Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Northwestern Memorial Hospital Clinical Research Unit Description

The Clinical Research Unit (CRU), part of the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences (NUCATS) Institute, is dedicated to supplying services required for the implementation of clinical research projects. The outpatient satellite is located on the 11th floor of Galter with three outpatient rooms and a small lab, and the main unit is located on the 10th floor of the Feinberg Pavilion with five inpatient beds, five outpatient rooms, a core lab and bionutrition facilities. The research nurses are all chemotherapy certified as well as trained in Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and a wide array of research procedures. The research dietician can provide assessment, participant screening and dietary planning.

The core lab is IATA, CAP and CLIA certified and has 570 square feet of space for both clinical and research specimen processing and analytical work (RIA). The Core lab also has a 65 square foot walk-in cold room for assay incubation and freezer storage at -30°C and -70ºC.  It accepts specimen submission 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, utilizes the barcode labeling and inventory system and provides shipment of ambient and frozen research samples. The CRU is currently conducting over 250 active protocols. Investigator-initiated protocols receive a substantial discount on research services.

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago CRU Description

The Clinical Research Unit (CRU) at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago is part of the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences (NUCATS) Institute. As a discrete unit in Lurie Children's Hospital, it is the pediatric component of the Northwestern University’s CRU. It is funded by both the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Lurie Children's Hospital and is dedicated to supplying services required for the implementation of clinical research projects.

The Clinical Research Unit (CRU) at Lurie Children's Hospital is housed in a child and family friendly 10,000 square foot designated clinical research space located on the 19th floor. The CRU includes eight outpatient rooms, six private inpatient beds and a consultation room. Facilities available to meet the need of investigators include: study coordinator touch down space, work areas for study auditors and monitors and storage for study equipment and materials. A clinical manager oversees the research staff which includes a unit secretary, medical assistants and experienced research nurses who have been Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certified. Support from a fully staffed and dedicated research pharmacy and laboratory is also available. The CRU is currently conducting over 60 active protocols.

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