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November 14, 2019

Late relapse for breast cancer patients: Scientists work to predict risk

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor

By Sara Nick Many breast cancer patients develop recurrence years after the original diagnosis, despite following a long-term medication protocol after initial treatment. Mayo Clinic scientists are taking a closer look at which factors contribute to risk of recurrence, including the subtype of cancer patients have. “Understanding which patients are still at risk of late […]

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Tags: breast cancer, E. Aubrey Thompson, genomics, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Saranya Chumsri


November 12, 2019

Gerstner Regenerative Medicine Initiative: Tracking outcomes and supporting clinical trials

By Jennifer Schutz Jennifer Schutz

One of the challenges of integrating regenerative medicine into daily patient care is that it is so new, there is not a lot of available data to consider when determining best practices. A recent grant will help track information on how patient do after clinical trials. The Gerstner Regenerative Medicine Initiative, funded through a grant from […]

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Tags: Center for Regenerative Medicine, Gerstner Regenerative Medicine Initiative, osteoarthritis, regenerative medicine, stem cells


November 11, 2019

Mayo student a finalist in Collegiate Inventors Competition

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor

Allisa Song, a second-year medical student at Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine, and her teammates will head to Virginia this month as graduate finalists in the 2019 Collegiate Inventors Competition.

This competition brings together the nation’s most creative students to showcase and compete with their research and discoveries, and offers networking opportunities, market exposure, mentorship, and more.

Song and her team — which includes Elias Baker, Jennifer Steger, and Mackenzie Andrews — are bringing their invention, the Nanodropper, a universal eyedrop bottle adapter that eliminates eyedrop medication waste.

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Tags: Allisa Song, Elias Baker, entrepreneurship, Jennifer Steger, Mackenzie Andrews, Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine, medical innovation, medical research


November 7, 2019

Zane’s story: Fetal surgery to expand lungs

By Jennifer Schutz Jennifer Schutz

Baby Zane Fouts’ boundless curiosity starts at his feet, which he grabs and plays with happily. The energetic boy who’s full of smiles is a trailblazer for regenerative surgery performed in a clinical trial at Mayo Clinic even before birth. “He’s our miracle baby,” says his mother, Alyse Ahern-Mittelsted.  “He’s a rock star.” Ahern-Mittelsted was 20 weeks […]

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Tags: Dr. Rodrigo Ruano, Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine, pulmonary hypoplasia, Regenerative Medicine Minnesota


November 1, 2019

A ‘gut-feeling’ for high-risk, high-reward research

By Caitlin Doran Caitlin Doran

Arthur Beyder, M.D., Ph.D., runs a research laboratory at Mayo Clinic focused on examining the molecular mechanisms of gastrointestinal function and dysfunction in diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome. His goal is to discover better ways to diagnose and treat these conditions, including individualized treatment options.

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Tags: Arthur Beyder, gastroenterology, Gianrico Farrugia, gut health, IBS, irritable bowel syndrome


October 18, 2019

Mayo colleagues design adjustable fracture nail to improve patient outcomes

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor

By Sandy Shortridge Prompted by a health care innovation competition at Mayo Clinic’s Jacksonville, Florida, campus, two innovators recently joined forces and developed a new tool designed to reduce pain and shorten recovery time for patients with long bone fractures. The idea for their adjustable fracture nail started when Christine Mehner, M.D., a predoctoral Ph.D. […]

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Tags: Christine Mehner, medical innovation, orthopedics, Toni Turnbull


October 17, 2019

Florida building dedicated to medical discovery and innovation

By Jennifer Schutz Jennifer Schutz

The grand opening of the new Discovery and Innovation Building at Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus signals a new era of integrating regenerative medicine into daily practice. Regenerative medicine seeks to tap the body’s ability to replace, restore or regrow damaged or diseased cells, tissues and organs. A hub of research and technology, the new building […]

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Tags: Abba Zubair, Atta Behfar, biomanufacturing, Center for Regenerative Medicine, discovery research, lung transplantation, Mayo Clinic Life Science Incubator, medical innovation, regenerative medicine, stem cells


October 2, 2019

Research News Roundup–September 2019

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann

The Mayo Clinic Research News Roundup includes brief summaries and links to research-related news releases from Mayo Clinic in the past month. It also connects readers to associated resources. Read on for more information from Mayo Clinic Research. Medications underused in treating opioid addiction, Mayo Clinic expert says Though research shows that medication-assisted treatment can help […]

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Tags: aging, artificial intelligence, ASTRO, basic science, brain tumor, cancer, cardiology, Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, chemotherapy, clinical trials, collaboration, coronary bypass


September 26, 2019

Bioartificial liver: Bridge to liver regeneration

By Jennifer Schutz Jennifer Schutz

The liver has the greatest regenerative capacity of any organ in the body. However, when the liver is injured beyond its ability to regenerate itself, and a transplant is not readily available, there are few options for patients. Led by Scott Nyberg, M.D., Ph.D., researchers are refining their own version of a bioartificial liver, known as […]

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Tags: bioartificial liver, Center for Regenerative Medicine, regenerative medicine, research, Scott Nyberg, stem cells, transplant


September 16, 2019

Research breathes new air into donor lungs

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor

By Sara Nick Four hundred: That’s the number of U.S. patients who die each year awaiting a lung transplant, or are removed from the wait list when they become too ill. Now, cutting-edge research underway on Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus aims to save as many of those lives as possible. “We’re hoping to wipe out […]

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Tags: Abba Zubair, Center for Regenerative Medicine, David Erasmus, ex vivo lung perfusion, Jorge Mallea, lung transplant, pulmonology, regenerative medicine, stem cells, Transplant Center


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