Clinical Research Unit Facilities

Across the UT Southwestern campus, the Clinical Research Unit (CRU) offers access to inpatient, outpatient, and mobile services at select locations. These facilities are meant to serve investigator needs at any stage of their research study, including 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

The Sprague clinic is located on the 6th floor of the Charles C. Sprague Clinical Sciences Building. It connects the east wing of Parkland Memorial Hospital to Zale Lipshy University Hospital and is adjacent to the CRU inpatient unit.

This clinic offers 2,300 square feet of dedicated research space, including a participant waiting room, six procedure rooms, a DEXA scanning room, a fully functioning laboratory with -80 and -20 degree Celsius freezers, a refrigerated centrifuge, and specimen preparation materials.

The unit is fully staffed with research nurses, a nursing administrator, a dietitian and dietetic technician, and medical office assistant. The Sprague clinic staff is available to assist investigators in any research procedures needed, including full participant encounters, basic nursing services, study documentation and administration, laboratory specimen preparation and processing, and bionutrition services.

James W. Aston Ambulatory Care Center

The Aston Clinical Trials Office (CTO) is located on the 8th floor of the James W. Aston Ambulatory Care Center. The CTO 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 -70 degree Celsius freezer. The CTO is staffed by a full-time research nurse and an on-site research study coordinator.

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. 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 adjacent Sprague Clinic. Full nursing staff support is provided around the clock by Zale and CRU nurses, including standard of care and research procedures.

Clements University Hospital

The Research Rooms at Clements University Hospital are located on the 7th, 8th, 9th, and 11th floors (7.413, 8.413, 9.413, 11.413). All rooms contain computers, phones, and a printer. The rooms on the 8th and 11th floor include a -80 freezer, centrifuge, and refrigerator as well. The rooms may be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by researchers needing satellite laboratory space while conducting research at Clements University Hospital. To request access to the rooms, a request must be filled out in Research Launchpad. The door codes will be provided once it has been verified that the requestor has an active IRB protocol with Clements University Hospital listed as a performance site.