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July 29, 2021 · Leave a Comment

Triggering the body’s ability to heal

By Susan Buckles Susan Buckles (@susanbuckles)

Erwin Kruger, M.D., is motivated by challenges that evolve into enhanced clinical care. He chose the rigors of college, medical school and fellowships in the U.S. rather than an easier road to medical school straight out of high school in his native country of Nicaragua. His career path since then has been a circuitous journey […]

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Tags: Center for Regenerative Medicine, David Lott, Erwin Kruger, platelet rich plasma, regenerative healing, Wound healing


July 27, 2021 · Leave a Comment

“I wouldn’t be where I am without his mentorship”

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor (@advancingthescience)

It was the mid-1980s, and they bonded over grits, eggs and sausages. Onye Akwari, M.D., Department of Surgery at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and Kamal Itani, M.D., a research fellow in Dr. Akwari’s lab. Dr. Akwari took Dr. Itani, who had completed medical school at the American University of Beirut in his native […]

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Tags: Kamal Itani, Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Onye Akwari, research education


July 26, 2021 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Research in the news — 7/26/2021

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor (@advancingthescience)

Mayo Clinic expertise has a consistent footprint in the news in 2021. This week’s topics include data security and interoperability; some lesser discussed COVID-19 related topics: language development, booster vaccines for immunocompromised individuals, portable air filters; as well as early onset dementia, and the need for diversity among bone marrow donors. Vaccines are highy unlikely […]

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Tags: Aaron Krych, acute kidney injury, Ahmad Nassr, antibodies, arthritis, artificial intelligence, big data, biomarkers, bone marrow transplant, Brian Weinshenker, Bruce Johnson, Bruce Sutor


July 22, 2021 · Leave a Comment

Dr. Fischer wants to improve the health of children everywhere

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor (@advancingthescience)

Philip (Phil) Fischer, M.D., says he’s always been interested in improving the health of children everywhere. He earned a diploma in tropical medicine and hygiene from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in England to enhance his ability to do so. He worked at a medical center in what is now the Democratic Republic of […]

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Tags: gastroenterology, Mark Topazian, pediatric gastroenterology, pediatric research, Philip Fischer, Sheikh Shakhbout Medical Center


June 14, 2021 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Research in the news — 6/14/2021

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor (@advancingthescience)

Read on for news of the week that includes Mayo Clinic Research and research experts. Topics include a new Alzheimer’s medication, COVID-19, and various regenerative medicine innovations. US approves first new Alzheimer’s drug in 20 years  BBC, 6/8/2021 A controversial drug to treat Alzheimer’s disease has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration in […]

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Tags: aging, Alzheimer's disease, Andre Terzic, animal model, biomedical ethics, brain, BRCA1, breast cancer, cancer, Center for Regenerative Medicine, Cheryl Willman, concussion


June 1, 2021 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Research in the News — 6/1/2021

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann (@elizabethzimmermann)

Today’s summary reaches back an extra day, and covers acupuncture for insomnia, new artificial intelligence solutions,, carpal tunnel’s connection to to bilateral oophorectomy, sublingual vaccines and showcases wide variety of other Mayo Clinic research and research expertise. Research on inflammatory disease widens  Gulf Today, 5/24/2021 An epidemiological study of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) is being […]

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Tags: acupuncture, acute kidney injury, antibiotic, artificial intelligence, Brian Lacy, cardiovascular medicine, carpal tunnel, Cheryl Willman, clinical trials, colorectal cancer, COVID-19, David Knopman


June 1, 2021 · Leave a Comment

On the shoulders of giants

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor (@advancingthescience)

When Essa Mohamed, Ph.D., heard Lewis Roberts, M.B., Ch.B., Ph.D., Mayo Clinic Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and the Peter and Frances Georgeson Professor of Gastroenterology Cancer Research, speak about liver cancer and hepatitis in the Somali population at a community meeting in 2011, he wanted to work with him. Three of Dr. Mohamed’s grandparents […]

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Tags: cardiovascular medicine, Center for Clinical and Translational Science, Essa Mohamed, gastroenterology, health disparities, Lewis Roberts, Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, mentorship


May 24, 2021 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic research in the news — 5/24/2021

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor (@advancingthescience)

As we settle into the second year of the pandemic, and immunization efforts are well underway, the focus on health and medical research seems to be settling into a broader spectrum. Read on for news reports with Mayo Clinic research and faculty members, covering BPAs, Reynaud’s, C. diff., and some personal achievements, among other topics. […]

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Tags: Andrew Badley, Anna Carrano, biomedical research, Brent Bauer, C. diff, cardiology, Cheryl Willman, clinical trials, COVID-19, education, Gregory Poland, Illana Breen


May 24, 2021 · Leave a Comment

How regenerative medicine is advancing ALS research

By Susan Buckles Susan Buckles (@susanbuckles)

May is ALS Awareness Month, a time to reflect on the role of regenerative medicine research in advancing understanding and treatment of  amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease. This neurodegenerative disorder causes nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord to die, blocking signals to the muscles. That results in paralysis that robs […]

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Tags: ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Anthony Windebank, Center for Regenerative Medicine, Lou Gehrig's disease, medical research, Nathan Staff


May 20, 2021 · Leave a Comment

Diagnostic test — Matthew Binnicker, Ph.D., reflects on a lab in a pressure cooker

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor (@advancingthescience)

Matthew Binnicker, Ph.D., director of the Clinical Virology Laboratory in the Division of Clinical Microbiology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, has been involved in his fair share of viral outbreaks. He led a team that worked to develop a test for the Zika virus outbreak in 2016. He was involved in planning for patients during […]

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Tags: basic science, biomedical research, collaboration, COVID-19, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, discovery research, Matthew Binnicker, Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Mayo Clinic Laboratories, virology


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