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HHRI’s Podcast: Y

HHRI’s Podcast: Y

The Y podcast focuses on showcasing research happening at HHRI and the staff who make research happen. We will explore institutional process as well as ongoing projects and keep you up to date on anything you might need to know. If you find yourself asking why then let us know and we can explore that too at Y!

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April 2022: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

We talk with Warren McKinney, HHRI’s new VP for Equity in Research about his new position, his work at HHRI, and how he incorporates research into his own life.  Dr. Israni starts us off with a few institutional updates, including a look to HHRI’s Participation in Open Street Minneapolis. SAVE THE DATES: August 13 and October 1—Join the table with HHRI staff or come by and say “hi!”

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00:00     Intro and Show Summary

00:59     State of the Institution with Dr. Ajay Israni

04:54     Institution Updates

15:08     Talk with Warren McKinney – HHRI’s New VP for Equity in Research

28:28     Outro

March 2022: Women at HHRI

In this episode we take a look at the Woman of HHRI, and talk with a few of them about some of the challenges they have faced, how they overcame it, and what piece of wisdom they wish they would have known sooner. Kim Miller, VP of Operations, starts us off with a few institutional updates. Jambara Qualah fills us in on her story and how the woman in research campaign at HHRI got off the ground. Dr. Japuntich and Mona Shater answer our three questions.

Check out the full Woman in Science Campaign on our website to check out all the great features!

Share your story with us so we can feature you in HHRI’s 70th anniversary celebration!

Have any ideas on what you want to hear about? Let us know by filling out the form above or emailing us at

00:00     Intro and Show Summary

01:28     Institute News with HHRI VP of Operations, Kim Miller

04:45     Media Corner Links

09:50     Chat with Jambara

  • 10:11 Women in Science Campaign origin story
  • 12:09 How has it been working on the Campaign?
  • 13:34 What did you do before coming to HHRI?
  • 16:26 What Barriers did you encounter in your career?
  • 19:36 What do you wish you would have known when you were younger?
  • 22:32 What is coming up next from Communications?
  • 24:21 What was your takeaway from being able to hear and see all these different stories?

26:10     Dr. Sandra Japuntich emailed us!

30:53     Mona Shater from CDRG weighs in through our voicemail box

33:38     Outro

February 2022: Show a Little Love to Yourself!

This Episode focuses on recognizing mental fatigue and burnout in yourself and what resources HHRI has to offer to assist with that. Dr. Ajay Israni talks about our own burnout researcher, Dr. Linzer, and the survey his team is going to help us conduct for our own employees in the coming months. Danielle Hennen, our HR director, joins us to discuss benefits and what is available to all HHRI employees. Carey and Avery want to hear from you for next month's Woman in Science episode!

Do you consider yourself a ‘woman in science’, we want to hear from you! Call us before March 15th at 612-367-6720 to leave a message about your experiences!

Have any ideas on what you want to hear about? Let us know by filling out the form above or emailing us at

HHRI Administrators are not medical professionals.  If you need help:

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255


Employee Assistance Program: 1-800-854-1446

00:00 Intro, Show Summary, and Our Own Changes

03:31 Institute News with HHRI President Dr. Ajay Israni

08:11 Chat with Danielle Hennen

  • 08:17 Intro - How did Danielle end up at HHRI?
  • 12:06 Burnout - What it looks like and some simple steps you might be able to take.
  • 16:03 Discussion of HHRI’s Employee Assistance Programs
    • Call 1-800-854-1446 24/7 for you and your family for a variety of topics including financial counseling and work-life issues
  • 19:18 HHRI Wellness Committee
  • 22:50 Back to burnout! Can I help others if I see anything?
  • 24:08 Specific health insurance coverage
  • 25:03 Thanks Danielle!
  • 26:07 Final Thoughts - Take your vacation!

27:30 HHRI’s 70th Anniversary - we want your story

28:40 Media Corner Links

30:19 Woman In Science - We want to hear from you!

  • By March 15th, please call us and leave a message: (612) 367-6720
  • If you want us to meet instead email us at to set up a time!

32:32 Thanks for listening!

January 2022: Welcome!

Welcome to 2022 and our new HHRI Podcast: Y!  Why do we do research? Why do we do what we do?  Why is my ankle making that noise?  Join us as we navigate today’s cutting-edge research AND researchers at Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute.

In this episode, we hear from Dr. Israni about the state of the institution, learn about recent institute news and future initiatives. We highlight the new IP policy and even a lost package form for anything that is delivered to the docks!

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02:24 President’s Address with Dr. Ajay Israni

07:36 Institution Highlights for January:

11:59 Book Corner: Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou

13:40 Coming Soon for HHRI:

  • 13:41 IT Updates
  • 14:17 Fundraising Highlights: Minority Post-doc Program

15:27 Process Highlight: IP disclosure and updated process. Policy Information Link and Intellectual Property Survey Form

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