The mission of Marshfield Clinic Research Institute is to discover and communicate scientific knowledge that substantially improves human health and well-being. The Research Institute mission supports the Marshfield Clinic Health System mission to serve patients through accessible, high quality health care, research and education.
The Research Institute, a division of Marshfield Clinic Health System, was founded in 1959. It is the largest private medical research institute in Wisconsin, with 31 Ph.D. and M.D. scientists and 155 other staff. In addition, approximately 150 physicians and other health care professionals throughout the Health System are engaged in medical research.
The Research Institute consists of research centers in clinical research, agricultural health and safety, epidemiology, human genetics and biomedical informatics. It also provides a range of support services for physician and scientist investigators, including biostatistics, protocol and grant preparation, research publication and core laboratory support. Approximately 450 clinical trials and other research projects are active at any one time. Our investigators publish extensively in peer-reviewed medical and scientific journals addressing a wide range of diseases and other health issues, including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, eye disease, neurological disease, pediatrics, radiology, women's health, agricultural safety and genetics.
The Research Institute publishes Clinical Medicine & Research, and the Journal of Agromedicine, both of which are nationally indexed professional journals. The Research Institute's Summer Research Intern Program provides research opportunities to motivated college students interested in careers in biomedical science and health care.
The Research Institute is governed by and oversight board, of whom are community members, physicians and scientists. The Research Institute maintains an Institutional Review Board, which is responsible for the protection of human research participants, and other standing committees essential to the research process.
The Research Institute has offices and laboratories in the Lawton Center for Research and Education and the Laird Center for Medical Research in Marshfield. It also has clinical research staff supporting physician-led research at medical centers in each of the Health System’s four regional divisions.