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July 28, 2020

Using stem cells to find causes and treatments to prevent sudden cardiac death

By Susan Buckles Susan Buckles

Mystified by the need for defibrillation to save a 10-year-old from drowning, Michael Ackerman, M.D., Ph.D., vowed to dig for answers. That pivotal case during a Mayo Clinic pediatric cardiology residency was the catalyst for Dr. Ackerman’s career in genetic sleuthing of inherited sudden cardiac death syndromes. With help from the Center for Regenerative Medicine […]

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Tags: Brugada syndrome, Center for Regenerative Medicine, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, induced pluripotent stem cells, Long QT Syndrome, Michael Ackerman, regenerative medicine, sudden cardiac death


July 13, 2020

A pioneering Hispanic health conference, two years in the making

By Caitlin Doran Caitlin Doran

It’s less than two weeks before the Jax Saludable (Healthy Jacksonville) Hispanic health conference is scheduled to begin and Elizabeth Pantoja, a clinical research coordinator at Mayo Clinic and one of the event organizers, is putting the finishing touches on the event program. “There’s always so much to do at the last minute, the last […]

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Tags: Center for Health Equity and Community Engagement Research, community engagement, health disparities, Richard White


July 6, 2020

Preparing the regenerative medicine leaders of the future

By Susan Buckles Susan Buckles

With the click of a mouse, medical students opened a window into the health care of the future. The 2020 Mayo Clinic Regenerative Medicine and Surgery Course, a foundation for transformative change, moved online this year due to social distancing guidelines around COVID-19.  Regenerative medicine is a shift from treating disease to restoring health. The […]

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Tags: Center for Regenerative Medicine, Fredric Meyer, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, regenerative medicine, research education, Saranya Wyles


June 29, 2020

Research grants aim to advance regenerative medicine toward the practice

By Susan Buckles Susan Buckles

Reprogramming human cells to correct blood disorders such as sickle cell disease, activation of a regenerative pathway to treat liver failure and strategies for skeletal regeneration in patients with brittle bone disease are examples of Mayo Clinic research to be funded through new grants from Regenerative Medicine Minnesota.  Regenerative Medicine Minnesota, a statewide bipartisan initiative, […]

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Tags: clinical trials, Dan Dragomir-Daescu, David Deyle, epigenetics, liver disease, Martin Rodriguez-Porcel, measles virus, nanomedicine, Patricia Devaux, radiation therapy, Regenerative Medicine Minnesota, Rory Smoot


June 10, 2020

Faculty members, fellow named 2020 Kern Scholars

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann

The Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery is pleased to welcome four new scholars to the Kern Health Care Delivery Scholars Program. The Kern Scholars Program helps develop a workforce of highly motivated, exceptionally trained clinicians who have the research skills needed to assess existing health care delivery […]

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Tags: Aaron Leppin, Aaron Spaulding, Alanna Chamberlain, Ann Rusk, Barbara Barry, bladder cancer, Brian Pickering, cardiovascular medicine, Cassie Kennedy, Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, Che Ngufor, Christi Patten


May 13, 2020

Trailblazers, part 2

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor

In the last Trailblazers article, we shared the stories of six women physicians and scientists appointed to the staff at Mayo Clinic between 1889 and 1926. These women stand out for their passion and leadership in medicine at a time when there were very few women in the field. These early women in medicine prepared […]

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Tags: anesthesiology, cardiology, Eva Gilbertson, Grace Roth, Jane Hodgson, Julia Herrick, multiple sclerosis, neurology, neurosurgery, physiology, radiology, Sarah Luse


April 29, 2020

Meet Heidi Kosiorek, biostatistician and cancer researcher

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann

Heidi Kosiorek once thought of being a medical doctor, but found something she was more passionate about – the numbers and science behind medicine. At Mayo Clinic, research drives everything we are able to do for patients, and Kosiorek’s work has contributed substantially to our understanding of a number of different cancers. Not only is […]

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Tags: Amylou Dueck, Barbara Pockaj, cancer, Curtiss Cook, Donald Northfelt, Heidi Kosiorek, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Nina Karlin, Patricia Verona, Ruben Mesa


April 21, 2020

Celebration of student research

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor

Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences held its annual Student Research Symposium in September, with poster sessions, oral presentations, a keynote speaker, a Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition and Teacher of the Year awards. “The Alumni Association and Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences co-sponsored symposium and Teacher of the Year awards are the […]

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Tags: biomedical engineering, Center for Clinical and Translational Science, Emma Goddery, general internal medicine, immunology, Lewis Roberts, Martin Fernandez-Zapico, Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, molecular pharmacology and experimental therapeutics, neurosciences, oncology, Stephen Ekker


April 9, 2020

Improving remyelination for spinal cord injury: Arthur Warrington, Ph.D.

By Jennifer Schutz Jennifer Schutz

Mayo Clinic researchers are probing potential ways to unleash the human body’s ability to heal neurological disorders like spinal cord injuries or multiple sclerosis. Myelin is the protective covering that surrounds nerve fibers in the brain, optic nerves and spinal cord. Demyelination, or injury to the myelin, slows electrical signals between brain cells, resulting in […]

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Tags: Arthur Warrington, MS, multiple sclerosis, neurology, regenerative medicine, spinal cord injury


March 20, 2020

Mayo Researchers Develop Unique Tool, Lab to Study Vaping

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor

Jon Ebbert, M.D., is sympathetic to the plight of the patients he sees who are struggling with addiction. “I saw a lot of addiction growing up,” he tells Rochester Magazine’s Steve Lange. “I know the damage it can do.” Dr. Ebbert, a Community Internal Medicine physician and researcher in Mayo Clinic’s Nicotine Dependence Center, also understands why […]

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Tags: Alexandra Ward, COVID-19, Jon Ebbert, lung disease, medical research, Nicotine Dependence Center, vaping


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