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January 3, 2019

A vaccine to prevent breast cancer? It’s worth a shot

By Advancing the Science contributor advancingthescience

Each fall, millions of Americans roll up their sleeves for a flu shot, grateful for the quick pinch that may save them from the misery the flu can bring. In the not-too-distant future, there may be a poke with a much bigger payout. Scientists at Mayo Clinic and elsewhere are working on vaccines that could […]

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Tags: breast cancer, immunotherapy, Keith Knutson, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, ovarian cancer


December 27, 2018

Be the life [science] of the party

By Caitlin Doran caityrosey

Looking for a scientific conversation starter for New Year’s Eve? Advancing the Science has you covered with this top-10 recap of our hottest medical research stories from 2018. With this list in your back pocket, you’ll never run out of interesting cocktail banter. And we guarantee you’ll wow your friends with your scientific smarts. #1  […]

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Tags: celiac disease, comfort care, end of life care, fetal surgery, geology, gluten free, Imad Absah, liver disease, Mark Truty, maternal and fetal medicine, multiple sclerosis, nephrology


December 19, 2018

A passion for serving underserved communities

By Advancing the Science contributor advancingthescience

By LaPrincess Brewer, M.D  I don’t have the classic story, where as a child, I dreamed of being a physician and went around wearing a toy stethoscope and carrying a doctor’s bag. I discovered my love of patient care and medicine after my freshman year at Howard University in Washington, D.C. As a chemical engineering […]

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Tags: Center for Clinical and Translational Science, LaPrincess Brewer, Office of Health Disparities Research, women's health


December 13, 2018

The sky’s the limit

By Advancing the Science contributor advancingthescience

In 2011, Jared Ausnehmer left his local hospital carrying the weight of an oxygen tank and the worry of what might come next. At age 21, he’d already defied the odds for those born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a birth defect in which the left side of the heart is underdeveloped or nonexistent. With […]

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Tags: Andre Terzic, cardiology, Center for Regenerative Medicine, clinical trials, HLHS, hypoplastic left heart syndrome


December 12, 2018

Father’s battle with kidney disease fuels researcher’s determination to find cure

By Advancing the Science contributor advancingthescience

Fouad Chebib, M.D., grew up in a small town in Lebanon. After finishing medical school in Beirut, Dr. Chebib chased his dream across the world to Mayo Clinic. That dream was finding a cure for polycystic kidney disease, or PKD, a genetic defect or mutation that results in the formation of kidney cysts. And it was […]

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Tags: dialysis, Fouad Chebib, kidney disease, nephrology, Vincente Torres


November 19, 2018

Regenerative medicine is the future for Dr. Amy Lightner

By Jennifer Schutz jenniferschutz

Volunteering for a reading program at a children’s hospital led to a career change for Amy Lightner, M.D. As a Stanford University undergraduate, she met a cardiac surgeon who turned her interest to medicine. “I got to see how medicine and surgical intervention could change a child’s life forever,” says Dr. Lightner. “The research, in […]

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Tags: Amy Lightner, Center for Regenerative Medicine, Crohn's disease, IBD, inflammatory bowel disease, medical research, regenerative medicine, stem cells, ulcerative colitis


November 15, 2018

Meet Lisa Schimmenti: Searching for drug therapies to treat hearing loss

By Susan Buckles susanbuckles

This article originally appeared on the Center for Individualized Medicine blog on Oct. 4, 2018 Article by Sharon Rosen   Lisa Schimmenti, M.D. has always been fascinated with Helen Keller and all she accomplished, in spite of being blind and deaf from a very young age. As the newly appointed chair of Mayo Clinic’s Department of […]

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Tags: basic science, Center for Individualized Medicine, Lisa Schimmenti, zebrafish


November 1, 2018

Meet the investigator: Roxana S. Dronca, M.D.

By Nicole Brudos Ferrara nicoleferrara

At the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, hundreds of researchers dedicate their professional lives to reducing the burden of cancer. Each one has a unique story. In this video, Roxana S. Dronca, M.D., a hematologist and an oncologist at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, discusses her research on tumor immunology, malignant melanoma and genitourinary malignancies.

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Tags: Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Roxana Dronca


October 30, 2018

Neuroscience powerhouses at Mayo Clinic in Florida

By Advancing the Science contributor advancingthescience

Rosa Rademakers, Ph.D., and Nilufer Ertekin-Taner, M.D., Ph.D., collaborate on Alzheimer’s disease-related research in the Department of Neuroscience at Mayo Clinic in Florida. Dr. Ertekin-Taner’s lab, which focuses on late-onset Alzheimer’s disease, generates large data sets of gene expression and multilevel genomics data that are shared with Dr. Rademakers’ lab, which focuses, in part, on […]

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Tags: Alzheimer's disease, medical research, neurosciences, Nilufer Ertekin-Taner, Rosa Rademakers


October 25, 2018

Mayo Clinic Research transforming sports medicine through injury prevention research

By Advancing the Science contributor advancingthescience

Discovering new, improved ways to meet unmet patient needs is why Mayo Clinic Research exists, and the teams in Orthopedic Biomechanics Laboratory and Sports Medicine Research are no exception. Director of both programs, Timothy Hewett, Ph.D., has conducted injury prevention research throughout his career. He published his first prospective study on the effect of an […]

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Tags: Nathan Bates, orthopedics, sports medicine, Timothy Hewett


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