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. 


To be the clinical research destination for translating discoveries into healthcare solutions.


To provide the facilities, resources, and services that enable investigators to perform high impact clinical research faster, more effectively and safely, and with improved financial outcomes, and to achieve institutional goals.


CCR facilitates clinical and translational research with its collaborating and integrated units that provide centralized resources and exceptional knowledge within five specialized units including: 

Regulatory Unit

Recruitment Unit

Coordinator Unit

Financial Unit

Clinical Research Units (CRU)


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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 


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Resources and Services

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

Success Stories

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