Clinical Research Unit (CRU)

Clinical Research Unit (CRU)

The Clinical Research Unit (CRU) is committed to providing investigators and their teams with a research environment and broad range of services guided by good clinical practice, which contributes to the conduct of excellence in clinical and translational research.  The CRU equips investigators with essential tools and critical resources and provides a highly efficient and flexible infrastructure that is sustainable through a comprehensive cost-recovery system.  
 
The CRU facility for daytime participant encounters is located on the 15th floor of Jefferson Tower (JT 15) with overnight accomodations on 8 MEB.  Through the Clinical Research Support Program (CRSP), the CRU provides support for clinical and translational research across campus and the health system.

For specific questions regarding the registration process, please contact Meredith Fitz-Gerald.
 
Registration
CCTS Clinical Services are available once a registration form has been submitted by an investigator and discussed with CCTS personnel.  To register, the following information is required:
  • Registration Form (1 page, plus brief information on services needed) - please e-mail completed form by clicking the envelope icon in the upper toolbar, then "Send Copy" of pdf as an attachment to CCTSClinical@uab.edu  
  • Human Subjects Protocol (approval may be pending - send stamped approval form when available)
  • Consent Form(s) (approval may be pending - send stamped consent form(s) when available)
  • Protocol (Grant application, sponsor protocol, study group protocol)
The Clinical Services registration form and accompanying documentation should be sent electronically to CCTSClinical@uab.edu
 
For industry-sponsored studies, there is a $1000 non-refundable administrative fee.  There is also a space cost of $50 per hour.
 
NIH studies are only charged for space when no other Clinical Services are used.  If an NIH study needs space only, the charge is $25 per hour.  If other Clinical Services are used, space costs are included in the Clinical Services fee.  For information on charges, please contact CCTSClinical@uab.edu
 
Study Initiation
Investigators will receive an official letter from the CCTS which details the services to be used and any investigator requirements to initialize the study.  This letter must be signed by the PI and returned to the CCTS before the study can begin. 
 
An investigator must provide the following in order for the study to become active within the CCTS:
  • His/her signature on the returned, signed letter
  • Completion of an inservice (see below) to educate CCTS staff about protocol procedures
  • Payment of the $1000 user fee for industry-sponsored studies
  • Copies of the final approved IRB documents if approval was pending at the time of application