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Sep 20, 2018

Gerstner awards boost research into hereditary cancer, Parkinson's disease

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
This article originally appeared on the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine blog on August 27, 2018 Creating tools to detect cancer at an early stage and advancing research into the genetic links to Parkinson’s disease are focuses of the 2018 Gerstner Family Career Development Awards. This year’s winners are [...]
Gerstner awards boost research into hereditary cancer, Parkinson's disease
Sep 18, 2018

Advancing regenerative medicine practice, science and technology - 2018 symposium

By Jennifer Schutz @jenniferschutz
Recent practice advancements, scientific discoveries, product development and manufacturing are the topics featured at the 2018 Mayo Clinic Symposium on Regenerative Medicine and Surgery. Regenerative medicine leaders from around the globe will come together Nov. 29 – Dec. 1 at the Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale, AZ. This year’s symposium will emphasize clinical [...]
Advancing regenerative medicine practice, science and technology - 2018 symposium
Sep 17, 2018

CIMCON18 -- How genomics discovery is transforming individualized care and the path forward

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
This article originally appeared on the Center for Individualized Medicine blog on Sept. 17, 2018. Article by Sharon Rosen Mining information deeper than genomics, understanding factors linked to disease, analyzing big data, and addressing the challenges of bringing all this information together to advance patient care – these were some [...]
CIMCON18 -- How genomics discovery is transforming individualized care and the path forward
Sep 13, 2018

The rising tide of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
Liver disease? Me? I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. Okay, so I don’t exercise that much, and where did all these candy bar wrappers come from? Anyway, I thought liver disease was just for alcoholics? These are question many Americans ask when diagnosed with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. But as [...]
The rising tide of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
Sep 11, 2018

Meet Katrina Croghan, Clinical Research Coordinator

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Katrina Croghan is clinical research coordinator for Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, assigned to the division of Hematology in Rochester, Minnesota. She began her career in ecology and animal science, but while en route to a related Ph.D., ended up as a supplemental research coordinator because of her knowledge of writing protocols and conducting [...]
Meet Katrina Croghan, Clinical Research Coordinator
Sep 6, 2018

Deep Space Medicine Research Program

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Shoots to facilitate missions to Mars and improve health on Earth A full year before Alejandro Rabinstein, M.D., was born in Cordoba, Argentina, Apollo 11 made the first successful landing on the moon and U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first person to set foot on another planet. That was the summer of [...]
Deep Space Medicine Research Program
Sep 5, 2018

Setting tomorrow's clinical researchers up for success

By Caitlin Doran @caityrosey
Graduates of Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences’ Ph.D. program in Clinical and Translational Science learn the skills to engage in research across the translational research spectrum, from laboratory-based, to patient-based, to population-based.  The goal is to give the next generation of clinical researchers the skills they need to [...]
Setting tomorrow's clinical researchers up for success
Sep 4, 2018

Research News Roundup-August 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. Mayo Clinic researchers identify a potential new approach to treat HER2 positive breast cancer Researchers at Mayo [...]
Research News Roundup-August 2018
Aug 30, 2018

Knock, knock, the nurse practitioner is here

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
When Burt Ramaker left the hospital following a successful hip replacement, he didn’t plan to go back any time soon. He and his wife Ardis imagined they would spend time at a skilled nursing facility to get him back on his feet, and then they’d be back at their waterfront [...]
Knock, knock, the nurse practitioner is here
Aug 29, 2018

Health research rooted in community

By Caitlin Doran @caityrosey
On August 9, 2018, a community garden in Rochester, Minnesota hosted an unusual gathering: a cook-out and a community conversation on mental illness. At this meeting, more than a dozen members of the community assembled—grill tongs in hand—along with public health professionals and health researchers from Mayo Clinic, to talk [...]
Health research rooted in community
Aug 28, 2018

Stem cell differentiation for diabetes: Alexander Revzin, Ph.D.

By Jennifer Schutz @jenniferschutz
Alexander Revzin, Ph.D., is a professor of biomedical engineering at Mayo Clinic and recipient of a 2018 Regenerative Medicine Minnesota Research Award. He is developing microcapsules that could be used as cell carriers during differentiation of stem cells into pancreatic islets. These same capsules may also be useful as vehicles [...]
Stem cell differentiation for diabetes: Alexander Revzin, Ph.D.
Aug 23, 2018

Using the body to recognize and attack cancer

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
This article originally appeared in the Center for Individualized Medicine blog on July 23, 2018 For as long as he can remember, Saad Kenderian, M.B., Ch.B., wanted to be a physician. Nothing could blunt his resolve –not even when improvised explosive devices, bombs and trappings of war put the medical [...]
Using the body to recognize and attack cancer
Aug 22, 2018

Shedding light on the 'sunshine vitamin'

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Vitamin D, sometimes referred to as the ‘sunshine vitamin,’ comes up frequently in the clinical setting. Over the last few decades, we have learned that vitamin D may actually have a much broader role in human health than once thought. A deficiency in vitamin D is very common, mainly due [...]
Shedding light on the 'sunshine vitamin'
Aug 21, 2018

'Gut touch?' Mayo Clinic researchers discover important trigger for serotonin release

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Researchers at Mayo Clinic have discovered an important mechanical trigger in the gut for releasing serotonin in the body. Serotonin is an important hormone and neurotransmitter in the human body, believed to help regulate digestion, appetite, mood, social behavior, sleep and other important functions. The researchers’ findings were published this week in [...]
'Gut touch?' Mayo Clinic researchers discover important trigger for serotonin release
Aug 16, 2018

Investigating gene therapy strategies for obesity: Ping Chen, Ph.D.

