The Anesthesia Clinical Research Unit (ACRU) is a dedicated team of clinical research professionals within Department of Anesthesiology. The overall mission of the ACRU is to provide support to faculty and pharmaceutical sponsors for research within the fields of anesthesiology, critical care, and pain management. Areas of assistance may include data collection, clinical trial design, pharmacologic consultation, statistical analysis, analytical methodology, and budget development.

ACRU staff is experienced in many anesthesiology locations throughout the Mayo organization in which, clinical assistance is provided. These areas may include the operating rooms, post anesthesia care units, intensive care units, pain management clinics, and the Mayo translational clinical research unit (CRU) made possible by the NIH Clinical and Translational Research Award. Studies may be either industry generated or investigator initiated.

The ACRU is directed by David Warner, MD and Curtis Buck, CRNA. Multidisciplinary support personnel include study coordinators, registered nurses, respiratory therapists, and administrative support. Mayo anesthesiology staff and pharmaceutical sponsors are encouraged to utilize the professional expertise of the ACRU personnel in design and implementation of their clinical trials.

ACRU Clinical Research Expertise:

  • Anesthesia Outcome Studies
  • Pharmaceutical Clinical Trials of Novel Medications
  • Critical Care Studies
  • Mechanical Ventilation Clinical Trials
  • Special Population Studies (elderly, pediatric)
  • Therapy of pain