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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

HHRI and HHS at Open Streets East Lake

August 25, 2022

Open Streets is a free, family-friendly event part of a global movement to make street places that put people first. On Saturday, August 13, Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute and Hennepin Healthcare had the opportunity to participate in the Open Streets East Lake event. The event took place on East Lake St. in Minneapolis, from 2nd Ave.…

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Dr. Olutayo Alese receives HHRI minority and women postdoctoral appointment program award funded by 3M

August 19, 2022

Minneapolis, Minn. – Olutayo Alese, PhD, MSc, MPH, has received Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute’s (HHRI) most recent Biomedical Research and Career Development Award that supports the training of minority and women postdoctoral and junior faculty researchers. Dr. Alese holds a doctorate in anatomy and previously conducted research in the role of liver enzymes in preeclampsia, a…

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Focus on global health outcomes shouldn’t exclude jails and prisons

June 21, 2022

Minneapolis, Minn. – The state of healthcare access and quality in jails and prisons should not be excluded from international efforts to understand and improve healthcare coverage for vulnerable populations, according to a recent publication in The Lancet Public Health authored by Tyler Winkelman, MD, MSc, Division Chief of General Internal Medicine at Hennepin Healthcare…

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