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Whiteside Institute for Clinical Research

Promoting, implementing and advancing clinical research since 1996

The Whiteside Institute for Clinical Research is a joint effort between St. Luke's and the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth Campus to support patient-oriented clinical research in the areas of cancer, heart and lung disease. Whenever appropriate, patients are offered the opportunity to participate in clinical trials and research studies.

Objectives of Whiteside

  • To promote and participate in clinical research using new technologies and treatments in order to learn more about normal and abnormal body function and the cause, progression, prevention, treatment and control of human disease
  • To encourage collaboration of basic and clinical investigators in the region
  • To assist health care professionals interested in research participation

Patient-oriented research since 1996
There are thousands of clinical trials being conducted at major medical centers throughout the country, however it is unusual for a health system the size of St. Luke’s to have as robust a clinical trial program as it does. The Whiteside Institute for Clinical Research makes these possible.

The Whiteside Institute for Clinical Research was created with a generous trust bequest from Miss Muriel Whiteside to St. Luke’s Hospital, Clinics and Foundation and University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth Campus. It was Miss Whiteside’s desire that the two organizations work together to support patient-oriented clinical research with special emphasis in the areas of cancer, lung disease and heart disease.

Since its inception in 1996, the Institute has successfully promoted research in these and other specialty areas. Support for Whiteside Institute research activities also comes from government agencies and pharmaceutical companies.

Whiteside Institute Resources

  • Complete hospital laboratory
  • Investigational pharmacy
  • Workspace for monitors and patient visits
  • Molecular biology research laboratory equipped with laser dissection microscope
  • Clinicians/investigators and research subjects from St. Luke's Hospital, primary care clinics and specialty care clinics

If your physician thinks there may be a clinical trial available for you to consider, it will be offered to you.

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