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How to Participate

Original Medical Research Benefits Us All

Finding new treatments for cancer, heart conditions and neurological disorders is what we do best. You can participate in this important effort.
Donate to Research


Medical Research Is a Team Effort

To unlock the secrets of serious medical conditions, you need a team working across specialties and locations.

Our patient-centered research begins when innovative researchers and clinicians come up with great ideas for new treatments, procedures or techniques.

At Aurora Research Institute, that’s what we do. We are dedicated to finding new and effective treatments for serious illness.

This effort takes:

  • Skilled individuals
  • Advanced technology
  • Modern facilities

Whether you are an individual who would like to donate, an academic institution looking for research collaborators, an organization sponsoring original research or a company with a new drug to test, we have a way for you to participate.

Participate in Research

Research Benefits Real People: The Aurora Advantage

Our medical research produces real health benefits for the people in our community. We search for more effective treatments for the conditions, diseases and disorders we treat.

When you collaborate with us or financially support our research, you know you are improving the care of real people.

How to participate in research:

  • Sponsor a clinical trial: Pharmaceutical companies with a new drug or research teams with a new device ready for study can sponsor a clinical trial.
  • Donate to research: You can donate to a particular research project, field of study or a general fund that promotes medical research. Learn how to donate to research.
  • Collaborate with us: Qualified researchers and institutions can work with us to develop new treatments, techniques, tools or devices. Find out how to collaborate with us.

Explore Our Research Programs

Center for Integrative Research on Cardiovascular Aging (CIRCA)

Researchers study the aging heart down to the molecular level to improve treatments.

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

Early-Phase Clinical Trials

Our teams participate in small-group, early clinical trials of new treatments or procedures for people diagnosed with cancer.

Clinical Trials

Aurora Neuroscience Innovation Institute

Surgeons, doctors and researchers develop safer and more effective brain surgery procedures and treatment options.

Neurology and Brain Tumor Research

Learn About Our Research

Find out more about our current research projects.

Work for Aurora

Learn more about our employment opportunities.

Clinical Trial Enrollment

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

Supporting Community Health

Center for Urban Population Health


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