Clinical Research Unit Announces New Location and Phlebotomy Services

The Clinical Research Unit (CRU)  is the hub for conducting clinical and translational research at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS). With its new facility and recent launch of unscheduled walk-in phlebotomy services, the CRU can support even more ISMMS research endeavors.  All funded ISSMS faculty are eligible to use its facilities, nursing support, specimen processing, and other resources.  The CRU currently supports 90 protocols involving a wide variety of specialties and subspecialties, with research participants of all ages.

The recently relocated facility on the ground floor of the Annenberg Building (across from the mid-rise elevator bank) includes a reception area and exam rooms for brief visits and minor procedures.  In the nearby courtyard, rooms are available for day-long procedures and interventions requiring infusions and monitoring.  There is also a laboratory for specimen processing.

The CRU is staffed by nurse practitioners who can perform physical examinations, monitor participants, and perform infusions, and medical assistants who perform phlebotomy, electrocardiograms, and process samples.

To add to their already comprehensive offering, they now provide a new convenience for their users:  WALK-IN PHLEBOTOMY SERVICES.  Walk-in (no scheduling needed) phlebotomy is available for blood sampling, where: 1) the study team is taking the sample to their lab for processing, and/or 2) samples are going to hospital labs and the participant’s demographics are already available for registration in Epic.  The service is available 9AM to 4:30 PM Monday-Friday (except hospital holidays). The CRU is open Monday to Friday from 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM.

For more information, check out their brochure.

If you have not used the services before and would like to meet the staff and tour the facilities, or if you have any questions, please e-mail Joanne Zephir at  Additional information and the application for using the CRU, including the walk-in phlebotomy service, are available at


All Human Subject Initial Expedited Projects to be Submitted in Ideate Beginning 5/31/16

The Program for the Protection of Human Subjects (PPHS) is moving forward in its roll-out of the IDEATE electronic submission process. Currently all Exempt projects are being reviewed through IDEATE, and starting Tuesday, May 31, 2016, all Initial Expedited applications from all departments must use IDEATE.

Research Administration has been working for many months on this new electronic submission process using a program called IDEATE, which will be used when applying for human research project approval.  At this time IACUC and some IRB submissions are reviewed using the software, and the plan is for the submission program to serve all research administration offices (i.e. PPHS, IDS, RSC, IBC, CRU, etc.) and allow all of the research offices to electronically review a single application! This will be a marked improvement over the current state where multiple different submissions may have to be made for a single project.

There is no required training, but the PPHS encourages you to connect with the team for assistance.  Remember that an IF submission must first be created through Sinai Central, all education requirements must be met for everyone on the team, and an InfoEd submission started by the research team before a submission will be accepted by the PPHS.  The PPHS also suggests that your researchers register with IDEATE for access to the system and ask that they update their profiles (adding their CV) before they begin their first submission. 

Please follow the helpful links below for assistance.

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We encourage your feedback over the next several months, as we make this system robust and fix the emerging issues.  Thank you in advance for your attention to this very important project.


The Clinical Research Unit: Your Resource for Clinical-Translational Studies

For over 50 years the Clinical Research Unit (CRU) had been supported by NIH funding. Established in 1963 as a General Clinical Research Center, the current CRU was partially funded by a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA). However, changes in the funding strategies of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, which funds the CTSA, resulted in withdrawal of support for CRUs nationwide. With support from the Office of the Dean, as of April 2015, the Mount Sinai CRU continues to provide space and personnel to assist ongoing and new studies, but with elimination of CRU-hosted pilot study funding and reductions of ancillary services compared to those offered in past years.

Beginning April 1st, a new fee schedule has been implemented. For non-industry studies, including NIH, MSSM and foundation-sponsored studies as well Investigator Initiated pharma supported projects, the fee is $65 per hour. Industry initiated studies have a fee of $110 per hour.

The center is located on the 2nd floor of 1184 5th Avenue and provides space and personnel to facilitate clinical research studies. The clinical staff includes nurse practitioners, medical assistants, and a dietitian. The CRU offers resources to conduct physical examinations, phlebotomy, drug infusion, ECG, participant monitoring, specimen processing, and other services. There is space for study staff to work while tending to research participants. The unit is in operation 8:00am to 5:30pm, Monday through Friday.

The CRU would like to thank the research community for their patience during the recent transition and looks forward to continuing to provide high quality services to facilitate Mount Sinai clinical research. For applications and for any questions, please contact Christine Hannigan, Clinical Research Manager, 212-241-6045,