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Mayo Clinic Hosts Young Investigator Research Symposium

Posted on March 27th, 2010 by Admin

Mayo Clinic is hosting its inaugural Young Investigator Research Symposium on Sunday and Monday, March 28-29, 2010.

The event is designed to provide residents and fellows, postdoctoral fellows, students and junior faculty with opportunities to learn more about the conduct of basic and clinical research. A variety of subjects related to research and academic development will be addressed by experts in the field. Participants were invited to present their research work at the poster session. The symposium provides outstanding opportunities for research career development in a friendly, constructive environment.

Session topics include:

  • Accelerating Bench to Bedside Product Development
  • Research Careers, Academia/Industry
  • How to Start a Clinical Research Career
  • Patent Law and Intellectual Property
  • Starting Your Own Research Lab
  • The Grant Game at the National Institutes of Health
  • Work Life Balance
  • Manuscript Writing
  • Presentation Skills for Physicians and Researchers
  • Mentoring
  • Bench to Bedside - Clinical Perspectives
  • Preparing Yourself for Research
  • Research in the Information Age
  • Individualized Medicine

The conference will close with a Keynote from Bruce Alberts, Ph.D., from the University of California San Francisco, entitled "Biology Past & Biology Future: Where Have We Been & Where are We Going?"

Leah Villegas, Ph.D., chair of the steering committee for the symposium, describes anticipated highlights of the event, including the opportunity for participants to present their research in a Sunday afternoon poster session:


Mayo Aging Research Conference Set

Posted on March 25th, 2010 by Admin

International experts on the aging process will be converging on a small river town in Minnesota this  summer. From the Netherlands and the UK, from Harvard Square and San Antonio they will come to Red Wing to share recent findings on why and how we age. The First Annual Mayo Clinic Robert and Arlene Kogod Center on Aging Conference will pair clinicians and researchers in a four-day forum, June 17-20. Topics range from a molecular approach to studying frailty to cellular senescence. For more information contact Space is limited to the first 100 registrants.

Mayo Research Leader Honored for Diabetes Work

Posted on March 25th, 2010 by Admin

Robert Rizza, M.D., will be honored by the American Diabetes Association for his scientific contributions to the field. He will receive the Banting Medal for Scientific Achievement in ceremonies in June. The Banting Medal is named for Sir Frederick Banting, the Canadian Nobel laureate and co-discoverer of insulin as a diabetes therapy. Dr. Rizza was selected for this highest ADA science award for his research contributions, specifically the understanding of the pathophysiology and treatment of diabetes. Dr. Rizza is a former president of the ADA, as well as Executive Dean of Research at Mayo and former Chair of Endocrinology. The Banting Medal will be presented at the ADA 2010 National Achievement Awards event in Orlando.

Mayo Ranked Highest Value by Postdocs

Posted on March 8th, 2010 by Admin

Every year the magazine The Scientist conducts a reader response survey on the best places to work, including reactions on the best place to do a postdoctoral fellowship. The survey is based solely on reader response, as the editors explain:

"The Scientist posted a Web-based questionnaire and invited readers of The Scientist and registrants on The Scientist web site who identified themselves as non-tenured life scientists working in academia or other non-commercial research organizations to respond. We received 3,105 usable responses."  - survey methodology from The Scientist.Com    The survey includes universities, academic medical centers, science foundations and corporations.

This year Mayo Clinic ranked 10th nationally  in the Best Places to Work for Postdocs. That's up from 24th last year.  In the breakdown of strengths, Mayo was considered number one in the value of the experience one received from completing a fellowship here and third overall in terms of employment benefits. This seems to underscore the traffic we experience on our postdoc jobs page - it's one of the top visited sections of Mayo's research web site.  For insights on doing a postdoc at Mayo, visit the Mayo Research Fellows Association.