Chronic Disease Research Group

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Key Researcher

David T Gilbertson, PhD

Dr. Gilbertson is the Co-Director of the Chronic Disease Research Group (CDRG)

Dr. Gilbertson bio

Prior to becoming Co-Director in 2014, he served as Director of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, since joining CDRG in 2000. His current professional interests include the application of multi-state models to observational epidemiologic analyses, the use of causal inference techniques such as marginal structural models, and other methods of addressing time-varying confounding when using administrative health care claims data.

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Key Researcher

Kirsten L. Johansen, MD

Dr. Kirsten Johansen joined HCMC as Chief of Nephrology, and is also the Co-Director of CDRG.

Dr. Johansen bio

Dr. Johansen's research focus is patient-oriented research among patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and end-stage renal disease (ESRD). In particular, she studies the pathogenesis of debility and evaluates therapeutic strategies to improve functional status in patients on dialysis, addressing these issues through several lines of investigation, including primary data collection through cohort and interventional studies and through use of national data available through the United States Renal Data System (USRDS). Mentoring is also an important focus for Dr. Johansen, and she holds a K24 to support her mentoring efforts.

Chronic Disease Research Group

The Chronic Disease Research Group (CDRG), a division of the Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute, is an interdisciplinary research group whose work focuses on answering questions related to the experiences of patients with chronic diseases. Chronic diseases result in long-term and permanent disability for millions of Americans, with serious quality-of-life consequences for them and their families, and with enormous economic consequences for individuals, health plans, and the country.

CDRG collaborates with sponsors to raise awareness on issues and treatment concerns that affect patient care and improve clinical outcomes. As a nonprofit organization, CDRG’s strength rests on the integrity of their research practices and their commitment to patient health and well-being.

Background

CDRG was founded in 1995 as Nephrology Analytical Services (NAS). Since then its research agenda has expanded beyond kidney disease to include other chronic conditions. Clinical specialists in cardiovascular disease, bone mineral disorders, dementia, diabetes, nephrology, oncology and transplantation work with epidemiologists and biostatisticians to analyze disease conditions. The CDRG research team evaluates the effects of these conditions on morbidity, mortality, quality of life, healthcare costs and medication utilization.

 

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Gilbertson Dave#349

Key Researcher

David T. Gilbertson, PhD

Dr. Gilbertson is the Co-Director of the Chronic Disease Research Group (CDRG)

Dr. Gilbertson bio

Prior to becoming Co-Director in 2014, he served as Director of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, since joining CDRG in 2000. His current professional interests include the application of multi-state models to observational epidemiologic analyses, the use of causal inference techniques such as marginal structural models, and other methods of addressing time-varying confounding when using administrative health care claims data.

Kirsten Johansen-300dpi

Key Researcher

Kirsten L. Johansen, MD

Dr. Kirsten Johansen joined HCMC as Chief of Nephrology, and is also the Co-Director of CDRG

Dr. Johansen bio

Dr. Johansen's research focus is patient-oriented research among patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and end-stage renal disease (ESRD). In particular, she studies the pathogenesis of debility and evaluates therapeutic strategies to improve functional status in patients on dialysis, addressing these issues through several lines of investigation, including primary data collection through cohort and interventional studies and through use of national data available through the United States Renal Data System (USRDS). Mentoring is also an important focus for Dr. Johansen, and she holds a K24 to support her mentoring efforts.

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