Michigan Clinical Research Unit (MCRU)


The 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:

The main MCRU location in the Cardiovascular Center (CVC) is an extended stay unit with five beds that are used for outpatient and overnight research activities and five exam rooms for outpatient activities. This unit is open 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. and provides predictable opportunities for extended stays and/or weekends.

We also have Lobby M at Domino's Farms and service the Rachel Upjohn Building. Dominos Farms operates Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. and Rachel Upjohn Building site is serviced per request. All of our sites are equipped to support adult and pediatric populations.

How to access MCRU:

MCRU is designed to serve as an infrastructural resource for clinical research investigators. To use MCRU, an investigator first needs to submit an application through the eResearch system. In order to utilize MCRU services, you will need to complete sections 1-2.4 and 42 in eResearch.

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

The 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:

One of the valuable services provided by MICHR/MCRU is the access to our mobile research support team, MCRU2U. Our clinical staff provides integrated research support to clinical investigators and their study teams throughout the U-M campus and into the surrounding community. Our mobile team supports all specialized protocol specific services such as PK blood draws, ECGs etc. As part of this team we also provide access to a community-based research nurse and health worker to support study teams working with community outreach protocol specifics.

Bionutrition Core: 

The bionutrition core of MCRU has transitioned to the Michigan Nutrition Obesity Research Center (MNORC) effective January 1, 2013. Nutrition assessment, counseling, body composition and metabolic kitchen services are available via NORC’s Nutrition Assessment Laboratory (NAL). MNORC NAL also offers investigators consultation services for study development and execution. Please see the NORC website for further informatio.

Specimen Core and Processing Lab:

The MCRU has a specimen collection, processing, and shipping core laboratory that supports both extended stay and outpatient clinical research for all of our performance sites. We have a sophisticated electronic specimen freezer management and inventory system. We provide short term-storage. For long-term storage, we encourage investigators to use the Biorepository.

Meet the Crew of MCRU

MCRU Research Participant Scheduling Portal
The MCRU research participant scheduling portal was designed to facilitate research patient scheduling. Using the portal, investigators and study coordinators are able to submit their scheduling requests online to MCRU staff. MCRU staff is able to see all requests on a dashboard with all relevant information validated through online form submission. An automatic email is returned to acknowledge the scheduling request, and once the visit is approved by MCRU staff, an automatic email is created to confirm scheduling of the participant visit.

Go to MCRU Research Participant Scheduling Portal Application

For questions related to MCRU Scheduling, please contact MCRU scheduling 734.763.7363

To schedule a MCRU2U Just In Time Visit, please contact 734.936.8090.


For general information about MCRU, please contact: 
Administrative Assistant Specialist 
LaTonya D. Payne, MBA, BBA
Cardiovascular Center Room 1702
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5872
Phone: 734.936.8080
Fax: 734.936.4024

MICHR Associate Director
Blake Roessler, MD

Professor of Internal Medicine

Associate Managing Director for the MICHR Clinical Research Support Group &                        MCRU Clinical Manager
Cynthia L Bower, RN MS
Phone: 734.936.8086

Research Laboratory Supervisor
Gayle Carroll, BS 
Phone: 734.936.8082

MCRU Clinical Nurse Supervisor
Dawn M. Jones, RN, BSN
Phone: 734.936.5376

Bionutrition Core Manager
Theresa Han-Markey, MS, RD

Phone: 734.936.8075

Feedback on this page? E-mail LaTonya D. Payne



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