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March 20, 2020

Mayo Researchers Develop Unique Tool, Lab to Study Vaping

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor

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 Center, also understands why […]

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Tags: Alexandra Ward, COVID-19, Jon Ebbert, lung disease, medical research, Nicotine Dependence Center, vaping


February 14, 2020

Filling hearts instead of test tubes

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor

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 mixture is not one […]

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Tags: Mayo Clinic Children's Center, research


February 13, 2020

Embracing clinical research with ‘both feet and hands’

By Caitlin Doran Caitlin Doran

Adrian Vella, M.D., says medical careers run like a hereditary condition in his family. “My father is a physician, my brother is a surgeon, and there are lots of medical people on my mother’s side as well.” So it was almost inevitable that, from an early age, he thought about becoming a physician as well. […]

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Tags: Adrian Vella, Center for Clinical and Translational Science, clinical research, clinical trials, diabetes, endocrinology, Henry Schultz, K Sreekumaran Nair, Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education, Michael Jensen, Robert Rizza


February 11, 2020

Clinical Decision Support: Making It Easy to Do the Right Thing

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor

According to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, clinical decision support provides clinicians, staff, patients or other individuals with knowledge and person-specific information, intelligently filtered or presented at appropriate times, to enhance health and health care. At Mayo Clinic there are a range of activities surrounding the development, optimization and implementation […]

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Tags: anesthesiology, artificial intelligence, clinical informatics, Justin Kreuter, Matthew Warner, Mayo Clinic Laboratories, patient safety, shared decision making


February 6, 2020

Improving the quality of life for the aging population in Rochester and beyond

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor

By Adolfo Espitia Jr., public affairs intern Diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension some years ago, Elizabeth, now 65, was left with a debilitating condition that prevented her from even light activities. She had to rely on her husband to take care of their home. Finally, the medications she had taken for 10 years stopped working, forcing […]

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Tags: aging, Center for Clinical and Translational Science, geriatrics, Kogod Center on Aging, population health, Robert Pignolo


February 5, 2020

“I Just Didn’t Understand”: On a Mission to Cure ALS

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor

By Barbara J. Toman For Veronique Belzil, Ph.D., the fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is personal. In 2000, while working as a psychologist in Canada, she watched her husband’s uncle succumb to the disease. “The progression was so fast and his condition was so sad,” she says. “I just didn’t understand how this could […]

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Tags: ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Center for Individualized Medicine, DNA, epigenetics, Lou Gehrig's disease, Veronique Belzil


February 3, 2020

Merging minds to accelerate research discovery

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor

Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University formed the Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University Alliance for Health Care in 2010 to merge minds and accelerate research discoveries, improve patient care through innovation and transform medical education to enhance health outcomes. Highlights of two of the joint research efforts follow. Identifying a blood-based biomarker for early-stage […]

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Tags: Alzheimer's disease, Arizona State University, basic science, biomarkers, Charles Adler, infectious disease, Michael Sierks, MRSA, Parkinson's disease, Robin Patel


January 31, 2020

How a love for learning inspired an investment in physicians of the future

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor

Jay Alix grew up surrounded by an unlikely team of experts. That, and a supportive community, gave him a push that turned him into a world-class business leader. Now a member of the Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees, he’s sharing his legendary business acumen to help Mayo Clinic educate the next generation of physician-scientists and […]

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Tags: Gianrico Farrugia, John Noseworthy, Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic Model of Research, medical innovation, research, research education


January 24, 2020

The Compass offers direction on biomedical issues

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor

By Jay Furst A compass, whether the old-fashioned kind in a brass case or the hands-free version on your dashboard, provides direction and helps you to find your way. The word’s Latin origin, though, is about more than navigation. It’s the root of the word “compassion,” which implies feeling, connectedness and presence. It’s that deeper […]

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Tags: biomedical ethics, Center for Clinical and Translational Science, Center for Individualized Medicine, Daniel Hall-Flavin, health humanities, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, research, Richard Sharp


January 6, 2020

Out of the shadows: Understanding endocrine cancers

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor

Most medical centers and major cancer organizations arrange cancers by organ systems. Patients with advanced radioactive iodine refractory thyroid cancers have traditionally been cared for in head and neck groups, and adrenal cancers in genitourinary groups. Unfortunately, this means that patients with endocrine cancers are embedded in groups that are home to much more prevalent […]

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Tags: Ashish Chintakuntlawar, AskMayoExpert, clinical trials, Crystal Hilger, endocrine cancer, endocrinology, John Morris, Keith Bible, Mabel Ryder, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, oncology, thyroid cancer


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