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July 30, 2018

What’s new on the web?

By Elizabeth Zimmermann

At Mayo Clinic, research is integral to everything we do. We would be unable to offer the highest possible levels of care and continually improve the practice of medicine without research, and the education programs and processes that underpin our care.

Our research web is actually just a section of Mayo Clinic's internet presence, but today we're sharing some updates specifically from the research side. Click through for fresh content and updated information, and one completely redone site.

Led by Kristin Zhao, Ph.D., the Spinal Cord Injury Research Program studies recovery and rehabilitation, prevention and treatment of secondary complications, and wellness and quality of life for people with spinal cord injuries or diseases.

Dr. Zhao and her team have some interesting videos on the site, along with a wide selection of information, including specific sections describing their research into:


CCaTS is funded by the National Institute of Health's (NIH) Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) program, and is a central hub for institutional advancement of research and education at Mayo Clinic.

The center provides tools and expert consultation to support every aspect medical research, including basic discovery science, clinical and community-engaged research, and late stage application and commercialization. In addition, CCaTS supports a national network of medical research institutions collaborating to transform how clinical and translational research is conducted nationwide.

If you visit the site, you can learn a bunch of interesting acronyms - my favorite is FuNCaTS - and also check out what's going on across a wide variety of programs such as:


Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) is a rare, complex heart defect that is present at birth (congenital). HLHS affects approximately 1,000 newborns every year in the United States.

In HLHS, the left side of a child's heart — the left ventricle, ascending aorta and left heart valves — is severely underdeveloped. The result is a heart with only a single functional ventricular chamber — the right ventricle — and a small ascending aorta.

At Mayo Clinic, the Todd and Karen Wanek Family Program for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome supports heart disease education and research aimed at developing therapies to repair heart tissue.

This whole site is a relaunch, and my web design colleagues tell me it's all new and totally cool! You can judge that for yourself, but just to give you a hint of what it's all about, watch this video:

You'll have noticed that the world of research at Mayo Clinic is pretty broad. If you subscribe to Advancing the Science, you'll get regular updates about Mayo Clinic research news and information - in smaller doses. See you on the web!

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Tags: Center for Clinical and Translational Science, hypoplastic left heart syndrome, News, Progress Updates, spinal cord, spinal disease, spinal injury, Todd and Karen Wanek Family Program for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome

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