Center for Clinical Research (CCR)

Acting as an extension of the study team, the Center for Clinical Research (CCR) works closely with clinical and translational researchers, trainees, and staff to provide resources, services, and guidance specific to the needs of each investigator and study.

CCR's experienced staff, commitment to improvement, and novel use of digital tools has led to quicker study start-up, increased investigator and study coordinator satisfaction, and improved financial outcomes. 

  • During fiscal year 2016, CCR served more than 200 investigators and provided support to approximately 800 studies at Northwestern University and its affiliate institutions
  • Over the past few years, CCR has decreased the time from industry contact to first patient / first visit from 8 months to 8 weeks in early clinical trial examples

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Lewis Smith, MD

“In the Center for Clinical Research (CCR), our goal is to create a robust clinical research infrastructure that provides high quality services at a fair cost to investigators doing clinical and translational research at Northwestern University and its clinical affiliates. Whether it’s assisting researchers with study budgets, regulatory submissions, participant recruitment or providing clinical space and personnel, the CCR is a resource that every Northwestern and affiliate investigator can tap into.” 

Lewis Smith, MD
Director of CCR
Associate Vice President for Research 


An overview of CCR and its centralized clinical research support infrastructure.

Leadership and Governance

Meet CCR's leadership and view its organizational structure. 

Resources and Services

Discover how CCR can meet your clinical and translational research needs. 

Success Stories

Find out more about how researchers have used our resources and services to great success. 


Read articles about CCR's work and impact.