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Clinical Research and Trials Unit (CRTU)

The Clinical Research and Trials Unit is a dedicated clinical research facility on the 7th floor of UMMC's Adult Hospital. This state-of-the-art unit is comprised of:

  • Twenty-two inpatient and outpatient participant rooms, including two bariatric rooms and a three-room negative pressure suite.
  • An eight-chair infusion center
  • Research pharmacy for investigational drug dispensing
  • Research lab for research sample processing, storage, and shipment
  • Two encounter rooms for private, non-clinical patient interactions such as consenting and the completion of questionnaires.

Investigators, coordinators, nurses, and other support staff may take advantage the CRTU conference room, work spaces, computers, printers, and docking stations. The CRTU also employs clinical trialists for participant monitoring and oversight.


Policies and guidelines


CRTU fees are based on study needs and funding source and will be estimated prior to use of the space or services. The CRTU nurse manager works with the Office of Clinical Trials to incorporate those fees into the clinical research study budget.  Note: The CRTU is non-profit; fees cover only the costs of operation


The study investigator and other personnel may conduct research activities in the CRTU facility. If the study investigator has personnel needs, including after-hours services, the Clinical Research Support Program (CRSP) may be available to assist. Contact the CRSP manager of research operations, Kimberlee McGuire for more information.

Request CRTU Space

To request use of space in the Clinical Research and Trials Unit, complete the Study Information Sheet at the Office of Clinical Trials and enter CRTU in the blank 'Other Miscellaneous Information'.  This information will be forwarded to the CRTU research nurse manager. You can also reach out to Cathy Hudgins directly.

More information

Please email the CRTU with other questions or call (601) 815-9955.