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September 18th, 2014 · Leave a 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: Al Copeland, Cynthia Chauhan, kidney cancer, Mayo Clinic in Florida, Winston Tan


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 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 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


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


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 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Touring Exhibit – Watch for it this year

By Bob Nellis

Keep a lookout for this rig. It may pass you on the Interstate this year as it winds its way through 50 locations across the country and Canada. It’s in Minnesota at the moment — all week, in fact — as we observe Mayo’s 150th year. Designed to tell the Mayo story of patient care, […]

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Tags: Mayo Clinic


May 6th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Register for Individualizing Medicine 2014 – Don’t miss out

By Bob Nellis

Make plans now to attend Mayo Clinic’s third annual Individualizing Medicine Conference this fall in Rochester, Minnesota. This is the conference where you can learn about the latest in medical genomics and how it is being translated into medical practice. I always say it’s where doctors learn what their patients are going to be asking them […]

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Tags: epigenomics, genomics, individualized medicine, Mayo Clinic, medical genomics, microbiome, pharmacogenomics