About us


The CRSC helps researchers and study teams quickly and easily conduct clinical research. We unite experts to help researchers:

  • Advance clinical research projects more quickly.
  • Navigate the University of Minnesota research process.
  • Administer research studies from feasibility assessment and project initiation through recruitment, close-out, and publication.

We are committed to protect every research participant, to uphold the highest ethical standards, and to improve our research practices at every step.


Who we are

The four primary partners that help administer clinical research at the University of Minnesota—the Office of the Vice President for Research; the Clinical and Translational Science InstituteFairview Health Services; and University of Minnesota Physicians—have partnered to offer a full suite of knowledgeable experts and resources from more than 20 clinical research groups. 

Expertise in regulatory, contracting, financial, informatics, biostatistics, clinical, tissue procurement, community-engaged research offer knowledge, best practices, and guidance for conducting clinical research at the University of Minnesota.

Frequently Asked Questions


Who are the CRSC partners? 
The CRSC is a collaborative partnership with the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Fairview Health Services, and University of Minnesota Physicians.
Who leads the CRSC? 
The CRSC Initiatives are led by Dr. Bruce Blazar, Director, CTSI; Dr. Dan Weisdorf, Deputy Director and CTRS Director, CTSI; Brenda Prich, CTRS Associate Director, CTSI; and Jessie Oslowski, CRSC Manager, CTSI.

Additionally, the CRSC is directed by a steering committee that meets quarterly to collaboratively providing strategic guidance and direction to support the CRSC operational model in helping researchers advance their clinical research at the University. The steering committee has representation from each of our four partners as well as representatives from the Office of the Dean in the Medical School.

Steering committee membership includes:
  • Brad Benson, MD, FACP, FAAP; Chief Academic Officer, MHealth-FV health system
  • Jennifer Cieslak, M.Ed; Chief of Staff, CTSI
  • Jill Cordes, BSN, RN, CHRC; Director, Research Administration, Fairview Health Services
  • Debbie Dykhuis, CIP; Executive Director, HRPP/IRB, OVPR
  • Beth Nunnally, CPA, BA, MAT, MA; Associate Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, AHC & CFO and CTSA Award Administrator, CTSI
  • Michael Oakes, PhD; Associate Vice President for Research, OVPR
  • Jessie Oslowski, CRSC Manager, CTSI
  • Brenda Prich, MHA, BSN, RN, CCRC; CTRS Associate Director, CTSI
  • Tim Schacker, MD; Vice Dean for Research in the Medical School
  • Lisa Warren, MPA; Assistant Vice President for Research, OVPR
  • Pamela Webb, Associate Vice President for Research Administration, SPA, OVPR
  • Dan Weisdorf, MD; Deputy Director and CTRS Director, CTSI

Working with us

What can the CRSC help me with? 

The CRSC can help optimize the clinical research start-up process and timelines by providing high-quality support to investigators and study teams. We can help you by:

  • Understanding the needs and barriers to conducting clinical research.
  • Bringing together the experts to ease the burden of connecting across the University's clinical research service groups.
  • Assessing project readiness and providing recommendations to address potential barriers, challenges, or issues that may arise.
  • Providing study planning guidance throughout the study start-up process.
How much does it cost to work with the CRSC?

There is no cost for consultations with experts in the CRSC and for most ongoing support from experts in the CRSC.

There are fees associated with ongoing collaboration with CTSI's:

  • Best Practices Integrated Informatics Core (BPIC)
  • Biostatistical Design and Analysis Center (BDAC)
  • Clinical Trials Financial Services (CTFS) post-award
  • Biorepository and Laboratory Services (BLS)
  • OnCore CTMS team for Electronic Case Report Forms (eCRFs)

More about these costs.

Who do you provide support to?

The CRSC serves the entire University of Minnesota clinical research community, including clinical research investigators, study teams, and administrative staff.

Investigators new to clinical research or the University will likely benefit most from the CRSC's expertise on clinical research best practices and processes.

What is a Feasibility Review?
The CRSC Feasibility Review is a cross-functional, objective review of study readiness. It is conducted by experienced research professionals and assists the investigator and study team in connecting with resources. This optional service is free of charge.

A Feasibility Review brings together experts to review a complete protocol. Investigators can expect:
  • Early identification of potential barriers or concerns
  • Study-specific recommendations to strengthen the protocol
  • Connections to resources and tools
  • Decreased start-up timeline

Contact the CRSC to learn more about the Feasibility Review process.

Should I cite a grant for CRSC support?

The Clinical Research Support Center is supported by the National Institutes of Health's National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, grant UL1TR002494

The University of Minnesota is required by the NIH to ensure an acknowledgment of the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) in any publications that results from UMN CTSI assistance with a project. Assistance is not limited to monetary support but also includes the use of CTSI space, consultations with faculty or staff, use of any CTSI services, tools, or software. 

Please include the following citation:

This research was supported by the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, grant UL1TR002494.

Learn more about the CTSA program and proper citation of support on CTSI's website.

Contacting us

At what point in my project should I engage with the CRSC?

Reach out at any point that you need support. CRSC experts are available to help you as you design, start-up, and implement your study.

How do I engage with the CRSC?
Call or email to connect with us. CRSC experts also hold regular virtual office hours.

Hours: Monday - Friday 8am-4pm
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 612-625-4000
When can you help me?

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8am-4pm
Email: [email protected]
Call: 612-625-4000

Where is the CRSC located?

330 Diehl Hall, although we have transitioned to virtual research support.

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8am-4pm
Email: [email protected]
Call: 612-625-4000