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December 11, 2019

Graduate student draws on school experience to spread happiness to future classmates

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor

Happy. It isn’t a word quickly associated with students pursuing a top degree in biomedical science due to the pressure felt by those enrolled in rigorous Ph.D. programs. However, Emma Goddery noted that the students who were part of her interview at Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences were happy and smiling. “I knew the stresses […]

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Tags: Emma Goddery, immune system, Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, neuroimmunology, regenerative medicine


December 10, 2019

Diversity advances the best science

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor

For more than 25 years, Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences has partnered with the federal government through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to become a training destination for aspiring biomedical research scientists from backgrounds underrepresented in science. This includes people with disabilities, black/African Americans, American Indian/Alaska Natives, Hispanic/Latinos and Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islanders.

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Tags: Dennis Mays, health disparities, J. Luis Lujan, Jason Doles, Jim Maher, Karen Hedin, Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Rick McGee


November 29, 2019

One Small Bite, Deadly for Mankind

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor

You might recall the last offering from the Bow Tie Bandit and Mayo Clinic Laboratories was about the lowly tick (not an insect, an arachnid). Today’s podcast is on a real bug, or insect, which is the deadliest creature in the world. In One Small Bite, Deadly for Mankind, learn everything you need to know […]

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Tags: Elitza Theel, infectious disease, Justin Kreuter, lab medicine, Mayo Clinic Laboratories


November 27, 2019

Pediatric Advisory Board gives kids a voice in research that affects them

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor

A group of young people make up Mayo Clinic’s unique Pediatric Advisory Board, offering ideas about recruiting and communicating with research participants.

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Tags: Center for Clinical and Translational Science, community engagement, Megan Allyse, Miguel Valdez Soto, Pediatric Advisory Board


November 11, 2019

Mayo student a finalist in Collegiate Inventors Competition

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor

Allisa Song, a second-year medical student at Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine, and her teammates will head to Virginia this month as graduate finalists in the 2019 Collegiate Inventors Competition.

This competition brings together the nation’s most creative students to showcase and compete with their research and discoveries, and offers networking opportunities, market exposure, mentorship, and more.

Song and her team — which includes Elias Baker, Jennifer Steger, and Mackenzie Andrews — are bringing their invention, the Nanodropper, a universal eyedrop bottle adapter that eliminates eyedrop medication waste.

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Tags: Allisa Song, Elias Baker, entrepreneurship, Jennifer Steger, Mackenzie Andrews, Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine, medical innovation, medical research


November 1, 2019

A ‘gut-feeling’ for high-risk, high-reward research

By Caitlin Doran Caitlin Doran

Arthur Beyder, M.D., Ph.D., runs a research laboratory at Mayo Clinic focused on examining the molecular mechanisms of gastrointestinal function and dysfunction in diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome. His goal is to discover better ways to diagnose and treat these conditions, including individualized treatment options.

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Tags: Arthur Beyder, gastroenterology, Gianrico Farrugia, gut health, IBS, irritable bowel syndrome


October 30, 2019

Giving women the tools to take off

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor

Jennifer Westendorf, Ph.D., director of the Mayo Clinic Office of Research Diversity and Inclusion, says there’s a strong need to help women advance their projects involving research, patents and intellectual property.

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Tags: diversity, entrepreneurship, Jennifer Westendorf, Luz Cumba-Garcia, Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Yuguang Liu


October 25, 2019

Regenerative strategies for osteoarthritis: Jonathan Finnoff, D.O.

By Jennifer Schutz Jennifer Schutz

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting millions of people worldwide. It occurs when the protective cartilage that cushions the ends of your bones wears down over time. While the significant pain, limited activity, and decreased quality of life that affect patients with osteoarthritis can usually be managed, the damage to joints can’t […]

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Tags: Center for Regenerative Medicine, Jonathan Finnoff, osteoarthritis, regenerative medicine, Regenerative Medicine Minnesota


October 22, 2019

Meet the Investigator: Donald W. Northfelt, M.D.

By Nicole Ferrara Nicole Ferrara

At the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, hundreds of researchers dedicate their professional lives to reducing the burden of cancer. Each one has a unique story. In this issue, Donald W. Northfelt, M.D., an oncologist and breast cancer researcher at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona, talks about his research, his mentors and promoting equity in clinical […]

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Tags: breast cancer, cancer, Donald Northfelt, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, research


October 18, 2019

Mayo colleagues design adjustable fracture nail to improve patient outcomes

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor

By Sandy Shortridge Prompted by a health care innovation competition at Mayo Clinic’s Jacksonville, Florida, campus, two innovators recently joined forces and developed a new tool designed to reduce pain and shorten recovery time for patients with long bone fractures. The idea for their adjustable fracture nail started when Christine Mehner, M.D., a predoctoral Ph.D. […]

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Tags: Christine Mehner, medical innovation, orthopedics, Toni Turnbull


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