About HMRI


HMRI is a nonprofit research organization. Our scientists work together across traditional clinical disciplines to understand the causes of common disease processes, and develop new therapies.

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HMRI is engaged in creative research and clinical study of neurologic, cardiac, gastrointestinal, liver and reproductive disorders. More information can be found on our scientists’ pages.

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HMRI conducts basic and patient-focused research covering a wide spectrum of common disease processes. More information about each program can be found on our research programs page.

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Researcher Spotlight:

Kevin S. King, MD


Kevin obtained his MD from the joint Harvard MIT Health Sciences and Technology program where he also conducted basic neuroscience research as an HHMI fellow. He has a master’s degree in clinical and translational science obtained while an NIH Clinical Scholar at UT Southwestern conducting research with the population based Dallas Heart Study on the relationship between vascular risk factors and brain aging.
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Researcher Spotlight:


James Sonner, MD


Jim studied chemistry as an undergraduate at Harvey Mudd College, receiving a BS in 1981. He had the privilege of spending one of his undergraduate years at Oxford University. After graduating from college, Jim went to Harvard Medical School, where he got his MD. While there, he enjoyed spending some of his time at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, studying Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

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HMRI has a long, storied-tradition of supporting post-doctoral education, most notably with the Boswell Fellowship.

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Speakers Bureau


HMRI investigators can explain their cutting-edge science to lay audiences as well as scientifically sophisticated audiences alike.

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Our research depends on the generosity of individuals and institutions. We encourage designating gifts to specific programs.

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Huntington Medical Research Institutes


Huntington Medical Research Institutes (HMRI) is an independent, non-profit organization located in Pasadena, California.


Since its beginnings in 1952, HMRI research has led to the development of diagnostics and medical devices that impact many patients worldwide.  HMRI is Pasadena’s only dedicated medical research institute, with robust research programs focused on diseases of the brain, heart, liver and gut.  With more than 47,000 square feet of research space, HMRI’s physician-scientists bring deep clinical experience into the laboratories to inform basic research and clinical studies including active clinical studies in neurodegenerative disease, hepatitis and heart failure.


To learn more about what makes HMRI thrive, read a published article in California Healthcare News by Marie Csete, MD, PhD, President and Chief Scientist of Huntington Medical Research Institutes.

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