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August 16, 2021 · Leave a Comment

The dawning of regenerative neurosurgery

By Susan Buckles Susan Buckles (@susanbuckles)

Regenerative neurosurgery is poised to transform care of neurological disorders that previously had little hope for improvement, according to a Mayo Clinic review published in The BMJ. Healing diseases of the central nervous system remains a highly coveted but formidable challenge, Terry Burns, M.D., Ph.D., a neurosurgeon scientist at Mayo Clinic, writes in a synopsis […]

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Tags: amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Center for Regenerative Medicine, clinical research, clinical trials, neurosurgery, spinal cord injury, Terrence Burns, The BMJ


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


November 10, 2020 · Leave a Comment

Advancing neuroscience at Mayo Clinic in Florida: Dr. Sandro Da Mesquita

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

What is your background? I am a biochemist by training and performed all of my graduate studies in Portugal, at the School of Medicine of the University of Minho, located in a northern Portuguese city called Braga. It was in grad school that I started to develop a particular taste for neuroscience and cellular and […]

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Tags: ALS, Alzheimer's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, brain, cognitive impairment, dementia, immune system, lymphatic system, neuroimmunology, neurosciences, research education, Sandro Da Mequita


November 9, 2020 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Research in the news — 11/9/2020

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann (@elizabethzimmermann)

As SARS-CoV-2 spreads throughout the world, COVID-19 has become the subject of almost every conversation. Not surprisingly, the media are actively following developments in research on symptoms, testing, treatment and vaccines. In addition to some of these stories, you’ll find Mayo Clinic research and researchers highlighted across a wide range of topics. We are also […]

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Tags: ALS, Alzheimer's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, animal model, bone disease, cancer screening, cardiovascular medicine, clinical research, colorectal cancer, COVID-19, David Ahlquist, dementia


October 12, 2020 · Leave a Comment

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

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy (@susanmurphy)

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 variant, genetic testing, hereditary diseases, medical research, Radhika Dhamija


September 4, 2020 · Leave a Comment

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

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann (@elizabethzimmermann)

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, angioplasty, artificial intelligence, Barry Borlaug, cancer, cardiology, Carrie Thompson


February 5, 2020 · Leave a Comment

“I Just Didn’t Understand”: On a Mission to Cure ALS

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

By Barbara J. Toman For Veronique Belzil, Ph.D., the fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is personal. In 2000, while working as a psychologist in Canada, she watched her husband’s uncle succumb to the disease. “The progression was so fast and his condition was so sad,” she says. “I just didn’t understand how this could […]

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Tags: ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Center for Individualized Medicine, DNA, epigenetics, Lou Gehrig's disease, Veronique Belzil


January 2, 2019 · Leave a Comment

Toward clinical trials for one type of ALS

By Kate Ledger Kate Ledger (@k8ledger)

When a team of Mayo Clinic researchers discovered in 2011 the genetic repeat mutation known as c9orf72, the finding shed new light on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The mutation, which occurs as a short sequence of code repeated hundreds to thousands of times in the gene, is now known to appear in 40 percent of […]

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Tags: ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Björn Oskarsson, clinical trials, Dennis Dickson, Kevin Boylan, Leonard Petrucelli, Lou Gehrig's disease, neurology, neurosciences, Rosa Rademakers, Tania Gendron


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