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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.

Jul 6, 2020

Preparing the regenerative medicine leaders of the future

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
With the click of a mouse, medical students opened a window into the health care of the future. The 2020 Mayo Clinic Regenerative Medicine and Surgery Course, a foundation for transformative change, moved online this year due to social distancing guidelines around COVID-19.  Regenerative medicine is a shift from treating [...]
Preparing the regenerative medicine leaders of the future
Jul 2, 2020

Read About Mayo Clinic's Latest Cancer Research in the June 2020 Issue of Forefront

By Nicole Ferrara @nicoleferrara
Forefront is the complimentary magazine of the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center. Published in email and online newsletter editions quarterly, Forefront highlights Mayo Clinic’s cutting-edge cancer research and the latest Cancer Center news. The June 2020 email newsletter highlights COVID-19 resources from Mayo Clinic: Latest news on the pandemicWhy some patients may benefit from expedited breast [...]
Read About Mayo Clinic's Latest Cancer Research in the June 2020 Issue of Forefront
Jun 29, 2020

Research grants aim to advance regenerative medicine toward the practice

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
Reprogramming human cells to correct blood disorders such as sickle cell disease, activation of a regenerative pathway to treat liver failure and strategies for skeletal regeneration in patients with brittle bone disease are examples of Mayo Clinic research to be funded through new grants from Regenerative Medicine Minnesota.  Regenerative Medicine Minnesota, [...]
Research grants aim to advance regenerative medicine toward the practice
Jun 25, 2020

"Sponge on a String" Test for Barrett's Esophagus and Esophageal Cancer Continues to Show Promise

By Nicole Ferrara @nicoleferrara
Mayo Clinic researchers have confirmed the accuracy of a minimally invasive method to detect and help prevent esophageal cancer in patients at risk for Barrett's esophagus and esophageal cancer.  Results of their study have been published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology. In Barrett's esophagus, tissue in the esophagus is replaced [...]
Jun 23, 2020

Harnessing the body's ability to heal

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
Researchers at Mayo Clinic are studying ways to engineer human-like tissue to bolster the body’s ability to heal itself. Scientists in the Regenerative Medicine Biomaterials and Biomolecules Lab have engineered biomaterials that could regenerate tissue capable of restoring injured nerves and bones. They’ve discovered that biomaterials derived from polymers are biodegradable. [...]
Harnessing the body's ability to heal
Jun 18, 2020

Crisis inspires innovation

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Mayo Clinic has an unparalleled resource to lead the response to COVID-19: our organizational values — the living legacy of the Mayo family and the Sisters of St. Francis, who established the foundation of Mayo Clinic.   Addressing employees, who face major challenges in the COVID-19 pandemic, Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., president and [...]
Crisis inspires innovation
Jun 16, 2020

Focus on women's health: Regenerative approaches to stress and fecal incontinence

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
Mayo Clinic is taking a regenerative approach to women’s healthcare to provide new therapeutic options for common conditions that standard treatments don’t fully address. One key area of focus is pelvic floor injury that leads to stress incontinence, a widespread and often embarrassing problem affecting some 18 million women, according [...]
Focus on women's health: Regenerative approaches to stress and fecal incontinence
Jun 15, 2020

How Vaccines Are Developed and What That Means for COVID-19

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
In a recent Zoominar, Robert Jacobson, M.D., a Mayo Clinic pediatrician, gave an in-depth, yet easy-to-understand, discussion on vaccine development, and where we are with respect to a vaccine for COVID-19. Dr. Jacobson, who is also a health sciences researcher with specific expertise in pediatric infectious diseases, sets the stage for his [...]
How Vaccines Are Developed and What That Means for COVID-19
Jun 11, 2020

Seeking a regenerative therapy for chronic dry mouth

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
Mayo Clinic researchers are seeking a regenerative therapy for a vexing problem, particularly among cancer patients. How can medical providers treat a condition in which the mouth is so parched that it has an incessant feeling of a cotton lining? Xerostomia, also known as chronic dry mouth, is an agonizing [...]
Seeking a regenerative therapy for chronic dry mouth
Jun 10, 2020

Faculty members, fellow named 2020 Kern Scholars

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
The Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery is pleased to welcome four new scholars to the Kern Health Care Delivery Scholars Program. The Kern Scholars Program helps develop a workforce of highly motivated, exceptionally trained clinicians who have the research skills needed to [...]
Faculty members, fellow named 2020 Kern Scholars
Jun 9, 2020

Fishing for solutions to COVID-19 challenges

By Caitlin Doran @caityrosey
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hoQxlQoQUdU&feature=youtu.be Local innovators and members of the Minnesota entrepreneurial community gathered May 15, 2020, for a virtual Walleye Tank: COVID-19 Showcase. The event showcased how Minnesota innovators and community leaders are stepping up to conquer COVID-19 challenges. It was hosted by Mayo Clinic Office of Entrepreneurship and University of Minnesota. The event is typically held as [...]
Fishing for solutions to COVID-19 challenges
Jun 8, 2020

Learning tools to manage current times: Capacity Coaching

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
— Kasey Boehmer, Ph.D., is a health services researcher at Mayo Clinic As a society amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, we continually hear of the struggle to embrace a “new normal.” For some, this new normal is at the front lines of health care. Clinicians caring for those with chronic illnesses are [...]
Learning tools to manage current times: Capacity Coaching
Jun 4, 2020

