Wisconsin Network for Health Research



The Wisconsin Network for Health Research (WiNHR) was developed in response to the National Institutes of Health’s Roadmap Initiatives, which stressed improved clinical/translational research through more efficient "regionalization" of research and Wisconsin researchers’ desire for a more streamlined approach to multi-site research in Wisconsin.


To be a nationally recognized collaborative research network that improves the health of the people of Wisconsin.


Develop a collaborative research partnership which promotes the discovery and application of scientific knowledge for researchers throughout the State of Wisconsin, this will be accomplished by aligning with state and national priorities, facilitating applied research to improve patient care, and performing population-based studies throughout the state.


  • Develop the infrastructure via core membership and operating principles
  • Develop collaborative relationships with other research groups/entities.
  • Develop and recruit investigator-initiated studies that meet the WiNHR mission.


Developed in January 2006.

Funding source

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health’s Wisconsin Partnership Program Medical Education and Research Committee (MERC)

Partner institutions

University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics
Center for Urban Population Health / Aurora Health Care
Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation
Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation 

Current Studies and Initiatives

  • Angiotensin converting enzyme I/D polymorphism in Hispanic/Latino patients with type 2 diabetes and its relationship with mcroalbulinuria
  • Common Variables in Health Databases
  • Standard protocols and Informed consent language
  • Collaborative Institutional Review Board
  • Collaboration with other groups such as the Wisconsin Research and Education Network (WREN)
  • Universal Clinical Trials agreements
  • Implications of Bacterial Infection in Pregnancy

Local Executive Committee Members and Staff

Aurora UW Medical Group
Dennis Baumgardner, M.D.

Ron A. Cisler, Ph.D.

Center for Urban Population Health
Jennifer Evertsen, M.S.
Jennifer Kroll, B.A.
Ruth Perez, B.A.

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Or contact:
Jennifer Evertsen