The Wisconsin Network for Health Research is a partnership of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, Marshfield Clinic Research Institute, Advocate Aurora Research Institute, and Gundersen Health System. WiNHR was established to promote statewide research and to assist in moving research results from bench to bedside, by allowing investigators to perform clinical, translational, comparative effectiveness and health outcomes research across a variety of 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.
WiNHR was established in 2005 and now provides researchers with:
- A statewide reach with a diverse patient population
- Potential access to more than five million patients
- Specialty and primary care providers
Benefits to the state of Wisconsin include:
- Improved health
- Increased health care professional and researcher access to academic center resources
- Enhanced ability to evaluate new health-care interventions
- Increased cross-discipline exploration and discovery
Studies conducted through WiNHR benefit from infrastructure refinements at network sites. This includes standardized operating procedures, reciprocal IRB agreements, and coordinated study data management systems. WiNHR provides greater access to urban, rural and ethnically diverse populations that are available in a single health-care institution – an important benefit for study accrual. Significant statewide coverage in a population and geography is another benefit to researchers.