Hero Stories

Making a difference in the future of health care 

Everyone who's volunteered for a clinical study has a story to tell. A story about why they made the effort. What they hoped to accomplish. What they learned. And how the experience changed them. We call these volunteers heroes because they're helping scientists - who are heroes in their own right - find cures, improve quality of life, and move health research forward. Watch as the following heroes share their inspiring stories about making a difference in the future of health care.

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What is clinical health research?
1975 – Robert Bartlett, MD developed the ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) and treated the first infant.

“It’s easy to look back and think that there was a brilliant plan. But it wasn’t that at all — we started out to solve a problem, and then another, and then another. It was just persistence, sticking with a problem until it was solved, with a big team of people, with some phenomenal researchers, trying to keep people alive who were going to die.”

Robert Bartlett, MD
Emeritus Professor of Surgery
University of Michigan
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