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Center for Clinical Research: COVID-19 Response

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Center for Clinical Research (CCR) is currently operating remotely. If you have any questions please contact CCR@northwestern.edu

COVID-19 Clinical Research Unit Statement

Due to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic the Clinical Research Unit (CRU) has implemented the following in order to comply with University, local and state “shelter in place” orders. The below apply to all human subject research occurring within the CRU until further notice:

  • Research within the CRU inpatient setting at NMHC is postponed.
  • Research within the CRU ambulatory setting should be performed remotely “telemedicine”, if possible.
  • Research visits that cannot be performed remotely and are not “essential” as defined by the Office for Research and the Institutional Review Board policy should be postponed. https://www.irb.northwestern.edu/2020/03/18/office-for-research-covid-19-memorandum-temporary-policy-on-research-study-visits/
  • If the ambulatory research visit cannot be performed remotely, is medically necessary to a participants safety and wellbeing, and falls under the definition of “essential”, then the following is required:
    • The Principal Investigator should submit a brief study synopsis, IRB number, study number and statement of how the planned research visit, including multiple visits that are part of a specific research protocol meets the definition of “essential” to  CCR@northwestern.edu
    • The CRU will review the “essential” visit request with the Principal Investigator and determine next steps.
      • CRU leadership believes this decision will protect research participants, research staff, and the Northwestern healthcare provider community from risk of infection with COVID-19.

Additonal COVID-19 Resources

About Us

Directed by Richard D'Aquila, MD, associate vice president of research, CCR works closely with clinical and translational scientists, trainees and staff to provide resources, services and guidance specific to the needs of each investigator and study.

CCR's experienced staff, commitment to improvement and novel use of digital tools has led to quicker study start-up, increased investigator and study coordinator satisfaction and improved financial outcomes.

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Contact Us

To learn more about how we can help you, visit the links above or email ccr@northwestern.edu. If you know which CCR services you would like to use, please complete the CCR Intake Form. You can also contact Richard D’Aquila, MD, at 312-503-6206 for more information.


Richard T. D'Aquila, MD

The CCR is led by Richard D’Aquila, MD, professor of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine. He is is director of the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research, a partnership between Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, the Chicago Department of Public Health and several community organizations.


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