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December 15th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Plugs Into Drug Discovery

By Bob Nellis

The research laboratory of Mayo Clinic pediatric oncologist Richard J. Bram, M.D., Ph.D., was enjoying the kind of success many researchers hope for. His team in Rochester, Minnesota, had long been interested in studying brain tumors, particularly those in children. “They’re the second most common malignancy in children, but the development of cures has lagged,” […]

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Tags: biomarkers, cancer, Center for Individualized Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Research


December 9th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

nuSURF Students Best Advocates for Science

By Bob Nellis

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships are awarded every year to deserving students who are interested in exploring specific topics in research. The goal, in addition to learning alongside professional medical researchers, is to determine if the students are truly interested in persuing research as a career. The students do everything a scientist does, including presenting findings […]

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Tags: Mayo Clinic, Research, science education, Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows, SURF


December 4th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Biomarker Discovery: Staying One Step Ahead of Cancer

By Bob Nellis

Four researchers at Mayo Clinic combined their talents to spur a “bedside to bench” movement that takes the issues they face in the clinic back to the laboratory in the hopes of discovering biomarkers to help specific patients facing difficult medical problems. George Vasmatzis, Ph.D., co-director of Mayo Clinic’s Biomarker Discovery Program in the Center […]

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Tags: biomarkers, cancer, Center for Individualized Medicine, Discovery's Edge, Research, Rochester


November 13th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Researchers Seek Solutions for Treatment Resistant Depression

By Bob Nellis

Editor’s note: The following post is by Susannah Tye, Ph.D., researcher in Mayo’s Department of Psychiatry and Psychology. She and her team will be presenting at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in Washington, D.C. next week. An important issue in the treatment of depression is development of new and effective treatments for those patients that […]

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Tags: depression, Mayo Clinic, psychiatry, Research, Rochester, Society for Neuroscience, Treatment resistant depression


September 10th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

New Sickle Cell Disease Guidelines from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

By Bob Nellis

A team of international experts including M. Hassan Murad, M.D., Mayo Clinic Preventive Medicine and Mayo Clinic Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, has published new clinical guidelines for treatment of sickle cell disease (SCD) in this week’s Journal of the American Medical Association. Sickle cell disease is an inherited blood disorder […]

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Tags: guidelines, JAMA, Research, sickle cell


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


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 […]

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


April 29th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Rochester Epidemiology Project: A Boon for Researchers and Patients

By Bob Nellis

   With its origins dating back to the early days of the Mayo Clinic, the Rochester Epidemiology Project is the medical resource behind discoveries that have affected patients around the globe. It’s been treasured by researchers and funded by the National Institutes of Health for nearly 50 years. Data collected from several generations of patients […]

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Tags: Epidemiology, Mayo Clinic, medical population studies, Medical Research, Olmsted County, Olmsted Medical Center, patient records, Research, Rochester Epidemiology Project


April 16th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

The Road to Discovery Runs through Mayo’s Clinical Research Unit

By Bob Nellis

The road to developments that change medicine is jammed with great ideas.  It meanders like a mountain trail in the early stages with many ideas failing and being discarded.  But once an innovative medical breakthrough reaches the point of clinic research, the road runs straight as a Midwest highway through a patient-study unit nestled in […]

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April 7th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Cancer Researchers Begin Blog Series on Cures for Kidney Cancer

By Bob Nellis

    We’re Drs. Winston Tan and John “Al” Copland and we collaborate in pursuit of cures for kidney cancer.  Winston is a Mayo Clinic physician oncologist who treats kidney cancer patients and collaborates with Al, a Mayo scientist dedicated to kidney cancer research. In talking with kidney cancer survivors and friends, we have been […]

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Tags: kidney cancer, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic research, SCD1, Winston Tan, Al Copland