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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 in the community and on the air

June 13, 2024

Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI) investigators shared their expertise as guests on radio programs and podcasts in recent months. Here are a few of those interviews.   All Things Brains May 26, 2024 Vascular neurologist Behnam Sabayan, MD, PhD, was featured on Hennepin Healthcare’s Healthy Matters – with Dr. David Hilden podcast during Stroke Awareness…

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Nature Communications co-author Dr. Casey Dorr speaks about pharmacogenomics in Indigenous communities

May 14, 2024

After nearly three years of collaboration and enduring five rounds of peer review from the first submission, Casey Dorr, PhD, a nephrology investigator and descendant of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe,  has achieved a monumental milestone. His name now graces a coveted co-author credit in the prestigious scholarly journal, Nature Communications. This achievement, a…

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Dr. David Darrow talks the future of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Research

May 13, 2024

A study that makes you smarter? That is what Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI) Principal Investigator David Darrow, MD, MPH, is working towards in the StiMulating After Recovery from Traumatic brain injury (SMART) study. The SMART study, which aims to develop noninvasive therapies to improve cognitive abilities and decision-making after mild to moderate Traumatic Brain…

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