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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 Interim President

Research Areas

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.

Research Highlights

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February 14, 2019

Casey Dorr, PhD, is an investigator at the Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI), Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota, and now a student again, working on a Master’s degree in Biostatistics. A member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, Dr. Dorr is featured in the February 2019 Ojibwe Inaajimowin where he…

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University of Minnesota and Hennepin Healthcare Medical experts restore movement and autonomic function in patients with complete paralysis

January 31, 2019

Study demonstrates spinal cord stimulation as a treatment for chronic spinal cord injury There are more than 290,000 people estimated to be living in the United States with a spinal cord injury. Previously, it has been shown that it is possible to restore some function to young and healthy patients within a few years of…

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HHRI investigators’ article is Health Affairs editor’s top pick for 2018

January 24, 2019

Each year, Health Affairs Editor-in-Chief shares his “top ten” articles that focus on unique data sets, under-reported issues or a particular creative way to examine an issue. A paper by Hennepin Healthcare physician-investigators Kate Vickery, MD, MSc; Tyler Winkelman, MD, MS; and colleagues was named the Editor-in-Chief’s top pick for 2018. The study, “Cross-Sector Service Use…

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