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Patient Advocacy

Patient Advocacy

Hennepin Healthcare and the Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI) are committed to protecting research participants and the community by conducting scientifically and ethically sound research and ensuring individuals’ safety, rights and welfare are safeguarded.

We maintain the highest ethical standards and quality in our research. Our programs are compliant with strict federal regulations and are subject to oversight by governing bodies charged with protecting all people involved in clinical research.

Additionally, HHRI has undergone a rigorous process to earn accreditation by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP). Earning AAHRPP accreditation confirms our commitment to protecting research volunteers.


Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The Human Subjects Research Committee is the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for HHRI and the Hennepin Healthcare System (HHS).  Institutional Review Boards are entrusted by the federal government with protecting the rights and welfare of people who take part in research.  All research that involves humans at Hennepin Healthcare or that is conducted by its faculty must get approval from the HSRC before it can proceed.

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AAHRPP Accreditation

Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute has undergone a rigorous process to earn accreditation from the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP), a leading, independent organization that accredits institutions that conduct medical research trials involving people. AAHRPP accreditation indicates Hennepin Healthcare's commitment to maintaining the highest level of ethical standards and practices in our medical research programs.

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How Are You Protected? AAHRPP Accreditation

AAHRPP promotes research excellence by offering accreditation to organizations that commit to high standards for research ethics and safety. Our AAHRPP accreditation provides an added assurance of quality for research participants and partners.

As an AAHRPP-accredited organization, we build protections for research participants into every study we conduct. In addition to complying with government regulations for research involving people, we go a step above and beyond by meeting all AAHRPP accreditation requirements, which are considered the worldwide gold standard.

Research Community Resources

Learn more about how Hennepin Healthcare has been working with independent community boards to bring more transparency to how and why we conduct medical studies and how we serve the community.

Questions, Complaints, or Feedback

The Human Research Protection Program welcomes your questions, concerns, and/or feedback.

If you are a research participant and would like to discuss problems, concerns, or questions about a study, or your rights as a participant in a research study with someone other than the study Principal Investigator, please contact the Hennepin Healthcare Human Research Protection Office (HRPO).

Anyone can submit feedback, including research participants, family members, or others. To offer feedback about your experience in a research study or provide suggestions for the Human Research Protection Program, please contact us at, (612) 873-6881 or complete the online Feedback Form:

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