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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


April 23, 2019

Testing the bugs within to maintain health, detect and treat disease

By Susan Buckles susanbuckles

Article by Sharon Rosen The use of microbiome testing – which analyzes the trillions of bacteria in and on the body – is on the move. It’s going from the research lab into the clinic to help guide patient care. DNA testing technologies have revolutionized researchers’ ability to identify individual bacterial strains driving disease. Now […]

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Tags: Center for Individualized Medicine, colorectal cancer, digestive diseases, DNA testing, gastroenterology, gut health, microbiome, Purna Kashyap


April 11, 2019

Researching the immune system to provide relief from autoimmune encephalitis

By Advancing the Science contributor advancingthescience

Shuronda Hester had just started college and was looking forward to a new chapter in her young life when mysterious and frightening symptoms derailed her plans. Shuronda began having seizures and becoming “increasingly confused, at one point asking for her great-grandmother who passed away eight years ago,” reports First Coast News. Three trips to a hospital […]

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Tags: autoimmune disorder, Jason Siegel, MS, multiple sclerosis, neurology


April 10, 2019

Genetic testing reveals risk, steps to prevent aortic dissection

By Susan Buckles susanbuckles

Article by Sharon Rosen Stephanie Van Doren never realized that taking 30 mile bike rides in the Florida heat was putting her life at risk. But, care for digestive problems also uncovered that she was at risk for an aortic dissection, a potentially fatal condition that could occur with intense exercise. Her care team at […]

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Tags: Center for Individualized Medicine, genetic counseling, genetic testing, hereditary diseases, Timothy Woodward


April 4, 2019

The lowdown with Dr. Bharucha: Gastroenterology researcher and clinical trials guru

By Caitlin Doran caityrosey

For Adil Bharucha, M.B.B.S., M.D., research is a passion nurtured over time. A passion, he says, that came to him, not in a dazzling “a-ha moment,” but slowly, through the encouragement of mentors, the exhilarating feeling of discovery, and the compassion he felt for his patients—“through osmosis,” he says. He began his medical studies at […]

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Tags: Adil Bharucha, Center for Clinical and Translational Science, clinical trials, gastroenterology, medical research, Office of Clinical Trials


March 27, 2019

‘Bridge building specialists’ keep science moving forward

By Caitlin Doran caityrosey

Accelerating the hand-off between discovery and translation “Physicians and researchers often have new ideas for medical devices, drugs, biologics, or other products that they want to deliver to patients, but they don’t know how to bring those discoveries to life,” says Jeff Anderson, Ph.D., Mayo Clinic Office of Translation to Practice.  Taking the next steps in […]

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Tags: Andrew Badley, Barry Borlaug, Bharath Wootla, Center for Clinical and Translational Science, Jeff Anderson, Mayo Clinic Ventures, Nathan Wiederman


March 26, 2019

Buh-Bye, Breast Cancer?

By Advancing the Science contributor advancingthescience

Can breast cancer be prevented with a vaccine? Keith Knutson, Ph.D., Department of Immunology and director of the Discovery and Translation Labs Cancer Program at Mayo Clinic in Florida, thinks so. And he thinks it will happen during his lifetime. In collaboration with the National Breast Treatment Coalition, Dr. Knutson has developed a vaccine that […]

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Tags: breast cancer, cancer vaccine, clinical trials, immunology, Keith Knutson, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, ovarian cancer


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, Gabrielle Anderson, Garrett Schramm, Heidi Felix, Kara Mangold, Lee Skrupky, medical research, Meghana Halkar, Nathan Staff


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