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Center for Clinical Research: COVID-19 Response

The Center for Clinical Research (CCR)

The NM Clinical Research Unit (CRU) will begin to reactivate operations in phases, as FSM begins the phased return of human research activities on campus. Please reference the CRU Reactivation Guide and CRU Pandemic Research Plan for additional information.

  • This guide contains only information that is directly related to the activities occurring within the CRU.
    • For more information about activities not listed in this guide, please refer to the information provided directly on the Northwestern Medicine Intranet (NMI)
  • All information present in this guide is based on guidelines presented by NMH, NU, CDC, and other partners in care of our research subjects.
    • We are making every attempt to update this reactivation guide as new information is being presented daily, so please know that any copies of this document saved or printed may no longer be accurate. For the most up to date information, please see NMI and/or contact CCR.
    • We thank you for your dedication to our reactivation and your efforts to stay up to date on the latest guidelines to ensure safety of our subjects and staff.

Additional COVID-19 Resources

About Us

Directed by Michael Ison, MD, MS, professor of Medicine: Infectious Diseases and Surgery: Organ Transplantation, 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.

Participate in Clinical Research

Explore our information for patients who are interested in signing up for clinical research or learning more about clinical trials.


Contact Us

To learn more about how we can help you, visit the links above or email 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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