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HHRI News & Press Releases

People who experience homelessness face earlier and greater risk of death, report finds

January 26, 2023

Death rate among those experiencing homelessness is triple that of general population Governor’s historic housing stability package invests in solutions to support Minnesotans experiencing homelessness across the housing spectrum People who experience homelessness in Minnesota die at much higher rates than the general population, according to a new report produced…

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Hennepin Healthcare asking for community input on local trauma research study for blood clotting agent

January 20, 2023

Excessive bleeding (bleeding out) is the most common cause of preventable death after someone experiences an injury. Researchers at Hennepin Healthcare are asking for the community’s input on whether they should participate in an international study to see if a blood clotting drug – given soon after arrival in the…

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Incarceration of parent is associated with worse access to health care for millions of U.S. children, new study shows

November 15, 2022

According to a new study, children exposed to parental incarceration had worse access to primary care and more unmet dental and mental health care needs than their peers, even after accounting for income, insurance status, rurality, and other important factors. With the United States having the highest incarceration rate in…

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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…

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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…

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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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Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute receives funding from 3M to promote diversity among research scientists

February 24, 2022

Minneapolis, Minn. – Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI) received a grant from 3M to support the training of postdoctoral and junior faculty researchers. HHRI’s Research and Career Development Award is designed to extend the impact of STEM educational curricula by providing a clear pathway to career opportunities in related fields, especially…

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U.S. Kidney Transplant Survival Rates Continue to Improve

August 19, 2021

Long-term survival rates of kidney transplant patients in the U.S. have increased over the last three decades, but there are opportunities to further improve these outcomes, according to a review article published today in The New England Journal of Medicine. For many patients with end-stage kidney disease, transplants are a…

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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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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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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 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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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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Study shows trust is an important attribute to clinician satisfaction; identifies characteristics associated with gender, organizational climate

June 21, 2019

There is a new emphasis on clinician trust in healthcare organizations, but little data about how to build trust and what favorable outcomes might result from doing so. In a prospective study of data collected as part of a randomized control trial, researchers used a previously validated measure to assess…

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Kirsten L. Johansen, MD (center), USRDS Director, will lead an NIH-funded nationwide effort on kidney disease surveillance, assisted by USRDS Deputy Director James B. Wetmore, MD, MS (left) and David T. Gilbertson, PhD (right), Project Director for the USRDS.

CDRG Awarded United States Renal Data System (USRDS) Federal Contract

June 13, 2019

The Chronic Disease Research Group (CDRG) of the Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI) has been selected to administer the United States Renal Data System (USRDS) federal contract. The USRDS is a national registry that collects, analyzes, and distributes information about chronic kidney disease (CKD) and end-stage renal disease (ESRD) in the United States. In…

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University of Minnesota and Hennepin Healthcare Medical experts restore movement and autonomic function in patients with complete paralysis

January 31, 2019

Study demonstrates spinal cord stimulation as a treatment for chronic spinal cord injury There are more than 290,000 people estimated to be living in the United States with a spinal cord injury. Previously, it has been shown that it is possible to restore some function to young and healthy patients…

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Study: Rise in meth and opioid use during pregnancy

November 29, 2018

Usage rates among moms-to-be have spiked in the past decade, with a disparate boost among pregnant women who live in rural counties. Amphetamine and opioid use in pregnancy increased substantially over the last decade in the United States, a new Michigan Medicine-led study finds. And a disproportionate rise occurred in…

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Amphetamine-related hospitalizations surge between 2003 and 2015

November 1, 2018

An analysis conducted by Hennepin Healthcare, University of Minnesota School of Public Health and University of Michigan researchers shows amphetamine-related hospitalizations increased more than 270 percent from 2008 to 2015, costing up to $2.17 billion per year. The study was recently published in JAMA Network Open. “It’s worrying,” said Associate Professor and co-author Nathan Shippee.…

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