Neurosciences & Sensory

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The Neurosciences and Sensory (NSS) CTSU is a multidisciplinary, multi-departmental CTSU that aims to provide a full range of services for investigators with clinical trials related to the skin or nervous system. The CTSU is open to any trial that finds a natural fit with this CTSU‘s ability to support trials related to dermatological or nervous system conditions. 

Our mission is to facilitate the research activities of both experienced study teams and those new to clinical trials. Our staff will partner with you to compliment your existing structure and will certify that pre- and post-award finances are addressed according to Medical School and University policy. If you are new to the clinical trial research infrastructure at Michigan Medicine, we will help you navigate the research project lifecycle to ensure that you are not alone in this process. 

The NSS CTSU focuses on industry-sponsored, investigator-initiated and NIH funded clinical trials, as well as having experience with translational research and how that relates to clinical trials. Our staff brings a wealth of knowledge to aspects such as budget negotiation and study portfolio management to make certain that your clinical trial is initiated in a timely manner allowing you to focus on the science while we focus on the administration. In addition to managing the financial aspect of the trial, we are able to suggest training as well as facilitate introductions to other services within the University that may assist with your research.


A research study in which one or more human subjects are prospectively assigned to one or more interventions (which may include placebo or other control) to evaluate the effects of those interventions on health-related biomedical or behavioral outcomes. Correctly identifying whether your study is a clinical trial is crucial in complying with NIH policies and Michigan Medicine.

If you answer yes to the following questions, then your study qualifies as a clinical trial:

  • Does the study involve one or more human subjects?
  • Does the study involve the use of one or more interventions?
  • Does the study prospectively assign human subject(s) to an intervention(s)?
  • Does the study have a health-related biomedical or behavioral outcome(s)?

Learn more about the NIH Clinical Trial Definition at

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Feasibility Review Support
The Feasibility Review, conducted by the appropriate CTSU, looks at the whole picture of a potential clinical trial to prevent unexpected challenges in its execution and to open to accrual in a timely manner. LEARN MORE.


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Pre-/Post-Award Support
Clinical Trials Support Units keep studies on track during the pre- and post-award process. A CTSU portfolio manager follows a study along its lifecycle and assists teams on their path to study activation. LEARN MORE.

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Study Coordinator Support
Principal Investigators can ultimately find a smoother process and save time by taking advantage of our study coordinator pool, which can provide investigators with team members who are already on staff and fully trained. LEARN MORE.


144 NSS Studies          54 NSS Principal Investigators          1784 NSS Subjects


Medical Directors

Judy Heidebrink, M.D., M.S.

Portfolio Manager





Contact us at

MBNI Building, 205 Zina Pitcher Place, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

A list of NSS CTSU contacts are available in the Personnel Directory.