Michigan Clinical Research Unit (MCRU)


The Michigan Clinical Research Unit (MCRU) provides the clinical staff, resources, and infrastructure necessary to conduct human clinical research protocols at the University of Michigan. MCRU hosts investigators funded by federal, state, and local agencies as well as those funded by the private sector. MCRU also serves as an institutional resource for investigators to perform pilot studies that may result in further agency funding.

Publishing Study Results: It is important that all publications resulting from studies conducted using the former GCRC & MCRU resources cite the CTSA grant number 2UL1TR000433-06. Studies using only the former GCRC resources should credit the GCRC: Grant #M01-RR000042. The NIH searches for publications by grant recognition, and our future resources will be tied to the number of publications referencing our grant number.

MCRU Facilities and Hours of Operation (link)

How to Access MCRU (link)

For a description of the MCRU resources for your grant proposal, click here. (64KB Word document)

MCRU provides access to research nurses, medical assistants, and lab personnel. In addition, the main location houses the metabolic kitchen, specimen core and processing lab, and an exercise physiology room. See below for further details.

Mobile Clinical Research Team (link)

Bionutrition Core (link)

Specimen Core and Processing Lab (link)

MCRU Research Participant Scheduling Portal (link)


Due to recently announced changes in NIH financial support, MICHR’s Michigan Clinical Research Unit (MCRU) is updating its cost structure for both industry-sponsored and investigator-initiated research studies, effective July 1, 2015, in order to continue as a key clinical and translational research service provider. See the cost structure here. A rate change FAQ is available here.

MCRU staff is available to help research teams create or update budgets based on the new cost structure. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Blake Roessler at roessler@med.umich.edu or Cyndi Bower, Administrative Program Director, at bower@med.umich.edu.


For general information about MCRU, please call 734.936.8080.

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