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June 23, 2020

Harnessing the body’s ability to heal

By Susan Buckles Susan Buckles

Researchers at Mayo Clinic are studying ways to engineer human-like tissue to bolster the body’s ability to heal itself. Scientists in the Regenerative Medicine Biomaterials and Biomolecules Lab have engineered biomaterials that could regenerate tissue capable of restoring injured nerves and bones. They’ve discovered that biomaterials derived from polymers are biodegradable. When used along with […]

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Tags: biomedical engineering, bone regeneration, Center for Regenerative Medicine, discovery research, Lichun Lu, nerve regeneration, peripheral nerve damage, tissue engineering, Xifeng Liu


June 18, 2020

Crisis inspires innovation

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor

Mayo Clinic has an unparalleled resource to lead the response to COVID-19: our organizational values — the living legacy of the Mayo family and the Sisters of St. Francis, who established the foundation of Mayo Clinic.   Addressing employees, who face major challenges in the COVID-19 pandemic, Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., president and CEO, pledged on behalf of […]

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Tags: COVID-19, Gianrico Farrugia, influenza, Robert Brown


June 16, 2020

Focus on women’s health: Regenerative approaches to stress and fecal incontinence

By Susan Buckles Susan Buckles

Mayo Clinic is taking a regenerative approach to women’s healthcare to provide new therapeutic options for common conditions that standard treatments don’t fully address. One key area of focus is pelvic floor injury that leads to stress incontinence, a widespread and often embarrassing problem affecting some 18 million women, according to the National Association for […]

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Tags: Center for Regenerative Medicine, Emanuel Trabuco, fecal incontinence, incontinence, women's health


June 11, 2020

Seeking a regenerative therapy for chronic dry mouth

By Susan Buckles Susan Buckles

Mayo Clinic researchers are seeking a regenerative therapy for a vexing problem, particularly among cancer patients. How can medical providers treat a condition in which the mouth is so parched that it has an incessant feeling of a cotton lining? Xerostomia, also known as chronic dry mouth, is an agonizing side effect of injury to […]

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Tags: biobank, cancer, Center for Regenerative Medicine, chronic dry mouth, head and neck cancer, Jeffrey Janus, lab medicine, Nagarajan Kannan, salivary glands


June 9, 2020

Fishing for solutions to COVID-19 challenges

By Caitlin Doran Caitlin Doran

Local innovators and members of the Minnesota entrepreneurial community gathered May 15, 2020, for a virtual Walleye Tank: COVID-19 Showcase. The event showcased how Minnesota innovators and community leaders are stepping up to conquer COVID-19 challenges. It was hosted by Mayo Clinic Office of Entrepreneurship and University of Minnesota. The event is typically held as an in-person pitch competition. […]

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Tags: Center for Clinical and Translational Science, COVID-19, Office of Entrepreneurship, Stephen Ekker, Walleye Tank


June 3, 2020

Regenerative approaches could foster healing from COVID-19

By Susan Buckles Susan Buckles

Regenerative Medicine aims not only to repair or restore the function of cells, tissues or organs, but also the whole person. The latter is particularly important amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Regenerative approaches draw on the body’s natural abilities to heal, focus on establishing the healing environments and building new, healthy ways of functioning. These aspects […]

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Tags: Center for Regenerative Medicine, COVID-19, Craig Sawchuk, health sciences research, Ian Hargraves, patient experience, psychiatry, psychology, Victor Montori


May 21, 2020

A discovery step toward cell replacement therapy for diabetes

By Susan Buckles Susan Buckles

In what could be a step toward cell replacement therapy for diabetes, Mayo Clinic researchers have discovered how to manufacture cells capable of generating a hormone that regulates low blood sugar. Quinn Peterson, Ph.D. and his team have developed a new method of mass producing a cell product containing the hormone glucagon that is capable […]

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Tags: Center for Regenerative Medicine, diabetes, hypoglycemia, pluripotent stem cells, Quinn Peterson, stem cells


May 13, 2020

Trailblazers, part 2

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor

In the last Trailblazers article, we shared the stories of six women physicians and scientists appointed to the staff at Mayo Clinic between 1889 and 1926. These women stand out for their passion and leadership in medicine at a time when there were very few women in the field. These early women in medicine prepared […]

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Tags: anesthesiology, cardiology, Eva Gilbertson, Grace Roth, Jane Hodgson, Julia Herrick, multiple sclerosis, neurology, neurosurgery, physiology, radiology, Sarah Luse


May 7, 2020

Student-led interest group helps to build the future regenerative medicine workforce

By Jennifer Schutz Jennifer Schutz

Educating the next-generation of regenerative physician-scientists is a strategic priority of the Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine. And, as the field advances beyond traditional management of symptoms to addressing the underlying cause of disease through curative solutions, medical education must evolve to capitalize on this ongoing evolution. At Mayo Clinic, an interest group formed by […]

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Tags: education, Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine, Medical Students, regenerative medicine, World Stem Cell Summit


May 6, 2020

Noninvasive test may help some patients with melanoma avoid lymph node biopsy

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor

By Jay Furst A Mayo Clinic-led research team has developed a test for patients who have melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, that shows whether they’re at risk of the cancer spreading to other areas of the body. The research, described in the journal JCO Precision Oncology, could allow some patients at low […]

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Tags: Alexander Meves, cancer, Center for Individualized Medicine, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, melanoma, research, skin cancer, Tina Hieken


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