial?

St. Jude has always sought to take findings from our research labs and “translate” (turn) them into patient treatments. Many researchers at St. Jude work to create new drugs, vaccines, and other methods for preventing or treating diseases. Research studies with patients are held in the Translational Trials Unit.

Sometimes people in the community take part in studies, too. So at times you may see adults and children who are not usual St. Jude patients at the TTU. But just because your child has a planned visit in the TTU does not mean he will take part in one of these studies.

The TTU is located in the long, red building next to the Barry/Longinotti Building north of the hospital. Shuttle bus service is offered throughout the day between the Patient Care Center, the Chili’s Care Center, and the TTU.

The TTU is one of the elements that makes St. Jude one of the world's premier centers for research and treatment of catastrophic diseases in children.