The Clinical Research Unit (CRU) is a VA Puget Sound facility that provides expert clinical services for VA research. SIBCR supports the CRU by serving on the advisory board and by supporting a portion of the personnel costs. The CRU is located at the VA Puget Sound Seattle campus, on the fifth floor in the new Mental Health Research Bldg., 101. The CRU covers 5,641 square feet and includes:


  • Reception area
  • 3 Exam rooms
  • 2 Single-bed procedure/observation rooms
  • 2 Double-bed procedure/observation rooms
  • 1 Interview/conference room
  • 2 Observation/Nursing Stations
  • 1 Physiology (exercise/training) room
  • 1 Lab/sample processing room
  • 1 Phlebotomy room
  • 1 Kitchen
  • 4 Bathrooms 


  • Omnicell pharmacy unit
  • ParEx supply and distribution system
  • EKG Machines
  • Refrigerated Centrifuge
  • Hologic bone densitometer (DEXA)
  • -80-degree freezer storage



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  • Lumbar puncture
  • Endocrinology specific tests:
    • Insulin tolerance tests
    • ACTH stimulation
    • Glucose Tolerance
  • IV infusions
  • EKGs
  • DEXA scans
  • Regulatory assistance
  • Blood draws/sampling/shipping
  • Physicals
  • Medical History


The CRU is staffed by Sharon G. McRae, PhD, RN, MSN, FNP-BC and Teresita Cornell who both have extensive experience in supporting clinical research studies. The CRU’s advisory board is composed of investigator members and representatives from VA R&D and SIBCR with Jose Garcia, MD, serving as Director.


Information about services and pricing for industry and non-industry sponsored studies can be found on the Intake Forms


Sharon McRae
Phone: (206) 277-4681

Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday

6:30 AM to 3 PM
For additional hours, please contact the CRU Staff.