Annual Report

“Aurora’s innovative research is centered on helping people live well by discovering new knowledge and translating it into ‘next-generation medicine’ through joint efforts of our clinicians and scientists.” — Nick Turkal, MD, President and CEO, Aurora Health Care


Building on Our Strong Research Foundations

Aurora Research Institute supports more than 500 clinical trials and investigator-initiated research studies. We work to translate this important research into practical and more effective treatments for our patients.

This translation of scientific research into clinical application makes Aurora an important contributor to the advance of medical knowledge worldwide.

Our successes include:

  • International reach: Journal of Patient-Centered Research and Reviews has readers in over 150 countries and all 50 states. Read articles about the latest medical advances in Journal of Patient-Centered Research and Reviews.
  • Biospecimen distribution: The Biorepository and Specimen Resource Center has streamlined how we collect, store and process blood and tissue specimens throughout Aurora and with external researchers and corporations conducting medical research. We can distribute biospecimens efficiently to researchers at Aurora and across the country.
  • Expanding research: In addition to our established oncology, cardiology and neurosciences research lines, we are expanding into emerging research areas, including women’s health, orthopedics and critical care.

Read more about last year’s highlights and successes in the 2016 Patient-Centered Research Annual Report (PDF Download).

Aurora Advantage

Research Advances Mean Clinical Benefits: The Aurora Advantage

Our mission is to conduct research that will benefit our patients. For that reason, we have aligned our research with the services our physicians provide in hospitals and clinics.

Researchers and clinicians collaborate to bring advances made in the laboratory to our patients.

Center for Integrative Research on Cardiovascular Aging (CIRCA)

Researchers study the aging heart down to the molecular level to improve treatments for our cardiology patients.

Heart Research

Translational Oncology Research: Quest for Understanding & Exploration (TORQUE)

Doctors and researchers work to discover better treatments and improve the quality of life for people with breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Research

Aurora Neuroscience Innovation Institute

Surgeons, doctors and researchers develop safer and more effective brain surgery procedures and neurological treatments.

Neurology and Brain Tumor Research


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