Fostering Discovery

Our goal is to support your research. Whether you are working with a federal, foundation, or  industry sponsor, we are here to help you be successful with tools and information critical to streamlining your clinical trials at UW.


The UW Clinical Trials Institute (CTI) is made up of experienced and knowledgeable individuals dedicated to the success of your research who are working diligently to move our team toward Site Accreditation and Standards Institute (SASI) accreditation.


Learn more about our strategies and goals by downloading our Clinical Trials Strategic Plan (2020 – 2026) … 


    • We offer consultation, support, education, and quality improvement across the spectrum of research.
    • We specialize in research operations and offer expertise in regulatory, coordination, fiscal management, use of clinical trials systems, and EPIC (HealthLink)
    • We use clinical workflows to design research interactions that are patient-centric and work within existing clinical workflows


We hope you will explore our website further and/or contact us to learn more about our community, including opportunities to join our team, as well as how our Institute supports clinical researchers and research teams with resources, training, and guidance to help foster and advance their critical work.


Central Monitoring Service (CMS)

UW–Madison Principal Investigators (PI’s) may contract with the CMS to monitor the progress of FDA-regulated, investigators-initiated clinical trials, and verify that the study is conducted, recorded, and reported in accordance with the protocol, standard operating procedures, and applicable regulatory requirements.

Clinical Research Unit (CRU)

The Clinical Research Unit (CRU) is a 24/7 unit located in UW Hospital. The CRU serves investigator-initiated and industry studies in subject populations ages 13 and above.


The CRU has an RN research staff, a bionutritionist, and a sample processing lab. All nursing staff members are Advanced Cardiac Life Support- and chemotherapy-certified. The CRU has 15 inpatient-outpatient rooms, two outpatient rooms, and a four-bay outpatient treatment area.


Click below to be redirected to the UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) for more information … Reporting

A centralized service to assist investigators with registration, maintenance, and results reporting of applicable clinical trials, via, as required by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA Regulated Research Oversight Program

The FDA Regulated Research Oversight Program was created to promote and verify regulatory compliance.

Financial Management

Fiscal administration beginning with budget development, negotiation, and contract routing, through sponsor invoicing, collection, and fiscal reconciliation, ending with study closure.

Institutional Review Board (IRB) Submissions

Preparation of IRB submissions, including initial applications, protocol amendments, emergency use, continuing reviews, study completion, safety reports, and more.

Research Coordination

Professional research staff adept at conducting feasibility assessments, recruiting and consenting participants, collecting data and specimens, completing case report forms, and more.

Sponsor Engagement

An entry portal for industry sponsors seeking to partner with our skilled clinicians, experienced research staff, and active patient populations.

Study Integration

Study integration is the process of looking at research and clinical activities wholistically and with a patient-centric lens.  It means bringing research to the patient rather than pulling a patient out of the clinic to go to research.  The Wisconsin Medicine Institute for Clinical Trials has specialists in the area of study integration and can help clinical trials improve workflows, enrollment, and retention by focusing on making research easy and integrated for patients and the teams caring for them.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who are Clinical Research Professionals?

A clinical research professional’s (CRP) practice is guided by one or more aspects of the principles of Good Clinical Practice (GCP).


CRPs may have backgrounds in nursing, pharmacy, medical technology, business administration, health record management, health administration, statistics, science, education, or other areas.


CRPs work in various settings, including private practice, cooperative research groups, public and private academic institutions, pharmaceutical, device, and biotechnology companies, Clinical Research Organizations (CROs), Site Management Organizations (SROs); independent research and development organizations, and organizations otherwise involved in management of clinical trials.



Why join the UW–Madison/UW Health clinical research community?

Using science to inform improved prevention, detection, and treatment options requires an outstanding and comprehensive workforce. We have a remarkable clinical research community at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and UW Health. We pride ourselves on a welcoming, supportive, collaborative, and patient-focused environment that relies on exceptional communication and facilitates open exchanges of ideas and opportunities for continued training, education, and professional advancement.

What career opportunities are available?

We’re always looking for talented people to join our CTI team. Open positions are posted here.


Also, be sure to explore open clinical research-related positions at UW–Madison and UW Health!

Are there student internship opportunities?

Given our connection to a world-class educational institution, we always seek talented students who want to learn more about the processes and impacts of clinical research. We provide opportunities for students to play an active role in helping the University of Wisconsin clinical research community advance our mission of moving medicine forward to improve the health of individuals, families, and communities in Wisconsin and beyond. Contact Us to learn more.

What are some campus resources for research professionals?

Isthmus Project
A subsidiary of UW Health in Madison, Wisconsin, Isthmus Project serves as an innovation hub working with UW Health System and UW School of Medicine and Public Health innovators, including faculty physicians, scientists, residents, science trainees, nurses, and staff, to bring innovative healthcare solutions to market. Learn more …


Waisman Center
The Waisman Center is dedicated to advancing knowledge about human development, developmental disabilities, and neurodegenerative diseases through research, training, services, and outreach. Learn more …


Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship
The Weinert Center fosters entrepreneurial thinking for students at all levels across campus, whether undergraduate, business majors, or students in a nonbusiness program. The Center supports teaching, research, and service to bring entrepreneurial thinking to startups and established organizations. Learn more …


Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF)
WARF supports scientific research within the UW–Madison community by providing financial support, actively managing assets and moving innovations to the marketplace for a financial return and global impact. Learn more …

Health sciences campus at the University of Wisconsin–Madison

The University of Wisconsin Clinical Research Office works with the exceptionally talented clinical research workforce at UW–Madison and UW Health to increase patient and community participation in clinical trials; foster communication and information sharing among the larger research community; and forge public-private partnerships to help advance discovery.