Clinical Research Unit (CRU)

The Clinical Research Unit (CRU), formerly known as the CTRC, is a multipurpose, centralized institutional resource for clinical and translational investigators on campus. The CRU provides services for all stages of a research project, from protocol development to implementation and study close-out. The CRU’s purpose is to provide 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 research service provision at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Comprised of three physical locations – the Sprague Clinic, the Aston Clinical Trials Office (CTO), and Zale Lipshy Inpatient Services – the CRU has the capacity to handle requests ranging from quick blood draws to overnight/inpatient stays. The unit also provides basic laboratory preparation space, sample storage, EKGs, DEXA scans, nursing services, study coordinator services, and an array of additional services (see fee schedule). Finally, our nursing staff can provide mobile services at other clinic locations across UT Southwestern, when deemed appropriate.

The CRU is available to clinical and translational investigators and their study teams at UT Southwestern and Center for Translational Medicine partner institutions. Before scheduling research participant services in a CRU clinic, investigators must have met with CRU staff and are required to have an eIRB-approved protocol (see Study Initiation). Research requests regarding early stages of protocol development or those not involving human subjects may be provided without an eIRB-approved protocol.