CRU Facilities

The Clinical Research Unit (CRU) offers access to inpatient, outpatient, and mobile services across the UT Southwestern campus. CRU facilities serve investigator needs at any stage of their research study, and include a six-room outpatient clinic in the Charles C. Sprague Clinical Sciences Building, a six-room outpatient clinic in the James W. Aston Ambulatory Care Center, and a six-bed inpatient unit in Zale Lipshy University Hospital.

CRU Outpatient Facilities

Charles C. Sprague Clinical Science Building

CRU-Sprague is located on the 6th floor of the Charles C. Sprague Clinical Sciences Building.

This unit offers 2,300 square feet of dedicated research space, including a participant waiting room, six procedure rooms, a research exercise facility, metabolic kitchen, DXA scanning room, a fully functioning laboratory with -80 and -20 degree Celsius freezers, and a refrigerated centrifuge.

The unit is fully staffed with research nurses/coordinator, a dietitian and dietetic technician, and clinical case coordinator. CRU-Sprague clinic staff are available to assist investigators with any research procedures needed, including full participant encounters, research nursing services, study documentation and administration, laboratory specimen preparation and processing, and bionutrition services.

James W. Aston Ambulatory Care Center

CRU-Aston is located on the 8th floor of the James W. Aston Ambulatory Care Center. CRU-Aston offers 1,770 square feet of dedicated research space, including six procedure rooms, four phlebotomy/anthropometry stations, and an infusion room with a two-participant capacity. The CTO also houses a small laboratory with two ambient-temperature centrifuges, one refrigerated centrifuge, a refrigerator, and a -80 degree Celsius freezer. CRU-Aston is staffed by a full-time research nurse and on-site research study coordinators.

CRU Inpatient Facility

Zale Lipshy University Hospital Inpatient Facilities

Zale Lipshy University Hospital Inpatient facilities are located on the 6th floor of Zale Lipshy University Hospital immediately adjacent to the CRU-Sprague outpatient unit. This unit offers access to six inpatient rooms (one private; five semi-private). Metabolic meal services are offered through the CRU dietetic staff and laboratory support is offered in the CRU-Sprague unit. Full nursing staff support is provided around the clock by Zale nurses, including standard of care and research procedures. CRU nurses are available upon request.

Parkland Health and Hospital System

CRU nurses are available to perform in-patient research procedures at Parkland, upon request.