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COVID-19 Immune Therapy and Immunology

Those who have healed, helping those who are healing

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatically destructive effect on the social, economic, and physical health of our global society. With a tradition of excellence in clinical research, extensive experience treating under-served populations, and unparalleled expertise in critical care, Hennepin Healthcare is ideally suited to respond to this crisis.

In collaboration with the Mayo Clinic, Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI) seeks to engage in a clinical protocol utilizing convalescent plasma as a therapeutic treatment for seriously ill COVID-19 patients.

Convalescent plasma has appeared to be of benefit for the treatment of certain infectious diseases, including infections from respiratory viruses like influenza. This clinical protocol seeks to understand if a similar benefit can be derived in response to COVID- 19.

One of the ways that people fight off infectious diseases is by developing antibodies that lead to the destruction of the invading microorganism. The antibodies are present in the blood, and more specifically in the liquid portion of the blood called plasma. People who have recovered from being recently infected can donate their plasma which can then be given to individuals who are infected with the virus in order to try to help their immune system eliminate it.

Taking into account the preliminary data available on the possible benefit of COVID-19 plasma along with the relative lack of other readily available therapeutic options for this severe and life-threatening disease, the launch of this clinical protocol is an urgent and important need.

The unique role Hennepin plays as a backbone institution in the community underscores the importance of a rapid response. Your support will help to unlock the puzzle of treating this disease, helping countless families and communities regain their strength and vitality. Together, we are more than scientists – we are compassionate clinicians working to help our neighbors live their fullest lives. Please join in the fight.

Thank you for your interest in convalescent plasma donation and joining our mission, and our partner, Memorial Blood Center's mission to save lives.

Please read the donor qualifications and fill out the form linked below on Memorial Blood Center's website.

  1. You have a lab-confirmed positive test for COVID-19 virus, OR a positive recovery test showing immunity
  2. Your symptoms have been gone for at least 14 days
  3. You are willing to donate plasma (you will be contacted to ensure you meet FDA donor eligibility requirements)

If you meet the qualifications, please click here to fill out the form to become a donor.

Mail-in contributions

Hennepin Healthcare Foundation

Plasma Project

701 Park Avenue, LSB3

Minneapolis, MN 55415


Chad Boysen, Director of Development

[email protected]


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