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MMRF Earns AAHRPP Accreditation

AAHRPP SealMinneapolis, MN, March 16, 2011 – The Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation (MMRF) at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) is pleased to announce that it has earned full accreditation from the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP). Accreditation from AAHRPP indicates that an organization has consistently demonstrated a high level of ethical standards and practices when conducting research involving human subjects.

AAHRPP’s accreditation process is a voluntary program that sets uniform, high standards that exceed minimal federal requirements for clinical research. To be accredited by AAHRPP, organizations must provide tangible evidence – through policies, procedures, practices, and peer review – of their commitment to scientifically and ethically sound research and to continuous improvement.

“Discovering new information through scientific research and using it to improve the health of our patients and community are fundamental to the missions of HCMC and MMRF. Our newly acquired AAHRPP accreditation shows that our institution and its investigators adhere to the highest community standards for assuring the privacy and well-being of those participating in our clinical research studies.” said Paul Pentel, MD, MMRF President.

With accreditation from AAHRPP, MMRF joins a premier group of just 230 organizations worldwide that have received AAHRPP accreditation.

About MMRF
MMRF has 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.

MMRF is the third largest medical research non-profit in Minnesota. In an academic environment that emphasizes patient care, research, and teaching, MMRF helps offer patients better care now and hope for improved health care in the future.

AAHRPP promotes high-quality research through an accreditation process that helps organizations worldwide strengthen their human research protection programs.

An independent, non-profit accrediting body, AAHRPP uses a voluntary, peer-driven, educational model to ensure that HRPPs meet rigorous standards for quality and protection. To earn accreditation, organizations must provide tangible evidence-through policies, procedures, and practices-of their commitment to scientifically and ethically sound research and to continuous improvement.

As the "gold seal," AAHRPP accreditation offers assurances – to research participants, researchers, sponsors, government regulators, and the general public – that a human research protection program is focused first and foremost on excellence.