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Zablocki VA Medical Center Translational Research Unit

Zablocki VA Medical Center Translational Research Unit

The Zablocki VA Medical Center Translational Research Unit (V-TRU) is a resource for clinical investigators working with both veterans and non-veterans. Located on the fifth floor of the Veteran’s Medical Center, the unit consists of three fully equipped exam rooms and a laboratory specimen processing room.

Heidi Cortese preparing samples for shipment.

The V-TRU Team is available to assist with services such as nursing support, study coordination, consenting, lab services and processing, filling out case report forms and IRB assistance. Research nurses are able to assist investigators with research specific needs across multiple disciplines. The V-TRU can also connect you to cores within the Veteran’s Medical Center, including the Biomechanics Research Core, the Crystal ID Laboratory, the Imaging Station Core and the Kleck Animal Imaging Core.

The V-TRU is currently participating in multiple studies including the Million Veteran Program (MVP). The MVP is a national study that aims to enroll one million Veteran volunteers from across the country to study how genes affect health. Researchers will collect blood samples and health information from the participants to create the world’s largest medical database that will be used to answer research questions and lead to new treatments.

The V-TRU’s hours of operation are 7:30AM – 4:30PM, Monday through Friday. If your study requires special accommodations please contact the Nurse Manager.

For more information or to access the Zablocki VA Medical Center TRU services:

Ann Rosenthal, MD, Medical Director of the V-TRU.

  • Complete a request for space and services on the CTSI website
  • V-TRU contacts:
    • Joan Banks, RN, Nurse Manager at (414) 805-7300 or Email
    • Ann Rosenthal, MD, Medical Director at (414) 384-2000 or Email
    • Ed Minter, MBA,Manager at (414) 805-6999 or Email

NIH Funding Acknowledgment: Important Reminder – Please acknowledge the NIH when publishing papers, patents, projects, and presentations resulting from the use of CTSI resources by including the NIH Funding Acknowledgement.


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