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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

Dr. Gaylan Rockswold recognized for outstanding contributions to clinical service and brain injury research

November 17, 2022

HHRI Researcher Gaylan Rockswold, MD, PhD, is the recipient of the 2022 Sheldon Berrol, MD, Clinical Service Award from the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA). The award recognizes a clinician who, through a long service career, has made outstanding contributions to improving the quality of care, professional training, and education in the field of…

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How a grant for minority and women researchers brought Dr. Tayo Alese to Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute

November 16, 2022

Tayo Alese’s journey to Hennepin Healthcare took her from studying anatomy in Nigeria to researching preeclampsia in South Africa to a lab at Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute in Minnesota –where she’s researching how tobacco use affects the healing of wounds. Earlier this year, Dr. Alese received Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute’s (HHRI) Biomedical Research and Career…

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Incarceration of parent is associated with worse access to health care for millions of U.S. children, new study shows

November 15, 2022

According to a new study, children exposed to parental incarceration had worse access to primary care and more unmet dental and mental health care needs than their peers, even after accounting for income, insurance status, rurality, and other important factors. With the United States having the highest incarceration rate in the world, these barriers currently…

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