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Clinical Research Unit (CRU)

CTSI’s Clinical Research Unit (CRU) provides resources to enhance the safety, quality, and efficiency of human subject clinical research. We provide access to research space and research nurse expertise. In addition, we work with research teams to obtain desired outcomes/data, maintain research integrity, and provide participants with a safe, exceptional patient experience.

Nursing Services

Our experienced clinical research nurses are trained to assist you in the conduct of your research. The nursing staff has a breadth of clinical and research experience encompassing clinical care on a continuum of healthy volunteers to intensely diseased participants. Our nursing practice is guided by scientific knowledge, ethical codes, and research standards.

We facilitate new studies by working closely with the study team to meet the specific needs of each protocol. In addition, we facilitate individualized education to ensure staff has the knowledge and skills to carry out each research protocol effectively.

CRU Services and Capabilities

  • Nursing assessment and vital signs
  • Treatment monitoring
  • Medication administration
  • Point-of-care testing and YSI for glucose
  • Intravenous therapy
  • Pharmacokinetic sampling
  • Phlebotomy services
  • Extended stay for research participants
  • Bone Densitometry
  • Body Composition
  • Dual Energy Absorptiometry
  • Peripheral Quantitative Computed Tomography
  • Quantitative Ultrasound
  • Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis


Michelle Adams, BSN, RN
Clinical Research Manager

Sharon Ugolini, MSN, RN
Clinical Research Unit Nurse Manager

J. Rob Singleton, MD
Professor and Vice Chair for VA Affairs, Neurology
Director, CTSI Clinical Research Unit
Chief of Service, Neurology
Salt Lake City Veterans Administration Health System

Dixie D. Thompson, BSN, RN
Director, Research and Science
Associate Program Director, CTSI Clinical Research Unit


421 Wakara Way, Suite 360
Salt Lake City, UT 84108

CRU Locations