Medical Research

Mission Vision & Values

In partnership with colleagues from across the Henry Ford Health System, we are the central resource for promoting, supporting, and managing the production of high quality research within Henry Ford Allegiance Health. 

We are champions of excellence in research, collaborating with local, industry, academic, and regulatory partners to facilitate best practice in all research activities.

  • We align research with the Henry Ford Allegiance Health mission, vision, and values
  • We prioritize the protection of human subjects in research
  • We strive to build consensus
  • We work within the skill set of the study team
  • We scale projects to match available resources (right sized at the right time)
  • We maintain scientific rigor in all our work
  • We adhere to all applicable laws and regulations

The Importance of Research

An environment of scholarly research helps us attract the finest health care providers and encourages research skills in our residents and students. Our collaboration with community partners, such as schools, non-profits, governmental agencies, businesses and other organizations, helps us to elevate services and provide the best possible care.

Improving What We Do

Research efforts help guide many of our performance improvement and quality assurance projects. The Department of Research supports the Institutional Excellence Program, the Nursing Research Council, Graduate Medical Education, other groups and individuals in important projects.

Connecting With Our Community

Effecting change at the community level is one of the most cost-effective ways of keeping the population healthy. The Department of Research works with community partners to support the entire scope of research, ranging from needs assessments to comparative effectiveness and outcomes projects.

Several Henry Ford Allegiance Health staff participate in pharmaceutical or device company-sponsored research. These companies invite health professionals to be site investigators. Sponsors provide the protocol, analyze the data and prepare reports that are used for approval with the FDA or for marketing. The Department of Research coordinates these efforts while working directly with the sponsor to assure everything is completed in a timely and accurate manner.

Contact Us

Henry Ford Allegiance Health
Medical Research Department
Center for Health Innovation and Education
205 N East Avenue
Jackson, MI 49201

Phone: (517) 205-2110
Email: is a database of privately and publicly funded clinical studies conducted around the world.

Frequently Asked Questions

Clinical trials strive to find a better way to treat people of all ages and backgrounds.  People who take part in research trials have an opportunity to contribute to our knowledge base and progress.

  • Accessing new treatments not available anywhere else.
  • Potentially receiving treatment drugs at no cost to you or your insurance company.
  • Contributing directly to the knowledge base of medical science.

All of your visits related to the study will likely take place at Henry Ford Allegiance Health in Jackson, Michigan. If you find a trial that you are interested in and we do not offer, we will be happy to find a site within the Henry Ford Health System that can assist you.

There is no guarantee that your condition will improve, or that you will feel better. The studies that will be offered are ones doctors and others believe hold promise for improving outcomes for patients. The research is being conducted to help determine whether this actually happens. Participating in a research trial will not replace the care you are currently receiving from your doctors and other health professionals.

A registry is a collection of information about individuals, usually focused around a specific diagnosis or condition. Many registries collect information about people who have a specific disease or condition, while others seek participants of varying health status who may be willing to participate in research about a particular disease. Individuals provide information about themselves to these registries on a voluntary basis. Registries can be sponsored by a government agency, nonprofit organization, health care facility, or private company. It’s always good to check first to know who sponsors the registry – or – look for information on a registry’s site to know about their sponsor(s).

Registries focused on specific diseases or conditions collect information voluntarily from people with those conditions. Clinical trial registries collect basic health information from people who agree to be contacted about participating in future clinical trials or studies.

A clinical trial is the study of new ways to prevent, detect or treat diseases or conditions. Volunteering for a registry does not mean a person has signed up for a clinical trial. Participation in a disease registry can sometimes become a first step toward participation in a clinical trial, but registries and specific trials are not directly linked.

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