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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
Mar 17, 2020

Regenerating missing bacteria for healthier lungs

By Jennifer Schutz @jenniferschutz
Connection to COVID-19 People with COPD are at a greater risk of contracting COVID-19, and likely to experience much worse cases than people with healthy lungs. To help alleviate concerns, the COPD Foundation has set up a continuous blog with expert answers to questions related to COPD. In addition, the Centers [...]
Regenerating missing bacteria for healthier lungs
Mar 12, 2020

How a childhood goal of advocating for the sick led to medical school and beyond

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Unrealistic. Selfish. Impossible.The words were lobbed at Waleed Gibreel, M.B.B.S., who has lived in the margins of two powerful forces that shaped him — his dream of becoming a top-flight surgeon and his reality of growing up in war-torn Sudan.“I knew as a child that my ultimate goal was to be [...]
How a childhood goal of advocating for the sick led to medical school and beyond
Mar 11, 2020

Virus beware: cells can defend themselves

By Sara Tiner @saratiner
According to a new paper in Nature Communications, a protein known to help cells defend against infection also helps their mitochondria. The protein, one in a group called myxovirus-resistance (Mx) protein, helps cells without calling in white blood cells.  But now, the researchers report it also helps cells by preventing [...]
Virus beware: cells can defend themselves
Mar 10, 2020

Patient's premature aging symptoms tied to shorter DNA strands

By Colette Gallagher @colettegallagher
At only 27-years-old, Morgan Cook recalls the days when she had an abundant amount of energy. “I would lift weights. I would do cardio. I would – you name it, I would do it. I was a lot more active,” says Cook. “I felt like I was able to do more [...]
Patient's premature aging symptoms tied to shorter DNA strands
Mar 6, 2020

Off the shelf vessels: A regenerative approach for coronary artery bypass

By Jennifer Schutz @jenniferschutz
Growing blood vessels in a lab for human use may sound like a futuristic dream. However, Mayo Clinic researchers are seeking to do just that to advance a regenerative approach to coronary bypass graft surgery. Through a Regenerative Medicine Minnesota grant, a Mayo research team is developing tissue that could [...]
Off the shelf vessels: A regenerative approach for coronary artery bypass
Mar 4, 2020

Providers investigate less invasive procedures for lung cancer and COPD

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
By Sara Nick At Mayo Clinic, research and care often weave together. Many times this results in Mayo patients being the first to benefit from novel options for diagnosis or treatment. For instance, pulmonologists are testing the potential for new, minimally invasive procedures to diagnose and treat conditions including lung cancer [...]
Providers investigate less invasive procedures for lung cancer and COPD
Mar 3, 2020

Research News Roundup--February 2020

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
Each month, we publish Mayo Clinic's Research News Roundup. This article includes brief summaries and links to news releases from the preceding month that discuss some of our latest medical research and/or research education. It also connects readers to related resources. Read on for recent findings of Mayo Clinic Research: Florida State University [...]
Research News Roundup--February 2020
Mar 2, 2020

Stem cells in space: A new frontier in regenerative medicine training

By Jennifer Schutz @jenniferschutz
A Mayo Clinic graduate student is looking to the stars as a new way to advance regenerative therapies for cancer. Rawan Al-Kharboosh, a Ph.D. candidate at Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus, is investigating how stromal vascular fraction stem (SVF) cells react in microgravity and if that may be applied to fight [...]
Stem cells in space: A new frontier in regenerative medicine training
Feb 27, 2020

Evolution of cardiac regeneration

By Jennifer Schutz @jenniferschutz
February is American Heart Month, a time to acknowledge advancements in a new generation of care. This year focus is placed on repairing damaged heart tissue and restoring heart function after a heart attack. The Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine is leading research into cardiac regeneration. Accounting for nearly 20 [...]
Evolution of cardiac regeneration
Feb 26, 2020

Training that increases research knowledge and confidence also boosts academic productivity

By Caitlin Doran @caityrosey
Engaging in research can be challenging and intimidating for those who have never done it before. Mayo Clinic’s pharmacy residency program ensures all its trainees are set up for success by offering research and scholarship education as a standard part of their curriculum.  A recent paper published in Currents in [...]
Training that increases research knowledge and confidence also boosts academic productivity
Feb 25, 2020

Vitamin D deficiency - a common thread, commonly missed

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
Everyone has heard of vitamin D. Most of us know that our bodies produce vitamin D when we spend time in the sun, and that if we don’t get enough sunlight, or if for some other reason our bodies don’t produce enough vitamin D, it’s not good. But why exactly is it bad for [...]
Vitamin D deficiency - a common thread, commonly missed
Feb 20, 2020

Restoring function with larynx transplantation

By Jennifer Schutz @jenniferschutz
Mayo Clinic has launched a first of its kind regenerative transplant program aimed at restoring function for people who need their larynx, or voice box, removed. In the United States about 60,000 people are living without a larynx, due to disease or trauma. The larynx is a segment of the respiratory [...]
Restoring function with larynx transplantation
Feb 19, 2020

Researchers identify 7 best practices for physicians working with dementia caregivers

By Adam Harringa @harringaadam
People with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia often rely on family caregivers to plan or assist with their medical care. But caregivers are not usually fully integrated in their family members’ clinical appointments or care plan. To identify gaps in care and communication, Mayo Clinic researchers have identified seven best practices for health care providers [...]
Researchers identify 7 best practices for physicians working with dementia caregivers
Feb 18, 2020

Mayo researchers studying 'promising' new approach to treating advanced cancer, 1 patient at a time, 1 tumor at a time

By Susan Murphy @susanmurphy
A collaborative team of Mayo Clinic scientists is studying an innovative strategy for treating advanced cancer, using genomics and human tumor samples as their guide. The novel approach, called Ex Vivo, creates a miniature cancer replica for testing therapies outside a patient’s body, combined with a comprehensive genomic analysis of [...]
Mayo researchers studying 'promising' new approach to treating advanced cancer, 1 patient at a time, 1 tumor at a time
Feb 17, 2020

AI system helps individualize treatment people diagnosed with depression

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
When searching for an exact diagnosis through a myriad of complex and serious factors spread across millions of data points, it helps to have a powerful magnifying glass — and another expert point of view. Enter Arjun Athreya, Ph.D., an engineer by trade who has a knack for bringing together data [...]
AI system helps individualize treatment people diagnosed with depression
Feb 14, 2020

Filling hearts instead of test tubes

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Editor's note: This story is not about Mayo Clinic research, but rather about a part of a researcher's life that builds hope in little hearts, and gives him joy. It's 10 a.m. on a Thursday, and Merrick Ducharme is up to his elbows (OK, his wrists) in slime. The gooey, gluey [...]
Filling hearts instead of test tubes
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