Health Research


The URMC Difference

Q. What sets clinical research at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) apart?
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The URMC conducts more clinical trials and studies than any other local institution, with more than 1,000 clinical research projects underway at any given time, supervised by more than 375 scientists and researchers. These projects continue to help us provide leading-edge drugs, tests, treatments and medical devices to people in our community and around the world.
In 2011, our overall sponsored research totaled $291 million, with over half of that from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This brings the total over the last five years to approximately $1.4 billion that we've received in research funding! We ranked #1 in the nation for NIH funding of our orthopaedics and have leading programs in numerous other specialties including family medicine, pediatrics, emergency medicine, dermatology and neurology. We also ranked in the top 15 for NIH funding to schools of nursing.
While our numbers are impressive, it's what we've done with those numbers that gives us true satisfaction. Not only has URMC been a proud leader in protecting the health and safety of study volunteers, but every day URMC is having a positive impact on the health of this community. We're proud of our position as a regional and international leader by improving health care for every one. We couldn't have done it without community involvement from people like you. We hope you'll join us so we can continue to uphold our tradition of helping people live healthier.

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Q. Has URMC clinical research resulted in any major discoveries?
Yes - in fact, the University of Rochester Medical Center has been involved in the discovery and testing of many medical breakthroughs. You or someone in your family has probably already benefitted from one of them. You can read about several examples here.

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Q. What's the history of the University of Rochester Medical Center?
Over 80 years ago, some of the most progressive minds in Rochester and in the nation united to change the course of medicine. The result was the University of Rochester Medical Center, a single facility that brought compassionate patient care, research, learning, and community outreach together all under one roof.
Read the full URMC story here.

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