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Clinical Research Infrastructure

The Center for Clinical Research (CCR) offers the infrastructure necessary to help you address your study needs, large or small. CCR works closely with local Institutional Review Boards (IRB) at Northwestern University and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago as well as external IRB offices to reduce investigator burden, share best practices, maximize quality and efficiency of all programs and quickly resolve issues when they arise.

If you know which CCR services you would like to use, please complete the CCR intake form. If you are not sure where to start, request a virtual Studio Consultation for an opportunity to learn how CCR services can help with your research project or browse the links below. To learn more about how we can help you, email

  • Multicenter Clinical Trials
    The Trial Innovation Network offers support to help investigators execute multi-center clinical trials and studies better, faster and more cost-efficiently.
  • Clinical Research Coordinator Resources
    We offer a number of resources for clinical research staff, intended to support and complement departmental efforts to standardize onboarding and training initiatives.
  • Clinical Research Units
    We offer research-specific nursing and laboratory services for the implementation of clinical research at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.
  • CCR Regulatory Unit
    This unit assists investigators with meeting essential regulatory activities and provides training, mentoring and general support to their research staff.
  • CCR Finance Unit
    The Finance Unit assists investigators and study teams with finance-related activities by negotiating budgets and helping to finalize contracts.

Recruitment & Support

Participant recruitment timeframes are one of the most important parts of the clinical trial process to consider. CCR offers participant recruitment resources to assist with research study advertisement that you can find by visiting our Research Resources page and sort the Toolkit Directory by "Recruitment." If you’d like to learn more about what participating in a clinical trial involves or to sign up to participate, visit the Feinberg Research site.

ClinicalTrials.Gov is a web-based resource that provides patients, their family members, healthcare professionals, investigators and the public with easy access to information on publicly and privately supported clinical studies on a wide range of diseases and conditions. A Northwestern User Guide, Record Review Checklist, and answers to frequently asked questions can be found on our page

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