The Anesthesia Clinical Research Unit (ACRU) is a dedicated team of clinical research professionals within the Department of Anesthesiology at Mayo Clinic.

The overall mission of the Anesthesia Clinical Research Unit is to provide support to Mayo Clinic faculty and external industry sponsors for research within the fields of anesthesiology, critical care and pain management.

Areas of assistance provided by the ACRU include:

  • Data collection
  • Clinical trial design and implementation
  • Statistical analysis
  • Analytical methodology
  • Code and coverage analysis and budget development
  • Institutional Review Board (IRB) submission
  • Database development (REDCap)

The ACRU team is experienced in many anesthesiology locations throughout the entire Mayo Clinic organization in which clinical assistance is provided. These areas include operating rooms, postanesthesia care units, intensive care units, pain management clinics, the perioperative exam clinic and the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCaTS), made possible by the Clinical and Translational Science Awards program of the National Institutes of Health.

The Anesthesia Clinical Research Unit is directed by Daryl J. Kor, M.D., David O. Warner, M.D., Todd J. Meyer, R.R.T., and Brenda K. Anderson, R.N. Multidisciplinary support personnel include study coordinators, registered nurses, respiratory therapists and administrative support.