Research Resources

Research projects start with a question. The question can be something as simple as a descriptive query, “How many of my patients with diabetes have their HgA1c under control?”, up to a randomized controlled trial, that might answer a questions such as “Will intervention X get more of my diabetic patients in HgA1c control compared to the current standard of care?”.

Your first step should be to find out what is already known on the topic of your question. A search of the literature might answer your question, or point to gaps in what is known. If there is a gap in knowledge, how could you design a study to fill in that gap? As you contemplate how you might obtain an answer to your question, check in with your site’s research contact(s) (see below).

Make sure you discuss your ideas with the research contacts at your site at an early stage. They can help you directly and/or connect you with those who can help you formulate your research question, design an appropriate study and navigate the Institutional Review Board(s).

“Every Doc Can Do Research” Workbook (Gordon, Miser, et al) (DOC)

Additional Medical College of Wisconsin Research Resources

 Institute for Health and Society

The Institute for Health and Society was established in July 2010 to reflect the increased role it will take in College's public and community health and clinical and translational sciences efforts. Its mission is to improve health and advance health equity through community and academic partnerships. The Institute for Health and Society consists of seven divisions and multiple subdivisions: Administration, Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, Community Engagement, Division of Biostatistics, Education, Global Health, Health Equity and Urban Clinical Care Partnerships.

 The Division of Biostatistics

The Division of Biostatistics of the Medical College of Wisconsin offers a PhD Program as well as comprehensive statistical consulting, computing and data entry services for clients within the Medical College, and from other academic institutions, government agencies and private industry. The Division of Biostatistics has state of the art statistical software packages and computing facilities.

The Biostatistical Consulting Center of the Division of Biostatistics offers statistical support to biomedical investigators. This support includes assistance with design and analysis of clinical trials, design and analysis of observational studies, design and analysis of surveys, assistance with public databases, sample size and power calculations and data analysis and interpretation. Our faculty and staff have extensive experience in the preparation of NIH, NSF, Department of Education, HERSA, Healthier Wisconsin, and VA Grants. We have also helped prepare proposals for a number of private research foundations.

 Epidemiology Data Service Center

The Epidemiology Data Service Center (EDSC) is the Medical College of Wisconsin’s centralized resource for secondary health and demographic data. The EDSC also provides expertise in the use of spatial data and geographic information systems, or GIS. For more information contact Tom Chelius, MS, EDSC Coordinator, at (414) 955-8040.

 Center for Patient Care and Outcomes Research

The Center for Patient Care and Outcomes Research came into existence in January 2001. The Center is an interdisciplinary group of health services researchers collaborating in a diverse array of subject areas. The purposes of the Center are to conduct research on patient care services and related health outcomes, to facilitate a supportive environment for MCW investigators new to this area, to determine the need for and recruit new faculty in targeted methodologic areas, and to sponsor a health services research seminar series as a forum for the exchange of ideas.

 Institution Review Boards (IRB)

Medical College of Wisconsin is authorized to perform research involving human subjects under a Multiple Project Assurance (MPA) Contract negotiated with the Office of Human Research Protection (OHRP) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This MPA contains the institutional policies and procedures for the conduct of research involving human subjects. The MCW Institution Review Boards (IRB) of the Office of Research, Technology, and Informatics are committed to ensuring that all research activities involving human subjects comply with the requirements of the MPA.

All research conducted by Medical College of Wisconsin faculty, residents, and students must be reviewed and approved by the principal investigator's affiliated institution prior to data collection for the project. Children's Hospital of Wisconsin IRB is responsible for review of projects involving children (minors) regardless of the investigator's primary affiliated institution.

Contact: Medical College of Wisconsin IRB

Contact: Children's Hospital of Wisconsin IRB
Lori Mroczek,

The Department of Family and Community Medicine, Center for Healthy Communities and Research strongly urges completion of the Medical College of Wisconsin Human Research Protections Certification Program for Research Teams online course by all research investigators.

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