University of Minnesota Health Clinical Research Unit (M Health CRU)

The University of Minnesota Health Clinical Research Unit (M Health CRU) is a “phase 1” clinical research unit in the Phillips-Wangensteen Building.

Features

  • Accommodates higher risk and overnight stays.
  • Enables the commingling of research visits with standard of care, enabling investigators and University of Minnesota Physicians (UMP) to bill insurance for standard of care services (starting early 2018).
  • Operated and staffed by University of Minnesota Physicians (UMP) as a free-standing clinical research unit.
  • Approximately 8,000 assignable square feet (ASF).

Staffing and procedures

As part of the UMP contract for the M Health CRU, all clinical services will be provided by UMP clinic staff.

Procedure performed by M Health CRU staff

Procedures include but are not limited to:

  • Lab draws
  • Point of care testing (glucose checks, pregnancy tests, urinalysis)
  • Infusions and medication administration
  • IV starts
  • Clamps
  • Assisting with procedures (biopsies, etc.)
  • Sample processing in the CRU*
  • Managing/accessing central lines

*Any labs needing analysis by a Fairview lab (Acute Care lab, CSC, etc.) will still need the Fairview research paper lab slip.

Managing the research protocol

Investigators and their coordinators will engage in managing the research protocol, but investigators may not bring their own clinical staff into the M Health CRU to provide clinical services.

Protocol-specific procedures that must be conducted with specific equipment, on a consistent basis, can be administered by research study staff after consultation with the medical director of the unit.

Studies that had previously been “space-only”, but will be moving to the M Health CRU, will need updated source documents before the first visit can occur.

Planning for participant visits

Schedule a visit

Studies wishing to self-schedule visits can continue to do so in the CTR Portal scheduling system

Providing notice

Ten days notice is requested to ensure adequate staffing.  

Two weeks notice is requested for overnights.

Any studies needing to schedule visits inside of this window should contact the CRU to check availability. The CRU will always do its best to get every participant in at the desired time. 

Consent forms 

Before a visit occurs, signed consent forms must be uploaded to the CTR Portal scheduling system.

When adding participants to a study, you have the ability to upload the signed consent form. For screening visits in which consent will be obtained at the time of visit, the consent form can be provided to M Health CRU staff at the time it is signed.

Communicating to participants

Addresses to use

Location info for patients

Study teams may need to update consent and 1572 forms, to include the updated address:

Formal clinic address:
University of Minnesota Health Clinical Research Unit - A UMPhysicians Clinic 
Phillips Wangensteen Building, Suite 1-302
516 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Mailing address: 
University of Minnesota Health Clinical Research Unit - A UMPhysicians Clinic 
Phillips Wangensteen Building, Suite 1-302
516 Delaware St. SE
MMC 126
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Location

Phillips-Wangensteen Building
Floor 1, Suite 1-302‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
516 Delaware Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Parking and directions

Contact

Clinic: 612-624-0104

Adi Molvin, RN, BSN
M Health CRU Manager
amolvin10@umphysicians.umn.edu