Clinical Trials Unit
In 2005 Northwestern Memorial Hospital's Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute made a $10 million commitment to heart research and built the infrastructure to support an internationally renowned Clinical Trials Unit (CTU). This initiative takes the cardiovascular research conducted through Northwestern Memorial and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine to a level unmatched by anything currently existing in the Chicago area.
The investment in the facilities, technology and personnel at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute will translate into scientific advances and better care for patients, development of an outcomes database that will allow for retrospective studies and the ability to be the lead site and data management center for national, multi-center clinical trials.
The CTU is committed to providing a full range of research services to facilitate the development, implementation, and successful completion of clinical trials. The CTU ensures compliance with federal, state, and institutional regulations, policies, and procedures to protect the interests of patients and the university. We believe this dedicated endeavor will enhance Northwestern's status and become an internationally recognized clinical research center, known for its excellence in clinical research management by the pharmaceutical industry, the National Institutes of Health, and other academic medical centers.
The mission of the CTU is to facilitate innovative clinical research with the goal of advancing scientific knowledge, the prevention of disease and improving healthcare for all patients. We strongly believe that research should focus on advancing the practice of medicine and improving the quality of patient care.