UMN Health opens Phase I clinical trials unit

University of Minnesota Health now has a state-of-the-art facility for Phase I clinical trials. The Early Phase Clinical Research Unit opened on August 31 and currently accepts patients who are participating in research studies at the U.

The unit is located on the University of Minnesota Medical Center’s 5th floor in the Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) Unit. Renovated last year, the BMT unit has single-patient rooms that are used exclusively for clinical trials.

The Early Phase Clinical Research Unit is staffed by a skilled care team that specializes in working with research patients. The unit’s nursing staff will work closely with the research nurse and pharmacist to prepare participants for the study treatment. The patient could be on the unit for six to 18 hours, depending on the study protocol.

Opening the Early Phase Clinical Research Unit will help U of M experts translate breakthrough lab research into new therapies for patients.

Published on May 18, 2015