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March 12, 2019

Patients are helping researchers crack the code on cavernous malformations

By Advancing the Science contributor advancingthescience

Blood vessels in Kandie Nelson’s brain had become abnormally tangled and twisted around themselves. But for years, she didn’t know it. Until one day when she picked up the phone at work. “I was working at the front desk of a hotel, and I went to answer the phone, and it came out, ‘Blah, blah, […]

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Tags: cavernous malformations, Giuseppe Lanzino, Kandie Nelson, Kayla Nelson, Kelly Flemming, neurology


March 6, 2019

Online training demystifies research and catalyzes productivity

By Caitlin Doran caityrosey

Mayo Clinic has a deep well of potential research talent. At last count, Mayo Clinic employed more than 3,800 full-time research personnel, including 234 full-time science faculty and 740 physicians actively involved in research.  These numbers barely scratch the surface when it comes to the depth and breadth of Mayo Clinic’s research pool. In addition, […]

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Tags: Amy Oxentenko, cardiovascular medicine, Center for Clinical and Translational Science, David Warner, Department of Internal Medicine, ECaTS, FunCaTS, Gabrielle Anderson, Garrett Schramm, Heidi Felix, Kara Mangold, Lee Skrupky


February 13, 2019

Coping with the “work of being a patient”

By Caitlin Doran caityrosey

There’s no getting around it: being a patient is hard work. And it gets even harder for patients living with multiple chronic conditions. This “work” is made of up all the responsibilities and tasks doctors ask patients to take on in order to access and use health care and in order to successfully carry out […]

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Tags: capacity coaching, Kasey Boehmer, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, minimally disruptive medicine, shared decision making


February 7, 2019

Eva Galanis, M.D.-Bitten by the virotherapy bug

By Advancing the Science contributor advancingthescience

Every day more than 1,600 Americans die from cancer. Most of them have cancer that can’t be cured with traditional methods — surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. The father of Evanthia Galanis, M.D., was one of them. He died in the late 1990s from melanoma when his daughter was a junior faculty member at Mayo Clinic. “My father would have […]

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Tags: basic science, cancer, clinical trials, Eva Galanis, gene therapy, hematology, immunotherapy, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, measles virus, oncology, SPORE, virotherapy


February 6, 2019

Mayo Clinic investigators receive research awards from ‘Regenerative Medicine Minnesota’

By Jennifer Schutz jenniferschutz

Regenerative Medicine Minnesota (RMM) recently announced the 2019 Regenerative Medicine Minnesota Research Awards. This year’s research grants are aimed at developing better therapies for people with diabetes, cartilage injury, heart disease, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, spinal cord injury, neurological disorders, and age-related macular degeneration. The grants are awarded to investigators in the areas of […]

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Tags: Center for Regenerative Medicine, Regenerative Medicine Minnesota, stem cells


February 4, 2019

“Only” a medical student, already advancing the science

By Jon Holten jonholten

Rosalie Sterner is already impressive, concurrently pursuing her M.D. and Ph.D. degrees through Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science. However, recently she made additional waves, as the lone medical student to receive the 2018 Outstanding Abstract Achievement Award from the American Society of Hematology. Sterner received this award and presented her work on development […]

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Tags: CAR-T, clinical trials, hematology, immunology, Karen Hedin, lymphoma, Rosalie Sterner, Saad Kenderian


January 29, 2019

The Newbies Weigh In – Women in cardiology

By Advancing the Science contributor advancingthescience

Diversity and inclusion are integral to Mayo Clinic’s mission to provide excellent, culturally relevant care in a welcoming environment to patients from a wide variety of backgrounds and creating an inclusive work environment where differences are valued, allowing individuals to achieve and contribute to their fullest potential. The women featured in these profiles represent a […]

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Tags: cardiology, diversity, health disparities, LaPrincess Brewer, Marysia Tweet, medical research, medical research education, Rekha Mankad, research education, Shannon Dunlay, women's health


January 22, 2019

Pharmacogenomics: finding the right drug, dose for cancer therapy

By Advancing the Science contributor advancingthescience

By Sharon Rosen Each year, nearly 300,000 patients receive the lifesaving chemotherapy 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) to treat many types of cancer, including colorectal, breast, bowel, skin, pancreatic, and esophageal cancer. While it can be an effective treatment, it doesn’t work for everyone. In fact, up to 30 percent of those who receive the standard dose can […]

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Tags: cancer, Center for Individualized Medicine, individualized medicine, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, personalized medicine, pharmacogenomics, Robert Diasio


January 3, 2019

A vaccine to prevent breast cancer? It’s worth a shot

By Advancing the Science contributor advancingthescience

Each fall, millions of Americans roll up their sleeves for a flu shot, grateful for the quick pinch that may save them from the misery the flu can bring. In the not-too-distant future, there may be a poke with a much bigger payout. Scientists at Mayo Clinic and elsewhere are working on vaccines that could […]

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Tags: breast cancer, immunotherapy, Keith Knutson, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, ovarian cancer


December 27, 2018

Be the life [science] of the party

By Caitlin Doran caityrosey

Looking for a scientific conversation starter for New Year’s Eve? Advancing the Science has you covered with this top-10 recap of our hottest medical research stories from 2018. With this list in your back pocket, you’ll never run out of interesting cocktail banter. And we guarantee you’ll wow your friends with your scientific smarts. #1  […]

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Tags: celiac disease, comfort care, end of life care, fetal surgery, geology, gluten free, Imad Absah, liver disease, Mark Truty, maternal and fetal medicine, multiple sclerosis, nephrology


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