About

The Sonderegger Research Center (SRC), established in 1985, was the first center in the nation to feature health services research in pharmacy and remains a national leader.  

Improving Medication Outcomes 

SRC research contributes to improved medication outcomes by addressing:

  • Organization and financing of health care
  • Policy and public health
  • Quality and promotion of best practice in pharmacy
  • Patient behavior and outcomes

Interdisciplinary Collaboration  

The SRC’s core interdisciplinary faculty facilitates pharmacy practice enhancement and research through developing and collaborating with pharmacy partners. The SRC brings resources to help pharmacies achieve their agenda of serving the people of Wisconsin to their full capacity, including PearlRx (Pharmacy Practice Enhancement and Action Research Link), a practice-based network of Wisconsin pharmacists spanning all practice settings.

Research Resource   

In 2007, the NIH National Center for Research Resources granted UW-Madison a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) to develop infrastructure to support interdisciplinary research among investigators and scholars/trainees at UW and Marshfield Clinic and to create an environment that transforms research into a continuum from investigation through discovery and to translation into real-life community practice. The SRC is a core research resource within the Community Academic Partnership (CAP) component of ICTR.

Wisconsin Idea

One of the longest and deepest traditions surrounding the University of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Idea signifies a general principle: that education should influence people’s lives beyond the boundaries of the classroom. Synonymous with Wisconsin for more than a century, this “Idea” has become the guiding philosophy of university outreach efforts in Wisconsin and throughout the world.  SRC is an officially recognized University of Wisconsin–Madison research center, and embodies the Wisconsin Idea in its mission.


Our History


The Sonderegger Research Center (SRC) was begun in 1985 with a grant from the Rennebohm Foundation to honor John L. Sonderegger, accountant for the Madison-based Rennebohm pharmacies.

Dean August Lemberger and Professor Joseph Wiederholt recognized the need for a health services research center in pharmacy. Changes in financing, organization, and roles in pharmacy led them to work with the Rennebohm Foundation to secure funding for the SRC.