Medical Research Focused on Positive Patient-Centered Outcomes
There are two primary areas of patient-centered research at Aurora Health Care: Investigator-Initiated and Clinical Trials. Investigator-Initiated research includes projects and programs that Aurora physician scientists develop within their special interest area. Clinical research trials are industry and government-sponsored projects that benefit the community.
Both research areas are supported by core facilities that include programs, centers and laboratories. These facilities include Biomedical Research (Basic and Applied Research), Personalized Medicine - ORBIT (Open-Source Robotic Biorepository and Informatics Technology), Regenerative Medicine (Cell Therapy), Center for Integrative Research on Cardiovascular Aging (CIRCA), Center for Urban Population Health (CUPH) and Aurora UW Medical Group (AUWMG). The core research facilities allow physician scientists to focus in specific areas to offer the best patient-centered outcomes. Medical residents and fellows have the opportunity to learn from these leading physician scientists as well.
Medical Research Sponsorship
The Patient-Centered Research division offers assistance with research studies. The Investigator-Initiated research team fosters scientific relationships with research partners to translate the results of their research studies from the physician scientist's bench to the patient's bedside and into the community. Assistance is offered through the entire process from design to analysis and review. The Sponsored Programs Office offers pre-award project planning and development as well as post-award project management.
Clinical research studies at Aurora Health Care include: cardiac, oncology, neurological and woman's health care among many others. The health care system incorporates cutting-edge research, and evidence-based best practice into high-quality patient care. The Department of Clinical Research at Aurora has a strong history of partnering with pharmaceutical companies, device manufacturers, contract research organizations, and government agencies to perform Phase II, Phase III and Investigative Device trials. With over 600 research protocols, Aurora patients can participate in several types of trials, including treatment, prevention, diagnostic, screening and quality of life trials.