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.

Temporary bridge solutions

Temporary bridge solutions

Efforts are underway to find additional solutions for studies that need clinical services outside of the M Health CRU. Temporary bridge solutions identified include: 

  • CTSI will provide short-term clinical assistance to help investigators make this transition. CTSI has contracted for limited RN support for a six-month period. Please contact Brenda Prich at prich036@umn.edu to explore if this might be an option for your study and to learn how to reserve time.   

  • Temporary Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) coverage will be available in DCRU, though it will be phased out by mid-May 2018. The need for this assistance must be scheduled in advance in the scheduling system through the CTR Portal—both by scheduling the visit in the necessary room and also by scheduling the resource called "Staff Support" to ensure we are aware that assistance is needed.

  • This transitional support is limited to studies that have previously requested and been approved to use CTSI’s Clinical Research Facilities and Support (MCRU or DCRU). Studies must ensure that the appropriate protocol training has been provided, that staff have access to the current research protocol, source documents prepared using the Clinical Research Implementation Services (CRIS) template are provided in advance, and that the study investigator provides the appropriate medical and quality oversight per ICH Good Clinical Practice Guidelines.

  • As mentioned, these resources are limited and there are no back-up resources. In the case of illness or other unanticipated absence, you will be notified as soon as possible so that you can make appropriate arrangements for your scheduled appointment (i.e. participant communication, alternate arrangements, rescheduling your appointment).

  • The Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR) has resources that can assist with IV placement, phlebotomy and vital signs for participants in the CMRR.  Please contact Erik Solheid at solh0040@umn.edu for more information and to discuss your study needs.

  • Blood draws can be conducted at the M Health CRU or the Clinics and Surgery Center, as needed.

  • CTSI’s Workforce Development Program is offering training for research study staff in DCRU to learn skills needed in the areas of phlebotomy, vital signs, and EKG/ECG. View details and request training.

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