Lillehei Clinical Research Unit

State of the art outpatient facility dedicated to cardiovascular research.

The Lillehei Clinical Research Unit (LCRU) is located on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota campus in the Phillips Wangensteen Building at 516 Delaware St SE. We are next to the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview and the Malcolm Moos Health Sciences Tower. This innovative trials center conducts research in all aspects of cardiovascular disease and its prevention. We recruit study participants from Minnesota and nationally to help answer critical questions about new treatment modalities, innovative medical devices, and disease prevention strategies.

The University of Minnesota Cardiovascular faculty offices are located at 401 East River Road in the Variety Club Heart and Research Center. Our faculty are leading experts within their sub-specialties, and bring that breadth of knowledge to cardiovascular research. Together with our Community Practice Cardiologists located at Fairview Southdale in Edina, MN we have 50 Cardiologists participating in Clinical Trials.

About the LCRU

Current Clinical Trials

The Lillehei Clinical Research Unit (LCRU) supports the research activities for the Cardiovascular Division clinical faculty at the University of Minnesota. The LCRU is currently conducting approximately 60 clinical trials in various phases of enrollment and follow-up with a mix of investigator initiated, industry sponsored and government sponsored trails. Active areas of study include: Stem Cell Therapy, Interventional Cardiology, Electrophysiology, Congestive Heart Failure, Heart Transplant, Ventricle Assist Devices, Cardiac Imaging, Pulmonary Hypertension, Primary and Secondary Prevention and Vascular Disease.


entrance, exam room, lab
  • Dedicated Research Space
    • Patient Exam Rooms
    • Sample Acquisition
    • EKG
    • Treadmill/Multi-purpose Room
    • Negative Airflow Room
    • Study Monitor Room
  • Processing Laboratory
    • Refrigerated Centrifuge
    • -86°C freezer
    • CK-MB Analysis
    • Slide preparation
    • Sample packaging/shipping


Collaborating Units
Lin Yee Chen

Lin Yee Chen, MD, MS

Tamas Alexy

Associate Director
Tamas Alexy, MD, PhD


Julie Dicken

Clinical Research Program Director
Julie Dicken, RN, CRN