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May 4, 2020

Research News Roundup--April 2020

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
Since everyone is staying close to home these days, perhaps you've been spending more time on the internet, and have already seen the news. If not, or if you want a recap, read April's Research News Roundup. This includes brief summaries and links to Mayo Clinic's research news releases from [...]
Research News Roundup--April 2020
May 1, 2020

Non-COVID research in the news, 5/1/2020

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Although the week's coverage has largely consisted of COVID-19 news, closer inspection finds it peppered with Mayo Clinic research on some other topics. We've collected a few of the news clips for ease of review. Read on for findings in cancer, deep vein thrombosis and Alzheimer's disease: cfDNA Assay Shows Predictive [...]
Non-COVID research in the news, 5/1/2020
Apr 30, 2020

Mayo researchers' endometrial cancer discovery could lead to window of opportunity for prevention

By Susan Murphy @susanmurphy
What if a doctor could alert a woman a year or more in advance that she is likely to develop endometrial cancer? Researchers at Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine have found evidence linking functional modification of certain genes to the emergence of the disease, providing a novel opportunity for [...]
Mayo researchers' endometrial cancer discovery could lead to window of opportunity for prevention
Apr 29, 2020

Meet Heidi Kosiorek, biostatistician and cancer researcher

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
Heidi Kosiorek once thought of being a medical doctor, but found something she was more passionate about – the numbers and science behind medicine. At Mayo Clinic, research drives everything we are able to do for patients, and Kosiorek's work has contributed substantially to our understanding of a number of [...]
Meet Heidi Kosiorek, biostatistician and cancer researcher
Apr 28, 2020

Symptom checker for your neighborhood

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
"Who are the people in your neighborhood…they're the people that you meet when you're walking down the street…" — The Muppets of Sesame Street When most people take a walk around their neighborhood, it might be to get some exercise. Maybe to pick up the mail, visit with a friend, or [...]
Symptom checker for your neighborhood
Apr 27, 2020

Mayo Clinic Research in the news: Week in review 4/27/2020

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
Last week, much like the previous, was full of news related to COVID-19. Mayo Clinic Research and researchers played a prominent role in the discussion. 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 [...]
Mayo Clinic Research in the news: Week in review 4/27/2020
Apr 24, 2020

Mayo Clinic, the military, and a different kind of war

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
Over the years, Mayo Clinic has stepped forward to meet emerging challenges in health care. Sometimes in war between nations, and sometimes in a different kind of war -- the struggle to understand, treat, reduce the impact of, and perhaps someday to eradicate devastating diseases. Med City Beat, a news outlet [...]
Mayo Clinic, the military, and a different kind of war
Apr 23, 2020

Antimalarials, COVID-19, cardiac arrest

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
Over the last few weeks, chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine have become household words. These antiparasitic drugs normally prescribed for malaria were introduced early in the rush to find potential treatments for COVID-19. As time goes on, the public discussion has centered on who should get these particular drugs and when. Meanwhile [...]
Antimalarials, COVID-19, cardiac arrest
Apr 22, 2020

Non-COVID research in the news

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
These stories are a little like the fabled unicorn - hard to find, but special if you do. Mayo Clinic has a wide range of research ongoing, and continues to publish their findings. Sharing those findings in this current time of "all COVID, all the time," is challenging. Some of [...]
Non-COVID research in the news
Apr 22, 2020

Regenerating diseased bones

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
Kendall Koens’ life is a dramatic reversal from what it was in 2006. Late stage cancer left him in a coma and on a ventilator fighting for survival. Aggressive chemotherapy was saving his life but slowly and silently destroying his hips joints. The financial planner from Rochester, Minnesota, faced crippling [...]
Regenerating diseased bones
Apr 21, 2020

Celebration of student research

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences held its annual Student Research Symposium in September, with poster sessions, oral presentations, a keynote speaker, a Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition and Teacher of the Year awards. “The Alumni Association and Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences co-sponsored symposium and Teacher of the [...]
Celebration of student research
Apr 20, 2020

Mayo Clinic Research in the news: Week in review 4/20/2020

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
Many of us have passed another week of "stay at home" but others are on the front lines of patient care and COVID-19 research. How does it spread? Why do some people contract more serious cases, or develop more antibodies? How many people have been exposed? These are just a [...]
Mayo Clinic Research in the news: Week in review 4/20/2020
Apr 16, 2020

Mayo Clinic research discovers how stem cells repair damage from heart attacks

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
Mayo Clinic researchers have uncovered stem cell-activated mechanisms of healing after a heart attack. Stem cells restored cardiac muscle back to its condition before the heart attack, in turn providing a blueprint of how stem cells may work. The study, published in NPJ Regenerative Medicine, finds that human cardiopoietic cells zero in on [...]
Mayo Clinic research discovers how stem cells repair damage from heart attacks
Apr 13, 2020

Mayo Clinic Research in the news: Week in review 4/13/2020

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
Another week, another set of stories. Very little hit the newstands in health care that wasn't COVID-19. However, you may rest assured, research continues into a wide range of health conditions, rare diseases and ways to improve health and health care. We've included an excerpt and link to several of [...]
Mayo Clinic Research in the news: Week in review 4/13/2020
Apr 9, 2020

Improving remyelination for spinal cord injury: Arthur Warrington, Ph.D.

