Clinical Research Unit Facilities
The Clinical Research Unit (CRU) offers access to inpatient, outpatient, and satellite services at multiple locations, with facilities to fulfill any investigator’s need at any stage of a study. These include a six-bed Clinical Research Unit staffed 24/7 by University-employed clinical research nurses in Zale Lipshy University Hospital, sixth floor; a six-room outpatient clinic in the James W. Aston Ambulatory Care Center; a six-room outpatient clinic the Charles C. Sprague Clinical Science Building; a four-bed outpatient clinic in St. Paul University Hospital; a two-room outpatient clinic in the Paul M. Bass Administrative and Clinical Center; and a “CRU Without Walls,” in which CRU staff can assist investigators in other locations.
CRU Inpatient Facility
Zale Lipshy University Hospital
This CRU inpatient facility is located at the 6th floor of Zale Lipshy University Hospital. This unit offers convenient access to six comfortable rooms (one private and five semi private) with full support from the Zale and CRU nursing staff. Metabolic kitchen services are available via the Zale food services unit and lab support is available just around the corner at the Sprague clinic. The experienced nursing staff is available to implement and precisely administer study protocols within the safety of the hospital environment.
CRU Outpatient Facilities
Charles C. Sprague Clinical Science Building
This CRU outpatient facility is located on the sixth floor of the Charles C. Sprague Clinical Science Building. It connects the east wing of Parkland Memorial Hospital to Zale Lipshy University Hospital and is around the corner from the Zale inpatient unit. The CRU outpatient area consists of more than 2,300 square feet and includes six procedure rooms (five single and one double) and a consultation room. This clinic has a full-functioning laboratory with access to -80- degree and -20-degree freezers as well as a refrigerated centrifuge. There is a fully-equipped office for investigators, a nursing office, a blood-drawing and processing area, and a patient waiting room. The CRU also offers Bionutrition services with whole body DXA scanner and indirect calorimetry.
James W. Aston Ambulatory Care Center
This CRU outpatient facility is located on the eighth floor of the James W. Aston Ambulatory Care Center. This center has traditionally been called the Clinical Trials Office (CTO). This fully-equipped outpatient clinic is available to all investigators and coordinators conducting clinical trials. The more than 1,770-square-foot facility features six exam rooms for research study visits, four blood-drawing/vital sign stations, and an infusion room equipped for up to two infusions. A laboratory facility features two ambient temperature centrifuges, one refrigerated centrifuge, a refrigerator, and a -70 degree Celcius freezer.
The CRU has the capability of providing staff to go to requested locations to assist investigators when it is inconvenient to use other listed facilities.