Precision Medicine Research

The Aurora Difference

Research That Fits Your Precise Needs

Precision medicine research represents a new frontier in advancing medical care. Building off our knowledge of treatments that are successful for populations of people, we are now focusing on the best treatments for each person’s individual needs.

Combining Science and Data to Improve Personalized Care

Precision medicine research looks at how genetics, environment and lifestyle affect each person’s risk of disease and response to treatment. Aurora Health Care is among a select number of research programs in the country working to improve health at the individual and population levels through precision medicine.

We are in a position to make significant contributions to this historic, nationwide effort, thanks in part to our extensive scientific resources and research capabilities.

Highlights of our program include:

  • Tremendous access to data: Aurora collects thousands of samples (biospecimens) every year, including blood, tumor tissue and other cells. This vast collection of genetic information fuels our precision medicine research. Our team includes experts who specialize in marrying research findings with individual records in our electronic medical record data. This expertise also allows us to quickly bring advances in medical care to people who can benefit from it. Find out more about our Biorepository and Specimen Resource Center.
  • Innovative clinical trials: Our participation in prestigious clinical trial networks gives you access to a first-of-its-kind precision medicine trial: the National Cancer Institute’s Molecular Analysis for Therapy Choice (NCI-MATCH). This trial is exploring ways to tailor cancer treatments based on a tumor’s unique genetic makeup. NCI-MATCH is one of many precision medicine clinical trials we offer through our participation in the National Cancer Institute Community Oncology Research Program.
  • State-of-the-art technology: Aurora’s dedicated research labs are home to advanced technologies that are accelerating scientific discovery. For example, our high-magnification (confocal) microscope makes it possible to examine molecular activity in greater detail than previously possible. This information is helping us learn more about genetic variations that affect care and outcomes. Find out more about Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center Laboratories.

Our Research

Precision Medicine Research at Aurora

At Aurora, innovation is born out of collaboration. Our precision medicine research program brings together leading experts who work side by side to advance our ability to care for each person’s unique needs.

Our precision medicine research projects include:

  • Making cancer care safer: Our cardio-oncology program is exploring how a person’s genes may increase the risk of heart failure after receiving cancer-fighting drugs (chemotherapy). This knowledge is helping us select personalized combinations of drugs that fight cancer while protecting people’s hearts. Find out more about our cardio-oncology program.
  • Predicting medical outcomes: Using genetic data, we are exploring why a medication for preventing stroke in people with heart valve problems (warfarin) is effective in some and not others. We are leading an investigator-initiated study to help doctors predict the quality of warfarin therapy in people undergoing heart valve surgery. Learn more about our cardiovascular research.
  • Improving treatment effectiveness: We are participating in a series of NCI 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 award-winning cancer care at Aurora.

How to Participate

Find out more about ways to participate in research.

Become a Research Sponsor

You can sponsor original research or clinical trials.

Make a Donation

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

Collaborate With Aurora

Bring our expertise and data to your research program.