WREN was founded in 1987, and is one of the oldest and most respected practice-based research networks in the United States. Over the years, WREN has drawn on the experience and insight of practicing clinicians to conduct quality improvement and research projects using rigorous research methods.


Historic WREN logos starting at left with the first logo from 1987.

Future Directions

WREN has secured funding through the UW School of Medicine and Public Health (UW SMPH) Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) federal grant. This will allow WREN to support translational research projects at participating practices.

Dissemination of translational research results can then be blended into quality enhancement projects, resulting in improved health care processes and practices. These process improvements, in turn, can result in improved patient safety, patient satisfaction and health outcomes.

WREN is actively seeking new relationships with investigators to develop future projects. WREN staff can help to identify research methods that work in a busy practice, implement projects, analyze results, write manuscripts and disseminate results.

Wisconsin Research & Education Network (WREN)

Past WREN Directors

  • John Beasley, MD (Founder) 1987 – 2001
  • Mike Fleming, MD, PhD (Interim) 2001
  • Jon Temte, MD, PhD 2001 – 2006
  • Paul Smith, MD 2006 – 2012
  • Valerie Gilchrist, MD (Interim) 2012
  • David Hahn, MD, MS (2013-2019)
  • Paul Hunter, MD (Present)