The Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation is incorporated
by Dr. Daniel J. Moos, Archie D. Walker, Sr., Dr. Steven A.
Walker, and Dr. Arthur A. Zierold as the Minneapolis General
24, 1957 Dr. Thomas Lowry receives a tentative commitment
for $100,000 from Mr. John B. Hawley, Jr., of the Northern Pump
Company, as matching funds for a research building grant.
1958 Ground breaking for the MMRF's first research
A group led by Dr. Claude Hitchcock begins studying atherosclerosis
and organ transplants (kidney and lungs).
6, 1963 Dr. Claude Hitchcock performs the first kidney
transplant in the midwest.
1963 The MMRF begins the first chronic hemodialysis
program in the state of Minnesota.
The hyperbaric chamber is constructed. The hyperbaric
chamber is an oxygen environment usually three times normal
pressure and four times the normal oxygen concentration used
for the treatment of wounds, gangrene, carbon monoxide poisoning,
nitrogen poisoning, and vascular disorders. The chamber is still
in use today and has the capacity for treating a large number
17, 1970 The world's first bilateral lung transplant
is performed at Hennepin County Medical Center.
Hennepin Faculty Associates (HFA), the physicians' group
for HCMC, is formed and a commitment to research is asserted
formally in the HFA Articles of Incorporation. HFA continues
to generously support the research at MMRF.
18, 1988 26,000 sq. ft. of newly renovated laboratory
space is dedicated as the Claude R. Hitchcock Laboratories.
MMRF is reorganized with a new Board of Directors.
1991 1,000th kidney transplant is performed at HCMC.
1994 10,000 sq. ft. of additional research space
is opened to meet expanding research needs.
1994 MMRF is one of two research centers chosen by
the Office of Alternative Medicine of the National Institutes
of Health to investigate the use of nontraditional medical practices
and document their effectiveness. MMRF's Center for Addiction
and Alternative Medicine Research (CAAMR) is opened to investigate
the use of complementary and alternative medicine in the treatment
of substance abuse.