Research

Axis Medical Center is one of the most consequential research institutions of its size in the state. Currently, it boasts two clinical research investigations drawing state and national attention.

Resident provider Dr. Zahra Roble recently completed a study of the prevalence of Helicobacter pylori infection in among Minnesota immigrants from East Africa, and and particularly those from Somalia. Dr. Roble brought several times more data to this study than any previous study, and, in the process, corrected key misconceptions and significant shortcomings in the medical establishment’s understanding of H pylori among this population. This presents the kind of research for which Axis is, and will continue to be, uniquely situation to conduct, given its patient population.

Dr. Jonathan James has collaborated with the Minnesota Department of Health on an important clinical study on Inflicted Traumatic Brain Injury (sometimes known as Shaken Baby Syndrome) among infants. The importance of this research lies in the numbers: Two-Thirds of all pediatric head injuries, and more than nine in ten intracranial injuries, can be connected to child maltreatment. In infants the numbers attributed to fatal traumatic brain injury are 6-fold the number who will succumb to HIV/Aids, and 20-fold the mortality associated with asthma. 40% of hospitalized survivors following a traumatic brain injury will suffer long term disability including neurologic, psychiatric, cognitive and motor impairments.

For this research, Dr. James has analyzed every single piece of data since the enactment of Minnesota Statute 144.574 in 2006 prescribing educational materials to new parents on the consequences of shaking a baby, intended to reduce the number of ITBIs. The results of his research has attracted the attention of policy makers within the Minnesota State Legislature and set in motion important legislative public health reforms.

Axis Medical Center will continue to punch above its weight in research with the development of its new Research & Education Center.