Researchers target liver tumors with precision and "tiny radiation bombs"

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
By Lynda De Widt In the 1960's, scientists discovered a form of cancer therapy called radioembolization, which utilizes microscopic radioactive spheres delivered through a blood vessel to reach a tumor and kill tumor cells. "Think of it as a tiny radiation bomb that's delivered directly where it's most needed," says Beau [...]
Researchers target liver tumors with precision and
Jun 3, 2020

Regenerative approaches could foster healing from COVID-19

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
Regenerative Medicine aims not only to repair or restore the function of cells, tissues or organs, but also the whole person. The latter is particularly important amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Regenerative approaches draw on the body’s natural abilities to heal, focus on establishing the healing environments and building new, healthy [...]
Regenerative approaches could foster healing from COVID-19
Jun 2, 2020

Research News Roundup--May 2020

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
During May, Mayo Clinic articles sharing research-related news fell into one of two thematic areas: cancer and COVID-19. For ease of review, they are grouped below, cancer findings first. Read on for more information from Mayo Clinic Research. Cancer research findings Carfilzomib is not superior to Bortezomib in delaying multiple myeloma progression after [...]
Research News Roundup--May 2020
May 28, 2020

Mayo researchers, minority communities team up to combat COVID-19 health disparities

By Caitlin Doran @caityrosey
As the COVID-19 pandemic takes more lives each day across the U.S., public health officials report that racial and ethnic minorities are disproportionately impacted. In a paper published as an accepted pre-proof article May 15, 2020, in the Journal of Clinical and Translational Science, researchers at Mayo Clinic detail how a community-engaged intervention [...]
Mayo researchers, minority communities team up to combat COVID-19 health disparities
May 26, 2020

AI enhances MRI images to identify molecular markers of brain cancer

By Susan Murphy @susanmurphy
By Sharon Rosen Five years ago Bradley Erickson, M.D., Ph.D. never would have imagined that an MRI would be able to identify the molecular characteristics of brain cancer. But because of the rapid advances in artificial intelligence (AI), that scenario isn’t science fiction. It’s an exciting medical reality for Dr. Erickson, a radiologist [...]
AI enhances MRI images to identify molecular markers of brain cancer
May 21, 2020

A discovery step toward cell replacement therapy for diabetes

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
In what could be a step toward cell replacement therapy for diabetes, Mayo Clinic researchers have discovered how to manufacture cells capable of generating a hormone that regulates low blood sugar. Quinn Peterson, Ph.D. and his team have developed a new method of mass producing a cell product containing the [...]
A discovery step toward cell replacement therapy for diabetes
May 18, 2020

Mayo Clinic Research in the News -- Week in Review 5/18/2020

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
Mayo Clinic researchers continue to share both their expertise and their research findings in regional, national and international news. Collected here are links and snippets from some of the stories from around the world. They connect Mayo Clinic research and international efforts to understand and reduce the devastating effects of the [...]
Mayo Clinic Research in the News -- Week in Review 5/18/2020
May 13, 2020

Trailblazers, part 2

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
In the last Trailblazers article, we shared the stories of six women physicians and scientists appointed to the staff at Mayo Clinic between 1889 and 1926. These women stand out for their passion and leadership in medicine at a time when there were very few women in the field. These [...]
Trailblazers, part 2
May 12, 2020

Melanoma surgery: When more isn't necessarily better

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
When you have a chance for an extra scoop of ice cream, that extra might be nice. If you are trying to fit into last summer's bathing suit, another inch off is probably welcome. However, if you're having surgery to remove melanoma, like Goldilocks choosing a bowl of porridge, you [...]
Melanoma surgery: When more isn't necessarily better
May 11, 2020

Mayo Clinic Research in the News -- Week in Review 5/11/2020

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
Many news stories last week covered aspects of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and COVID-19. Each day several articles cited Mayo Clinic Research and quoted Mayo Clinic experts. Read on for snippets from some of these articles, and links to the full stories. A COVID-19 Vaccine by Fall Is Possible, But at What [...]
Mayo Clinic Research in the News -- Week in Review 5/11/2020
May 7, 2020

Student-led interest group helps to build the future regenerative medicine workforce

By Jennifer Schutz @jenniferschutz
Educating the next-generation of regenerative physician-scientists is a strategic priority of the Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine. And, as the field advances beyond traditional management of symptoms to addressing the underlying cause of disease through curative solutions, medical education must evolve to capitalize on this ongoing evolution. At Mayo Clinic, [...]
Student-led interest group helps to build the future regenerative medicine workforce
May 6, 2020

Noninvasive test may help some patients with melanoma avoid lymph node biopsy

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
By Jay Furst A Mayo Clinic-led research team has developed a test for patients who have melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, that shows whether they're at risk of the cancer spreading to other areas of the body. The research, described in the journal JCO Precision Oncology, could allow some [...]
Noninvasive test may help some patients with melanoma avoid lymph node biopsy
May 5, 2020

Mayo Clinic Research in the news: Week in review 5/5/2020

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
The race continues across biomedical research to find answers for people with COVID-19 as well as those hoping to avoid the virus. Mayo Clinic Research and researchers are playing a prominent role in all aspects, from developing tests and trying various treatments, to predicting outcomes and collaborating for a vaccine. Collected here are links [...]
Mayo Clinic Research in the news: Week in review 5/5/2020
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