Michigan Clinical Research Unit (MCRU)

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The Clinical Trials Support Office’s (CTSO) Michigan Clinical Research Unit (MCRU) provides clinical staff, resources, and infrastructure that are necessary to conduct adult and pediatric human clinical research protocols at the University of Michigan. The main performance site is located at Michigan Medicine within the Cardiovascular Center (CVC). The Domino's Farms extension is located in northeast Ann Arbor, approximately four miles from the hospital.

MCRU offers the following services to suit your clinical research needs:

  • RN Nursing 
  • Clinical Support
  • Laboratory Processing
  • MCRU Space
  • Mobile Clinical Research Team (MCRU2U)

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*All MCRU scheduling requests will be managed through MiChart. Click here for more information.  


Initiate Services: As required for the IRB application, Study Teams must download and complete the Time & Events (T&E) Table. Information required to complete this form includes: visit time points, number of visits, services needed, number of subjects, and lab manual (if available). For a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the T&E Table, click here

Addition of Services: To add services to a previously IRB-approved protocol, please email MCRU-Feasibility-Team@umich.edu to notify our team of your request. Any changes will require an update to the previously approved Time & Events table. Please highlight the addition of services (e.g., RN Nursing Services, Clinical Support, Laboratory Processing), and place a comment in Column K next to the service addition for clarification. 


Standard operating hours for MCRU locations and services may be found below. MCRU is closed on Michigan Medicine observed holidays, as well as season days between Christmas and New Year's Day. Attention: For requests falling outside of standard hours of operation, please contact MCRU at MCRU-Support@med.umich.edu or by calling 734-763-7363 to confirm availability. 


Monday - Friday: 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

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Monday: 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Tuesday: 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Wednesday: 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Thursday: 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Friday: 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM

MCRU | Lab

MCRU lab is open Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM.

Please observe the following cutoff times for service:

Same-day shipping: 2:30 PM
PBMC or lengthy processing procedures: 3:30 PM
Standard sample delivery: 4:30 PM*

*Items delivered after the cutoff will be processed next-day. 


Monday - Friday: 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM

MCRU space and lab may be available after hours, overnight, or on weekends by study team personnel when arranged in advance during the study start-up phase. Lab training and access may be provided to study teams using the MCRU lab outside of regular hours. MCRU staff are not available to provide clinical or lab services during off hours.


The safety of our patients, staff, and study teams is our top priority. Key guidelines for study teams are in place for interacting with the lab door window and must be followed when working with the lab team. Failure to follow these guidelines may result in delayed service requests. To view the Study Team Guidelines, click here. For questions, email MCRU-Corelab@med.umich.edu.



Medical Director

Dinesh Khanna, MBBS, MSc

Administrative Managing Director

Barb Sullins, bmunsey@med.umich.edu 



Contact us | MCRU-Support@med.umich.edu.

MCRU Central Scheduling | Phone: 734-763-7363

Frankel Cardiovascular Center, 1500 E Medical Center Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48109.