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Enterprise Clinical Research Operations (ECRO) plays an integral role in the mission of IU Health to improve the health of our patients and community by supporting innovative research in a number of important areas.

The Clinical Research Group, embracing the initiative forged among IU Health, the IU School of Medicine, and the Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI), provides clinical research support to the investigators at IU Health. 

The clinical research nurses of ECRO coordinate studies at IU Health hospitals, providing study management from the early planning stages through subject enrollment, the procurement of specimens, and the collection and documentation of data. Additionally, this group has the resources to manage multi-site clinical trials throughout the IU Health system under the approval of a single IRB.

The ECRO Biorepository, under IRB approval, collects human biological materials (blood, bone, tissue, urine) vital for medical research to provide the best way to study a variety of diseases and their potential treatments. The Biorepository staff has streamlined the process of obtaining research samples from the operating room and preserving the samples in a crucial time-sensitive manner.

Research is further supported through the medical research laboratory, where the groundbreaking work of doctors and investigators takes place; the data services providers who validate research and maintain data registries for clinical trials; our certified medical illustrator who explains concepts through images; and the grant writer and editor who helps investigators successfully complete grant submissions. 

The support of these areas, vital to research as a whole, have been expanded to meet the needs of researchers throughout the IU Health system.

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The Clinical Research Group, embracing the initiative forged among IU Health, the IU School of Medicine, and the Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI), provides clinical research support to the investigators at IU Health. 

The clinical research nurses of ECRO coordinate studies at IU Health hospitals, providing study management from the early planning stages through subject enrollment, the procurement of specimens, and the collection and documentation of data. Additionally, this group has the resources to manage multi-site clinical trials throughout the IU Health system under the approval of a single IRB.

The ECRO Biorepository, under IRB approval, collects human biological materials (blood, bone, tissue, urine) vital for medical research to provide the best way to study a variety of diseases and their potential treatments. The Biorepository staff has streamlined the process of obtaining research samples from the operating room and preserving the samples in a crucial time-sensitive manner.

Research is further supported through the medical research laboratory, where the groundbreaking work of doctors and investigators takes place; the data services providers who validate research and maintain data registries for clinical trials; our certified medical illustrator who explains concepts through images; and the grant writer and editor who helps investigators successfully complete grant submissions. 

The support of these areas, vital to research as a whole, have been expanded to meet the needs of researchers throughout the IU Health system.