Michigan Clinical Research Unit (MCRU)

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Notification Concerning Community Engagement Visits: In an effort to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19, MCRU is indefinitely postponing visits that are occurring in participant’s homes within the community. Visits that affect treatment or safety monitoring should be discussed with MCRU on a case-by-case basis.

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) & Community Engagement
  • Study Team Storage Management

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*As of November 2, 2020, all MCRU scheduling requests will be managed through MiChart. Click here for more information.  


As required for the IRB application, Study Teams must download and complete the Time and Events Table. Information required to complete this form includes: visit time points, number of visits, services needed, number of subjects, and lab manual (if available). 



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

*The CVC Research Unit is equipped to provide after-hours research visits that require extended periods of stay.

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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

Monday - Friday: 7:00 AM to 6:30 PM
Saturday: Closed


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

MCRU will accommodate overnight, weekend, and after-hours visits with two weeks’ advance notice. Visits that are requested less than two weeks in advance will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


Medical Director

Njira Lugogo, M.D.

Director, Operations - Clinical Trials Support Office

Cyndi Bower, M.S.bower@umich.edu

Administrative Manager

Sean P. Lezak, lezakse@med.umich.edu, 734-936-4632



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.