Clinical Research Unit

The Clinical Research Unit (CRU) at Lurie Children’s is a dedicated space for investigators to engage in clinical research within an optimal environment that offers a flexible infrastructure and highly trained staff, thereby assuring excellence in the conduct of clinical research.

This state of the art facility on the 19th floor includes eight outpatient rooms and six private inpatient beds as well as consultation rooms. Experienced research nurses and medical assistants are on hand to assure the proficient implementation of research protocols in a child and family friendly setting.

The CRU provides investigators with the specific clinical services required for their projects. Ongoing quality control programs and frequent communication with the research teams allow for the highest standard of patient care and data collection.

Other facilities available to meet the needs of investigators include study coordinator touch down space, work areas for study auditors and monitors, and storage for study equipment and materials.

To apply for CRU clinical support, your study must be approved by the IRB at Lurie Children’s. In order to initiate the CRU submission process, please electronically submit inquiries along with a brief description or Research Plan of your study to

To schedule a CRU reservation, please use the CRU Request Calendar (Note: not currently available externally).

The CRU at Lurie Children’s is under the direction of the Clinical & Translational Research Program and is the pediatric component of Northwestern University’s CRU, which receives funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), through the Clinical & Translational Sciences Award.

Ambulatory Hours of Operation: 6:30 a.m.–7 p.m., Monday through Friday

CRU Contact Information
Adelaide (Dhey) McClure, Nurse Coordinator
Phone: 312.227.4016
CRU General Phone: 312.227.4010