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"Our patients at Hennepin Healthcare benefit from the research we do at the Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute by getting access to newer medications and new treatments that are available through our research programs."

~ Ajay Israni, MD
Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute President

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At the Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI), we've been investigating the causes of and potential treatments for diseases since 1952. We support and oversee medical research at HCMC, Hennepin Healthcare's acute care and teaching hospital.  Our research topics are diverse with a focus on four areas: Acute Care/Trauma, Addiction, Health Services and Infectious Diseases (HIV/AIDS). Innovative discoveries made at HHRI improve the lives of patients in our local community and across the globe.

HHRI Research Highlights

Hennepin Healthcare System is one of AARP 2021 Quality Measure Innovation Grant Award Winners

November 12, 2021

Hennepin Healthcare System was one of the two organizations to win the 2021 AARP Quality Measures Innovation Grant. The announcement was made virtually at the Gerontological Society of America’s 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting. Hennepin Healthcare System received a $150,000 grant to develop innovative health quality measures to enhance patient care and advance health equity among…

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Increasing Trust is Key to Addressing the COVID-19 Pandemic and Other Threats to Health

November 9, 2021

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to threaten the health of communities worldwide, researchers say that patients’ trust in the medical profession has never been more important as the health care community seeks to administer COVID vaccines en masse. Patients’ trust in the medical profession – and clinicians’ trust in their own health organizations — has…

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Dr. Bart Studies Taking Suicide Prevention into Primary Care Settings

October 27, 2021

The opioid epidemic continues to destroy the nation. In 2020, the number of drug overdose deaths increased to approximately 93,000, including about 69,500 deaths involving opioid drugs. Unfortunately, suicide, a second epidemic, also claims tens of thousands of lives each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 45,000 people died from suicide in 2020.…

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