Michigan Diabetes Research Center: Clinical Core: Clinical Research Unit: Description of Facilities

MDRC Clinical Research Unit (CRU) at Domino’s Farms

  • Location: Domino’s Farms, Lobby M, Suite 3100
  • Hours: 8AM to 5PM weekdays. The door to the suite is on a timed lock. Investigators may access the CRU outside normal business hours with a card key.


Waiting room and shared intake space
MDRC investigators may make use of the waiting room, MCRU scale and stadiometer, and the patient restroom.
Office/work space
MDRC investigators may use Room 2104 adjacent to the waiting room. It contains two desks, one computer, one printer and one laptop docking station. U-M WIFI and a single landline phone are available in the office (phone number: 734-936-7624).
Exam Rooms
Each exam room has an exam table (with exam table paper), a pillow, pillow cases, desk and chairs, a sink, paper towels, and a wall mounted sharps-box. Wall-mounted aneroid sphygmomanometers are available in 3 of the rooms. Disposable examination gowns, blue pads, exam gloves, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant wipes are available in each room.
Shared laboratory space is available and includes a refrigerated centrifuge and a small specimen refrigerator for short-term sample storage. Wet ice is available. There is a daily Metro-delivery pick up for samples to be processed at the U-M hospital laboratory.
Required training/certifications for use of the laboratory
Lab users must complete laboratory safety and blood borne pathogen certification, as well as relevant training for shipping biohazardous materials including dry ice. Required training modules are listed below.
  • Chemical Laboratory Safety Training (BLS025W)
  • Blood borne Pathogens Training (BLS101W)
  • Regulations for Shipping Biologics-Infectious Substances Category A (BLS208W)
  • Regulations for Shipping Biologics-Infectious Substances Category B (BLS209W
  • Shipping requirements for shipping materials with dry ice (BLS204)- required for use of dry ice.
Resources not provided
Clerical support (check-in, check-out, scheduling, ordering), laboratory support, laboratory supplies (reagents, glucose test strips, sample collection tubes, aliquot tubes, pipettes, urine cups, pregnancy test kits), overnight or long-term sample or medication storage (refrigerated, frozen, ambient), dry ice, shipping boxes, and other shipping supplies, phlebotomy and IV supplies, and infusion pumps are not provided.

Study teams will need to bring these supplies with them to their visits. Investigators who plan to use the space on a regular basis may be able keep a small supply of materials on site (e.g., in an exam room cupboard) but are responsible for properly storing and securing any supplies. Study teams are responsible for cleaning rooms after each use (replacing pillowcases and exam table paper, wiping down surfaces etc.). Study teams are also responsible for helping to maintain the laboratory space by cleaning their work area after each use.

Click here to reserve an MDRC CRU examining room at Domino’s Farms (approved UM staff only).

Remember to cite the Michigan Diabetes Research Center (MDRC) in publications as follows:
“The project described was supported by Grant Number P30DK020572 (MDRC) from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases”