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Archive for December, 2009

Discovery's Edge — 2 issues at once

Posted on December 22nd, 2009 by Admin

We didn't plan it this way, but because the print edition of Mayo's research magazine appears twice a year and the online version is quarterly, we have the neat situation of publishing twice the number of science stories this season. Here is the rundown for the online features:

Deep Brain Stimulation - It Boggles the Mind
How a Mayo research team of physicians, scientists and engineers are extending treatments for neurological conditions.

Osteoporosis in Men
Brittle bones, breaks and complications – it happens to men as well and in some cases, with more severe results.

Combat Injuries – Regenerating the Nerves
From the battlefield to the laboratory, Mayo researchers are spearheading nerve regeneration research to help combat vets.

Multiple Myeloma and the Genome
A collaborative and team approach aimed at one of the worst types of cancer.

The Spotlight marks the anniversary of Mayo researchers’ role in the fight against tuberculosis in the 1940s.

Our print issue, which we will send you at no cost if you subscribe, includes 30 pages of full color art and images about Mayo research teams and related news. To subscribe to either the print or online version (or both)  go to the Discovery's Edge home page.

Mayo Researchers at Breast Cancer Conference

Posted on December 14th, 2009 by Admin

Mayo Clinic's breast cancer research came in for extra attention recently at the American Association for Cancer Research conference in San Antonio, Texas. Among others, Edith Perez, M.D., conducted a variety of media interviews in addition to her regular presentations on herceptin research. James Ingle, M.D. was also on hand and was featured in an AACR video interview on aromatase inhibitors as adjuvant therapy, that can be viewed here.

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Rochester Epidemiology Project

Posted on December 4th, 2009 by Admin

The Rochester Epidemiology Project (aka one of Minnesota's and the United States' best, yet hardly noticed, medical resources) is trying to raise its visibility. What is the REP? Probably the largest and oldest  population-based medical consortium in the country. Researchers have been answering medical trend questions, characterizing frequencies of diseases and conditions, and tracking key data for, yes, generations now. It's been called Rochester's best guarded secret -- though no one has purposely been trying to keep it so. Now, with the launch of a new web site, we hope its legend looms a bit larger.

The overview on the site is typically modest, I think, when it says the REP is one of the few places in the world to do population-based medical research.  It's one of the top places and one of the most respected. It is the largest of its kind in the nation (did I say that already?) and I suspect if they listed all the research papers generated over the years (instead of just the last few), the site would have to be expanded. Its origins go back to the 1960s, though some of the data go back even further. Congratulations to the REP and the Rochester area community.