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February 6th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Dr. Mark Allen to head Society of Thoracic Surgeons

By Bob Nellis

Mayo Clinic thoracic surgeon Mark S. Allen, M.D., has been elected president of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons during the society’s annual meeting in San Diego. Dr. Allen is a professor of surgery at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. His research at Mayo includes serving as principal investigator for a study examining whether removing all […]

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Tags: Dr Mark Allen, society of thoracic surgeons, Surgery


January 15th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

A Line in the Sand – Mayo Clinic’s Role in Early Insulin Research

By Bob Nellis

Early in the 20th century, a desperate group of patients began appearing at Mayo Clinic in the hope that the specialists there could keep them alive. Mostly children and younger adults, they had been afflicted with a condition that only years before would have been a death sentence — type I diabetes. Doctors at Mayo, […]

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Tags: Diabetes, Endocrinology, history, Insulin, Mayo Clinic, medical history, Research


January 5th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

The Next Generation of Biomedical Researchers: Torn by Irresistible Forces

By Bob Nellis

Hours of study, lectures to attend, research to complete, labs to monitor, data to analyze, papers to write, new solutions to old problems to noodle on. It’s just another day in the life of a biomedical research student. The to-do list never seems to end. Morning to night, seven days a week.  The path to […]

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Tags: biomedical research, Mayo Clinic, Mayo Graduate School, research education


December 23rd, 2014 · Leave a Comment

What is Big Data, and Why Do We Care in Health Care?

By Bob Nellis

Big data is a term with uncertain roots, and variable usage, but one which paints a picture of extremely large amounts of information, complex and disparate, that is difficult to analyze using traditional tools. Other challenges with big data include collection and storage, sorting and searching, sharing and individual privacy – just because you have […]

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Tags: Big Data, Individualized Medicine, Mayo Clinic research, Science of health care delivery


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