Michigan Clinical Research Unit (MCRU) Services

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The Michigan Clinical Research Unit (​MCRU) provides access to a wide variety of clinical research resources including, but not limited to, RN nursing services, clinical support services, laboratory processing, space, mobile clinical research support, and more. View the services and pricing below to see how we can assist you with your clinical research needs.  


Please note: Actual Services Provided will be billed based on utilization at the scheduled appointment unless the actual appointment is longer.

RN Nursing Services Only | Rate: $120 per hour
*Add any corresponding lab services at $30 per hour
MCRU’s Nursing Service provides infusion support, injections of investigational product, administration of protocol-specific medications, and limited physical assessments Monday through Friday during normal business hours. Off-hour and weekend requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For new studies supported by a Clinical Trials Support Unit (CTSU), please indicate that MCRU Nursing Services will be needed on the CTSU Feasibility Form.

Clinical Support | Rate: $60 per hour
*Add any corresponding lab services at $30 per hour
Gain access to clinical research resources to assist in your study needs at the main CVC location, which houses the metabolic kitchen and exercise physiology room. This Clinical Support Services offering includes space, support of clinical personnel, and supplies for each visit.

Laboratory Processing | Rate: $30 per hour | View MCRU specimen laboratory FAQ.
*Includes labs for clinic visits and/or lab drop-offs
The MCRU Specimen Processing Laboratory performs basic processing and stabilization for specimens. It is the responsibility of the study teams to collect and drop off specimens to the MCRU lab.  We allow short-term storage and we ship both domestic and international. A lab manual is required to confirm collections and purpose.

MCRU Space Only | Rate: $10 per hour
MCRU staff check in your participant and escort them to a room. The room and included infrastructure (phone and computer) will be available for use. MCRU equipment such as the blood pressure machine and scale will be available for the study team. MCRU staff are also available to check out the participant at the end of the visit.

This service does not include vital signs or other measurements performed by an MCRU staff person, intravenous catheter placement or specimen collection, documentation of the visit in MiChart beyond check-in and check-out times, laboratory space use or supplies, or clinical supplies. The MCRU Space Only rate is not intended to be used for overnight stays.

Mobile Clinical Research Team (MCRU2U) | Rate: $90 per hour
*Bundle rate includes Lab Processing and Clinical Support Services
MCRU clinical staff trained in research specific clinical competencies are available to collect blood and urine samples and perform EKGs within the hospital campus. This includes the Taubman Center, CS Mott Children’s Hospital, Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital, Cancer Center, Cardiovascular Center, University Hospital, Rachel Upjohn Building, Burlington Building, Dominos Farms, and East Ann Arbor and West Ann Arbor Medical Campuses. Collected samples are brought to the MCRU laboratory for processing, shipment, or short-term storage in MCRU freezers. Clinical and laboratory supplies are provided by MCRU. Sample collection and EKGs are documented by MCRU staff in a MiChart research encounter.

Community Engagement: For visits off the Michigan Medicine campus, MCRU clinical staff trained in research-specific clinical competencies will be available to collect blood and urine samples outside the medical campus but within 60 miles of the U-M Hospital. Collected samples will be brought to the MCRU laboratory for processing, shipment or storage for up to three months in MCRU freezers. Clinical and laboratory supplies are provided by MCRU. Sample collection will be documented by MCRU staff in a MiChart research encounter. This service does not include vitals or other measurements.

Study Team Storage Management | Rate: $50 per month
This service is for Study Teams that require management and storage of their medical supplies used to conduct their research studies in MCRU.

Nutrition, Exercise, and Phenotype Testing (NExT)

MCRU partners with NExT for studies requiring:

  • Metabolic Phenotyping services (e.g., body composition, resting metabolic rate, insulin sensitivity)
  • Bionutrition support through the Nutrition Assessment Laboratory (NAL)
  • Physical activity/exercise assessments, testing, and exercise intervention support through the Physical Activity Laboratory (PAL).

For additional information, please visit: https://medicine.umich.edu/dept/mnorc/core-services/nutrition-exercise-phenotype-testing-core or contact Sara Ball (sjcball@umich.edu) and Cathy Sanborn (cazavala@med.umich.edu). 


MCRU Rates include:

  • Administrative time for MCRU Staff review of the Time & Events calendar and protocol to ensure the budget is accurately built.
  • Administrative time for MCRU Staff to record visit time point data to facilitate accurate billing.
  • Equipment and supplies, as necessary




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.