Medical Research Centers, Laboratories, and Programs
The dedicated medical research facilities at Aurora Health Care allow researchers to focus in key areas to offer the best patient-centered research outcomes. Physician scientists and others seek innovative ways to translate their work to the patient's bedside where new interventions, medications or devices are evaluated to benefit patient care. Aurora's medical research studies extend into the community where shared knowledge benefits wellness in the community.
Medical research facilities at Aurora Health Care include:
This vital, laboratory-based research at Aurora is conducted in three primary areas: Cancer Immunotherapy Research, Immunology Research and Endocrine Research. Aurora Health Care is one of the most experienced organizations in the nation in developing therapies for patients with life-threatening cancers. The Cancer Immunotherapy work helps create procedures to retrain the immune system to recognize and destroy tumors. Aurora's Immunology Research is focused on identifying the factors that turn the immune system on and off, and the Endocrine Research uses a technique developed by Aurora scientist and the Medical College of Wisconsin Professor Hershel Raff, PhD, to determine the level of a stress hormone called cortisol saliva.
Personalized Medicine (ORBIT)
Open-Source Robotic Biorepository and Informatics Technology at Aurora Health Care is a library of blood samples linked to health information for the purpose of testing new technologies. It is hoped that the knowledge gained from this project will be used to continue advancing Aurora Health Care's ability to provide care that meets the specific needs of each patient.
Regenerative Medicine Center (Formerly Cell Therapy Program)
Regenerative medicine represents a new form of medicine that accelerates the body's own healing process to generate new tissue and fully restore the health of damaged tissues and organs. Stem cells, genes and engineered cells/tissue are some of the tools that are used sometimes in combination with drugs or devices, to improve function and quality of life in a minimally invasive approach. We are building on over 20 years of experience in cellular therapy for patients with cancer to research and develop innovative, regenerative therapies to improve outcomes in patients with cardiovascular and neurological disease.
Center for Urban Population Health (CUPH)
The Center for Urban Population Health (CUPH) is a collaboration among Aurora Health Care, the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. CUPH focuses on identifying what determines health, wellbeing and disease in certain groups, forging partnerships with community health and academic experts to design and implement preventive interventions and measuring those interventions' effectiveness.
The Aurora University of Wisconsin Medical Group (AUWMG) Research Committee supports AUWMG care providers in conducting applied research. Some areas of research include quality improvement in risk factor measurement and delivery of care, epidemiology and identification of infectious diseases, technology innovations in advancing health data systems, geographic analysis of prevalent health conditions, women's health and pregnancy, geriatric and long term care research, health disparities in urban healthcare, chronic disease prevention and health motivators and substance abuse assessment and screening.
Center for Integrative Research on Cardiovascular Aging (CIRCA)
The Center for Integrative Research on Cardiovascular Aging focuses on understanding the biology of the aging heart and aging-associated heart diseases diseases and to apply this knowledge to improve patient care is the goal of the center for research. By exploring the molecular mechanisms responsible for the aging heart's decreased stress tolerance, the CIRCA team seeks to develop novel, evidence-based strategies for early detection of disease susceptibility and new interventions to protect the heart - enabling medical providers to prevent, avert or treat abnormalities before diseases such as arrhythmias or heart failure appear.