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About Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute

About Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute

On August 1, 2018, the Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation (MMRF) officially changed its name to Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI), which is still a subsidiary of Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc.  We changed our name to better demonstrate the alignment of our mission with our parent and affiliate organizations.  Watch the name change kickoff video

HHRI video

At the Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI), we have been actively investigating the causes of and potential treatments for diseases since 1952. We support and oversee the medical research conducted at HCMC, the flagship acute care and teaching hospital of the Hennepin Healthcare System in downtown Minneapolis.  In an academic environment that emphasizes patient care, research, and teaching, HHRI helps offer patients better care now and hope for improved healthcare in the future.

HHRI is one of the largest medical research nonprofits in Minnesota and consistently ranks in the top ten percent nationally of all institutions receiving research grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). While public monies support a majority of our research, our work would not be possible without the support of corporate and individual donors.

Our Mission

Improving patient care and the health of our community through research and education.

Our Vision

A dynamic and responsive organization that serves the community through scientific excellence.

Our Values

  • Innovation – Discovering high-impact solutions that promote health.
  • Perseverance – Pursuing the answers to our questions wherever they lead.
  • Teamwork – Creating meaningful partnerships with those who share our values.


HHRI has undergone a rigorous process to earn accreditation from the leading, independent organizations that accredit institutions that conduct medical research trials on human subjects—the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP), and animal subjects—the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC). Earning accreditation from these organizations is indicative of our commitment to maintaining the highest level of ethical standards and practices in our medical research programs.

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