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June 17th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

What is Discovery Square?

By Bob Nellis

That question is coming up here at BIO 2015 in Philadelphia. People have heard about Destination Medical Center, the long range economic development initiative underway in Rochester, MN. But at the center of the futuristic images on the TV screens here, is the picture of Discovery Square. It’s more than an artist’s conception says Jamie […]

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Tags: Destination Medical Center, Jamie Rothe, Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN


June 10th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Center for Biomedical Discovery Launches Website

By Bob Nellis

At Mayo Clinic, the road to new treatments often begins in the laboratory. For over 100 years, Mayo scientists and physicians have worked together to advance care through medical science. That tradition of leadership by discovery is the Center for Biomedical Discovery. Established to sustain and grow Mayo’s expertise and build on its foundation of […]

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Tags: Center for Biomedical Discovery, discovery research, laboratory research, Mark McNiven, Mayo Clinic, medical science, Research


June 2nd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Plays Role in Developing New HIV Guidelines

By Bob Nellis

Treatment for HIV should begin right at the point of diagnosis. That’s the conclusion of a major international clinical study funded by the National Institutes of Health. The Strategic Timing of AntiRetroviral Treatment (START) study is a randomized clinical trial operating on 215 sites in 35 countries, of which Mayo Clinic is one, funded by […]

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Tags: AIDS, HIV, infectious diseases, Mayo Clinic, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, NIH, Stacey Rizza, Zelalem Temesgen


May 29th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Precision Medicine Using Big Data

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young

One of our goals at Mayo Clinic is to improve the way patients experience health care. We established the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery to investigate ways to improve across the continuum of health care delivery. In the center, we look at systems engineering, […]

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Tags: anticoagulant, big data, BMJ, dabigatran, health care delivery, Individualized Medicine, kern center, Neena Abraham, Optum Labs, precision medicine, rivaroxaban, Science of health care delivery, warfarin


May 19th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Single Biggest Concern: A Palliative Approach

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young

For people living with serious illness, both patients and care providers, identifying the single biggest concern can be a difficult task.  There are so many concerns – from “Who will help me if I am too weak to care for myself?” to “How can we treat my nausea and pain?”  When interrupted by a serious […]

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Tags: Bob Shannon, Cory Ingram, Jeff Sloan, kern center, palliative care, patient reported outcomes, PROs, Ryan Utti, Science of health care delivery, Tom Fitch


May 14th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Medical School Student Soyun Hwang Chosen for Fellowship with Howard Hughes Medical Institute

By Bob Nellis

A second-year student at Mayo Medical School — Soyun (S. Michelle) Hwang — has been selected by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)   to receive a year-long fellowship to conduct mentored biomedical research.   Hwang will be mentoring at Mayo Clinic with Jennifer Westendorf, Ph.D., in orthopedic surgery. She will purse her interest in reconstructive surgery, which […]

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Tags: HHMI, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Jennifer Westendorf, Mayo Clinic, Mayo Medical School


May 12th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Setting a Course for Sustainable Integrated Care with COMPASS

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young

Managing mental health in a primary care setting Mayo Clinic continually seeks ways to improve the way patients experience health care. One of the areas currently being investigated is mental health – specifically we are looking at ways to integrate behavioral health care into the primary care setting, providing opportunities for early intervention, enabling team-based […]

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Tags: Behavioral Health, COMPASS, ICSI, integrated care, kern center, Mark Williams, mental health, Science of health care delivery


April 29th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Catching Eye Problems Earlier with Technology

By Bob Nellis

A team of Mayo Clinic ophthalmologists have validated what they are calling a user-friendly computer program for pediatric vision testing. Tomohiko Yamada, O.D. and colleagues tested the the Jaeb Visual Acuity Screener (JVAS) – a computerized test — on 175 children between 3 and 7 years old. After that, they were also tested by an expert […]

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Tags: eye diseases, eye research, ophthalmology, pediatrics, vision tests


April 2nd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Quest for Alzheimer’s Disease Treatments: Mitochondria Renders Clues

By Bob Nellis

A research group led by Mayo Clinic neuroscientist Eugenia Trushina, Ph.D, has investigated whether treatment with a small molecule CP2 can prevent the debilitating effects of Alzheimer’s disease  in three animal models of familial Alzheimer’s, an inherited neurodegenerative disorder with symptoms of progressive cognitive decline in aging populations. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s in […]

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Tags: AD, Alzheimer's, Alzheimer's disease, Eugenia Trushina, neuroscience


April 1st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Individualized Medicine’s Latest Computational Consortium

By Bob Nellis

Mayo Clinic’s Center for Individualized Medicine — with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Chicago — is establishing a National Science Foundation Industry/University Collaborative Research Center called the Center for Computational Biotechnology and Genomic Medicine, or CCBGM. The goal is to study the applicability, timeliness, efficiency, and accuracy of the computational infrastructure […]

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Tags: bioinformatics, Center for Individualized Medicine, computational genomics, genomics, medical genomics, precision medicine