Advancing the Science

Mayo Clinic Medical Science Blog – an eclectic collection of research- and research education-related stories: feature stories, mini news bites, learning opportunities, profiles and more from Mayo Clinic.

Dec 13, 2018

The sky's the limit

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
In 2011, Jared Ausnehmer left his local hospital carrying the weight of an oxygen tank and the worry of what might come next. At age 21, he’d already defied the odds for those born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a birth defect in which the left side of the heart [...]
The sky's the limit
Dec 12, 2018

Father's battle with kidney disease fuels researcher's determination to find cure

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Fouad Chebib, M.D., grew up in a small town in Lebanon. After finishing medical school in Beirut, Dr. Chebib chased his dream across the world to Mayo Clinic. That dream was finding a cure for polycystic kidney disease, or PKD, a genetic defect or mutation that results in the formation of [...]
Father's battle with kidney disease fuels researcher's determination to find cure
Dec 11, 2018

New Mayo research focused on how women's hormones affect aging

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
By Heather Carlson Kehren Mayo Clinic researchers are taking a closer look at differences in how women age and the role hormones may play in the process. To do that, they will focus on premenopausal women who have had both of their ovaries removed. Investigators will be looking to see [...]
New Mayo research focused on how women's hormones affect aging
Dec 10, 2018

Novel data-driven approach for precision medicine

By Colette Gallagher @colettegallagher
Thousands of patients’ tumors have been sequenced in the past decade, yielding a rich source of data on the changes associated with the cancer development and treatment response. However, there are no validated methods that are used in the clinic to select the best therapy. Today, Mayo Clinic researchers report [...]
Novel data-driven approach for precision medicine
Dec 5, 2018

Two minutes to win it

By Lynda de Widt @ldewidt
Nine teams of Mayo Clinic employees pitched their ideas for health care innovations at the second annual Alligator Tank competition at the Mayo Clinic Florida campus on November 14, 2018.  Each team was given 120 seconds to explain their solution to a problem in the medical field before a live [...]
Two minutes to win it
Dec 4, 2018

Research News Roundup -- November 2018

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
The Mayo Clinic Research News Roundup includes brief summaries and links to research news releases from the past month. It also connects readers to related resources. Read on for more information from Mayo Clinic Research. How viruses hijack part of your immune system and use it against you An enzyme intended to [...]
Research News Roundup -- November 2018
Nov 29, 2018

The right diet for you... or for your gut microbes?

By Sara Tiner @saratiner
This article originally appeared on the Center for Individualized Medicine blog on Oct. 10, 2018. The right diet, obesity and gut health are topics patients, clinicians and scientists wrestle with every day. We want to eat a good diet and lose weight or avoid weight gain, so our health span [...]
The right diet for you... or for your gut microbes?
Nov 28, 2018

Stem cells and chronic kidney disease

By Jennifer Schutz @jenniferschutz
Millions of Americans have chronic kidney disease. Hundreds of thousands will progress to end stage kidney disease requiring either dialysis or kidney transplant. But research is underway to keep people from reaching that point. “Our goal is to take a look at how we can repair the diabetic kidney in terms [...]
Stem cells and chronic kidney disease
Nov 27, 2018

A mother's milestone

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
This last summer, Stacy Erholtz celebrated another blessed event with her family. The oldest of her three children was married. "I never, never in my wildest dreams, thought I would be able to participate in that beautiful, joyful event," Stacy says as she wipes away tears that come easily whenever [...]
A mother's milestone
Nov 21, 2018

Research program lighting a SPARK for the sciences in Florida high schoolers

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Courtney Krider was in eighth grade when she was first bit by the science bug. "That's when I started to take more diverse science classes that focused on chemistry and life sciences," she tells us. "I had a really good teacher and got to do a lot of cool labs, [...]
Research program lighting a SPARK for the sciences in Florida high schoolers
Nov 20, 2018

Addressing disparities in care, to the very end of life

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
Not everyone in the United States speaks English as their first language. In fact, in 2013, the U.S. Census Bureau found that one of every five residents speaks another language at home. Unfortunately, this fact leads to another - for people with limited English proficiency, disparities are common in health [...]
Addressing disparities in care, to the very end of life
Nov 19, 2018

Regenerative medicine is the future for Dr. Amy Lightner

By Jennifer Schutz @jenniferschutz
Volunteering for a reading program at a children’s hospital led to a career change for Amy Lightner, M.D. As a Stanford University undergraduate, she met a cardiac surgeon who turned her interest to medicine. “I got to see how medicine and surgical intervention could change a child’s life forever,” says [...]
Regenerative medicine is the future for Dr. Amy Lightner
Nov 15, 2018

Meet Lisa Schimmenti: Searching for drug therapies to treat hearing loss

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
This article originally appeared on the Center for Individualized Medicine blog on Oct. 4, 2018 Article by Sharon Rosen   Lisa Schimmenti, M.D. has always been fascinated with Helen Keller and all she accomplished, in spite of being blind and deaf from a very young age. As the newly appointed [...]
Meet Lisa Schimmenti: Searching for drug therapies to treat hearing loss
Nov 14, 2018

Mayo Clinic, UMN and Hennepin Healthcare collaborating to train the next generation

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
By Martha Coventry, Senior Editor, University of Minnesota School of Public Health Program will train the next generation of researchers to work with clinicians, administrators, and patients in health care settings. A new collaboration among three of Minnesota’s most important health research, education, and care delivery organizations — University of [...]
Mayo Clinic, UMN and Hennepin Healthcare collaborating to train the next generation
Nov 13, 2018

