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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

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.

HHRI Research Highlights

Medication Access for Opioid Use Disorder Lower Among Those Involved with Criminal Justice System

April 5, 2021

Medicaid Expansion Helped Increase Access to Medications for Opioid Use Disorder, but Limitations Exist to Broadening Access. Approximately 6.5 million people are under correctional supervision in the United States on any given day. Justice-involved individuals (people currently or recently in prison or jail, on probation or parole, or arrested) experience higher rates of substance use…

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Dr. Johansen Receives NKF J. Michael Lazarus Award for Dedication to Kidney Health

March 24, 2021

Each year the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) considers the work of hundreds of specialists in the field of nephrology and selects among them those who most exemplify the relentless efforts of NKF to enhance the lives of patients through action, education, and accelerating change. NKF presents this award each year to honor Dr. J. Michael Lazarus…

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What a Kidney Transplant Means for You or a Loved One

March 7, 2021

HHRI investigators Warren McKinney, PhD, and Ajay Israni, MD, MS, were guests on the African American Leadership Forum’s (AALF) Black Leadership Re-Defined radio show and podcast series on KMOJ (89.9FM) radio on March 7.  They joined host Sylvia Bartley, PhD, to discuss the intricacies of kidney transplantation as well as the strides being made for…

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