At Partners HealthCare, we know the importance of research and innovation cannot be overstated. Virtually every treatment, test, drug, or medical device in use today is the result of successful research from the past.

We stand on the shoulders of great men and women – scientists, investigators, doctors, and nurses – who have contributed to our ability to offer more impressive care than ever before.

The founding hospitals of Partners HealthCare have a long tradition of medical breakthroughs, from the first use of ether for surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital to the first successful organ transplant at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

This tradition remains strong. Examples include technology-supported innovations in patient care pioneered by the Center for Connected Health and hospital involvement in innovative demonstration projects conducted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to test and measure the effect of potential program changes. Partners' total research activity of $1.4 billion in FY11, an increase of almost 13% from FY10, also illustrates our commitment to leading medical research and groundbreaking innovations.

The Many Aspects of Research Activities

We invite you to learn more about the hundreds of ongoing clinical trials and research activities at Partners HealthCare, as well as the resources that are available for research collaborators and research funding .

Read about our academic-industry collaborations, where the vision for these strategic alliances is to utilize the Partners integrated health care delivery system as a “living laboratory” to develop and test strategies and implement solutions for improving patient care.

Discover the benefits of our industry collaborations, which typically result when there is an overlap of scientific and technology interests between a company/company scientists and institutional investigators.

Research at Partners-Affiliated Institutions

You also may learn more about research at a particular Partners-affiliated institutions:


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