Medical Research

Our research program is clinically oriented science that seeks evidence-based, reproducible answers to important questions that pertain to the health of the citizens of the tri-state area. This research helps direct Gundersen's medical staff to provide patients with the most up-to-date advancements in medical care.

When new medications, medical treatments, medical devices, or diagnostic tests are developed, researchers collect information about them by conducting clinical research trials or "studies." As a member of the Wisconsin Network for Health Research (WiNHR), Gundersen Medical Foundation collaborates with its research partners to improve population health in Wisconsin and beyond. Whether you are a patient who agrees to take part in a clinical research trial or you contribute through charitable giving, your support is vital to Gundersen Medical Foundation's research mission. The health professionals at Gundersen know the importance of funding research initiatives and providing research assistance to our healthcare experts.

Please contact us at if you have questions about research at Gundersen. We want you to know about the many studies in which our researchers are engaged—studies that will enable us to provide you and your family with the care you need now and in the future.

Industry Sponsored Research

Clinical research at Gundersen vital to FDA approval process

For several years, Gundersen Health System has joined with other major medical centers to conduct research trials essential in determining the safety and effectiveness of new medicines and technologies. Many Gundersen departments have participated in these trials—among them Cardiology, Endocrinology, Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Pediatrics, Pulmonary, Rheumatology and Urology.

The Clinical Research department is self-supporting. All or most clinical trial-related costs such as clinic visits, laboratory tests, study drugs or devices and patient stipends for time and travel expenses are paid for with funds provided by the sponsoring pharmaceutical or medical device companies. 

All patient participation in clinical trials is voluntary. Some patients volunteer hoping to benefit from a promising new medication or treatment that is not yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Most patients also are motivated by a desire to help others by providing information that could increase understanding and lead to better treatments.


Love + Medicine

Every day, Gundersen Health System staff deliver great medicine plus a little something extra—we call it Love + Medicine.

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