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Medical Research

Every day, our physicians deliver superior care. And every day, their colleagues in research look for ways to enhance it. The work done by our researchers will change how we treat serious and life-threatening diseases here and around the country. These teams bring research advancements to our medical staff and cutting-edge treatments to our patients through clinical trials.

Laboratory research
Cancer
Two research teams at the Kabara Cancer Research Institute focus on finding a cure for breast, lung and bladder cancer, along with blood disorders. Our community supports ongoing research efforts through Gundersen Medical Foundation’s annual Steppin’ Out in Pink run/walk.
Microbiology
The Microbiology Research Laboratory allows our scientists to study Lyme disease and other tickborne infections and infectious microorganisms. The Laboratory also houses a Molecular Diagnostics Testing Laboratory with a diverse menu of molecular diagnostic tests, including a technique called polymerase chain reaction (PCR) used for COVID-19 testing.
Rheumatology
Our researches are working on determining how, at a molecular level, herpesviruses interact with the host immune system during latency. We're recombineering experts and can create new bacterial artificial chromosomes to study novel herpesviruses isolates. Reach out if you’d like to collaborate on a herpesvirus project.
Research overnight

Research done at Gundersen must meet stringent standards. The Human Subjects Committee/Institutional Review Board approves research that involves patients or experimental treatment before it begins. Some research projects need full review by the HSC and Research Committee. No other group can overturn the decision of the Research Committee or the HSC if a proposal or request is disapproved. Researchers must disclose financial relationships with research funders for integrity.

Nursing research

We encourage our nurses to pursue evidence-based research opportunities. Our Nursing Research department help our nurses, faculty and students develop their research projects presented annually to Gundersen staff. Gundersen’s Medical Journal may feature their findings.

Summer Research Fellowship

The A.C.V. Elston III, MD, Summer Research Fellowship program grants 12 endowed fellowships to students pursuing a career in healthcare. Some are reserved for projects in a specialty (Nursing, Cardiology, Surgery and Pediatric Oncology), while others are open to research in any area of health-related scientific inquiry.

Apply for the student summer research fellowship

Apply for the nursing student summer research fellowship

Our work
BioBank
The Gundersen Foundation BioBank is a tissue repository of biospecimens from more than 20,000 cancer patients. Each biospecimen is linked to de-identified pathology and clinical reports. Biospecimens are available to collaborating academic scientists at no cost and to industrial partners for a fee.
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Clinical trials
Gundersen’s clinical trials grant our patients access to cutting-edge treatments for serious medical conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease and Parkinson's disease. We offer about 125 at any time, all scrutinized before patient participation.
Our trials and benefits
All of Us Research Program
Our patients can participate in the All of Us Research Program, which aims to speed health research breakthroughs by gathering health information from 1 million people. Identifying information remains protected.
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Support our work

Gundersen Medical Foundation funds clinical research in our laboratories. Your generous support allows it to continue. We cannot do this ground-breaking work without your generosity.

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How to connect

Contact with research leadership by email or phone.

1900 South Ave.
La Crosse, WI 54601

(608) 782-7300

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