On the Front Lines of Anaphylaxis: Using Data to Save Lives

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
By Ronna Campbell, M.D., Ph.D.;  Megan Motosue, M.D.; and M. Fernanda Bellolio, M.D.; Mayo Clinic Anaphylaxis is a serious, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction that affects millions of Americans. Today, nearly 15 million people in the U.S. have a food allergy and numbers are increasing. Symptoms of anaphylaxis can occur within seconds following [...]
On the Front Lines of Anaphylaxis: Using Data to Save Lives
Nov 12, 2018

Research News Roundup -- October 2018

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
Welcome to Advancing the Science. On Mayo Clinic's medical research blog we have a wide range of research and research-education content. In addition to stories you won't find anywhere else, we also collect content from other sources in one easy-to-access spot. The monthly Research News Roundup is one such aggregator, [...]
Research News Roundup -- October 2018
Nov 8, 2018

MS or not MS? Mayo Clinic Neuroimmunology Lab answers the question

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
In 2017, Mayo Clinic launched a first-in-the-U.S. clinical test to help patients with some autoimmune disorders get the right diagnosis faster. The test defines a new form of inflammatory demyelinating disease, myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG) autoimmunity, which is distinct from multiple sclerosis (MS), with which it is commonly confused. The [...]
MS or not MS? Mayo Clinic Neuroimmunology Lab answers the question
Nov 6, 2018

Mayo Clinic research combines genetics and psychiatry to seek biomarkers for precise alcohol abuse therapies

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
This article originally appeared on the Center for Individualized Medicine blog on Oct. 23, 2018. Mayo Clinic research is bringing together knowledge of psychiatry, genetics, metabolomics, pharmacogenomics and artificial intelligence to seek biological markers associated with alcohol use disorder and treatment response. Finding the molecular drivers of alcohol use disorder [...]
Mayo Clinic research combines genetics and psychiatry to seek biomarkers for precise alcohol abuse therapies
Nov 5, 2018

Early-phase Cancer Clinical Trials (Phase I) Available at Mayo Clinic

By Nicole Brudos Ferrara @nicoleferrara
The Early Cancer Therapeutics Group at Mayo Clinic offers patients whose cancers haven't responded to standard chemotherapy or other treatments the opportunity to join an early-phase clinical trial of a potential new treatment. Early-phase clinical trials (phase I) determine safe dosage levels and safe methods of treatment delivery. A phase [...]
Early-phase Cancer Clinical Trials (Phase I) Available at Mayo Clinic
Nov 1, 2018

Meet the investigator: Roxana S. Dronca, M.D.

By Nicole Brudos Ferrara @nicoleferrara
At the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, hundreds of researchers dedicate their professional lives to reducing the burden of cancer. Each one has a unique story. In this video, Roxana S. Dronca, M.D., a hematologist and an oncologist at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, discusses her research on tumor immunology, malignant melanoma [...]
Meet the investigator: Roxana S. Dronca, M.D.
Oct 30, 2018

Neuroscience powerhouses at Mayo Clinic in Florida

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Rosa Rademakers, Ph.D., and Nilufer Ertekin-Taner, M.D., Ph.D., collaborate on Alzheimer’s disease-related research in the Department of Neuroscience at Mayo Clinic in Florida. Dr. Ertekin-Taner’s lab, which focuses on late-onset Alzheimer’s disease, generates large data sets of gene expression and multilevel genomics data that are shared with Dr. Rademakers’ lab, [...]
Neuroscience powerhouses at Mayo Clinic in Florida
Oct 30, 2018

Have You Read the September 2018 Issue of Forefront Magazine?

By Nicole Brudos Ferrara @nicoleferrara
No? This is your chance! Forefront is the complimentary magazine of the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center. Published in online and email newsletter editions quarterly, Forefront highlights Mayo Clinic’s cutting-edge cancer research. The September 2018 edition of email/online Forefront features: A message from Mayo Clinic Cancer Center director, Robert Diasio, M.D. Article: Mayo Researchers a [...]
Have You Read the September 2018 Issue of Forefront Magazine?
Oct 25, 2018

Mayo Clinic Research transforming sports medicine through injury prevention research

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Discovering new, improved ways to meet unmet patient needs is why Mayo Clinic Research exists, and the teams in Orthopedic Biomechanics Laboratory and Sports Medicine Research are no exception. Director of both programs, Timothy Hewett, Ph.D., has conducted injury prevention research throughout his career. He published his first prospective study [...]
Mayo Clinic Research transforming sports medicine through injury prevention research
Oct 24, 2018

Bringing pharmacogenomics to your medical practice

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
After decades of research, pharmacogenomics is “ready for prime time” so to speak. Mayo clinic is a leader in moving pharmacogenomics into clinical care — with the goal of helping providers identify medications that are compatible with their patients' genetic profiles. Drugs and Genes: Pharmacogenomics for the Modern Health Care [...]
Bringing pharmacogenomics to your medical practice
Oct 23, 2018

Predicting a Woman's Risk for Breast Cancer Following a Biopsy

By Kate Ledger @k8ledger
Each year, more than one million women have biopsies that show non-cancerous changes in the breast, known as benign breast disease (BBD). Even though the changes may not require treatment, studies over the years at Mayo Clinic and elsewhere have found that not all cases of BBD are the same, [...]
Predicting a Woman's Risk for Breast Cancer Following a Biopsy
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