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Mar 27, 2014 · Gregory Gores, M.D., Receives 2014 AGA Distinguished Mentor Award

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Congratulations to Gregory Gores, M.D., who recently received the 2014 American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Distinguished Mentor Award. Dr. Gores is the current Executive Dean for Research at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., responsible for the leadership and management of all Mayo research centers, divisions, programs, and other research activity. In assuming this role, Dr. Gores is recognized with the distinction of a named professorship: the Mr. and Mrs. Ronald F. Kinney Executive Dean for Research Honoring Ronald F. Kinney, Jr.

The American Gastroenterological Association is the trusted voice of the GI community. Founded in 1897, the AGA has grown to include more than 16,000 members from around the globe who are involved in all aspects of the science, practice, and advancement of gastroenterology. If you’d like more information about the AGA, visit https://www.gastro.org.

Congratulations to Dr. Gores on receiving this high honor.

Mar 29, 2013 · Video Competition: Clinical Lab Science Program Celebrates Profession

In celebration of National Laboratory Professionals Week, students from the Mayo Clinic Clinical Laboratory Science Program produced a short video explaining what sparked their interest in laboratory science. Mayo Clinic has hundreds of young professionals working in its research labs with hundreds of their counterparts in clinical laboratories, often just across a hall.

The video is for a contest hosted by the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP). The video with the most YouTube views wins, so please take a few minutes to watch the video and share it.

Visit the ASCP site and look for the video titled, “Mayo Clinic Laboratory Science Program.”

Feb 15, 2013 · Postpartum Stroke Study at Mayo Clinic

“Postpartum stroke” is a stroke that occurs within six weeks of giving birth. Strokes are a focal brain problem causing loss of function, which occurs because of occlusion of the blood vessel causing lack of blood flow. As a consequence, that part of the brain stops functioning. This is a permanent problem that can cause disability. Although it is a rare condition, postpartum stroke has increased by as much as 80 percent over the last decade. We are conducting this study because there is a lot we do not understand about this condition, including specific causes of stroke, possible treatments or ways to prevent the stroke from occurring.

Mayo Clinic is conducting a study reviewing the medical notes and actual images of the brain and blood vessels of the brain that were obtained at the time when patients suffered from a postpartum stroke.

If you suffered a stroke within six weeks of delivery and are interested in participating in the study, please contact us at strokeandpregnancy@mayo.edu. Please note that the comments section below is not the place to indicate your interest in the study. Please email us with your contact information including telephone number, email address, and mailing address, and we will contact you about participation in the study.

Jan 11, 2013 · National Research Study on Lung Cancer Prevention

Mayo Clinic in Rochester is a member of the Cancer Prevention Network (CPN) and is participating in a national research study on lung cancer prevention. You may be eligible to participate in this research study if you:

  • are age 45–79 .
  • are a current or former heavy smoker.
  • have never had cancer or have been cancer-free for at least 3 years.
  • are currently in good health.

What does this study involve?
This research study involves physical exams, ECGs, bronchoscopies, blood and urine tests, a chest CT scan, and taking the study medication Myo-Inositol (or placebo) twice a day for six months.

What is Myo-Inositol?
Myo-Inositol is a natural substance found in grains, seeds, and fruits.

Are there any risks involved?
If you choose to participate, you will be at risk for side effects from the medication and bronchoscopy procedure. Common side effects following bronchoscopy are coughing, sore throat, small streaks of blood in sputum, and mild elevation of temperature.

Will I get any benefit from being in the study?
If you agree to be in this study, there may or may not be any direct medical benefit to you. We hope what we learn from this study will benefit others at risk for lung cancer in the future.

Who can I contact for more information?
If you have questions, please call 507-538-1887.

This study is funded by the National Cancer Institute and conducted by the Cancer Prevention Network. CPN has more than 35 sites throughout the United States and Canada. Our goal is to learn how to prevent cancer before it starts.

There may be a CPN site close to you, so call now and become involved in a clinical research study today.

For more information about CPN, check out the CPN website at http://www.cancerpreventionnetwork.org.

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