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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: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 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


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


March 19, 2020

Mentorship program a ‘guiding star’ for astrobiologist-turned-microbiome-researcher

By Caitlin Doran Caitlin Doran

Marina Walther-Antonio, Ph.D., came to Mayo Clinic to help start the Center for Individualized Medicine’s microbiome research program. In her previous job at NASA, she had worked with mathematicians, engineers, geologists, psychologists, and even political scientists to try to detect life in outer space. Mayo recruited her to look for “aliens”—bacteria and other organisms—living in […]

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Tags: Andrea Mariani, Bill Cliby, bioethics, Center for Clinical and Translational Science, Center for Individualized Medicine, cervical cancer, endometrial cancer, health disparities, health equity, Heidi Nelson, human papillomavirus, Jim Maher


March 17, 2020

Regenerating missing bacteria for healthier lungs

By Jennifer Schutz Jennifer Schutz

Connection to COVID-19 People with COPD are at a greater risk of contracting COVID-19, and likely to experience much worse cases than people with healthy lungs. To help alleviate concerns, the COPD Foundation has set up a continuous blog with expert answers to questions related to COPD. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and […]

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Tags: basic science, Center for Regenerative Medicine, COPD, COVID-19, discovery research, lung disease, Regenerative Medicine Minnesota, Veena Taneja


March 12, 2020

How a childhood goal of advocating for the sick led to medical school and beyond

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor

Unrealistic. Selfish. Impossible. The words were lobbed at Waleed Gibreel, M.B.B.S., who has lived in the margins of two powerful forces that shaped him — his dream of becoming a top-flight surgeon and his reality of growing up in war-torn Sudan. “I knew as a child that my ultimate goal was to be a doctor, no […]

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Tags: Abdalla Zarroug, diversity, Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education, Michael Sarr, pediatric surgery, plastic surgery, research, research education, surgery, team science, Waleed Gibreel


March 10, 2020

Patient’s premature aging symptoms tied to shorter DNA strands

By Colette Gallagher Colette Gallagher

At only 27-years-old, Morgan Cook recalls the days when she had an abundant amount of energy. “I would lift weights. I would do cardio. I would – you name it, I would do it. I was a lot more active,” says Cook. “I felt like I was able to do more things with friends. I […]

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Tags: Center for Individualized Medicine, DNA, genetic counseling, genetic testing, genetics, Mrinal Patnaik, rare disease, short telomere syndrome


February 17, 2020

AI system helps individualize treatment people diagnosed with depression

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor

When searching for an exact diagnosis through a myriad of complex and serious factors spread across millions of data points, it helps to have a powerful magnifying glass — and another expert point of view. Enter Arjun Athreya, Ph.D., an engineer by trade who has a knack for bringing together data science algorithms and computing […]

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Tags: Arjun Athreya, artificial intelligence, collaboration, data science, depression, individualized medicine, pharmacology, precision medicine, team science, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, William Bobo


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