Research is a vital component of the mission of Henry Ford Health System

Henry Ford Health System's mission is to improve human life through excellence in the science and art of health care and healing. This mission is strongly supported and enhanced by the dedicated staff pursuing scientific activities.

Since 1915, Henry Ford Hospital physicians and scientists have focused their efforts on a wide variety of topics critical to understanding the mechanisms of disease and developing new, viable treatment options. Henry Ford Hospital research is focused in the following areas:

  • Cardiovascular and Renal Research (e.g. high blood pressure and heart failure)
  • Neurosciences Research (e.g. stroke, traumatic brain injury and brain tumors)
  • Bone and Joint Research (e.g. osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, joint motion)
  • Cancer Research (e.g. prostate, breast, head and neck cancers)
  • Immunology Research (e.g. autoimmune diseases)
  • Population, Health and Healthcare Research

Much of Henry Ford Hospital research is translational in nature - from bench to bedside. To this end, our basic science studies run the gamut from whole animal physiology to cell and molecular biology to bioengineering with an emphasis on studies that can directly impact patient care. The departments with the largest basic sciences programs are Medicine, Neurology, Public Health Sciences, Neurosurgery, and Radiation Oncology.

Our health care research focuses on disease screening, prevention and management, health outcomes, disparities in care, and health economics. This group of researchers collaborates with members of the Henry Ford Medical Group as well as researchers in other states to enhance the quality of health care nationally. These studies are housed in the departments of Public Health Sciences, the Center for Health Policy and Health Services Research and the Institute of Multicultural Health.

Henry Ford Hospital scientists and physicians participate in and lead many clinical trials which help us understand how to best treat diseases. This is the mechanism by which new and potentially life-saving drugs are tested for safety and therapeutic efficacy. By working together, doctor to doctor, nurse to doctor, researcher to physician, Henry Ford can maximize clinical innovations to provide the highest quality of care. The Clinical Trials Office serves to identify and implement strategies for growing clinical research. Clinical trials are coordinated and run by physicians and research nurses in the majority of Henry Ford Hospital departments. Internal Medicine divisions involved in running significant numbers of clinical trials are Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Hematology/Oncology, Infectious Diseases, Nephrology and Pulmonary Medicine. Other departments with significant clinical research include Dermatology and Neurology.

Altogether, there are approximately 1,700 active studies in our medical and surgical departments. Our research studies are directed by a group of scientists (81 bioscientific staff) and their support personnel, as well as dozens of physician-scientists and PhDs engaged in clinical research activities.

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