The Wisconsin Network for Health Research is a partnership of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, Marshfield Clinic Research Institute, Aurora Health Care, and Gundersen Health System. WiNHR was established in 2005 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. Researchers utilizing the WiNHR network have potential access to more than three million patients statewide.

In its efforts to promote greater inter-institutional collaboration in research, WiNHR has been a catalyst for infrastructure refinements at its network sites. This includes standardized operating procedures, reciprocal protocol agreements through the Wisconsin IRB Consortium, and coordinated study data management systems. WiNHR provides greater access to urban, rural and ethnically diverse populations than are available in a single health-care institution – an important benefit for study accrual.

For more information about the network, please visit the WiNHR website.