VUMC CRC Adult Facilities Core

Overview of Services

The Clinical Research Center (CRC) provides facilities and personnel support to conduct research with human subjects in a safe and efficient hospital-based environment. Open 24 hours per day Monday –Friday, and the 1st and 3rd weekends of each month, the facilities located in Medical Center North includes 14 inpatient licensed hospital beds and 5 outpatient beds. All inpatient beds can flex for outpatient visits. Additionally, the CRC contains 2 outpatient exam table/phlebotomy rooms, 2 large procedure rooms suitable for infusions for inpatient and outpatient visits, a metabolic kitchen, imaging and stress test resources, and an exercise physiology lab. The CRC is staffed with 20 full-time nurses and 12 technical support staff.


Wesley Self, MD, Program Director

Kevin Niswender, MD, Medical Director

Lana Howard, BSN, RN, CCRP, Nurse Manager


General Questions: 


Location and hours of operation

Hours Location

Facility is available by appointment Monday-Friday, 24 hour unit

Facility is open the 1st and 3rd weekends and at the Nurse Manager's discretion

A-3100 Medical Center North

Links and Resources


Billing Number Activation

 VUMC Investigators with VUMC center numbers:
  All VUMC billing numbers are activated in iLab via a nightly feed from Workday. Grant Worktags are auto-assigned to the PI's lab group. All other funds (Cost Centers, Gift or Program Worktags) must be claimed within the PI's Lab Group.
 VU Investigators with VU CoA or POET numbers:
  VU users will manage the VU billing numbers via the webform on the VUMC Office of Research website
 Vanderbilt Investigators with VA (Veteran Affairs) funding: 
  Contact the VUMC Office of Research at to request access to your VA funding.  All investigators with VA funding are assigned a VA billing number (999999xxxx). The VUMC Office of Research manages VA billing numbers in coordination with the VA Research Administration.