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Jul 30, 2019

New Ph.D. students pledge to uphold biomedical ethics in new scientist's oath

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
By Jon Holten Just as aspiring physicians pledge to uphold medical ethics in the Hippocratic Oath, incoming Ph.D. students at Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences for the first time recently pledged to uphold biomedical ethics. As part of orientation, 52 students pursuing a doctoral degree in biomedical science started their research [...]
New Ph.D. students pledge to uphold biomedical ethics in new scientist's oath
Jul 29, 2019

Handling a critical drug shortage: The case of the effect of Hurricanes Maria and Irma on liquid nutrition

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
By Adolfo Espitia, Jr., undergraduate public affairs intern Hurricanes Irma and Maria struck back-to-back in Puerto Rico on Sept. 6 and 20, 2017, destroying pharmaceutical manufacturing plants that long supplied Mayo Clinic. Puerto Rico-based factories were the clinic’s single source of an amino acid solution required for preparation of liquid nutrition [...]
Handling a critical drug shortage: The case of the effect of Hurricanes Maria and Irma on liquid nutrition
Jul 25, 2019

Undergraduate students participate in Mayo research, develop careers, collaborations

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Advancements in the field of medical research don't always follow a straight line. Obstacles, challenges and questions arise. When researchers reach an impasse, what can they do? They can start with a new question. If everyone in the room is saying, "Yes, but ...," then it may be time to find someone [...]
Undergraduate students participate in Mayo research, develop careers, collaborations
Jul 24, 2019

Taking the guesswork out of finding the right depression therapy: Meet William Bobo, M.D.

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
By Sharon Rosen Depression can touch every aspect of a person’s life – affecting the way they think, feel and behave. It is also the leading medical condition for those who complete suicide. Getting the right therapy is crucial. But for patients suffering from the disorder, finding an effective treatment [...]
Taking the guesswork out of finding the right depression therapy: Meet William Bobo, M.D.
Jul 17, 2019

Read the latest research news from Mayo Clinic Cancer Center

By Nicole Brudos Ferrara @nicoleferrara
Forefront is the complimentary magazine of the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center. Published in email and online newsletter editions quarterly, Forefront highlights Mayo Clinic’s cutting-edge cancer research and the latest Cancer Center news. The June 2019 issue features: Director’s message: Prioritizing cancer researchFederal cancer research funding is vital to meet growing challenges as the population ages. Predicting [...]
Read the latest research news from Mayo Clinic Cancer Center
Jul 16, 2019

A walk on the wild side

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine launched a Wilderness and Austere Medicine selective to teach students how to provide care for individuals injured in resource-limited and diverse environmental conditions. A unique component of the medical school’s individualized learning is the 25 weeks of “selective” time protected within the first two [...]
A walk on the wild side
Jul 11, 2019

Meet Peter Grahn, Ph.D. -- "I've never heard no"

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
In 2010 Peter Grahn, Ph.D., attended an annual research symposium in Minneapolis hosted by the Morton Cure Paralysis Fund. Among the leading spinal cord injury researchers speaking was Mayo Clinic neurologist Anthony Windebank, M.D., the Judith and Jean Pape Adams Charitable Foundation Professor in Neuroscience, who discussed his laboratory’s [...]
Meet Peter Grahn, Ph.D. --
Jul 10, 2019

Biomarkers could help early diagnosis of Alzheimer's

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
By Maria Ly, undergraduate public affairs intern Early diagnosis will ultimately be essential in the management and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Examination of Alzheimer’s biomarkers can improve the prediction of short-term memory decline in middle-age and elderly individuals, according to new researchfrom Mayo Clinic. A new diagnostic framework developed in collaboration with [...]
Biomarkers could help early diagnosis of Alzheimer's
Jul 9, 2019

National Limb Loss Registry

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Kenton Kaufman, Ph.D., departments of Orthopedic Surgery and Physiology and Biomedical Engineering at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, is a veteran investigator of limb amputation and prostheses with more than 25 years of experience. He’s on the Medical Advisory Board of Prosthetics 2020, an initiative of the American Orthotic Prosthetic Association. [...]
National Limb Loss Registry
Jul 8, 2019

Mayo Clinic to host Sixth Annual Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Mayo Clinic will host the 6th Annual Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference at the Omni Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Montelucia in Scottsdale, Arizona, Sept. 19–20. This program is a joint effort among Mayo Clinic, Baylor College of Medicine, and Theresa's Research Foundation. The Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference was established as an annual medical [...]
Mayo Clinic to host Sixth Annual Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference
Jul 2, 2019

Research News Roundup-June 2019

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. Study finds value in physician-patient outcome assessment process Sometimes a physician thinks the outcome of a [...]
Research News Roundup-June 2019
Jul 1, 2019

Community preparedness for future outbreaks: Lessons from whooping cough

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
Lately the news has contained many stories of illness or death that could have been prevented by vaccination. Although in 2019 the stories have mostly been about measles, in 2016 it was pertussis, or whooping cough, as it was in 2012, and 2004-2005. The Centers for Disease Control estimates 24.1 million cases of whooping [...]
Community preparedness for future outbreaks: Lessons from whooping cough
Jun 27, 2019

From the desk of a fellow--Zika Virus: A Continuing Focus for Vaccine Development

