Clinical Partnerships

Collaborative opportunities for education, research, and translation

The Clinical Partnerships team creates and elevates multi-pronged partnerships between the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; clinical health entities; and a cadre of physicians, faculty, scientists, and students. Through our connections, we educate broad audiences, increase research activities, and translate findings into impact.

Mayo Clinic & Illinois Alliance

Since the founding of the Mayo Clinic & Illinois Alliance in 2010, researchers from both institutions have collaborated on research projects, publications, patent disclosures, tools, and algorithms, and have helped to prepare more than 100 trainees for careers in biomedical research.  The Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine and University of Illinois Grainger College of Engineering, IHSI, and NCSA are leading the charge to identify global challenges and create solutions together.

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Through our partnerships, students gain hands-on experience while making an impact in the lab, clinic, and society.

Professional Courses 

Professional training courses build skills for a workforce of biomedical innovators. The Computational Genomics course and others attract scientists and clinicians seeking technical applications for clinical practice.

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Student Fellowships & Programs 

The foundational educational opportunities offered by the Mayo Clinic & Illinois Alliance help undergraduate and graduate students gain hands-on experience in healthcare innovation. 

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doctor performing surgery

Support for Clinical Partners

Illinois offers expertise across disciplines, and especially in the areas of AI, computer science, engineering, and high-performance computing. We connect clinicians and healthcare systems with researchers, students, and university units to achieve innovation in healthcare.

Male graduate student doing laser research at cancer center in Beckman Institute.

Support for Campus Partners

Illinois researchers, students, and units often seek clinical knowledge and hands-on opportunities to help solve real-world healthcare challenges. We work to match the needs of all partners to create synergistic opportunities and mutually beneficial relationships.  

Arjun Athreya, PhD“Not often do we engineers get an opportunity to be so close to the point of impact our technology has as when a clinician uses our technology to tailor diagnoses/treatment for a patient.”

Arjun Athreya, PhD
Inaugural doctoral graduate of the Mayo Clinic & Illinois Alliance fellowship program

Connect with us

Deborah Miller

Asst. Dir. for Clinical Partnerships
(217) 333-1629

LeaAnn Carson

Clinical Partnerships Manager
(217) 333-0722

Susan Fitzgerald

Community Relations Liaison
(217) 300-2192

Contact the Clinical Partnerships team 

We look forward to working with you! Please contact us with questions about our programs or to discuss partnership opportunities.