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October 20, 2020

Delivering innovative stem cell therapy to slow vision loss

By Susan Buckles Susan Buckles

The regenerative eye scientist, Alan Marmorstein, Ph.D., is drawn to research by the need to find new cures for diseases. As an aspiring researcher, he never envisioned his investigative journey would take him down the path of testing ways to prevent or restore loss of eyesight. However, a post-doctoral lab assignment, a National Eye Institutes […]

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Tags: age-related macular degeneration, Alan Marmorstein, Center for Regenerative Medicine, degenerative disease, gene mutation, Jarel Gandhi, ophthalmology, Raymond Iezzi


October 13, 2020

A regenerative approach to facial reconstruction after cancer surgery

By Susan Buckles Susan Buckles

Growing up in southern California, Sabrina Falcon was a self-described “sun baby” whose love of the outdoors reached the skies. Years later the flight attendant who is working on her pilot’s license was diagnosed with skin cancer on her nose — the basal cell type that typically grows slowly with low risk of metastasizing. After […]

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Tags: Basal cell carcinoma, Brittany Howard, Center for Regenerative Medicine, Mayo Clinic Otollaryngology, nasal reconstruction, Shari Ochoa, skin cancer


October 12, 2020

States apart, two brothers’ medical mysteries solved through genetic testing

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy

When El Paso, Texas, resident Leticia “Letty” Gutierrez met her husband David, she knew he was one in a million. The two have been married for 28 years and built a life together with three kids. Letty, a high school English teacher, says she was especially attracted to David for his wit. But a sudden […]

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Tags: ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Center for Individualized Medicine, dementia, gene mutation, gene varient, genetic testing, hereditary diseases, medical research, Radhika Dhamija


October 2, 2020

Mayo Clinic Research in the news — 10/2/2020

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann

This week Mayo Clinic Research and researchers have been noted in stories on older women’s sexuality, the opioid crisis, some health benefits of coffee, using Alexa for COVID-19, and a range of other topics. Read on for links and brief excerpts from news outlets around the country. The Apple Watch heart monitor sends too many […]

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Tags: Amir Lerman, artificial intelligence, B-cell disorders, biomarkers, C. diff, cancer, cardiology, colon cancer, COVID-19, diabetes, dogs, emergency medicine


September 15, 2020

A regenerative alternative to hip replacement

By Susan Buckles Susan Buckles

Mikaili Robertson has a passion for playing college sports, so the second baseman was devastated when at age 18 he learned he needed a hip replacement. Worried his playing days might be over, he turned to Mayo Clinic and a surgery that — along with a cadaver tissue transplant — would tap the body’s power […]

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Tags: Aaron Krych, Center for Regenerative Medicine, hip replacement, osteonecrosis, Rafael Sierra, sickle cell disease


September 4, 2020

Mayo Clinic Research in the news — 9/4/2020

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann

A wide range of topics were covered by news media over the last week, citing Mayo Clinic Research or including Mayo researchers’ perspectives. Below are excerpts from some of these articles, as well as links to the full stories online. Read on for news about gluten-free cosmetics, daylight savings time, advances in understanding in Alzheimer’s […]

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Tags: ALS, Alzheimer's disease, amnesia, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Andrea Boon, Andrea Tooley, artificial intelligence, Barry Borlaug, cancer, cardiology, Carrie Thompson, clinical research


August 25, 2020

Rock star baby hitting all milestones after fetal surgery

By Susan Buckles Susan Buckles

The first peek at her baby during the 20 week ultrasound turned from excitement to concern for Hetty Mollert. “It was taking longer than I expected. I thought they were just being super in-depth about everything,” said Mollert, a first time mother-to-be from Madison, Wis. “Then we learned the devastating news. The ultrasound showed our […]

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Tags: Center for Regenerative Medicine, Chiari malformation, Edward Ahn, fetal surgery, hydrocephalus, maternal and fetal medicine, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, neurology, pediatric neurosurgery, Rodrigo Ruano, spina bifida


August 18, 2020

Spotlighting 2020 graduates of Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science

By Susan Buckles Susan Buckles

Integrating new discoveries into patient care requires a workforce equipped to deliver the latest innovations. That’s why training the workforce of the future is a key objective of Mayo Clinic Education. Every year, Mayo Clinic’s College of Medicine and Science advances new graduates to their next levels of research and/or medical practice to address the […]

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Tags: Andre Terzic, Atta Behfar, CAR-T, Center for Regenerative Medicine, Karen Hedin, Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Medical Scientist Training Program, Rosalie Sterner, Saad Kenderian, Sinibaldo Romero Arocha


August 14, 2020

Mayo Clinic Research in the news 8/14/2020

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann

While much of the news around health care research is COVID-19 related, Mayo Clinic researchers are hard at work across the entire spectrum of health and health care delivery. Our multidisciplinary research teams are seeking ways to improve outcomes, lower costs and enhance the experience of patients, providers and caregivers. Read on for snippets of […]

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Tags: aging, Andrew Badley, antibodies, breast cancer, chemotherapy, Clifford Jack Jr., clinical research, clinical trials, COVID-19, Devon Rubin, Eugenia Trushina, Grzegorz Nowakowski


August 11, 2020

Expanding CAR T-cell therapy, welcoming Dr. Qin

By Susan Buckles Susan Buckles

The first time Hong Qin, M.D., Ph.D., saw images of how chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy obliterated a tumor, he was captivated and inspired by this revolutionary treatment. As the new director of Regenerative Immunotherapies at Mayo Clinic in Florida, Dr. Qin and his team will play a pivotal role in accelerating the latest […]

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Tags: blood cancer, CAR T-cell therapy, CAR-T, Center for Regenerative Medicine, Hong Qin, immunotherapy, leukemia, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, regenerative medicine


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