Investigators can hire our trained nurse and non-nurse certified coordinators for full or part-time use to handle the day-to-day details of clinical research trials. Our flexible scheduling means we can provide research support specific to the needs of the investigator. Our study coordinators can help with:
- Attending pre-site and investigator meetings
- Obtaining informed consent
- Conducting study visits
- Collecting and recording data
- Completing case report forms
- Obtaining and processing biological specimens
- Maintaining regulatory documents
- Participating in study monitor visits
Meet Annette Kinsella, RN, CCRC, clinical research nurse and staff educator/trainer for the NUCATS Institute. Annette is responsible for coordinating clinical research studies at Northwestern University, orienting and training new Clinical Research Coordinators (CRC) to the NUCATS Center for Clinical Research, instructing NUCATS Center for Education and Career Development's CRC Basic Training course and more.
Monthly Coordinator Meetings
Clinical Research Coordinators and research support staff (regulatory, recruitment, and financial) meet monthly on the Chicago campus to hear informative, educational presentations on topics related to study coordination and conducting clinical research. Departments involved in research (NMH Research Pharmacy, Office for Sponsored Research, and Office for Research Safety) often present at these meetings. Examples of topics discussed include: electronic informed consents, post-approval monitoring, and FDA IND/IDE processes. Meetings are held at noon on the 2nd Tuesday of each month in the 6th floor surgical conference room of the Arkes Pavilion (676 N. St. Clair). For more information and to join, email the Center for Clinical Research.
Clinical Research Unit (CRU) Nursing Services
The CRUs at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital also provide specialized research nursing services along with unit space to support clinical research activities.