WiNHR is a multisite research network established to promote statewide research and assist in moving research results from bench to bedside by allowing investigators to perform clinical, translational, comparative effectiveness, and health outcomes research across various platforms. WiNHR also collaborates with sponsors to find optimal sites, patient populations, and investigators to achieve significant clinical research outcomes and maximize the value of research dollars.

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Our Research Network

Comprised of the four largest health-care providers in the state, WiNHR unites over 5,000 physicians, 30 hospitals, and 350 clinics that provide health care for more than five million patients, greater than two-thirds of the state residents.

WiNHR was established in 2005 with the goals to:

  • Improve health in Wisconsin
  • Improve healthcare professional and researchers access to larger academic center resources
  • Enhance the evaluation of new healthcare interventions
  • Establish new or improved collaborative research relationships among medical centers throughout the state
  • Increase cross-discipline exploration and discovery

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Advocate Aurora Research Institute

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In 2013, Aurora Health Care launched the Advocate Aurora Research Institute (ARI) to centralize its many existing research endeavors and open the door for more studies, partnerships and collaborations. Aurora’s multidisciplinary research encompasses the areas of cardiovascular medicine, oncology, women’s health and the neurosciences, as well as community health, program development, training, research analytics and numerous other areas. The purpose of ARI is to help people live well by offering more treatment choices and improving patient outcomes through research and innovation. Research is funded by a variety of sources, including grants and contracts from government entities, foundations, industry and private sponsors. Patient-centered research expenditures at Aurora Research Institute were approximately $19.5 million in 2015.

Gundersen Medical Foundation

Gundersen Health System is a physician-led, non-profit comprehensive healthcare network serving 19 counties in western Wisconsin, northeastern Iowa, and southeastern Minnesota.  The health system includes a teaching hospital with 325 licensed beds and a Level II Trauma and Emergency Center.

The system’s philanthropic and fundraising arm, Gundersen Medical Foundation, provides support for research, community health services, and medical education. The Foundation employs a variety of technical and professional staff to assist staff physicians and scientists in their research and publication efforts.

Marshfield Clinic Research Institute

Marsfhield Clinic Research Institute, a division of Marshfield Clinic, was founded in 1959. It is the largest private medical research institute in Wisconsin, with 31 PhD and MD scientists and 155 other staff. In addition, approximately 150 physicians and other healthcare professionals throughout the Marshfield Clinic system are engaged in medical research.

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

From creating academic programs targeting health professional shortage areas to becoming the nation’s first school to integrate medicine and public health, the University of Wisconsin consistently strives to be on the forefront of health care innovation through service, science, scholarship and social responsibility.

With active programs in basic, clinical and public health science, our researchers continue to advance knowledge and translate laboratory discoveries to bedside application, ultimately improving the health of the residents of Wisconsin and beyond.

UW Health is the integrated health system of the University of Wisconsin-Madison serving more than 700,000 patients each year in the Upper Midwest and beyond with 1,849 physicians and 21,000 staff at seven hospitals and more than 80 outpatient sites.

Source: med.wisc.edu, uwhealth.org, and med.wisc.edu/research

Collaboration Process

Step 1: Interested investigator(s) complete a consult request regarding their interest to collaborate with WiNHR.

Step 2: The investigator(s) will present their study or ideas to the WiNHR sites at a virtual meeting, where sites can ask questions and provide recommendations.

Step 3: WiNHR sites will contact investigator(s) to initiate collaboration if their site is a good fit.

Step 4: If interested, WiNHR offers Central Coordinating Services where a Multisite Project Manager can assist with study startup and management of sites throughout the entirety of the study. See more information here.

The mission of WiNHR is to promote the efficient conduct of multisite health research by sharing expertise, infrastructure and state-wide collaborations.