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Northwestern Memorial Hospital CRU

The Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH) Clinical Research Unit (CRU) is comprised of two units. The main unit is located on the 10th floor of the Feinberg Pavilion, 251 E. Huron, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The Satellite Unit is located on the 11th floor of the Galter Pavilion, 675 N. Saint Clair.

The Core Lab is open from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. The outpatient unit is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The inpatient unit is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout the year.

If you would like to use any of the CRU services, visit our Submission Process page to see the next steps. Browse the categories below for additional information:

 Pricing & Billing Information

The CRU within NUCATS charges an administrative fee of $1,000 to the principal investigators of industry-sponsored clinical research. Clinical research funded by federal, foundation, department or division funds does not incur this fee. This fee offsets the administrative costs associated with processing, reviewing and approving submissions to the CRU. The fee is charged to the principal investigator’s Northwestern University chart string associated with the study.

Contact the patient accounting research billing representative at 312-926-3310 if you have any invoice questions.

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 Bionutrition Services

The NUCATS CRU bionutrition core is located on the 10th floor of the Feinberg Pavilion at NMH) It provides the scientifically controlled nutrition and dietary services required by inpatient and outpatient research studies. The bionutrition core is currently staffed by a research dietitian. The dietitian will assist with all nutrition aspects of a research protocol, including input during study design, assessment, participant screening and dietary planning from the beginning of a protocol through its completion.

Clinical nutrition services include:

  • Assist investigators in nutritional aspects of research protocol design
  • Nutrition screenings to evaluate inclusion and enrollment of study nutrition participants
  • Nutrient assessments (24-hour recall, food frequency analysis, diet history and subject food diaries)
  • Nutrition instruction, education and counseling
  • Nutrient analysis using Nutrition Data Systems for Research
  • Design of special diets
  • Anthropometric measurements, Bioelectric Impedance Analysis and indirect calorimetery to measure basal energy expenditure (using VMAX Spectra 29)

The metabolic kitchen provides research participants with meals that are prepared and scheduled in accordance with specific protocols. The kitchen offers special diets — including therapeutic (ADA, renal, etc.), weighed and formula and nutrient controlled — and snacks for fasting subjects.

 Research Nursing Services

A clinical manager oversees the inpatient and outpatient units, and a full-time secretary supports the unit's scheduling and space utilization. The unit is staffed by registered nurses supported by patient care technicians. All nurses are certified in biotherapy-chemotherapy administration and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support. All outpatient nurses have Pediatric Advanced Life Support certification.

Our specialized research nursing care includes:

  • 10-minute and three-hour frequently sampled glucose tolerance test
  • Glycemic clamps and continuous insulin infusion
  • Pharmacokinetic studies
  • Circadian studies
  • Long line blood draws (blood-sparing technique)
  • Tilt table
  • Continuous pulse and blood pressure monitoring
  • EKGs/Modified Stress Tests
  • Central line access and site care
  • Peripheral line access, retrograde IVs and maintenance
  • CADD pump infusion
  • Chemotherapy administration
  • Monoclonal antibody infusion
  • Adverse event management
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