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Clinical Research Center

The Clinical Research Center (CRC) facilitates safe and controlled inpatient and outpatient studies for medical research at URMC. The CRC provides the environment, infrastructure, and staff expertise to URMC faculty, staff, and medical students conducting research studies with human subjects. The CRC has a history of support for successful neurology, gene therapy, neuromuscular disease, natural history, and disease progression studies—and can accommodate a wide variety of medical research.

Please visit Apply for CRC Support to begin. The CRC is currently located in the Saunders Research Building in Suite 1.302. View our hours of operation.


Services & Support

Research services, support programs, and robust consultation


Education & Career

Degree programs, training, and skills development for trainees, researchers, and staff


To ask questions and learn how the CRC can accelerate your research, contact the Research Help Desk:


Christopher Palma, M.D., Sc.M.
Program Director

Karen Grabowski
Administrative Assistant

Ann Miller, R.N., M.S.
Nurse Manager

Nellie Wixom, R.D.
Nutrition Research Manager

JoAnne VanBuskirk
Senior Clinical Research Workforce Program Manager

Karen Wilson, MD, MPH, and Nancy "Nana" Bennett, MD, MS.

Research Spotlight

Expanding Research Potential at the Clinical Research Center

The UR CTSI co-directors share their vision for the CRC, highlighting past successes and discussing upcoming capabilities to serve researchers.


Coordinator Services

If you need coordinator services for a protocol that will be using other CRC services, please follow the New Protocol Submissions steps here. If you need coordinator services for protocols that will not be using other CRC services, please complete the Coordinator Profile Application and submit it electronically to UR CTSI.  If you need service for more than one protocol, complete one application per protocol.

Areas of Research

The CRC supports many types of clinical research at URMC. Learn more about research areas

Participating in Research

CRC study participants can find what they need here. Learn more about participating in research

Health Research & Clinical Trials

Find studies, volunteer, and more. Learn more about carefully conducted URMC clinical trials

Standard Hours of Operation

Monday through Thursday, 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday – Closed

The CRC is open continuously if there are inpatients scheduled. Please check with the nursing staff if our hours do not meet your needs. Staff may be provided at other times.

2024 Holiday Hours
April 8, 2024 – closed
Monday, May 27, 2024 – closed
Wednesday, June 19, 2024 – closed
Thursday, July 4, 2024 – closed
Friday July 5, 2024 – closed
Monday, September 2, 2024 – closed
Thursday, November 28, 2024 – closed
Friday, November 29, 2024 – closed
Wednesday, December 25, 2024 – closed