Neuropsychiatric Research Institute and Sanford Health merge

Fargo, North Dakota, organization to operate as Sanford Research

By: Nadine Aljets .

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FARGO, N.D. –- The Neuropsychiatric Research Institute (NRI) in Fargo and Sanford Health have finalized an agreement to become one organization, combining NRI with Sanford Research.

NRI will now have access to Sanford Health clinical resources, which will allow for expanded clinical and translational research to enhance potential treatments for patients.

“By partnering with Sanford, we are able to advance the work we are doing to help make a significant difference for people,” said Dr. Stephen Wonderlich, NRI’s president and scientific director, who will now be a vice president of Sanford Research in Fargo. “We are proud to become a part of an organization that is making strides in health care advancements, treatments and cures.”

The partnership also expands Sanford Health’s research efforts, with a goal of establishing a major research program in Fargo.

“This is just the beginning for our vision of expanded research capabilities and opportunities in Fargo,” said Nate White, Sanford Fargo executive vice president. “The addition of NRI’s talented research staff to our Sanford Research team will help accelerate discovery for the health care treatments of the future.”

NRI was established in 1955 and has shared resources and collaborated closely with Sanford Health (and previously MeritCare) since 1961. Over the past 20 years, NRI has focused on eating disorders, obesity and outcomes of bariatric surgery.

“We’re excited to combine NRI’s innovative research with the outstanding programs we’ve built at Sanford Research. This is an opportunity for both organizations to grow and develop in new directions,” Dr. Dave Pearce, Sanford Research executive vice president.

NRI’s employees will join Sanford. They will continue to work from the same location in downtown Fargo at 120 Eighth St. S.

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