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Harmony Robot Comes to St. David’s Rehabilitation Hospital

St. David’s Rehabilitation Hospital is participating in a stroke-rehab study using the world’s only bi-lateral upper-arm, rehabilitation robot.

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Understanding the brain’s GPS

St. David’s researcher Zoltan Nadasdy published a study in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) that provides important new information about the brain’s spatial navigation system.

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St. David’s Research Wins Prestigious Award

Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute Medical Director, Dr. Andrea Natale, was awarded the 2017 Eric N. Prystowsky Advocate for Patients Award.  Congratulations, Dr. Natale!

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Research at St. David’s HealthCare

St. David’s HealthCare, a leader in Central Texas, is renowned for clinical excellence, as evidenced by our numerous awards and accolades for quality and safety.   Perhaps less well known is that St. David’s is also a pioneer in clinical research and biomedical innovation.  Our physicians are exploring basic science and new treatments in cardiology, stroke, spinal surgery, and oncology.  These research and innovation programs are offering expanded treatment options for patients with a wide range of medical conditions.

At left, please explore the areas of active research across St. David’s to learn more about the exciting discoveries that are happening here every day.


Some of the leading cardiovascular research groups in the United States are affiliated with St. David’s HealthCare. Our large cardiovascular research program consists of more than 100 research studies ranging from structural heart devices, medications, therapeutics, and implants to treatments for atrial fibrillation, heart failure, and cardiac rehabilitation.

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Spine & Orthopedics

Spine and orthopedics research at St. David’s HealthCare focuses on improving patient outcomes through innovative treatments and technologies.  In the spine space, we have active studies of new implants for fusion surgeries and new devices that provide minimally invasive options for spine surgery.  In the orthopedics space, active research includes new hip and knee implants, surgical recovery protocols, and patient-outcomes studies.

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At St. David’s Neuroscience and Spine Institute is a local leader in neuroscience research.  The Institute has active clinical research that includes stroke, brain tumors, spine surgery, and epilepsy, along with basic science aimed at understanding cancer genetics and the brain’s spatial navigation system.

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St. David’s HealthCare actively participates in numerous oncology studies and research.  The Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center has an active research program that is exploring a new therapies for blood cancers and marrow-transplant recipients.   St. David’s Neuroscience and Spine Institute research program maintains active interest in brain-tumor genetics.

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St. David’s Rehabilitation Hospital, Central Texas’ top rehabilitation hospital, has an active and growing research program with studies ranging from prosthetics to robotic exoskeletons to advanced sensor technologies.  Rehabilitation research is being conducted in the areas of stroke, spinal cord injuries, and more.

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Women's Health & Children

St. David’s Medical Center NICU is a national leader in quality and outcomes, due in part to maintaining an active research.   NICU research is research is focused around outcomes and quality studies.  Genetics, neuroprotectants, and more are on the horizon.

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Many of the surgeons that work at St. David’s HealthCare in surgical robotics, minimally invasive surgical procedures, and more.   St. David’s is proud to partner with such physician investigators and work together to help advance the state-of-the-art in surgical techniques and technologies.

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Are you a physician or researcher interested in conducting a study at St. David’s? Here you will find information about resources available to support your research.

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Are you a patient interested in learning more about being part of a research study? Here you will find information about participating in a clinical trial.

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Ready to launch a research study? Here you will find details about submitting your study to the St. David’s Institutional Review Board (IRB), which is the first step in the process.

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Dec 12

IRB Meeting

Monthly IRB Meeting

December 12
5:00 pm -7:30 pm