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Research and Clinical Trials

Transforming Care through Research

As an academic health system, University of Minnesota Health focuses on improving health outcomes through the research we conduct and the clinical services, education, and training we provide. We work closely with our partner researchers at University of Minnesota to develop new health technologies and treatment approaches. Your patients can get involved in this exciting research by participating in a clinical trial.

University of Minnesota is a world-class research institution with a well-respected medical school established in 1888. The university created the world’s first stem cell institute and pioneered several medical discoveries, including the first external pacemaker and the first successful bone marrow transplant. 

University of Minnesota --Twin Cities ranks 8th among U.S. public research institutions, according to the Center for Measuring University Performance’s 2013 report, the most current report released by the center. Learn more about University of Minnesota’s long history in advancing health science discoveries.

Locate M Health Clinical Trials

Provided through the University of Minnesota’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), StudyFinder is an easy-to-use, mobile-friendly website that allows quick access to a listing of University of Minnesota research studies currently seeking volunteers. StudyFinder kiosks are available in the Clinics and Surgery Center and throughout the University of Minnesota Medical Center campus, and they display research participant stories and information.

Clinical trials can also be located through the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota website and through the National Institutes of Health.

Learning about Clinical trials 

Many common therapies and devices, such as brand name painkillers or even contact lenses would not exist without clinical trials. University of Minnesota Health clinical trials test whether a medical strategy, treatment, or device is safe and effective. These studies may help determine which medical approaches work best for certain illnesses or patient populations. Those who choose to participate are closely monitored to assess how the drug or therapy is working. 

Eligibility to participate in a clinical trial is based on various criteria, including age, gender, certain medical conditions and treatment history or daily behaviors. These criteria pertain to the specific research questions being addressed and allow researchers to maintain the highest safety standards for participants.

Those interested in participating in a research study are encouraged to discuss participation with their doctors and to learn as much as possible about the study. We encourage prospective participants to ask specific questions about the purpose of the study, how long it will last, how the study may affect their daily life, what types of tests and treatments are involved, and whether study results will be provided to participants. Study participants can exit studies at any point.

Participation in a clinical trial does not substitute for regular medical care. Prospective participants can learn more about clinical trials from the following resources:

University Research Partners

The University of Minnesota has an unparalleled depth and breadth of research and clinical resources that it taps into to provide expert care, knowledge and support. 

Its partners include:

  • University of Minnesota Academic Health Center. The gateway to health research, education, and training at University of Minnesota, the center serves six colleges and schools, more than 90 centers and institutes, and University of Minnesota Health hospitals and clinics. 
  • University of Minnesota’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), holder of the university’s largest ever National Institutes of Health grant. The CTSI provides services, funding, consultations and resources to university and community researchers to help them be more successful and advance their research discoveries. Through the Clinical and Translational Science Award, a five-year $51 million prize awarded in 2011, University of Minnesota became part of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), a consortium of 62 health research sites across the United States. 
  • Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, a comprehensive cancer center designated by the National Cancer Institute, one of only 45 such institutions in the United States. The Masonic Cancer Center creates a collaborative research environment focused on the causes, prevention, detection, and treatment of cancer; applying that knowledge to improve quality of life for patients and survivors and sharing its discoveries with other scientists, students, professionals, and the community.