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Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation

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Minneapolis, Minnesota, US

About Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation

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

MMRF is the third largest medical research non-profit in Minnesota and consistently ranks in the top ten percent nationally of all institutions receiving research grants from the National Institutes of Health. While public monies support a majority of our research, our work would not be possible without the support of corporate and individual donors.

CDRG, a division within MMRF, is an interdisciplinary, clinician-guided biomedical research group committed to the investigation of chronic illnesses to improve public health. We seek to heighten awareness of issues and treatment concerns, affect decisions about patient care, and improve clinical outcomes worldwide. As a nonprofit organization, our strength rests on the integrity of our research practices and our commitment to patient health and well-being.

Selected Publications

-Chavers BM, Molony J, Solid CA, Rheault MN, Collins AJ. One-year mortality rates in US children on dialysis. Am J Nephrol 2015;41:121-128.

  • Colvin M, Miranda-Herrera D, Gustafson SK, Heubner B, Skeans M, Wang X, Snyder JJ, Kasiske BL, Israni AK. Impact of increased time at the highest urgency category on heart transplant outcomes for candidates with ventricular assist devices. J Heart Lung Transplant 2015; S1053-2498:(15)01458.
  • Bovitz T, Gilbertson DT, Herzog CA. Administrative data and the philosopher’s stone: turning heart failure claims data into quantitative assessment of left ventricular ejection fraction. Am J Med. 2016;129:223-225.
    -Chertow GM, Liu J, Monda K, Gilbertson DT, Brookhart MA, Beaubrun A, Winkelmayer WC, Pollack A, Herzog CA, Ashfaq A, Sturmer T, Rothman KJ, Bradbury BD, Collins AJ. Epoetin alfa and outcomes in dialysis patients amid regulatory and payment reform. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2016;27:3129-3138.
    -Gilbertson DT, Bradbury BD, Wetmore JB, Weinhandl ED, Monda KL, Liu J, Brookhart MA, Gustafson SK, Roberts T, Collins AJ, Rothman KJ. Controlling confounding of treatment effects in administrative data in the presence of time-varying baseline confounders. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2016;25:269-277.
    -Molony JT, Monda KL, Li S, Beaubrun A, Gilbertson DT, Bradbury BD, Collins AJ. Effects of epoetin alfa titration practices, implemented after changes to product labeling, on hemoglobin levels, transfusion use, and hospitalization rates. Am J Kidney Dis. 2016;68:266-276.
    -Liu J, Krishnan M, Zhou J, Nieman KM, Peng Y, Gilbertson DT. Data completeness as an unmeasured confounder in dialysis facility performance comparison with 1-year follow-up. Clin Nephrol. 2016;86:262-269.
    -Wetmore JB, Gilbertson DT, Liu J, Collins AJ. Improving outcomes in patients receiving dialysis: the Peer Kidney Care Initiative. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2016;11:1297-1304.
  • Abreo AP, Herzog CA, Kutner NG, Lea J, Johansen KL. Estimated pulmonary artery systolic pressure and self-reported physical function in patients on hemodialysis. Am J Nephrol 2015;41(4-5):313-319.
  • Arnold M, Chu E, Odland RM. Skin Flap Physiology and Wound Healing. Cummings Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Sixth edition. C.V. Mosby Co:St. Louis, MO, 2015;1124-1136.
  • Asinger RW, Shroff GR. Atrial fibrillation and renal function: how high is the price of anticoagulation? J Am Coll Cardiol 2015;65(23):2494-2495.
  • Badejo OA, Chang CC, So-Armah KA, Tracy RP, Baker JV, Rimland D, Butt AA, Gordon AJ, Rinaldo CR Jr, Kraemer K, Samet JH, Tindle HA, Goetz MB, Rodriguez-Barradas MC, Bedimo R, Gibert CL, Leaf DA, Kuller LH, Deeks SG, Justice AC, Freiberg MS. CD8+ T-cells count in acute myocardial infarction in HIV disease in a predominantly male cohort. Bio Med Res Internt 2015;1-5.
  • Bischof JE, Chingsanoon A, Nanthavong P, Vidhamaly S, Leatherman JW. Contained rupture of a tuberculous mycotic aortic aneurysm detected by bedside ultrasound. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2015;192(1):e1-2.

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