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Research at Avera

Innovation. That’s what we strive for at Avera. We invest in research and innovation because it gives us the power to provide better care to more people.

Research at Avera covers a wide spectrum of areas from pharmacogenomics to applied research to the participation in cardiovascular and cancer clinical trials and population health. We have research opportunities for patients – that may benefit your own health or the health of a loved one – and research opportunities for professionals.

Cancer Research

The Avera Cancer Institute features a robust cancer research program with many clinical trials.

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Avera Research Institute

The Avera Research Institute team uses community-based research to gain insight into historically underserved populations.

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Avera Institute for Human Genetics

The Avera Institute for Human Genetics is home to the first and only twin register in South Dakota.

Look at Genetics Research

Clinical Trials

Research helps improve patients' health and lives by providing advanced treatments for diseases and bringing innovation.

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Avera Twin Register

Since it began in 1987, we have registered more than 25,000 twins and multiples between the ages of 15 and 70, and over 62,000 twins between birth and age 15. Over 175,000 total participants are registered with the NTR, including multiples and their family members such as parents, siblings and spouses.

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Twin Register

Research: By the Numbers


Clinical Studies


Participants Registered with
National Twin Register


ECHO Study Visits

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Avera Scientists See Complete Human Genome as Revolutionary Step in Study of Disease

When scientists finalized the map of the human genome recently, most of us probably didn’t take notice. Yet it was big news for scientists at the Avera Institute of Human Genetics.

Now that it’s fully mapped, Avera’s researchers will leverage the new knowledge. More information will guide their work in applying genetic science to clinical solutions and treatments.

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Moving Health Forward

Avera is a health ministry rooted in the Gospel. Our mission is to make a positive impact in the lives and health of persons and communities by providing quality services guided by Christian values.

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