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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 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


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 18th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Kidney cancer survivor joins Mayo experts to share the changing treatment of kidney cancer

By Bob Nellis

Cynthia Chauhan joins Winston Tan, M.D., and Al Copland, Ph.D., both from the Mayo Clinic in Florida, for our second blog post in a lengthy series about kidney cancer. Cynthia is a Mayo Clinic patient who is a kidney and breast cancer survivor, leader of a kidney cancer survivor group, and patient advocate. Cynthia would […]

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Tags: Cynthia Chauhan, kidney cancer, Mayo Clinic in Florida, Winston Tan, Al Copland, MayoClinicFL


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


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


September 9th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Four New Partner Organizations Join Optum Labs Research Collaborative

By Bob Nellis

Optum Labs, the collaborative research and innovation center co-founded by Optum and Mayo Clinic, announced the addition of four new partners committed to improving the quality and value of patient care. These new partner organizations, which represent a cross-section of health care stakeholders, are: Harvard Medical School Department of Health Care Policy Medica Research Institute […]

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Tags: Optum Labs, Research


August 26th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Michael Sarr, M.D. Honored by College of Surgeons

By Bob Nellis

Mayo Clinic gastroenterologic surgeon and scientist Michael Sarr, M.D., is being honored by the American College of Surgeons for his research contributions, surgical expertise and mentorship of the next generation of surgical leaders. The ACS Committee for the Forum on Fundamental Surgical Problems has dedicated the new volume of the Surgical Forum to Dr. Sarr […]

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Tags: American College of Surgeons, awards, honors, Michael Sarr, surgical research


July 10th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Using Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis in Patient Care

By Bob Nellis

  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 […]

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