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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
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
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