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HHRI News & Press Releases

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…

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Hennepin Healthcare investigators study game to help people quit smoking

May 27, 2022

Minneapolis, Minn. – Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute is testing an innovative way to help people quit smoking – by letting them bet on themselves and win real money. It’s part of a new game called QuitBet and it’s being funded by a National Institutes of Health (NIH) research grant administered…

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Dr. Warren McKinney appointed Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute VP for Equity in Research

March 10, 2022

Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI) is proud to announce that Warren McKinney, PhD, has been named HHRI’s VP for Equity in Research. In this role, Dr. McKinney joins the HHRI Board of Directors and the institute’s executive leadership team. The VP for Equity in Research is a new position at…

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Statewide research program to address impact of racism on cardiovascular health inequities

October 19, 2021

People in Minnesota’s Black, Indigenous and communities of color experience some of the worst health disparities in the United States. A new research center, the Center for Chronic Disease Reduction and Equity Promotion Across Minnesota (C2DREAM), led by the University of Minnesota (U of M) and Mayo Clinic, will research the impact…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Walz, Flanagan Announce Groundbreaking Partnership Between State of Minnesota, Health Care Systems on Race and Ethnicity Data Collection

March 5, 2021

— State announces additional, targeted strategies to promote equity in vaccination — The Walz-Flanagan Administration announced publication of vaccination data by race and ethnicity made possible through the groundbreaking partnership between the State of Minnesota and the Minnesota Electronic Health Record (EHR) Consortium. This unique and innovative collaboration between public…

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Dr. Bart talks about meth addiction and treatment on Healthy Matters on WCCO radio

January 25, 2021

Hennepin Healthcare physician and HHRI investigator Dr. Gavin Bart was Dr. David Hilden’s guest Healthy Matters on WCCO 830-AM radio on Sunday, January 24, talking about meth addiction and treatment. Methamphetamine use is increasing across the country and in Minnesota has surpassed opioid use as a leading cause (behind only…

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Breaking Through the Wall of Stigma in Healthcare

January 22, 2021

Stigma is a huge barrier for people with opioid use disorder and is particularly problematic in healthcare.  In a series of NIH videos, Gavin Bart, MD, PhD, talks about the stigma in healthcare around substance use disorders, barriers to treatment, and empowering people and humanizing addiction.   Read more about…

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HHRI Awarded Continuation of SRTR Contract

September 21, 2020

Minneapolis, Minn. – The Chronic Disease Research Group (CDRG) of the Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI) has renewed its federal contract to operate the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR). Among its key functions, the SRTR evaluates the status of the nation’s solid organ transplant system and provides analytic support to…

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Hennepin Healthcare takes a pulse of the pandemic

September 10, 2020

by hennepinmedical — COVID-19’s rapid arrival in Minnesota in March 2020 created myriad changes across the community – and a snapshot of that impact is now available in a report from Hennepin Healthcare. A collaboration for quality improvement between Hennepin Healthcare and Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI) emerged to design…

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New website offers added decision support for kidney and liver transplant candidates searching for a transplant center

August 5, 2020

Minneapolis, Minn. – Transplant candidates face obstacles in finding a transplant program that transplants patients like them. A new online tool developed by researchers at Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI) and the University of Minnesota (UMN) is helping to remove those barriers. The website transplantcentersearch.org allows patients to conduct searches…

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Hennepin Healthcare collaborates with Mayo Clinic on convalescent plasma protocol as a therapeutic treatment for COVID-19 patients

June 25, 2020

Minneapolis, Minn. – Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI) is collaborating with the Mayo Clinic to engage in a clinical protocol using convalescent plasma as a therapeutic treatment for COVID-19 patients. Convalescent plasma has appeared to be of benefit for the treatment of certain infectious diseases, including infections from respiratory viruses.…

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Hennepin Healthcare partners with University of Minnesota on COVID-19 clinical trials of blood pressure drug losartan

April 20, 2020

Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI) and University of Minnesota Medical School researchers have begun enrolling patients in newly launched clinical trials involving a blood pressure medication, losartan, as a potential treatment for those recently diagnosed with COVID-19. Both studies are multi-site trials, one for patients requiring hospitalization and the other…

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Hennepin Healthcare launches two clinical trials to study the investigational antiviral drug remdesivir to treat hospitalized patients with COVID-19

April 9, 2020

Minneapolis, Minn. – April 9, 2020 – The Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI) has launched two clinical trials to study the safety and efficacy of remdesivir to treat hospitalized patients diagnosed with moderate or severe COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.  Hennepin Healthcare is a clinical site…

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Exploratory study identifies key factors associated with time pressure in primary care clinicians

February 28, 2020

Physicians often feel pressed for time during the standard primary care visit. Recent studies have shown that shorter visits are not only common but also lead to unaddressed health issues and a diminished understanding of patient concerns. Thus, it is critical to understand the relationship between time pressure, worklife factors…

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Transplant Center Search Tool

New online tool helps transplant candidates find center that best matches individual patient’s criteria

February 24, 2020

A new website developed by researchers at Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI) and the University of Minnesota (UMN) is making it easier for organ transplant candidates to choose which transplant center is right for them. The website, transplantcentersearch.org, was developed for candidates seeking kidney, liver, heart and lung transplants. Data…

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NIH Helping to End Addiction Long-term

HHRI researchers awarded NIH HEAL Initiative funding to tackle the nation’s opioid crisis

October 29, 2019

The Helping to End Addiction Long-term Initiative, or NIH HEAL Initiative, is an aggressive, trans-agency effort to accelerate scientific solutions to stop the nation’s opioid crisis. Its research focus is on improving prevention and treatment for opioid misuse and addiction and enhancing pain management. HHRI investigators across disciplines are at…

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ASPREE-XT (eXTension) study receives $42.3 million to determine longer-term effects of aspirin on health

July 31, 2019

The ASPREE-XT (eXTension)* study was recently awarded $42.3 million in funding from the National Institute On Aging of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The five-year grant enables researchers to study if there are possible long-term health benefits of being on low-dose aspirin. ASPREE-XT is led by the Berman Center…

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