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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


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 13th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Physicians Appointed to Florida Alzheimer’s Board

By Bob Nellis

Two Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville specialists in Alzheimer’s disease — neurologist Neill Graff-Radford, M.D., and molecular neuroscientist Leonard Petrucelli, Ph.D. — have been appointed to Florida’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Grant Advisory Board. The appointment was made on Oct. 3 by State Surgeon General John Armstrong, M.D., FACS, who is also the Florida Secretary of Health. […]

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Tags: advisory board, Alzheimer's, Alzheimer's disease, Florida


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 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


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


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