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September 22, 2020

Regenerative Medicine Biotrust: advancing the practice through research

By Susan Buckles Susan Buckles

Regenerative medicine is a catalyst for innovation in health care, shifting the focus from treating symptoms of disease to unleashing the body’s ability to heal. Integral to the Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine, the Center for Regenerative Medicine Biotrust is an important investment for Mayo Clinic. This unique resource enables physicians and scientists to […]

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Tags: Dennis Wigle, induced pluripotent stem cells, regenerative sciences, stem cell research, Zachary Resch


September 17, 2020

Could regenerative medicine hold a key to understanding Alzheimer’s disease?

By Susan Buckles Susan Buckles

September is World Alzheimer’s Month, a time to raise awareness of research to unlock scientific mysteries around a disease that robs people of their memory, independence and ultimately their ability to think and reason. Focused on disease causes and cures, the Center for Regenerative Medicine is driving innovation as a collaborative partner in Mayo Clinic’s […]

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Tags: Alzheimer's disease, basic science, Center for Regenerative Medicine, dementia, discovery research, Guojun Bu, Melissa Murray, neurology, neurosciences, stem cells


September 15, 2020

A regenerative alternative to hip replacement

By Susan Buckles Susan Buckles

Mikaili Robertson has a passion for playing college sports, so the second baseman was devastated when at age 18 he learned he needed a hip replacement. Worried his playing days might be over, he turned to Mayo Clinic and a surgery that — along with a cadaver tissue transplant — would tap the body’s power […]

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Tags: Aaron Krych, Center for Regenerative Medicine, hip replacement, osteonecrosis, Rafael Sierra, sickle cell disease


September 8, 2020

Stem cell research to improve hemodialysis

By Susan Buckles Susan Buckles

Stem cell therapy after angioplasty helps keep arteriovenous fistula blood vessels open, Mayo Clinic discovered in animal studies. An arteriovenous fistula is a passageway between an artery and a vein. This research, supported in part by the Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine, provides a foundation on which someday patients with end stage renal disease, who […]

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Tags: Center for Regenerative Medicine, dialysis, hemodialysis, kidney disease, medical research, nephrology, Sanjay Misra, stem cell research


September 1, 2020

Regenerating muscles after cancer surgery

By Susan Buckles Susan Buckles

Advancements in microsurgery are making it possible to harness the body’s healing power to regenerate muscle strength after some cancer surgeries, particularly surgery to remove soft tissue sarcoma. Mayo Clinic orthopedic oncologists are teaming with plastic surgeons in a procedure they’ve coined “oncoregeneration.” They are seeking to perfect this procedure in which large muscle is transferred to close […]

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Tags: Center for Regenerative Medicine, Matthew Houdek, microsurgery, regenerative medicine, Regenerative Medicine Minnesota, soft tissue sarcoma, Steven Moran


August 26, 2020

Mayo Clinic Research in the news — 8/26/2020

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann

Although it hasn’t even been a week, many news outlets have featured Mayo Clinic Research and our research experts in articles across a broad range of topics. In order not to overload – it really is shaping up to be an interesting week – we’ll save COVID-related news for another day. Read on to hear […]

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Tags: Allisa Song, Alzheimer's disease, animal model, Clifford Jack Jr., dogs, fibromyalgia, hypertension, liver disease, Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, medical research education, menopause


August 24, 2020

Second Language Learning Linked to Brain Surgery Recovery

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor

By Lynda De Widt Researchers at Mayo Clinic in Florida report differences in clinical outcomes between “late bilingual” and monolingual glioblastoma patients undergoing awake brain surgery for tumor removal — information that could help guide surgeons in the operating room. Their findings, published in the Journal of Neuro-Oncology, suggest that bilingual patients who have learned […]

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Tags: Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, Anthony Ritaccio, awake craniotomy, brain tumor, clinical research, David Sabsevitz, Erik Middlebrooks, Kaisorn Chaichana, Mark Jentoft, Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, neurology, neurosurgery


August 11, 2020

Expanding CAR T-cell therapy, welcoming Dr. Qin

By Susan Buckles Susan Buckles

The first time Hong Qin, M.D., Ph.D., saw images of how chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy obliterated a tumor, he was captivated and inspired by this revolutionary treatment. As the new director of Regenerative Immunotherapies at Mayo Clinic in Florida, Dr. Qin and his team will play a pivotal role in accelerating the latest […]

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Tags: blood cancer, CAR T-cell therapy, CAR-T, Center for Regenerative Medicine, Hong Qin, immunotherapy, leukemia, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, regenerative medicine


July 28, 2020

Using stem cells to find causes and treatments to prevent sudden cardiac death

By Susan Buckles Susan Buckles

Mystified by the need for defibrillation to save a 10-year-old from drowning, Michael Ackerman, M.D., Ph.D., vowed to dig for answers. That pivotal case during a Mayo Clinic pediatric cardiology residency was the catalyst for Dr. Ackerman’s career in genetic sleuthing of inherited sudden cardiac death syndromes. With help from the Center for Regenerative Medicine […]

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Tags: Brugada syndrome, Center for Regenerative Medicine, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, induced pluripotent stem cells, Long QT Syndrome, Michael Ackerman, regenerative medicine, sudden cardiac death


July 14, 2020

Interstellar research to advance regenerative therapies

By Susan Buckles Susan Buckles

Mayo Clinic research is reaching to the cosmos for answers on how to overcome hurdles in engineering human stem cells. Mesenchymal stem cells are adult stem cells with potential to unleash the body’s ability to heal diseased tissues and organs. However, growing or culturing stem cells in the laboratory is a slow process, and sometimes […]

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Tags: Abba Zubair, Center for Regenerative Medicine, deep space medicine, mesenchymal stem cells, stem cell research, stem cells, stem cells in space


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