By Jennifer Schutz @jenniferschutz
Mayo Clinic researchers are probing potential ways to unleash the human body’s ability to heal neurological disorders like spinal cord injuries or multiple sclerosis. Myelin is the protective covering that surrounds nerve fibers in the brain, optic nerves and spinal cord. Demyelination, or injury to the myelin, slows electrical signals [...]
Improving remyelination for spinal cord injury: Arthur Warrington, Ph.D.
Apr 8, 2020

Rare Genetic Mutation Could Complicate Diagnosis of Lymphoid Disorders

By Sara Tiner @saratiner
A report by Mayo researchers adds a new wrinkle to the diagnosis of lymphoid malignancies. The case report in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology is focused on one patient and protein used by the immune system, called an antibody. Antibodies are Y-shaped proteins produced by a sub-group of [...]
Rare Genetic Mutation Could Complicate Diagnosis of Lymphoid Disorders
Apr 6, 2020

Mayo Clinic Research in the News -- Week in Review 4/6/2020

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
In the last week, as you might imagine, most of the news being covered by the media is about COVID-19. We've included an excerpt and link to several of these stories discussing Mayo Clinic Research. We found a couple items covering other things we are working on, so included them first, [...]
Mayo Clinic Research in the News -- Week in Review 4/6/2020
Apr 3, 2020

Science needs to guide us, says Mayo Clinic's Dr. Gianrico Farrugia on "Face the Nation"

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Mayo Clinic President and CEO Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., shared his perspective on next steps to address the COVID-19 pandemic on CBS News' "Face the Nation" program that aired March 29, 2020. In his interview with "Face the Nation" moderator Margaret Brennan, Dr. Farrugia said the focus needs to be on saving lives [...]
Science needs to guide us, says Mayo Clinic's Dr. Gianrico Farrugia on
Apr 2, 2020

From Mayo Clinic patient to first regenerative sciences graduate

By Jennifer Schutz @jenniferschutz
When Chris Paradise graduates from the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in May, it will be yet another important milestone in his lifelong relationship with Mayo Clinic. The one time Mayo patient and child of a Mayo Clinic nurse will be the first student to graduate from the doctoral research [...]
From Mayo Clinic patient to first regenerative sciences graduate
Apr 1, 2020

Research News Roundup--March 2020

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
Even though it's April Fool's Day, the stories we share in this monthly column are no joke. Because since last month our world has shifted focus, we've divided these releases into two sections - COVID-related, and everything else. "Everything else" is at the end this month, because it is the [...]
Research News Roundup--March 2020
Mar 30, 2020

Mayo Clinic Research in the News -- Week in Review 3/30/2020

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
In this unconventional time, we are going to offer an unconventional article, really a collection of the previous week's news stories related to Mayo Clinic Research. Our plan - to share a brief excerpt and link to stories written by journalists around the world. Most will likely be about COVID-19, [...]
Mayo Clinic Research in the News -- Week in Review 3/30/2020
Mar 24, 2020

Individualized care for psychiatric disorders -- Mayo Clinic Biobank + genetic testing could pave the way

By Susan Murphy @susanmurphy
By Sharon Rosen Patients suffering from depression, anxiety and substance use disorders often search for years to find treatment. Studies have shown that during this time gap, patients’ symptoms worsen, increasing their risk for other chronic illnesses, shortened lifespan and poor quality of life. Mayo Clinic statistical geneticist Joanna Biernacka, Ph.D. and her colleagues [...]
Individualized care for psychiatric disorders -- Mayo Clinic Biobank + genetic testing could pave the way
Mar 23, 2020

Collaboration brings innovative regenerative therapies to babies with rare heart defect

By Jennifer Schutz @jenniferschutz
A collaboration bringing together regional centers and advocacy groups to accelerate innovation and discovery is expanding, bringing clinical trials and expertise to more patients with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) across the country. Led by Mayo Clinic’s Todd and Karen Wanek Family Program for HLHS, the collaboration began in 2017 and [...]
Collaboration brings innovative regenerative therapies to babies with rare heart defect
Mar 20, 2020

Mayo Researchers Develop Unique Tool, Lab to Study Vaping

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Jon Ebbert, M.D., is sympathetic to the plight of the patients he sees who are struggling with addiction. "I saw a lot of addiction growing up," he tells Rochester Magazine's Steve Lange. "I know the damage it can do." Dr. Ebbert, a Community Internal Medicine physician and researcher in Mayo Clinic's Nicotine Dependence [...]
Mayo Researchers Develop Unique Tool, Lab to Study Vaping
Mar 19, 2020

Mentorship program a 'guiding star' for astrobiologist-turned-microbiome-researcher

By Caitlin Doran @caityrosey
Marina Walther-Antonio, Ph.D., came to Mayo Clinic to help start the Center for Individualized Medicine’s microbiome research program. In her previous job at NASA, she had worked with mathematicians, engineers, geologists, psychologists, and even political scientists to try to detect life in outer space. Mayo recruited her to look for [...]
Mentorship program a 'guiding star' for astrobiologist-turned-microbiome-researcher
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