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Items Tagged ‘Regenerative Medicine Minnesota’

February 6, 2019

Mayo Clinic investigators receive research awards from ‘Regenerative Medicine Minnesota’

By Jennifer Schutz jenniferschutz

Regenerative Medicine Minnesota (RMM) recently announced the 2019 Regenerative Medicine Minnesota Research Awards. This year’s research grants are aimed at developing better therapies for people with diabetes, cartilage injury, heart disease, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, spinal cord injury, neurological disorders, and age-related macular degeneration. The grants are awarded to investigators in the areas of […]

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Tags: Center for Regenerative Medicine, Regenerative Medicine Minnesota, stem cells


August 28, 2018

Stem cell differentiation for diabetes: Alexander Revzin, Ph.D.

By Jennifer Schutz jenniferschutz

Alexander Revzin, Ph.D., is a professor of biomedical engineering at Mayo Clinic and recipient of a 2018 Regenerative Medicine Minnesota Research Award. He is developing microcapsules that could be used as cell carriers during differentiation of stem cells into pancreatic islets. These same capsules may also be useful as vehicles for islet transplantation. This technology […]

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Tags: Alexander Revzin, Center for Regenerative Medicine, diabetes, medical research, regenerative medicine, Regenerative Medicine Minnesota, stem cells


August 16, 2018

Investigating gene therapy strategies for obesity: Ping Chen, Ph.D.

By Jennifer Schutz jenniferschutz

The major challenge in treating obesity is not just losing weight, but preventing weight from coming back. With a research grant form Regenerative Medicine Minnesota, Ping (Vicky) Chen, Ph.D., Mayo Clinic research associate,  is studying a new treatment strategy using gene transfer therapy to safely target brain mechanisms that control hunger and energy output. Dr. […]

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Tags: Center for Regenerative Medicine, medical research, obesity, Ping Chen, regenerative medicine, Regenerative Medicine Minnesota, research


August 6, 2018

Regenerative medicine in novel fetal therapy program

By Jennifer Schutz jenniferschutz

A life-saving procedure improves fetal lung health and reduces post-natal complications Specialists at Mayo Clinic are pioneering a life-saving procedure as part of a clinical trial for babies with congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH). When a baby’s lungs are not adequately developed at birth, severe complications and even death can result. Waiting for the baby to be […]

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Tags: Center for Regenerative Medicine, clinical trials, Denise Klinker, maternal and fetal medicine, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, regenerative medicine, Regenerative Medicine Minnesota, Rodrigo Ruano


July 17, 2018

Researching gene therapy for liver diseases: Joseph Lillegard, M.D., Ph.D.

By Jennifer Schutz jenniferschutz

Joseph Lillegard, M.D., Ph.D., is a Regenerative Medicine Minnesota research grant recipient. He is researching gene therapy to fight inborn errors of metabolism of the liver, primarily Hereditary Tyrosinemia Type 1 (HT1), a metabolic disorder caused by an enzyme deficiency. HT1 is a genetic disorder that can lead to liver and kidney failure, and is fatal without […]

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Tags: Center for Regenerative Medicine, Joseph Lillegard, liver disease, regenerative medicine, Regenerative Medicine Minnesota, stem cells


June 19, 2018

‘Extraordinary Ability’-Fetal surgery program elevates maternal-fetal medicine

By Advancing the Science contributor advancingthescience

Imagine being deemed so critical to a health care organization that the state legislature acts immediately to allow you to practice there. That’s how Rodrigo Ruano, M.D., Ph.D., chair of the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, came to Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Calling him an eminent physician — […]

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Tags: Abimola Famuyide, fetal surgery, maternal and fetal medicine, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Randall Flick, regenerative medicine, Regenerative Medicine Minnesota, Robert Spinner, Rodrigo Ruano


June 11, 2018

Bioartificial liver: Potential to avoid transplant

By Nicole Brudos Ferrara nicoleferrara

Mayo Clinic researchers are planning clinical trials of a bioartificial  liver that might eventually provide an alternative to transplantation for patients with liver failure. Known as the Mayo Spheroid Reservoir Bioartificial Liver (SRBAL), the novel device has been shown to reduce the severity of liver disease and improve survival in laboratory testing on pigs. (Bioartificial […]

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Tags: Regenerative Medicine Minnesota, Scott Nyberg, transplant


May 31, 2018

Researching Regenerative Strategies to Optimize Neurological Function

By Jennifer Schutz jenniferschutz

Mayo Clinic neurosurgeon and recipient of a 2018 Regenerative Medicine Minnesota research grant, Terry Burns, M.D., Ph.D., is developing regenerative strategies to optimize neurological function and quality of life for patients with brain tumors, neurological injuries, and neurodegenerative diseases. The decline of memory and thinking processes seen in aging, neurodegenerative diseases (e.g., Alzheimer’s disease), and […]

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Tags: Center for Regenerative Medicine, regenerative medicine, Regenerative Medicine Minnesota, stem cells, Terry Burns


May 29, 2018

Clinical trial investigates stem cell therapies for spinal cord injuries

By Jennifer Schutz jenniferschutz

Mayo Clinic neurosurgeon, Mohamad Bydon, M.D., is a research grant recipient from Regenerative Medicine Minnesota. His clinical trial investigates whether adipose-derived (fat tissue-derived) mesenchymal stem cells can be safely administered into the cerebrospinal fluid of patients with traumatic spinal cord injury and what the effects this may have on functional improvement, activities of daily living, and […]

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Tags: Center for Regenerative Medicine, clinical trials, Mohamad Bydon, Regenerative Medicine Minnesota


May 17, 2018

Researching cartilage regeneration for osteoarthritis: Jennifer Westendorf, Ph.D.

By Jennifer Schutz jenniferschutz

Mayo Clinic investigator, Jennifer Westendorf, Ph.D., is a recipient of a 2018 Regenerative Medicine Minnesota research grant. Her project will help determine how proteins, called Girk2 and Girk3, contribute to cartilage formation and repair in the setting of osteoarthritis. Researchers believe that osteoarthritis may be prevented if these proteins are absent or inactive. Dr. Westendorf is […]

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Tags: Center for Regenerative Medicine, Jennifer Westendorf, osteoarthritis, regenerative medicine, Regenerative Medicine Minnesota


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