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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


June 19th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Plastic Surgery Resident Wins 1st Prize for Best Clinical Research Presentation

By Bob Nellis

Mayo Clinic plastic surgery resident Sebastian Winocour, M.D., has won first prize for Best Clinical Research Presentation at the Midwestern Association of Plastic Surgeons  annual meeting in Chicago. Dr. Winocour presented findings of a Mayo surgical quality improvement study aimed at preventing the death of skin on the breast, called breast skin necrosis, after mastectomy with […]

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Tags: Amy Degnim, Breast Cancer, breast cancer reconstruction, breast reconstruction, mastectomy, Mayo Clinic, necrosis, Sebastian Winocour, Surgery, surgical outcomes, Valerie Lemaine


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


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 29th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Huffington Post, Diabetes and Mayo Clinic

By Bob Nellis

Sometimes the science of weight loss and diet is the science of behavior. Mayo Clinic researchers established the ground rules for measuring calories, blood glucose — even the proper dosages for insulin — back in the 1920s and ’30s. Yet more and more people are being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes today. Changing behavior, not […]

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Tags: Diabetes, diabetes education, Endocrinology, Huffington Post, The Biggest Loser, type 2, Weight Loss


April 25th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Nicotine Dependence Center: Celebrating 25 Years of Leading-edge Addiction Research

By Bob Nellis

 From modest beginnings and a single research project, the Nicotine Dependence Center at Mayo Clinic celebrates its 25th anniversary of helping patients overcome their addiction to tobacco. That success has been driven, in large part, by a dedicated and innovative research program.  In 1988, when counselors greeted the first patient at Mayo Clinic’s new Nicotine […]

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Tags: Dr Richard Hurt, Lung Cancer, Mayo Clinic, nicotine, nicotine dependence, quit smoking, Smoking, tobacco


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


December 18th, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Luring Cancer: Custom “Bait” Catches Recurrent Prostate Cancer

By Admin

From Mayo Clinic’s Discovery’s Edge magazine Many prostate cancer survivors live in fear of being told that their cancer has returned. It’s even scarier to be told that the doctor knows the cancer is there because of rising PSA levels, but that he can’t find it. Doctors and patients alike know that early detection of the recurrent […]

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Tags: cancer imaging, choline C-11, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, PET scan, Prostate Cancer, Radiation Oncology


December 2nd, 2013 · Leave a Comment

The Radiation Limbo: How Low Can We Go?

By Admin

From Mayo Clinic’s Discovery’s Edge magazine Reducing radiation exposure from CT scans has become one of the primary goals of Mayo Clinic’s CT Clinical Innovation Center. Dr. Cynthia McCollough and her colleagues are doing the Radiation Limbo: How low can they go without sacrificing image quality. Dr. McCollough is continually looking for ways to lower radiation exposures […]

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Tags: CT scans, Cynthia McCollough, radiation exposure, radiology research, x-rays