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Why is medical research important?

The high quality of medical care we enjoy today is built upon years of effort by physicians, physician-scientists, PhDs, and other medical professionals investigating the causes of and potential treatments for disease. The tireless effort of these professionals has made many once life-threatening diseases and conditions just a memory.

However, there is still much work to be done. Insights provided by medical research today promise to lessen the impact of our greatest health problems, including diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. As science continues to unravel the molecular workings that underpin disease, we will see profound changes in the approach to treatments.

MMRF researchers are at the forefront in this revolution in medical knowledge. To capitalize on the advances that have been made in our understanding of disease, a majority of our research projects are translational in nature. Translational research seeks to take the medical discoveries that have been made in a laboratory setting and move them into medical practices that can be used by physicians to improve the lives of their patients.

When you support medical research, you are helping to build the future of medicine. With the partnership of individual and corporate donors, we are able to make significant headway in advancing medical knowledge and improving patient care.

Our philanthropic partner, the Hennepin Health Foundation (HHF), offers many ways you can support medical research. HHF supports the mission and goals of MMRF and Hennepin County Medical Center and provides an avenue for individuals and organizations to support our programs and services.