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September 16, 2020

Mayo Clinic research advances diagnostics to lead COVID-19 pandemic response

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy

When COVID-19 spread across the U.S. in early March, Mayo Clinic’s Advanced Diagnostic Laboratory (ADL) urgently responded. Lab spaces were transitioned, staff reassigned and funding approvals were fast-tracked. Its goals were to accelerate research, development, translation and implementation of novel tests in order to discover life-saving treatments and diagnostics. “ADL houses a lab structure for […]

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Tags: Ann Moyer, antibodies, Benjamin Kipp, Bobbie Pritt, Center for Individualized Medicine, COVID-19, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Dietrich Matern, Elitza Theel, genetics, genomics, John Mills


August 28, 2020

Mayo Clinic Research in the news — COVID, COVID, COVID

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann

There has been a lot of discussion surrounding convalescent plasma in the last week. A few articles are listed here, an internet search will give you dozens more. In addition to convalescent plasma, our researchers are working on tests, vaccines, social and population health issues relating to COVID-19. Recent news articles highlighting Mayo Clinic Research […]

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Tags: Angela Mattke, cardiology, COVID-19, emergency department, genomics, Gregory Poland, health disparities, immunization, infection control, infectious disease, LaPrincess Brewer, Michael Ackerman


August 7, 2020

Research News Roundup — July 2020

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann

It sometimes seems that summer has flown by without any significant achievements, and only incremental evidence building in the topic of the moment. COVID-19 has had a major dampening effect on social interaction, one doesn’t need to be a researcher to figure that out. However, biomedical and health care delivery research have not paused for […]

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Tags: antibodies, bacteriophages, basic science, blood clots, CAR-T, COVID-19, discovery research, immunity, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, phage, prosthesis, Research News Roundup


August 6, 2020

Calcium Signaling in Microglia: Implications for Brain Diseases?

By Sara Tiner Sara Tiner

Calcium helps nerves and muscles “fire,” signaling cells to do something like contract a muscle or release a neurotransmitter in the brain. But in one type of brain cell, microglia, this calcium signaling seemed absent. Researchers have long wondered why microglia don’t seem to rely on calcium signaling and now, with a recent publication in […]

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Tags: animal model, Anthony Umpierre, basic science, calcium, cell signaling, discovery research, Gregory Worrell, Long-Jun Wu, neurology, neurosciences, Yanlu Ying


July 10, 2020

Research News Roundup — June 2020

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann

At Mayo Clinic, research drives everything we do for patients, and is the underpinning of our educational programs. Occasionally we issue news releases highlighting some of our recent findings. Following are research-related news releases issued in June. Mayo Clinic launches advanced care at home model of care Mayo Clinic announced a new care model that will […]

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Tags: artificial intelligence, collaboration, COVID-19, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, imaging, infection control, infectious disease, Mayo Clinic Platform, medical innovation, pathology, Research News Roundup


May 18, 2020

Mayo Clinic Research in the News — Week in Review 5/18/2020

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann

Mayo Clinic researchers continue to share both their expertise and their research findings in regional, national and international news. Collected here are links and snippets from some of the stories from around the world. They connect Mayo Clinic research and international efforts to understand and reduce the devastating effects of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and COVID-19. Mayo […]

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Tags: antibacterial resistance, antibodies, artificial intelligence, cardiology, cardiovascular medicine, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, clinical trials, COVID-19, Gianrico Farrugia, heart failure, infectious disease, Joseph Poterucha


April 22, 2020

Regenerating diseased bones

By Susan Buckles Susan Buckles

Kendall Koens’ life is a dramatic reversal from what it was in 2006. Late stage cancer left him in a coma and on a ventilator fighting for survival. Aggressive chemotherapy was saving his life but slowly and silently destroying his hips joints. The financial planner from Rochester, Minnesota, faced crippling pain typical of someone more […]

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Tags: arthritis, bone disease, cancer, Center for Regenerative Medicine, chemotherapy, hip replacement, orthopedics, osteonecrosis, Rafael Sierra


April 1, 2020

Research News Roundup–March 2020

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann

Even though it’s April Fool’s Day, the stories we share in this monthly column are no joke. Because since last month our world has shifted focus, we’ve divided these releases into two sections – COVID-related, and everything else. “Everything else” is at the end this month, because it is the bigger section, with nearly a […]

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Tags: AFib, Alzheimer's disease, anesthesiology, cardiology, cardiovascular medicine, clinical trials, COVID-19, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, FDA, Fredric Meyer, heart attack, heart disease


March 24, 2020

Individualized care for psychiatric disorders — Mayo Clinic Biobank + genetic testing could pave the way

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy

By Sharon Rosen Patients suffering from depression, anxiety and substance use disorders often search for years to find treatment. Studies have shown that during this time gap, patients’ symptoms worsen, increasing their risk for other chronic illnesses, shortened lifespan and poor quality of life. Mayo Clinic statistical geneticist Joanna Biernacka, Ph.D. and her colleagues are working to […]

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Tags: anxiety, biobank, Center for Individualized Medicine, depression, genetic testing, genetics, Joanna Biernacka, Mark Frye, psychiatry, substance abuse disorder


February 27, 2020

Evolution of cardiac regeneration

By Jennifer Schutz Jennifer Schutz

February is American Heart Month, a time to acknowledge advancements in a new generation of care. This year focus is placed on repairing damaged heart tissue and restoring heart function after a heart attack. The Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine is leading research into cardiac regeneration. Accounting for nearly 20 million of all deaths, heart […]

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Tags: Atta Behfar, biomedical research, cardiac regeneration, cardiology, cardiovascular disease, Center for Regenerative Medicine, discovery research, heart attack, heart disease, Michael Sabbah


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