Services offered

The Clinical Research Unit offers investigators needed support to conduct and complete clinical research. Experienced nursing, study coordination and laboratory personnel provide this support. Resources include examination and procedure rooms, as well as access to specialized lab and research equipment.

  • Pre-Proposal CRU Consultation - How can the Clinical Research Unit assist your next research project? Utilize the experience of the CRU staff by meeting with them as you start to plan a new grant proposal. Ideas about study logistics to enhance implementation feasibility can be helpful to planning a successful study. Request a CRU Consultation meeting by emailing
  • Protocol-Specific Nursing - The CRU nursing staff are experienced and trained in both clinical care and research procedures. The CRU ensures a culturally sensitive and welcoming clinical research environment for volunteer research participants, at the same time ensuring proper adherence to protocols. 
  • Pre-analytical Lab - The CRU Laboratory provides direct bedside-to-bench processing, making it the ideal location for consistent, high-quality on-site sample processing.   By adhering to specific protocols, the lab greatly reduces confounding variations that could occur due to differences in specimen handling.
  • Coordinator services - The CRU Clinical Research Coordinator services provide coordinator services to investigators who need help with things such as study logistics and recruitment.
  • CRU Equipment and Procedure Capabilities - The CRU has specialized procedure rooms, equipment and services to meet your study needs.
  • Research Subject Advocate (RSA) - The CRU RSA reviews all potential studies for safety, ethical concerns and general human subjects’ protection by reviewing the application, protocol and consents documents.

Publication Acknowledgement

All publications resulting from the utilization of CTSA resources are required to credit the CTSA grant by including the NIH funding acknowledgement and must comply with the NIH Public Access Policy. All researchers should cite grant UL1TR000439, as follows: " This publication was made possible by the Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Clinic CTSA Grant Number UL1TR000439 from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), a component of the National Institutes of Health. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official view of NCATS or NIH."
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