Delaware Clinical Research Unit (DCRU)

The Delaware Clinical Research Unit (DCRU) is an outpatient research facility for adults and children.

Now a “space-only” facility

As of November 20, the Delaware Clinical Research Unit (DCRU) shifted from CTSI management to AHC Research Building Management Services (RBMS) management.

It is only available to investigators on a “space-only” basis, meaning that investigators must bring their own staff to assist with the protocols.

Existing budgets will be honored. The DCRU facility rate is $45.00 per hour and applies to new studies and/or "new arms" or extensions of existing studies that involve re-budgeting. Facility charges have not been finalized for all clinical research locations.

What to expect

What to expect

While some aspects of DCRU operation will remain the same (e.g., scheduling system, parking, reception), others will change (e.g., staffing and supplies, and short-term freezer space). Here are more details:

  • RBMS Clinic Coordinator: RBMS will be hiring a Clinic Coordinator who will manage the daily functional operations of DCRU. The Clinic Coordinator will manage the facilities and equipment to meet the needs of the study teams.

  • Scheduling: Study teams should continue to submit requests for service and schedule rooms through the CTR Portal scheduling system.

  • Staff and supplies: Investigators must bring their own staff and study supplies to assist with the protocols. Supply storage is available on-site and can be arranged through the Clinic Coordinator.

  • Oversight: Studies will be responsible for medical oversight of their studies.

  • Lab and equipment: The lab (centrifuges, pipettes, etc.) and EKG machine will be available for study teams to use. Research staff training on EKG/ECG will be facilitated.

  • Freezers: Short-term freezers will be available in the DCRU lab. Samples must be signed in and out.

  • Reception: Reception/check-in desk staff will continue to greet participants.

  • Parking: The parking process—including free parking for participants—will remain the same, though oversight of this process will shift from CTSI to the RBMS Clinic Coordinator.

CTSI and RBMS are working together to ensure a smooth transition. Should you have questions about these changes, please direct them to Paul Wright at RBMS, pmwright@umn.edu.

Delaware Clinical Research Unit (DCRU)Features

  • 10 exam rooms
  • 1 pediatric exam room
  • 4 consultation rooms
  • 2 specialized rooms
  • Specimen collection room
  • iDXA
  • PQCT
  • Biodex
  • Processing laboratory
  • Large conference room for group classes or interventions
  • Investigator/study staff work space

For tests of vascular structure (i.e., intima-media thickness, etc.) and function (flow-mediated dilation, compliance, etc.), heart rate variability, and exercise testing needs, please contact Dr. Don Dengel at denge001@umn.edu or 612-626-9701.

Location

717 Delaware Street S.E.
Room 205
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Free parking is available next to the building.

Contact and hours

Mondays through Fridays
7:30am-4pm

612-624-4423