Mental Health Research Building (Bldg. 101) – Completed in 2018

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 of the Mental Health Research Building (building 101).


  • 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


  • 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 Magdalena (Meg) Wojtowicz, BSN, RN and Lauren Paulsen, Research Coordinator, both of whom 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.


Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday
6:30 AM to 3 PM

For more information, please contact:
Meg Wojtowicz, 206-277-4681