Clinical Research Unit
The Mayo Clinic CTSA's Clinical Research Unit (CRU) offers investigators the support they need to conduct clinical research — specially trained nurses, registered dietitians, technical and support staff, and a large selection of procedural and laboratory services. CRU staff are uniquely trained to carry out research protocols with an emphasis on patient safety and research quality.
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The CRU has a physical facility in each of Mayo Clinic's two hospitals, plus mobile staff and a unique research vehicle.
Saint Marys CRU
The Saint Marys CRU is located on Domitilla 5 in Saint Marys Hospital, and supports both inpatient and outpatient clinical research studies. Learn more
Located on Charlton 7, Rochester Methodist Hospital, the Charlton CRU focuses on outpatient studies. Learn more
Some clinical research protocols necessitate that samples and data be collected outside the Saint Marys or Charlton CRUs, but still within the Rochester campus — for example, from someone arriving in the emergency department with heart attack symptoms, or from a patient undergoing neurosurgery. The Extended CRU is a "virtual" unit that provides services anywhere on Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester. Learn more
The Mobile CRU provides services to support research conducted off the Rochester campus in community settings across southeastern Minnesota. Learn more
This RV-style research vehicle — a resource within the Mobile CRU — is one of the first of its kind in the country, and can enable research with volunteers that otherwise could not travel to Mayo Clinic. Learn more