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Stephen Crooke, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Vaccine Research Group within the Mayo Clinic Department of General Internal Medicine.   As a postdoctoral research fellow in the Mayo Clinic Vaccine Research Group, my research is centered primarily around the use of systems biology approaches to develop a more [...]
From the desk of a fellow--Zika Virus: A Continuing Focus for Vaccine Development
Jun 26, 2019

Researchers look at possible link between low vitamin B12 and Parkinson's symptoms

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
By Jay Furst Low vitamin B12 levels can worsen some symptoms of Parkinson's disease, especially postural instability and cognitive impairment, which can lead to falls and injuries, researchers say. Lower vitamin B12 levels also are associated with higher Hoehn-Yahr stage, the tool for assessing disease severity, and neuropathy in Parkinson's patients. While [...]
Researchers look at possible link between low vitamin B12 and Parkinson's symptoms
Jun 25, 2019

Mayo Clinic course addresses education gap

By Jennifer Schutz @jenniferschutz
Regenerative medicine is redefining clinical care—going beyond disease symptom management to addressing the underlying cause of disease to restore health. Regenerative care is expected to represent 10% of all health care in the next decade. Yet, education in regenerative medicine lags behind scientific and clinical advances. This threatens to leave physicians-in-training ill-equipped [...]
Mayo Clinic course addresses education gap
Jun 24, 2019

Mayo Clinic study explores cumulative radiation from CT use

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
By Jay Furst Computed tomography (CT), which uses specialized X-rays to create images of areas inside the body, has revolutionized medicine in the nearly 50 years since it became commonly available. From kidney stones to cancer, CT has become an indispensable diagnostic tool. In 1980, an estimated 3 million CT scans were [...]
Mayo Clinic study explores cumulative radiation from CT use
Jun 20, 2019

How are Helper T-Cells Made? And Yes, It's Important.

By Sara Tiner @saratiner
T-cells are having a moment. Well maybe not like Game of Thrones is having a moment, but as stars of the cancer treatment, immunotherapy, T-cells are definitely cool. But what is a T-cell? And how can you get one? Good news! Your body makes T-cells for you, a lot of [...]
How are Helper T-Cells Made? And Yes, It's Important.
Jun 19, 2019

App may make diabetes self-management and personalized health care decisions easier

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
Bithika Thompson, M.D., an endocrinologist at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, and M. Adela Grando, PhD., a biomedical informaticist at Arizona State University, recently teamed up on a health care research project that could transform the way individuals manage their diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is a chronic disease that affects more than 1.2 [...]
App may make diabetes self-management and personalized health care decisions easier
Jun 18, 2019

Research and innovation thrive at Mayo and beyond, with an assist from Mayo Clinic Ventures

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
By Kate Stober Mayo Clinic has a long and storied history of firsts — the first nonprofit practice aligned with research and education, the discovery of cortisone, the first hip replacement approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The list goes on. When patients need answers, Mayo staff aim to find [...]
Research and innovation thrive at Mayo and beyond, with an assist from Mayo Clinic Ventures
Jun 17, 2019

Finding what works best to stop osteoporosis in its tracks

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, more than 200 million people worldwide suffer from osteoporosis, or insufficient regeneration of bone tissue and fragile bones. At least 40% of postmenopausal women and 15-30% of older men will sustain one or more fractures due to fragility. Osteopenia, a lesser form of bone [...]
Finding what works best to stop osteoporosis in its tracks
Jun 13, 2019

How spinal stimulation research is working to restore function after paralysis

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Mayo Clinic has challenged its researchers to transform the practice of medicine with research that leverages multidisciplinary expertise, technology and therapeutic advances to address unmet clinical needs. This story describes how one team has risen to the challenge, elevated the level of teamwork across disciplines and achieved novel results using [...]
How spinal stimulation research is working to restore function after paralysis
Jun 12, 2019

Mayo Clinic researchers dig deeper to map brain tumors

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Surgeons in the operating room must achieve a delicate balance when removing a brain tumor: eradicate as much of the cancer as possible, and avoid injury to parts of the brain responsible for motor control, speech, and more. For years, doctors have been using brain mapping – that is, stimulating the brain with electrodes to [...]
Mayo Clinic researchers dig deeper to map brain tumors
Jun 11, 2019

Regenerative medicine training for the future workforce

By Jennifer Schutz @jenniferschutz
Bringing regenerative medicine to more patients requires highly skilled medical providers. During a recent weeklong educational course, 42 medical and graduate students were immersed in regenerative medicine at Mayo Clinic. The Regenerative Medicine and Surgery Selective introduces students to regenerative medicine and surgery by engaging students in the fundamental principles [...]
Regenerative medicine training for the future workforce
Jun 6, 2019

Not all stones are created equal

By Advancing the Science contributor @advancingthescience
Mayo Clinic’s CT Clinical Innovation Center recently released the first-ever quantitative Stone Analysis Software (qSAS) for characterizing renal stones from CT images. The product is available at no charge for research use through a software sharing agreement. Cynthia McCollough, Ph.D., Division of Medical Physics, Department of Radiology at Mayo Clinic [...]
Not all stones are created equal
Jun 5, 2019

Mayo Clinic at ASCO 2019

By Elizabeth Zimmermann @elizabethzimmermann
Every year the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) hosts a gathering of cancer researchers and clinicians from around the world to teach and learn from each other, sharing their research and innovations in patient care. ASCO's mission is "conquering cancer through research education, and promotion of the highest quality patient [...]
Mayo Clinic at ASCO 2019
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