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May 12, 2022

Mayo Clinic in space: A history of discovery

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor (@advancingthescience)

Mayo Clinic has made important contributions to space medicine and research since the dawn of the U.S. space program, and prior to that with aeronautical research during World War II.   “Historically, Mayo Clinic has been closely involved in aerospace medicine,” says Jan Stepanek, M.D., director of Aerospace Medicine on Mayo Clinic’s Arizona campus. “Former Mayo staff […]

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Tags: Abba Zubair, aeronautical research, aerospace medicine, Alejandro Rabinstein, Jan Stepanek, Michael Harrison, Space medicine, stem cells in space


April 11, 2022

Unleashing the body’s ability to heal

By Susan Buckles Susan Buckles (@susanbuckles)

“We are the patient’s last, best hope,” has been the motto of the Immune, Progenitor and Cell Therapeutics lab, also known as the IMPACT lab, at Mayo Clinic. This lab specializes in clinical and investigative use of cells as living drugs within the body to fight disease and initiate healing when standard therapies don’t work. […]

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Tags: Allan Dietz, CAR-T cell therapy, cellular therapy, Center for Regenerative Medicine, clinical trials, Dennis Gastineau, Franklyn Prendergast, mesenchymal stem cells, perianal fistula, Stanimar Vuk-Pavlovic


April 5, 2022

Mayo Clinic at the Society of Behavioral Medicine #SBM2022 — the urgency of adaptation

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann (@elizabethzimmermann)

The 43rd Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine is April 6-9, in Baltimore. With the meeting theme “The Urgency of Adaptation,” the 2022 conference seeks to showcase opportunities for behavioral medicine to increase its effect on the climate crisis, systemic racism, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Embedded in the clinical practice, […]

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Tags: Ahmed (Shafii) Mohamed, Amelia Barwise, Arizona State University, Bridget Biggs, cancer, cardiovascular disease, Center for Health Equity and Community Engagement Research, Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, clinical trials, community engagement, COVID-19, diabetes


March 22, 2022

Serving my community with an open heart

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor (@advancingthescience)

By Eula Saxon Dean, community leader working with Mayo Clinic in Arizona on the National Institutes of Health’s Community Engagement Alliance Against COVID-19 Disparities Editor’s note: Mayo Clinic advances health equity by collaborating with communities in research that addresses their health concerns and aims to reduce health disparities. This article is the third in the […]

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Tags: Center for Clinical and Translational Science, Center for Health Equity and Community Engagement Research, community engagement, COVID-19, health equity, Raising Community Voices


March 8, 2022

A premier clinical researcher on smoking and tobacco

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor (@advancingthescience)

This article is part of a series honoring recipients of the 2021 Mayo Clinic Distinguished Alumni Award. This award is given in recognition of exceptional contributions of Mayo Clinic Alumni to medicine, including, research, education, practice and administration. The individuals receiving the award have often been recognized nationally or internationally in their fields. These articles […]

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Tags: Distinguished Alumni 2021, Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education, Nicotine Dependence Center, Richard Hurt, tobacco cessation


March 1, 2022

A visionary in biomedical informatics

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor (@advancingthescience)

This article is part of a series honoring recipients of the 2021 Mayo Clinic Distinguished Alumni Award. This award is given in recognition of exceptional contributions of Mayo Clinic Alumni to medicine, including, research, education, practice and administration. The individuals receiving the award have often been recognized nationally or internationally in their fields. These articles […]

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Tags: biomedical informatics, Christopher Chute, Distinguished Alumni 2021


February 25, 2022

NIMHD highlights Dr. Brewer’s cardiovascular health equity research

By Caitlin Doran Caitlin Doran (@caityrosey)

In honor of Black History Month, during February the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) has published a series of “Conversations with Researchers Advancing Health Equity.” One of the researchers featured is LaPrincess Brewer, M.D., a Mayo Clinic preventive cardiologist and health equity researcher. Dr. Brewer is principal investigator of the NIMHD- […]

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Tags: cardiology, Center for Clinical and Translational Science, Center for Health Equity and Community Engagement Research, health equity, heart health, LaPrincess Brewer, medical research


February 22, 2022

A translational research leader

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor (@advancingthescience)

This article is part of a series honoring recipients of the 2021 Mayo Clinic Distinguished Alumni Award. This award is given in recognition of exceptional contributions of Mayo Clinic Alumni to medicine, including, research, education, practice and administration. The individuals receiving the award have often been recognized nationally or internationally in their fields. These articles […]

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Tags: cardiology, cardiorenal homeostasis, cardiovascular disease, Distinguished Alumni 2021, John Burnett Jr., Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education


February 16, 2022

Mayo Clinic develops automated system to accelerate diagnoses for patients with rare diseases

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy (@susanmurphy)

Mayo Clinic researchers are working to accelerate the diagnoses of rare diseases and renew hope for patients whose symptoms have defied an explanation ― sometimes for years or even decades.    The team of genomics experts has developed an automated system called RENEW for tracking new scientific knowledge from around the world of pathogenic genetic variants and […]

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Tags: Alejandro Ferrer, biomedical informatics, Center for Individualized Medicine, Eric Klee, genomics, hematology, rare disease


February 15, 2022

Advancing a new era of regenerative medicine

By Susan Buckles Susan Buckles (@susanbuckles)

Allegorically speaking, if Mayo Clinic were a garden and regenerative technologies were fruits and vegetables, William Faubion Jr., M.D., sees himself as a gardener tending to the teams responsible for these new healing therapies. Dr. Faubion, who is the newly named associate medical director for Mayo Clinic’s Center for Regenerative Medicine, wants to advance discoveries […]

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Tags: Allan Dietz, biomedical engineering, CAR-T cell therapy, Center for Regenerative Medicine, Crohn's disease, Eric Dozois, gastroenterology, immune system, inflammatory bowel disease, perianal fistula, regenerative medicine research, surgery


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