Clinical Research Unit (CRU)

About the CRU

The Clinical Research Unit (CRU) provides clinical research space and services to investigators in need of additional resources to complete their studies in a safe, ethical, and controlled environment. The CRU aims to be the gold standard of clinical and translational research at UT Southwestern Medical Center. The CRU is available to clinical and translational investigators and their study teams at UT Southwestern and CTSA partnering institutions.

Comprised of three physical locations (see our complete list of CRU-Facilities) – CRU-Sprague, CRU-Aston, and Zale Lipshy Inpatient Services – the CRU has the capacity to handle requests ranging from quick blood draws to overnight/inpatient stays.

The CRU also provides basic laboratory preparation space, sample storage, EKGs, DXA scans, nursing services, study coordinator services, and an array of additional services. Finally, our nursing staff can provide mobile services at other clinic locations across UT Southwestern, when deemed appropriate.

Prior to submitting grant or industry funding proposals for projects that will include CRU services, investigators should contact the CRU for assistance in developing an appropriate budget for CRU services. Please refer to information on our Study Initiation page.