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October 8th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Photon counting CT Scanner makes research debut

By Bob Nellis

The arrival of a new CT scanner at Mayo Clinic is not usually worthy of a ribbon cutting ceremony, but this isn’t your ordinary scanner. Destined solely for research, the first photon-counting-detector-based spectral CT  to be put into service anywhere was recently delivered to Mayo’s Radiology Research Division. Obtained through a grant from the National […]

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Tags: atherosclerosis, imaging, Mayo Clinic research, radiology, radiology research, Siemens


September 10th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic and Karolinska Institutet Celebrate 20 years

By Bob Nellis

It’s been two decades since researchers from Mayo began annual scientific meetings with their counterparts at Karolinska, which is one of the top medical universities in Europe and the world. Beginning with investigators studying  metabolism issues, the relationship grew to include educational exchanges, many other medical disciplines and even organizational and planning sessions. Upwards of […]

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Tags: education, Karolinska institute, Mayo Clinic, partnerships, Research, Sweden


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 […]

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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

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. […]

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


June 24th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Medical Genomics is an increasing part of the biosciences

By Bob Nellis

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 […]

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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

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 […]

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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

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 […]

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


May 6th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Mayo Clinic Rheumatologist Joins Rheumatology Research Foundation Leadership

By Bob Nellis

  A Mayo Clinic rheumatologist  has been named vice president of the Rheumatology Research Foundation, a nonprofit organization that funds research and training to advance the treatment of rheumatic diseases. As vice president, Eric Matteson, M.D. , rheumatology chair at Mayo in Rochester, Minn., will serve on the foundation’s board of directors for two years. Dr. […]

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Tags: Eric Matteson, MD, Research, rheumatology, Rochester


May 6th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Touring Exhibit – Watch for it this year

By Bob Nellis

Keep a lookout for this rig. It may pass you on the Interstate this year as it winds its way through 50 locations across the country and Canada. It’s in Minnesota at the moment — all week, in fact — as we observe Mayo’s 150th year. Designed to tell the Mayo story of patient care, […]

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Tags: Mayo Clinic


May 6th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Register for Individualizing Medicine 2014 – Don’t miss out

By Bob Nellis

Make plans now to attend Mayo Clinic’s third annual Individualizing Medicine Conference this fall in Rochester, Minnesota. This is the conference where you can learn about the latest in medical genomics and how it is being translated into medical practice. I always say it’s where doctors learn what their patients are going to be asking them […]

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Tags: epigenomics, genomics, Individualized Medicine, Mayo Clinic, medical genomics, microbiome, pharmacogenomics