Emerging Research Areas

EmergingResearch Areas

The Aurora Difference

Our Research Is Uncovering the Next Generation of Care

Aurora Health Care researchers have an established record of advancing care for cancer, cardiovascular disease and neurologic disorders. We aspire to make similar contributions in other clinical areas, including care for pregnant women (obstetrics) and gastrointestinal disease.

Emerging Research Areas and Clinical Trials

Aurora’s history of research innovation includes pioneering techniques that have made care safer and more precise. Our next chapter includes applying the same level of passion and expertise to advance care in new areas. Find out more about our history of research innovation.

Highlights of our program include:

  • Focus on quality of life: We are leading clinical trials and research projects that are making life better for the people we serve. We are part of a multisite, international clinical trial testing the safety and effectiveness of a new medication for ulcerative colitis. This treatment may put an end to symptoms that interfere with people’s daily lives. Search clinical trials.
  • Outcomes that reflect a diverse population: The diversity of the people we serve is one reason many clinical trial sponsors choose to work with Aurora. Caring for more than 1.2 million people helps us explore research questions affecting a broad range of age groups, genetic backgrounds and ethnicities. This work produces reliable data reflecting the experiences of specific populations. Sponsor a clinical trial.
  • Education and leadership: We are called upon to present research findings at national conferences. Doctors from across the country also learn about our work through our very own journal. Learn more about our publications.

Our Research

Emerging Research Areas

We are pushing new boundaries for many common conditions through research and clinical trials in emerging areas.

Our research interests include:

  • Precision medicine research: We are participating in a series of National Cancer Institute clinical trials that may help people with lung cancer live longer. The Adjuvant Lung Cancer Enrichment Marker Identification and Sequencing Trials (ALCHEMIST) are exploring whether certain drugs prevent cancer after surgery to remove the tumor. These drugs work by targeting and destroying genetic abnormalities linked to cancer. Find out more about our precision medicine research.
  • High blood pressure (hypertension) in pregnant women: We are participating in a national, multicenter trial to determine which drugs are most effective in treating pregnant women with mild hypertension. Lowering moms’ blood pressure gives babies the best possible start to life and helps new moms avoid health complications like kidney problems.
  • Alternative to hip replacement surgery: We are part of a clinical trial evaluating the effectiveness of a bone-sparing alternative to traditional hip replacement devices. This treatment may hold promise for improving hip function while allowing people to retain more of their natural leg bone. Find out more about orthopedic hip treatment and surgery.
  • Nonsurgical diagnostic and treatment techniques (endoscopy): We established training guidelines for doctors performing complex procedures, like endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). Our research helped establish criteria like the number of procedures a doctor must perform under supervision before it is safe to perform ERCP without supervision. Read more about ERCP and our gastroenterology and colorectal surgery program.
  • Bowel and bladder dysfunction: We are using research surveys as a discreet method for people to let us know about bladder and bowel problems. The survey helps us start a conversation with people who may have otherwise felt too embarrassed to discuss their symptoms. Learn more about incontinence and overactive bladder care at Aurora.
  • Hormone responses: We are conducting endocrine research in the lab to determine ways to prevent a condition in newborns in which the stress of birth deprives the body of necessary oxygen. Find out more about the Endocrine Research Laboratory at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center.

Clinical Trial Enrollment

Learn more about our current clinical trials and if you’re eligible to enroll.

Become a Research Sponsor

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Your donation can help fund critical research or help to develop new medical products.

Collaborate With Aurora

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