Clinical Trials Support Office

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Icon representing the CTSO Site ProfileThe Clinical Trials Support Office (CTSO) is the central hub for the seven trans-departmental Clinical Trials Support Units (CTSUs), providing enterprise-wide leadership, standards, policies, and a common infrastructure. All clinical trials at Michigan Medicine are required to be supported by a CTSU.

In our role as concierge for clinical trials, we act as a liaison between Principal Investigators and study teams to other partners across the U-M involved in clinical trials, such as the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects, the Calendar Review and Analysis Office, and IRBMED. CTSO team members, in partnership with Health Information Technology & Services (HITS), also support OnCore, our integrated and comprehensive clinical trials management system.

Easier and more timely navigation through the administrative processes of clinical trials at Michigan Medicine is our goal. If you are a faculty or study team member, CLICK HERE to start the clinical trial process, or connect with us at

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A research study in which one or more human subjects are prospectively assigned to one or more interventions (which may include placebo or other control) to evaluate the effects of those interventions on health-related biomedical or behavioral outcomes. Correctly identifying whether your study is a clinical trial is crucial in complying with NIH policies and Michigan Medicine.

If you answer yes to the following questions, then your study qualifies as a clinical trial:

  • Does the study involve one or more human subjects?
  • Does the study involve the use of one or more interventions?
  • Does the study prospectively assign human subject(s) to an intervention(s)?
  • Does the study have a health-related biomedical or behavioral outcome(s)?

Learn more about the NIH Clinical Trial Definition at

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1900 total ctso studies
462 total ctso principal investigators
34259 total ctso study subjects


Contact us at

MBNI Building, 205 Zina Pitcher Place, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

A list of CTSO-CTSU contacts are available in the Personnel Directory