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September 10, 2019

Mayo fellow already an internationally recognized expert on celiac disease

By Advancing the Science contributor advancingthescience

Alberto Rubio Tapia, M.D., was a fellowship-trained gastroenterologist in Mexico. He came to Mayo Clinic in 2006 to gain research experience. “My institution in Mexico City, National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition (Salvador Zubiran), has a long tradition in clinical and research training collaboration with Mayo Clinic, so I was familiar with Mayo,” says […]

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Tags: Alberto Rubio Tapia, celiac disease, gastroenterology, Joseph Murray, Laura Raffals, Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education


August 8, 2019

We are the world

By Advancing the Science contributor advancingthescience

From the earliest days, physicians and scientists have flocked to Mayo Clinic from all over the world to learn. Today is no different. Thousands of international physicians and scientists have trained or worked at Mayo Clinic. Here are the stories of two Mayo Clinic scientists who came to Mayo from opposite sides of the globe.

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Tags: breast cancer, cardiology, cardiovascular medicine, Charanjit Rihal, clinical trial, gastroenterology, Gianrico Farrugia, hepatology, pancreatic cancer, Vijay Shah, Yan Bi


August 7, 2019

Researcher challenges her team to develop solution for DRC health crisis

By Advancing the Science contributor advancingthescience

Marina Walther-Antonio, Ph.D., has a full plate. An associate consultant in surgical research in the departments of Surgery and Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, she studies the microbiome role in human health and disease, particularly endometrial and ovarian cancer. She also develops technology in her lab, including microbial single-cell technologies for point-of-care […]

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Tags: cervical cancer, Deborah Rhodes, endometrial cancer, general internal medicine, gynecologic surgery, gynecology, Heidi Nelson, HPV, human papillomavirus, Marina Walther-Antonio, Mayo Clinic Ventures, obstetrics


July 25, 2019

Undergraduate students participate in Mayo research, develop careers, collaborations

By Advancing the Science contributor advancingthescience

Advancements in the field of medical research do not always follow a straight line. There are obstacles, challenges and questions that are seemingly unsolvable. 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 who is asking, “Why not?”

That’s the genesis behind Innovative Minds Partnering to Advance Curative Therapies, known as IMPACT. The program brings together undergraduates from all fields of study and from colleges and universities around the Midwest. The students form teams, each with a faculty mentor, to form hypotheses for a single, shared research question.

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Tags: hypoplastic left heart syndrome, Katherine Campbell, Mayo Clinic Health System, Timothy Nelson


July 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 research. Dr. Grahn, then a college […]

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Tags: Anthony Windebank, Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education, neurosurgery, Peter Grahn, spinal cord injury


July 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. His research is funded by […]

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Tags: amputation, biomedical engineering, Daniel Berry, David Lewallen, health sciences research, Hilal Maradit Kremers, Kenton Kaufman, orthopedic surgery, orthopedics, physiology


June 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 comprehensive understanding of vaccine […]

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Tags: Gregory Poland, immunology, Inna Ovsyannikova, Richard Kennedy, Stephen Crooke, vaccine research, vaccines, Zika


June 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 spinal stimulation to enable function […]

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Tags: clinical trial, Jered Chinnock, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences, Megan Gill, neurology, neurosurgery, Peter Grahn, physical therapy, rehabilitation, spinal cord injury


May 2, 2019

Trailblazers

By Advancing the Science contributor advancingthescience

Between 1889 and 1926, Mayo Clinic had appointed 11 women physicians to the staff. By 1935 only one remained. No more were added until 1948. Today Mayo Clinic has 9,555 living female alumni (physicians and scientists) around the world. Join us in celebrating the early women physicians and scientists who blazed trails at Mayo Clinic.

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Tags: Della Drips, Georgine Luden, Gertrude Booker Granger, Isabella Herb, Leda Stacy, Winifred Ashby


April 25, 2019

For Dr. Joy Wolfram, the future of cancer treatment is in the (nanoparticle) details

By Advancing the Science contributor advancingthescience

Being named to a Forbes Magazine list probably isn’t on the radar of many researchers, especially those just starting their careers. But Mayo Clinic’s Joy Wolfram, Ph.D., has found herself in that situation after earning her way onto the publication’s annual list of “30 under 30.” The magazine describes this group of list-makers as “the brashest entrepreneurs across […]

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Tags: cancer, clinical trials, Joy Wolfram, nanomedicine


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