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July 11, 2019

Meet Peter Grahn, Ph.D. — “I’ve never heard no”

By Advancing the Science contributor advancingthescience

In 2010 Peter Grahn, Ph.D., attended an annual research symposium in Minneapolis hosted by the Morton Cure Paralysis Fund. Among the leading spinal cord injury researchers speaking was Mayo Clinic neurologist Anthony Windebank, M.D., the Judith and Jean Pape Adams Charitable Foundation Professor in Neuroscience, who discussed his laboratory’s research. Dr. Grahn, then a college […]

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Tags: Anthony Windebank, Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education, neurosurgery, Peter Grahn, spinal cord injury


July 9, 2019

National Limb Loss Registry

By Advancing the Science contributor advancingthescience

Kenton Kaufman, Ph.D., departments of Orthopedic Surgery and Physiology and Biomedical Engineering at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, is a veteran investigator of limb amputation and prostheses with more than 25 years of experience. He’s on the Medical Advisory Board of Prosthetics 2020, an initiative of the American Orthotic Prosthetic Association. His research is funded by […]

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Tags: amputation, biomedical engineering, Daniel Berry, David Lewallen, Health Sciences Research, Hilal Maradit Kremers, Kenton Kaufman, orthopedic surgery, orthopedics, physiology


June 27, 2019

From the desk of a fellow–Zika Virus: A Continuing Focus for Vaccine Development

By Advancing the Science contributor advancingthescience

Stephen Crooke, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Vaccine Research Group within the Mayo Clinic Department of General Internal Medicine.   As a postdoctoral research fellow in the Mayo Clinic Vaccine Research Group, my research is centered primarily around the use of systems biology approaches to develop a more comprehensive understanding of vaccine […]

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Tags: Gregory Poland, immunology, Inna Ovsyannikova, Richard Kennedy, Stephen Crooke, vaccine research, vaccines, Zika


June 13, 2019

How spinal stimulation research is working to restore function after paralysis

By Advancing the Science contributor advancingthescience

Mayo Clinic has challenged its researchers to transform the practice of medicine with research that leverages multidisciplinary expertise, technology and therapeutic advances to address unmet clinical needs. This story describes how one team has risen to the challenge, elevated the level of teamwork across disciplines and achieved novel results using spinal stimulation to enable function […]

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Tags: clinical trial, Jered Chinnock, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences, Megan Gill, neurology, neurosurgery, Peter Grahn, physical therapy, rehabilitation, spinal cord injury


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


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