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Why Research Matters to Me

Research Highlights


Hitting the mark, setting standards for lifesaving care

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 efficiently and quickly to patients to ensure the best outcomes.

Most recently, HCMC’s ED and MICU were among 17 sites that participated in a study comparing tracheal intubation using video guidance to the traditional use of a direct laryngoscope for 1,417 patients throughout the United States. The DEVICE (DirEct Versus VIdeo LaryngosCopE) trial, published in the New England Journal of Medicine in August 2023, found that on first attempt, video guidance for intubation was extremely effective and more successful than the traditional approach. Using a video device became increasingly necessary during COVID and now continues.

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

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 the Twin Cities to participate in a five-year study of brain health, memory and thinking (cognitive) abilities. Participants will help researchers identify potential risk factors associated with memory and thinking problems, dementia, and general health including heart health in the Black community.

HHRI is currently in need of study participants.

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Quit Smoking

Hennepin Healthcare investigators study game to help people quit smoking

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 by researchers at Hennepin Healthcare. Players commit to quit smoking over four weeks and bet $30 on themselves, which goes into the pot. Players then receive a free breath testing device to track their progress every day. At the end, all the players who have managed to quit win back their bet plus a profit as they split the pot with the other winners. Winners typically double their money while quitting smoking.

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Investigator Spotlights

Dr. Casey Dorr featured in the Bemidji Pioneer

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 pursue careers in the field.…

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

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 knew I had big interest…

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

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 to follow regulations that protect…

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Emergency Research Studies

Public notification of emergency research studies being conducted at Hennepin Healthcare 

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