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HHRI News & Press Releases

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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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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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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Dr Olutayo Alese

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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Quit Smoking

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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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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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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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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Thank you to Dr. Jason Baker for his exceptional dedication and service as HHRI Vice President

January 27, 2022

Jason Baker, MD, MS, recently stepped down as Vice President of Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI). Dr. Baker began his tenure as VP in January 2015 when the institute was the Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation and served in the role until December 2021. During this time, Dr. Baker was instrumental…

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Dr Casey Dorr

Casey Dorr joins CTSI to co-direct its summer programs

December 16, 2021

(University of Minnesota) — Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute investigator Casey Dorr, PhD, has joined the University of Minnesota’s Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) to co-direct its two summer training programs: the Pathways to Research Program (PReP) and the Advanced Pathways to Research Program (A-PReP).  PReP provides an opportunity for students from populations…

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HHRI studying tele-psychotherapy vs. tele-yoga for depression

December 10, 2021

Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI) has been approved for $1.4 million of an $8.7 million award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to study the efficacy of Hatha Yoga as a treatment for depression. Co-PIs Louisa Sylvia, PhD, of Massachusetts General Hospital (Harvard Medical School) and Lisa Uebelacker, PhD,…

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CDC study including Hennepin County data finds that people experiencing homelessness had significantly lower vaccination coverage compared to all residents living in the same area

December 6, 2021

In consultation with public health and housing assistance partners, CDC identified six urban, public health jurisdictions, including Hennepin County, with data on COVID-19 vaccination coverage among people experiencing homelessness. The vaccination data was reported between December 13, 2020 and August 31, 2021. The vaccination coverage and population size for the…

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Dr Kate Diaz Vickery

Dr. Kate Vickery’s research highlighted by CTSI

December 1, 2021

Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI) investigator Kate Diaz Vickery, MD, MSc, was featured in a spotlight for the University of Minnesota’s Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) 10th anniversary. Dr. Vickery is the Co-Director of the Health, Homelessness, and Criminal Justice lab. CTSI highlighted Dr. Vickery and nine other researchers for…

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Hennepin Healthcare System is one of AARP 2021 Quality Measure Innovation Grant Award Winners

November 12, 2021

Hennepin Healthcare System was one of the two organizations to win the 2021 AARP Quality Measures Innovation Grant. The announcement was made virtually at the Gerontological Society of America’s 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting. Hennepin Healthcare System received a $150,000 grant to develop innovative health quality measures to enhance patient care…

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Increasing Trust is Key to Addressing the COVID-19 Pandemic and Other Threats to Health

November 9, 2021

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to threaten the health of communities worldwide, researchers say that patients’ trust in the medical profession has never been more important as the health care community seeks to administer COVID vaccines en masse. Patients’ trust in the medical profession – and clinicians’ trust in their…

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Dr Bart Suicide Prevention

Dr. Bart Studies Taking Suicide Prevention into Primary Care Settings

October 27, 2021

The opioid epidemic continues to destroy the nation. In 2020, the number of drug overdose deaths increased to approximately 93,000, including about 69,500 deaths involving opioid drugs. Unfortunately, suicide, a second epidemic, also claims tens of thousands of lives each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 45,000 people…

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