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HHRI News & Press Releases

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…

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Presenting seminar “Pharmacogenomics and Spatial omics in Kidney Transplantation” at the University of Minnesota Duluth School of Medicine Seminar Series, Duluth, MN Feb 7, 2024.

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,…

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Neurosurgeon and neuroscientist, Dr. David Darrow talking with slide of choosing tacos decisions in the background.

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…

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Dr. Kristina Burrack looking through a microscope while working in a lab.

Dr. Kristina Burrack completes year-long STEMM leadership program, Homeward Bound

May 10, 2024

Rewinding to May 2023, malaria and immunologist researcher, Kristina Burrack, PhD, embarked on a journey of self-discovery, leadership, and growth when she joined the Australian-based leadership program for women in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine), Homeward Bound (HB). Dr. Burrack was part of the HB8 cohort, a year-long…

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Dr. Jenell Stewart speaks at CROI 2024

Dr. Jenell Stewart speaks about event-based PrEP for women at CROI 2024

April 5, 2024

At the 31st annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Denver, Colo., March 3-6, Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI) Investigator  Jenell Stewart, DO, MPH, spoke about event-based PrEP for women and was interviewed by UK-based organization Aidsmap, who disseminates independent information on HIV and AIDS. Dr. Stewart is…

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Dr. Behnam Sabayan on WCCO Health Radio

Dr. Behnam Sabayan talks to Susie Jones about brain health on WCCO Health Radio

April 5, 2024

Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI) Investigator Behnam Sabayan, MD, MSc, PhD, is a vascular neurologist and neuroepidemiologist. He was recently interviewed by news radio reporter, Susie Jones on strokes and answered listener questions around the topic. First, what is a stroke? A stroke is when blood flow to the brain…

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Dr Casey Dorr

Implementing community-engaged pharmacogenomics in Indigenous communities

March 7, 2024

Casey Dorr, PhD, is a nephrology investigator at Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI) and first-generation descendant of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. He’s passionate about using innovative research in pharmacogenomics (PGx), the efficacy of medication based on genetic variations; to create inclusive precision medicine for Indigenous communities to reduce…

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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 Hennepin Healthcare Newsroom – 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…

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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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