Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute - Clinical Trials Unit (CTU)

About Us

The Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute (BCVI) Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) of Northwestern University is a centralized research unit established in 2005 dedicated to supporting our investigators performing high quality cardiovascular clinical research.  Our investigators are practicing physicians who see the firsthand results of innovate treatments. Northwestern Medicine physicians address the prevention and treatment of heart and vascular disease through the investigation of new technologies, drugs, and devices that ultimately translate into the best patient care. The CTU staff provides the infrastructure to support these initiatives while ensuring compliance with federal, state and institutional regulations, policies and procedures to project the safety of our research participants.

Our Facilities

The Clinical Trials Unit offers several core resource facilities within 4,000 square feet of Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern Medicine. Primary core resources are available to support investigator-initiated, peer-review, government and industry-sponsored studies including IRB submission, regulatory oversight, budget negotiation and financial oversight. The CTU also features clinic space with outpatient clinic rooms, laboratory space for specimen processing/shipment, refrigerated/non-refrigerated centrifuges, -80 freezer, secure storage for investigational products and quiet settings for monitor visits. Approximately 45 full-time employees currently staff the CTU including nurse and non-nurse coordinators, regulatory professionals, biostatisticians, IT support, project and financial managers. We offer experienced research personnel trained in cardiovascular research and procedures, including but not limited to, pharmacokinetic studies, IDE and PMA studies, Phase II-IV pharmaceutical studies, blood pressure monitoring, ECG, and adverse event reporting.

Our Partners

The CTU is partnered with Northwestern Memorial Healthcare, Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, Central DuPage, and Delnor. These affiliations strengthen our ability to conduct meaningful clinical research. NMH Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute is a nationally recognized program that delivers highly specialized cardiovascular care.  In 2017, U.S. News & World Report named Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute the 7th best Cardiology and Heart Surgery program in the United States—a reflection of the leading-edge cardiac and vascular services we offer and the results we obtain for our patients, their families and the region we serve.

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