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HHRI News & Press Releases

Dr. Kate Diaz Vickery named HHRI’s first Vice President of Engagement

February 1, 2024

HHRI is pleased to announce that Dr. Kate Diaz Vickery has been selected to serve as Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute’s (HHRI’s) first Vice President of Engagement.  Dr. Vickery is a previous Hennepin Healthcare System (HHS) research scholar and HHRI investigator and Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota.  She is…

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Hitting the mark, setting standards for lifesaving care

January 18, 2024

From hennepinmedical — Our emergency department (ED) sets high standards for emergency and trauma care. As a teaching hospital caring for some of the most critically ill and injured patients from throughout the state, ED team members know a thing or two about delivering the best care most efficiently and…

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Dr Casey Dorr

Dr. Casey Dorr featured in the Bemidji Pioneer

December 19, 2023

Casey Dorr, PhD, a Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI) Investigator, was recently featured in a story in the Bemidji Pioneer. The piece highlighted his journey from a first-generation descendant of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe from Bemidji to becoming a scientist. Dr. Dorr hopes to inspire Indigenous students to…

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HHRI’s own Moncies Franco, Sr., featured on MPR News

November 21, 2023

On voting day, November 7, 2023, Moncies Franco, Sr., from Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute’s (HHRI) Health, Homelessness, and Criminal Justice (HHCJ) Lab, was featured in a story on MPR News. The story highlighted his first vote since the passage of Minnesota’s Restore the Vote law in June 2023. Prior to…

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Black Youth with Stethoscopes Youth Summit – Lifting Them to Their Peaks in Healthcare Careers

November 20, 2023

An uplifting dose excitement could be felt as 70 Twin Cities Black youth strolled down the halls of Hennepin Healthcare’s Clinic & Specialty Center. Their curiosity and hungry minds were also in full force November 4 at the Black Youth with Stethoscopes Youth Summit. The latest Hennepin Healthcare Talent Garden…

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HHRI and HHS in the community

October 26, 2023

Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI) and Hennepin Healthcare (HHS) recently participated in community outreach events during the summer and fall seasons. One of these events was Open Streets, a series of free and family-friendly events that advocate for street places that prioritize people. During Open Streets major thoroughfares are closed…

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Janissa Thomas

HHRI’s Summer Intern Janissa Thomas From Puerto Rico, Prepping for a Career in Research

October 13, 2023

For medical student Janissa Thomas, the road on her healthcare career journey started in Puerto Rico, a Caribbean island that’s an unincorporated territory of the United States, eventually leading to the mainland and a research opportunity in Minneapolis. Research is an area for which Thomas has a great passion. “I…

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Dr Sandra Japuntich

HHRI’s new Director of Training and Mentoring Dr. Sandra Japuntich sets goals to help junior research faculty succeed

October 4, 2023

Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI) has always prided itself on being a teaching and mentoring organization, but is now shifting to a more codified and streamlined approach through the newly created Director of Training and Mentoring role. Tobacco dependence researcher, Sandra Japuntich, PhD, LP, will be spearheading this new position.…

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Dr Allyson Hart

Dr. Allyson Hart, Leading the “Heart” of Ethical Research for Hennepin Healthcare

August 23, 2023

Allyson Hart, MD, MS, a Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI) investigator and Hennepin Healthcare nephrologist, is surging through the summer in wonderful ways as she reaches the second year of her role as Chair of the Hennepin Healthcare Institutional Review Board (IRB). IRBs are committees charged by the federal government…

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Healthy Aging Through the Senior Years Study

Participants needed for study on reducing dementia risk and memory loss in the African American community

August 22, 2023

The Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute is currently conducting a study gathering needed information to learn how to prevent or reduce the risk and burden of dementia and memory loss in the African American community. Healthy Aging Through the Senior Years Study (HATS) is an opportunity for older African Americans in…

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Dr. Warren McKinney (left), Dr. Allyson Brotherson (middle) and Dr. Guillaume Onyeaghala (right)

You Have to C It 2 Dream It

June 9, 2023

Established in October 2021, C2DREAM is the Center for Chronic Disease Reduction and Equity Promotion Across Minnesota. It’s a collaboration between the University of Minnesota (U of M), Mayo Clinic, and Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI), which seeks to explore the effects of interpersonal and structural racism on cardiovascular health…

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American Indian Youth Summit

American Indian Youth with Stethoscopes Youth Summit – Shining a Light on Futures in Healthcare

June 7, 2023

Lab coats, stethoscopes and hungry young minds filled Hennepin Healthcare’s Clinic & Specialty Center on Saturday, April 15, for the American Indian Youth with Stethoscopes Youth Summit. The event was a day of listening to and learning from healthcare professionals, as well as entertainment from traditional dancers and drummers for…

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Dr. Burrack Lab Photo

Dr. Burrack Bound for Homeward Bound

April 24, 2023

Growing up, Kristina Burrack, PhD, was always on the move. She was fascinated by the outdoors, loved hands-on learning, and played college athletics. Dr. Burrack loved doing science labs and knew she wanted to be a biology major in college. While at St. Olaf College, she became passionate about immunology…

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Dr Cory Schaffhausen

Dr. Schaffhausen receives NIH R01 Award to study shared decision making for kidney transplant candidates

February 6, 2023

Hennepin Healthcare Investigator Cory Schaffhausen, PhD, has received a three-year Research Project Grant Program (R01) award of $815,173 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to study shared decision making (SDM) for kidney transplant candidates to plan for an organ offer…

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Dr Gaylan Rockswold

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…

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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…

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HHRI and HHS at Open Streets Minnehaha

October 20, 2022

Open Streets is a free, family-friendly event part of a global movement to make street places that put people first. On Saturday, October 1, Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute and Hennepin Healthcare had the opportunity to participate in the Open Streets Minnehaha event. The event took place on Minnehaha Ave. in…

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Dr Anne Murray

Dr. Murray receives NIH R01 Award to study sex-specific risk factors and trajectories of blood biomarkers for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias

October 3, 2022

HHRI Investigator Anne Murray, MD, MSc has received a Research Project Grant Program (R01) award of $4.1 million by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study sex-specific risk factors and trajectories of blood biomarkers for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Dr. Murray is a geriatrician, internist, and neuroepidemiologist in…

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Open Streets East Lake 2022

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.…

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CTSI image of Dr Allyson Hart

HHRI investigators featured in NIH and UMN news – Coaching transforms researchers and institutions

April 26, 2022

Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI) Investigators Allyson Hart, MD, MS, and Kate Diaz Vickery, MD, MSc, were featured in a recent University of Minnesota Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) news story about coaching and how it transforms researchers and institutions. Coaching has proven to be a progressing force. In…

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