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August 18th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Scientists As Caregivers

By Bob Nellis

Not long ago I had the pleasure of witnessing one of those not infrequent moments around here, when patients get together with caregivers to say thank you.

Patients and their families find different ways of doing this, from cards and letters to homemade gifts as well as hugs and shout outs on social media. And on the receiving end, the physicians and nurses and technicians certainly appreciate it. This situation was slightly different. The physician in charge of the woman’s case held the celebration, a very nice dinner, but of the majority of people that Stacy Erholtz thanked that evening, only a handful were physicians. In fact, most of the audience was not from the clinical areas. They were laboratory scientists. And yes, they [...]

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Tags: biomedical research, MD, measles virus, multiple myeloma, oncolytic virus, PhD, Stacy Erholtz, Stephen Russell

July 22nd, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Dr. Younkin Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

By Bob Nellis

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Presenting some new Alzheimer's discoveries wasn't the only high point for Mayo Clinic researchers in Copenhagen recently at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference. On July 14 Steven Younkin, M.D., Ph.D., was awarded the Khalid Iqbal Lifetime Achievement Award for his years of research on the disease.

Dr. Younkin is Professor of Neuroscience at Mayo Clinic’s campus in Jacksonville, Florida. Before being recruited to Mayo in 1995, he was professor of Pharmacology and Pathology at Case Western Reserve University. Then he began research focused on the role of the amyloid beta protein in Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Younkin’s current research focuses on the complex genetics of Alzheimer’s, seeking to identify effective, disease-modifying therapeutic approaches.

Khalid Iqbal, Ph.D. cofounded [...]

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Tags: AAIC, Alzheimer's, Alzheimer's disease, Florida, Lifetime Achievement Award, Mayo Clinic, neuroscience, research, Steven Younkin

July 10th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Using Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis in Patient Care

By Bob Nellis

 

M. Hassan Murad, M.D.

M. Hassan Murad, M.D.

A team of international experts led by a Mayo Clinic researcher has published in the Journal of the American Medical Association a guide for clinicians who are interested in using systematic reviews and meta-analysis in clinical decision making. This article is the latest in the well-known series of users’ guides to the medical literature that JAMA started publishing in the mid 1990s and is highly sought after by clinicians who want to learn and practice evidence based medicine. “When searching for evidence to answer a clinical question, it’s better to seek a systematic review, especially one that includes a meta-analysis,” [...]

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Tags: JAMA, Mayo Clinic, Mayo Clinic research, medical literature, meta analysis, peer reviewed publications

June 30th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo's 22 in "Highly Cited Researchers"

By Bob Nellis

One of the factors in determining the impact a researcher has in the world of science is the number of times that papers by that individual are cited in other peer-reviewed articles. The assumption is that if a discovery is significant, more researchers will use it as a basis for advancing their own research and therefore will be compelled to reference it. Highly Cited Researchers is a compilation of such top researchers -- published  by Thomson Reuters -- across the breadth of research, including physical and life sciences, mathematics and engineering. The count is divided up into groups by subfield so the publication lists 3,000 names across all of science, globally. It spans the decade from 2002-2012 and counts the number of citations in [...]

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Tags: Highly Cited Researchers, Mayo Clinic research, peer reviewed publications, Thomson Reuters

June 24th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Medical Genomics is an increasing part of the biosciences

By Bob Nellis

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Dr. Eric Wieben, Mayo's Center for Individualized Medicine and Jenn Pettit, State of Minnesota, discuss clinomics at BIO 2014.

It was only a decade ago that people were asking us how to pronounce "genomics."  I kid you not. Media had questioned the usefulness of the human genome without asking the right questions of the right organizations. Today the application of a the wide-ranging benefits of genomic knowledge is occupying increasing numbers of institutions around the world. Mayo Clinic has long been a pioneer in pharmacogenomics (choosing the right drug, at the right dose, for the right patient) and is now translating genomic tools into everyday use through clinics (check out Mayo's Individualized [...]

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Tags: BIO 2014, clinomics, individualized Medicine clinic, Mayo Clinic, medical genomics

June 24th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

University of Minnesota and Rochester Headline BIO Gathering

By Bob Nellis

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University of Minnesota Vice President for Research Brian Herman greets the crowd and is about to make Rochester Mayor Adell Brede an honorary U of Mn alum.

International researchers, company executives and government leaders networked for three hours as part of the Minnesota reception, kicking off the weeklong BIO 2014 conference in San Diego this week. The close association among private and public entities in the state always seems to be of interest to people. Mayo Clinic, the University of Minnesota, the state's Department of Employment and Economic Development and Business Sweden were the sponsors of the event. Networking and connecting with people from Scandinavia to China is important when finding research [...]

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Tags: Ardell Brede, BIO 2014, Mark Ritchie, Mayo Clinic, State of Minnesota

June 24th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo and MInnesota Talk Research at BIO 2014

By Bob Nellis

Getting the word out at BIO: (l-r) Gary Smith, Rochester Economic Development; Jamie Rothe, Destination Medical Center/Mayo Clinic; Rochester Mayo Ardell Brede.

Getting the word out at BIO: (l-r) Gary Smith, Rochester Economic Development; Jamie Rothe, Destination Medical Center/Mayo Clinic; Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede.

The San Diego Convention Center looks like the United Nations this week, but the common language is bioscience. BIO 2014 is in full swing, with roughly 17,000 people in the building. That’s my estimate; others vary. The Minnesota pavilion is showcasing the bioscience industries in the state as well as the University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic. Vice President for Research, Brian Herman was on hand, as was Secretary [...]

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Tags: BIO 2014, biosciences, biotechnology, Mark Ritchie, Mayo Clinic, Mayo research, University of Minnesota

June 19th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Plastic Surgery Resident Wins 1st Prize for Best Clinical Research Presentation

By Bob Nellis

Sebastian Winocour, M.D.

Sebastian Winocour, M.D.

Mayo Clinic plastic surgery resident Sebastian Winocour, M.D., has won first prize for Best Clinical Research Presentation at the Midwestern Association of Plastic Surgeons  annual meeting in Chicago.

Dr. Winocour presented findings of a Mayo surgical quality improvement study aimed at preventing the death of skin on the breast, called breast skin necrosis, after mastectomy with breast reconstruction. Necrosis can resolve on its own or require reoperation, another breast reconstruction surgery and/or a different reconstruction method.

As part of the study, surgeons were informed of their rates [...]

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Tags: Amy Degnim, Breast Cancer, breast cancer reconstruction, breast reconstruction, mastectomy, Mayo Clinic, necrosis, Sebastian Winocour, surgery, surgical outcomes, Valerie Lemaine

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