Mayo Clinic Health System Franciscan Healthcare professionals team up with scientists at Mayo Clinic and research centers across the country to evaluate new treatments and make cutting edge technologies available to patients we serve. Hundreds of patients have participated in our research studies over the years, helping to advance the science of health care while remaining close to home.
What is Clinical Research?
Clinical research involves patient-focused studies that can lead to better ways to detect, prevent, control and treat diseases and other health conditions. These studies may lead to new discoveries that can improve the quality of our lives and the lives of future generations.
What kind of research is happening at Franciscan Healthcare?
Numerous approved research studies are available for eligible patients in a variety of clinical areas, including:
Why Do We Have Clinical Trials?
Clinical trials allow our experts to:
How is Medical Research Funded?
Some studies are funded by charitable contributions to Franciscan Healthcare Foundation. Foundation donors have generously supported many types of research since 1996. Other studies are sponsored by grants from various local and national organizations, governmental agencies or from commercial companies.
How is the Safety of Study Participants protected?
All research activity conducted is reviewed by a group of individuals, referred to as an Institutional Review Board (IRB). This group, which includes scientists and community members, meets regularly to approve new studies and ensure safeguards are in place to protect the rights and welfare of research participants. The IRB review process is guided by federal rules and regulations, and is based on the Protection of Human Subject Code of Federal Regulations and the Belmont Report.
Does Insurance Cover any Costs of Participating in Research?
Insurance coverage for clinical trials varies by individual policy and depends on the nature of the study. Participants must review their own policy benefits and contact their insurance company for specific limitations, if any. If the participant’s insurance is Medicare, more information can be found here.
How Can I Get More Information about the Franciscan Healthcare Research Program?
For more information on clinical trials and other research opportunities please call 608-392-9462.
Other sources of information on research and clinical trials:
Research at Mayo Clinic
National Institutes of Health
Food and Drug Administration
Clinicaltrials.gov - a registry of clinical studies of human participants from the National Institutes of Health
Mayo Clinic Health System – Franciscan Healthcare is enrolling women who receive a screening mammogram in La Crosse or Onalaska in the STRIVE Study, a longitudinal study to evaluate a new option for detecting breast cancer early. This new technology, developed by GRAIL, uses a blood test to find small pieces of DNA released into the blood by tumors. Mayo Clinic Health System – Franciscan Healthcare will be recruiting 6,000 patients over the next year to participate.
Your support can further medical research at Mayo Clinic Health System – Franciscan Healthcare. For more information or to make a gift visit the Franciscan Healthcare Foundation web.