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The Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation (MMRF) is a subsidiary of Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc., and operates as the research arm of Hennepin County Medical Center, an acute care research and teaching hospital in Minneapolis. MMRF is the third-largest nonprofit medical research organization in Minnesota and it ranks in the top seven percent of all institutions receiving research funding from the National Institutes of Health.

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MMRF Awarded Continuation of National Organ Transplant Registry Contract

October 8, 2015 - The Chronic Disease Research Group (CDRG) of the Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation (MMRF) has renewed its federal contract to operate the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR). Among its key functions, the SRTR provides statistical and analytic support to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) for purposes including the formulation and evaluation of organ allocation in the United States. SRTR also reports national transplant data and conducts research on solid-organ transplantation in the U.S.

MMRF manages the SRTR under contract with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The renewal marks the second contract term for the operation of the SRTR to MMRF.

The renewed contract contains a series of optional terms to extend through September 2020. MMRF, a non-profit academic research foundation headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, within the Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) has the third largest nonprofit medical research institution in Minnesota, ranking national in the top 10% of institutions receiving funding from the National Institutes of Health.

CDRG has served as the coordinating center for the Peer Kidney Care Initiative, the United States Renal Data System (USRDS), the Kidney Early Evaluation Program of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF), the North Central Donor Exchange Cooperative (a collaboration between kidney transplant centers in the Upper Midwest), and the CKD (Chronic Kidney Disease) Health Evaluation Risk Information Sharing project conducted by NKF in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDRG has also received international recognition for its analyses of chronic disease states, including chronic kidney disease, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.

The SRTR is directed by Bertram L. Kasiske, MD, FACP, with key assistance from Ajay K. Israni, MD, MS, Jon J. Snyder, PhD, MS and Susan Leppke, MPH. National Senior Staff members with organ-specific expertise and expertise in epidemiology, histocompatibility, biostatistics, economics, and computer modeling of allocation systems help complete the team.

More information about SRTR can be found at

New Grant Awards

New Research Grant Awards
Each month the medical research professionals at HCMC are awarded many medical research grants through MMRF. Click here to view the most recent quarterly report.

Our History, Our Future
MMRF has been conducting medical research and improving patient care since its founding in 1952. Learn about our history and how our mission continues today.

HIV/AIDS Research
Listen as Rachel Prosser, PhD, describes her research at the Positive Care Center and explains the importance of clinical research.

Cardiac Biomarkers Research
In this interview, MMRF researcher Fred Apple, PhD, discussses his work on cardiac biomarkers and why he conducts his research on the Hennepin medical campus.


MMRF earns full accreditation from AAHRPP
MMRF has received full accreditation from the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc., for our efforts to protect human participants in clinical trials.