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As the only academic medical center in Kansas and the Kansas City area, the University of Kansas Medical Center is committed to bringing the latest technologies and treatments to the people we serve. Through basic science and clinical research, the KU Department of Neurosurgery works every day to advance the power of medicine, guided by the fundamental principles of Respect for Persons, Beneficence and Justice. To learn more about ethical principles and guidelines protecting human subjects of research, read the Belmont Report.

What is the difference between basic science and clinical research? Basic science research, often called fundamental or bench research, provides the foundation of knowledge for the applied science that follows. This type of research encompasses familiar scientific disciplines such as biochemistry, microbiology, physiology and pharmacology, and their interplay, and involves laboratory studies with cell cultures, animal studies or physiological experiments.

Meanwhile, in clinical research, data or samples of tissue from people are studied to understand health and disease. Clinical research helps find new and better ways to detect, diagnose, treat and prevent disease. Types of clinical research include clinical trials, which test new treatments for a disease, and natural history studies, which collect health information to understand how a disease develops and progresses over time.

We primarily focus on both basic science and clinical research, which includes, but is not limited to, brain tumors, stroke and spinal cord injury.

The Frontiers/Pioneers Research Recruitment Registries provide researchers with contact information for people who have enrolled in these registries and appear to meet study criteria according to EHR and medical history information. There are currently more than 60,000 people from the KU Health System and the community who have agreed to be contacted for approved research studies. is a national resource to support participant engagement for Frontiers investigators.

To search for clinical trials you may be eligible for, please visit and

Last modified: Nov 06, 2019