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Adult Translational Research Unit

Adult Translational Research Unit (TRU)

The Adult Translational Research Unit (TRU) is designed to provide an optimal clinical research environment for both research participants and translational investigators. The TRU provides the infrastructural support for the conduct of clinical and translational research projects by providing access to space, resources and the expertise of research support personnel.

The TRU provides a safe, controlled environment for investigators to conduct state-of-the-art patient-oriented studies. The unit is designed to support a wide range of clinical research, from pilot studies to multi-center clinical trials.

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Scientists at the Medical College of Wisconsin and at any of the CTSI partner institutions who have an approved protocol can utilize the TRU facilities.  We provide support services for a diverse array of research studies, which involve pulmonary, cardiovascular, chronic kidney, neurological (Alzheimer’s), metabolic, sickle cell, genetics and rare diseases to include a few.

The Adult TRU is located in close proximity to the main entrance of the Pavilion building of Froedtert Hospital. The unit is able to provide a wide array of basic clinical research services including nursing support, dedicated nursing time, use of exam rooms and equipment, laboratory sample preparation and consultations. Special arrangements can be made for studies requiring TRU support in a hospital setting.



The A-TRU team is available to assist with a variety of services including :

Nursing Clinical

  • Vital Signs, Height and weight measurements
  • Phlebotomy services
  • IV placement and monitoring
  • Standard of Care lab draws
  • Blood processing (refrigerated centrifuge available)
  • Sample storage (refrigerated, -20 degree Celsius, and -80 degree Celsius freezer)
  • Long Term sample storage for banking (-80 degree Celsius freezer)
  • IATA Certified Sample shipping (ambient and dry ice)
  • Batch Sample shipping and inventory
  • Urine Dipstick (protein and glucose)
  • Point of Care (POC) urine pregnancy, cotinine, and drug testing
  • Point of Care Glucometer Reading
  • POC HgbA1C determination
  • Study Drug administration and monitoring (IV, PO, IM, SQ)
  • 12 Lead EKG (needs cardiology interpretation)
  • 6 Minute Walk Test
  • Epithelial nasal cell collection
  • Saliva collection and processing for cortisol levels
  • Sweat collection
  • Urine processing (24 hour collection and lab sampling)
  • MRI contrast infusion and monitoring
  • Contrast enhanced ultrasound infusion and monitoring
  • Breath testing specimen collection
  • Telephone interviews and post-procedure follow-up phone calls
  • Laser Doppler Velocity readings
  • Glucose Tolerance Test administration and blood draws
  • Assist with bedside procedures: Lumbar puncture, adipose biopsy, J-Wire insertion.


Administrative, Non-Clinical

  • Laboratory Data Management Software(LDMS):data entry
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Set up charts
  • EPIC labels
  • Order supplies
  • Laboratory requisition completion for Wisconsin Diagnostics, Quest Laboratories, and specific sponsor supported studies
  • Meal orders for participants and guests
  • Assembly of study specific supply kits

Hours of Operation

Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
*Additional timeslots are available by special appointment. Please contact the TRU for appointments.

TRU Terms & Attestations

TRU Terms & Attestations


  • The TRU requires a fully signed Letter of Agreement (LOA), a study roll-out meeting, and a copy of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) Approval letter before the study may begin.
  • Cancellation of Requested Services: Please provide notice of at least 48 hours for cancellation of requested services.
  • Scheduling of Requested Services: Please email contact us through the form below to set up a study appointment. Availability is to the best of our ability with variables including but not limited to: already scheduled services for this or any other study, availability of appropriate staff, and availability of appropriate physical space.
  • The TRU fees are subject to change. Every effort will be made to minimize the amount and frequency of such changes.
  • As a practice, the TRU will maintain study documentation in EPIC. It is up to the individual study team to create and maintain their own source documents per their study requriements. Notify TRU RNs if certain elements need to be added to the EPIC progress note (i.e. vial number or kit lot numbers). If any additional documents outside of EPIC are kept in the PTRU, they will be turned over to the Principal Investigator at the time of study completion in the PTRU.
  • As a CTSI Investigator, you agree to participate in the TRU’s annual satisfaction survey process.
  • Should additional services be requested, a new proposal may be created to outline the scope of the request and associated cost-sharing fees. This LOA will be amended as necessary.
  • If any changes are made in your protocol, it is the study team’s responsibility to provide any updated IRB approved forms and review any procedural changes with the PTRU Nurse Manager prior to the next participant’s scheduled visit.
  • The TRU will bill on a monthly basis for all services rendered.
  • Payment for services performed will be expected upon receipt of a billing statement.


  • On behalf of the department/division/institute or other professional jurisdiction that you represent, you attest that all of the following conditions have been satisfied:
    • The Principal Investigator is a faculty member, credentialed physician, licensed nurse or licensed pharmacist (as applicable) in good standing;
    • The Principal Investigator is approved to devote the proposed time and effort to this project;
    • If the Principal Investigator’s application identifies Department/Division/Institute funds to support this project, this Department/Division/Institute endorses this commitment;
    • The project has scientific merit, uses procedures consistent with sound research design, and is likely to yield the expected knowledge; and
    • The proposal is a complete and coherent one.
  • You agree to cite the Pediatric TRU of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin on all publications arising from any research project receiving support from the PTRU.
  • If you are funded by a CTSI award, you agree to cite CTSA NIH Grant UL1TR001436 and if applicable KL2TR001438 on all publications arising from any research project receiving support from the CTSI. Publications arising from any research project receiving support from the CTSI must acknowledge such support by stating the following:
    • “Support received by grant UL1TR001436 from the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences.”
    • KL2 Scholars: “Support received by grants UL1TR001436 and KL2TR001438 from the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences.”

Request Services

Please note, we have centralized the requests for services for the service cores listed below. You no longer need to submit a separate request forms for each core, if you are using more than one.

  • Adult TRU
  • Pediatric TRU
  • VA TRU
  • Community TRU
  • Mobile TRU
  • TRU Core Lab
  • CTSI Clinical Trials Office
  • Biostatistics
  • Bionutrition Services

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CTSI Investigators can also access the following cores located within the A-TRU.

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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