Patient Care Studies

Our physicians, nurse Practitioners and study coordinators have a wide range of experience including clinical trials, cohort studies, biobanking, and surveys. The Michigan Clinical Research Unit (MCRU), a dedicated research unit, the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR), and the Investigational Drug Service (IDS), a research pharmacy, are three of the many available resources for UM patient care studies.

Michigan Clinical Research Unit (MCRU)
The Michigan Clinical Research Unit (MCRU) is located within the UM Hospital A patient care unit within the hospital dedicated to research, MCRU is available for patient visits, including out-patient visits and overnight stays to help your regular pediatric nephrology team. MCRU provides research nurses, medical assistants, dietitians, mid-level providers and lab personnel. In addition, the main location houses the metabolic kitchen, specimen core and processing lab, and an exercise physiology room.
Investigational Drug Services (IDS)
The Investigational Drug Service (IDS) is a dedicated research pharmacy.
Institutional Review Board (IRBMed)
All patient studies are reviewed and approved prior to initiation by the Institutional Review Board which oversees the Medical School, Hospital & Health System (IRBMed). The IRBMED protects the rights and welfare of participants in clinical trials and other human subjects research studies by careful review and monitoring of research by applying federal and state laws, university policies, ethical principles. The IRBMED is composed of five distinct boards and approximately 90 members. Three IRBMed board meetings are held each week to provide timely review for all studies.