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Medical school opens location on First Street in Duluth

The Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team from the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Duluth campus is moving into the former Expert Tire building at 624 E. First St. (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)

From car repair to memory care: The former Expert Tire building on First Street is getting a new tenant.

The Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team from the University of Minnesota Medical School's Duluth campus is moving into the reimagined building at 624 E. First St. Led by Dr. J. Neil Henderson, the research team focuses on vascular dementia in tribal communities.

"Because rural populations are also plagued by dementia and diabetes, the Medical Discovery Team will develop interventions and research to meet the challenges of health disparities among people living their lives far from the resources of urban population centers," according to the medical school. "By prevention and aggressive management of diabetes, the risk of vascular and other dementias that rob people of their memory can be reduced."

The research team is named Memory Keepers as a nod to the role of tribal elders, who are responsible for preserving songs and stories, the school said.

The building was transformed into a mixed-use space last year and now houses several apartments on a new top floor with the recently remodeled office space on the First Street and lower parking lot levels.

More information about the new location is expected early in November.

Brooks Johnson

Brooks covers business and the economy for the Duluth News Tribune.

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