The Northeast Iowa Medical Education Foundation started conducting clinical research in 1992 as initiated by Dr. John Sutherland. We have participated in over 120 clinical trials, enrolling over 1,350 patients since 1992. The Foundation established the research department to allow our patients and providers to participate in clinical research protocols. We have found that participating in clinical research helps us provide excellent patient care. The department’s focus has been to identify protocols for conditions which are relatively common, and which may be of direct interest and benefit to our patients. Our patients have benefited by receiving study provided medications, screening labs, tests such as blood pressure readings, and medical equipment such as glucose monitors. Such participation allows patients to learn more about their medical conditions and contribute to the accumulation of medical knowledge as a whole.