By Jennifer Schutz @jenniferschutz
The major challenge in treating obesity is not just losing weight, but preventing weight from coming back. With a research grant form Regenerative Medicine Minnesota, Ping (Vicky) Chen, Ph.D., Mayo Clinic research associate,  is studying a new treatment strategy using gene transfer therapy to safely target brain mechanisms that control [...]
Investigating gene therapy strategies for obesity: Ping Chen, Ph.D.
Aug 14, 2018

Research suggests genetics are key in treating night sweats

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
This post originally was published on the Center for Individualized Medicine blog on June 25, 2018 Article by Heather Carlson Women going through menopause know all too well the discomfort associated with night sweats. Hormone therapy is often used to prevent night sweats. But finding the right dose of estrogen [...]
Research suggests genetics are key in treating night sweats
Aug 9, 2018

Using CSI-type technology to unravel the source of bacteria

By Susan Buckles @susanbuckles
This article originally appeared on the Center for Individualized Medicine blog on May 28, 2018. Mayo Clinic laboratory workers have a new tool to perform high tech genetic sleuthing for the source of stubborn, sometimes life-threatening bacteria. Bacterial whole genome sequencing can trace individual isolates of bacteria such as Staphylococcus [...]
Using CSI-type technology to unravel the source of bacteria
Aug 8, 2018

New pathway in prostate cancer cells suggests possible therapy

By Sara Tiner @saratiner
Expanding on previous findings, a group of Mayo researchers continue using discovery research in cells to find options for treating cancers. In their most recent paper, published in Molecular Cell, the team's research suggest that a drug used for breast cancer may be helpful in some types of prostate cancers. [...]
New pathway in prostate cancer cells suggests possible therapy
Aug 7, 2018

Senescent cells and aging: Following up on the unexpected pays off

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Starting at age 8, Jan van Deursen, Ph.D., helped his carpenter father on the weekends when he built custom staircases, windows and doors for people in their village in the Netherlands. “My father had a fast pace, and I had to keep up with him,” says Dr. van Deursen. “I didn’t [...]
Senescent cells and aging:  Following up on	the unexpected pays off
Aug 6, 2018

Regenerative medicine in novel fetal therapy program

By Jennifer Schutz @jenniferschutz
A life-saving procedure improves fetal lung health and reduces post-natal complications Specialists at Mayo Clinic are pioneering a life-saving procedure as part of a clinical trial for babies with congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH). When a baby’s lungs are not adequately developed at birth, severe complications and even death can result. Waiting [...]
Regenerative medicine in novel fetal therapy program
Aug 2, 2018

Research News Roundup-July 2018

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
The Mayo Clinic Research News Roundup includes brief summaries and links to research-related news releases from the past month. It also connects readers to associated resources. Read on for more information from Mayo Clinic Research. Anesthesia, surgery linked to subtle decline in memory and thinking in older adults, Mayo study finds In [...]
Research News Roundup-July 2018
Aug 1, 2018

Mentorship program makes research aspirations a reality

By Caitlin Doran @caityrosey
Mrinal Patnaik, M.B.B.S., is a physician in the Department of Hematology at Mayo Clinic with a keen interest in the clinical management of blood cancers. In recent years, however, Dr. Patnaik realized he wanted to develop a deeper understanding of the disease biology of these cancers and the ways that [...]
Mentorship program makes research aspirations a reality
Jul 31, 2018

Banking on improved health

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
This article originally appeared on the Center for Individualized Medicine blog on June 4, 2018. Article by Barbara Toman Just as money in the bank boosts your financial well-being, biobanks have the power to impact your health. Think of biobank samples as assets that researchers can draw upon to improve [...]
Banking on improved health
Jul 30, 2018

What's new on the web?

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
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, [...]
What's new on the web?
Jul 26, 2018

Submit abstracts for 2018 Symposium on Regenerative Medicine and Surgery

By Jennifer Schutz @jenniferschutz
Abstracts are now being accepted for the Mayo Clinic Symposium on Regenerative Medicine and Surgery. The symposium will be held Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 2018 at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona. Interested physicians, researchers, medical students, post-doctoral and pre-doctoral students, as well as allied health staff, are invited [...]
Submit abstracts for 2018 Symposium on Regenerative Medicine and Surgery
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