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About the Avera Research Institute

Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center has an impressive history of participating in national research efforts that have incorporated the resources and skills of its healthcare professionals working closely with regional physicians.

In 1998, Avera McKennan made a commitment to expand its involvement in clinical drug and medical device research by establishing a separate department for research.

This department, the Avera Research Institute, is devoted to providing complete coordination of Phase II - IV clinical research studies. The Avera Research Institute offers professionals with experience in working with clinical trials to ensure timely enrollment of patients, strict compliance with protocols and exacting documentation.

Avera McKennan has over 600 physicians on staff representing a wide variety of medical specialties. The Avera Research Institute partners with physicians serving as principal investigators and subinvestigators to conduct clinical research with both inpatients and outpatients.

In order to fulfill its mission, the Avera Research Institute has established the following three divisions. Learn more about our divisions:

Currently Enrolling Studies

Breast Cancer
Collaborative Registry
The BCCR helps researchers study the factors that influence the risk of developing breast cancer.

BCCR details

Other currently enrolling studies


Avera Institute for Human Genetics

Avera IHG is the premier research program for psychiatric disease in the region.

Avera IHG details

National Institute of Mental Health Outreach Partnership Program

View updates regarding our partnership program and other available resources.