Research Centers

Medical Research Centers, Laboratories and Programs

Aurora Research CentersThe dedicated Research Centers at Aurora Health Care allow researchers to focus in core areas and offer the best patient-centered research outcomes.

Physicians and scientists 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 centers at Aurora Health Care include:

Aurora University of Wisconsin Medical Group (AUWMG) Research

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 health care
  • Chronic disease prevention and health motivators
  • Substance abuse assessment and screening.

Biomedical Research

This vital, laboratory-based research at Aurora is conducted in three primary areas: cancer immunotherapy, immunology 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 through biomedical research.

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. Endocrine research uses a technique developed by Aurora scientist and Medical College of Wisconsin Professor Hershel Raff, PhD, to determine the level of a stress hormone called cortisol saliva.

Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani Center for Integrative Research on Cardiovascular Aging

The Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani Center for Integrative Research on Cardiovascular Aging, focuses on understanding the biology of the aging heart and aging-associated heart diseases and applying this knowledge to improve patient care.

By exploring the molecular mechanisms responsible for the aging heart's decreased stress tolerance, the 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.

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.

Comprehensive Breast Care Center at Aurora Sinai Medical Center

The Comprehensive Breast Care Program at Aurora Sinai Medical Center provides the full spectrum of breast cancer management available within the same campus. This includes women's imaging, medical and radiation oncology, plastic surgery, pathology, genetic counseling, nutrition, psychological counseling, clinical trials, tumor registry, outpatient and inpatient surgery, and physical therapy rehabilitation.

Echocardiograpy Center for Research and Innovation

Aurora Health Care Echocardiography serves communities throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois within its 14 acute care hospitals and 20 outpatient ambulatory clinics.  More than 65,000 echocardiograms were performed in 2012.  The organization has a large volume structural heart disease population with experience in over 150 TAVR, 50 Mitraclip, LAA appendage occlusion devices, ASD/VSD closure devices. Echocardiography services provide support in the operating room, cardiac catheterization laboratory and electrophysiology laboratory. Translational and basic animal research is conducted with focus on atrial mechanics, design and testing of cardiac valves.

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 advance Aurora's ability to provide care that meets the specific needs of each patient.

Regenerative Medicine Center 

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 used, sometimes in combination with drugs or devices, to improve function and quality of life in a minimally invasive approach.

The Regenerative Medicine Center is building on more than 20 years of experience in cellular therapy for patients with cancer to research and developing innovative, regenerative therapies to improve outcomes in patients with cardiovascular and neurological disease.

Regenerative Medicine Center programs:

St. Luke's Center for Gastroenterology Research

The St. Luke's Center for Gastroenterology Research leads research programs in interventional gastroenterology, chronic inflammatory disease, and early diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal illnesses. The long-term goal of the center is to ease the burden of gastroenterological conditions and diseases on patients and health care resources through the application of biomedical research.