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October 2nd, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Celebrates Heritage Days, Oct. 6–10

By Kelley Luckstein

Blue ribbon with the words "Mayo Clinic Heritage Days 2014"ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic’s annual Heritage Days celebration takes place Oct. 6–10, 2014. The events being held across the Mayo Clinic campuses in Rochester, Florida, Arizona and Mayo Clinic Health System will recognize and thank all of the dedicated employees and volunteers who provide service to patients. This year’s events continue the yearlong commemoration of Mayo Clinic’s 150 years of serving humanity.

The event brings together exhibits, activities, talented performers and artisans to celebrate the arts, culture, history and community spirit of Mayo Clinic. All events are free and open to the public. Read the rest of this entry »

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October 1st, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic, University of Mississippi Medical Center Expand Relationship With Formal Collaboration Agreement

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young

Dr. Robert Rizza, Mayo collaboration liaison; Dr. Daniel W. Jones, UMiss Chancellor;  Dr. James Keeton, Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs/Dean of the Medical School at UMiss Medical Center (UMMC); Dr. LouAnn Woodward, Vice Dean and Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, UMMC;  Dr. Richard Summers, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, and UMMC collaboration liaison; Dr. Gregory Gores, Executive Dean of Research, Mayo; Mr. Scott Kaese, Operations Administrator - Research, Mayo; Mr. Steven C. Smith - Chair, Department of Research Administration, Mayo.

ROCHESTER, Minn. (Sept. 30, 2014)— Drs. Charlie and Will Mayo looked approvingly over their legacy as representatives from the University of Mississippi (UMiss) and Mayo Clinic signed a formal agreement broadening and deepening their long-term relationship and opening the doors to expanded collaborations in clinical trials, other medical research and education. Shown immediately before the signing: Dr. Robert Rizza, Mayo collaboration liaison; Dr. Daniel W. Jones, UMiss Chancellor; Dr. James Keeton, Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs/CEO and Dean of the Medical School at UMiss Medical Center (UMMC); Dr. LouAnn Woodward, Vice Dean and Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, UMMC; Dr. Richard Summers, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, and UMMC collaboration liaison; Dr. Gregory Gores, Executive Dean of Research, Mayo; Mr. Scott Kaese, Operations Administrator - Research, Mayo; Mr. Steven C. Smith - Chair, Department of Research Administration, Mayo.

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ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic and the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) announced today that they have signed an agreement to broaden and deepen their collaboration in clinical trials, other medical research and education. The agreement is a formal commitment to enhance the relationship that has been steadily building for the past 20 years.

“This agreement builds on our already strong relationship with the University of Mississippi Medical Center and lays the groundwork for more discovery and application,” says John Noseworthy, M.D., president and CEO, Mayo Clinic. “We’re thrilled to work even more closely to improve care for patients.”

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Elizabeth Young, Mayo Clinic, 507-284-5005, newsbureau@mayo.edu
Marc Rolph, UMMC, 601-815-5133, mrolph@umc.edu

An earlier memorandum of understanding formed an institutional bond in 2010, designed to enhance and expand shared initiatives in translational research and training. A number of cooperative clinical research relationships have flourished between Mayo and UMMC since a first collaborative study was launched in 1995 in the Genetic Epidemiology Network of Arteriopathy (GENOA), with cohorts of non-Hispanic White Americans from Rochester, Minnesota, African-Americans from Jackson, Mississippi, and Mexican-Americans from Starr County, Texas. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: clinical trials, collaboration, CTSA, Diversity, education, Heart Disease, Kidney, Minnesota news release, News Release, Research, telemedicine, CCaTS, UMMC


September 30th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program Introduces Expanded Wellness Services

By Kelley Luckstein

ROCHESTER, Minn. — The Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, which launched earlier this year, is expanding its wellness offerings to include a weight management plan and spa services. The Healthy Weight Plan and Rejuvenate at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program will open this fall and enhance the already popular wellness plans available for guests.

“We are excited about taking wellness to the next level,” says Donald Hensrud, M.D., the program’s medical director. “Our expanded services embrace the idea of involving the entire body and mind. No matter your age or health needs, if you’re looking to better manage stress, lose weight, get active, or eat and cook healthfully, our program offers a diverse selection of wellness options for anyone seeking whole-body wellness.”
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Healthy Weight Plan
Losing weight and making lifestyle changes can feel overwhelming. Mayo experts understand this challenge. The plan brings together the collective knowledge of weight management and behavior change experts. They have developed a two-day on-site session, along with engagement before and after the on-site program that breaks down barriers, dispels diet myths and guides guests on a weight-loss journey tailored specifically to their goals. The plan also offers ongoing support so guests stay motivated and the weight stays off for good. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 30th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Expert to Lead Research Comparing Treatments for Uterine Fibroids

By Kelley Luckstein

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic announced today that it is part of a team of research centers chosen by Patient-Centered three young healthy looking women of diversityOutcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to evaluate the effectiveness of different treatment strategies for women with uterine fibroids.

AHRQ has awarded the team a $3.95 million, first-year grant for the project, called Comparing Options for Management: Patient-Centered Results for Uterine Fibroids (COMPARE-UF). Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI) will serve as the research and data coordinating center for the teams.

“We are very excited to have funding to provide the key clinical evidence that all women and their physicians need to make informed choices about fibroid treatments,” says Elizabeth Stewart, M.D., chair of Reproductive Endocrinology at Mayo Clinic and the clinical leader of the study. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 30th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Health Letter: Highlights from the September 2014 Issue

By Brian Kilen

ROCHESTER, Minn. ― Here are highlights from the September issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter. You may cite this publication as often as you wish. Reprinting is allowed for a fee. Mayo Clinic Health Letter attribution is required. Include the following subscription information as your editorial policies permit: Visit http://www.HealthLetter.MayoClinic.com or call toll-free for subscription information, 1-800-333-9037, extension 9771. Full newsletter text: Mayo Clinic Health Letter September 2014 (for journalists only).

Medical staff in operating room performing surgeryAfter celebrating, survivors often face anxieties and fear

Adjusting from being a cancer patient to a cancer survivor isn't just about celebration and gratitude. The September issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter covers why this transition isn’t always smooth or easy. In addition to dealing with fatigue or other side effects of surgery or treatment, patients may be surprised by feelings that can include fear and uncertainty, anxiety, sadness and irritability.

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September 29th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Data From Worldwide Trial of Two HER2-Positive Breast Cancer Drugs Shows That Trastuzumab Should Remain as Standard of Care

By Paul Scotti

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Sept. 29, 2014 — Analysis of more than 8,000 women who participated in the world’s largest study of two treatments for HER2-positive breast cancer reinforces other findings from the clinical trial showing that trastuzumab (Herceptin) should remain the standard of care for this cancer, says a Mayo Clinic researcher.

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September 24th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Most Breast Cancer Patients Who Had Healthy Breast Removed at Peace with Decision

By Sharon Theimer

More than 8 of 10 say they would make same choice again, Mayo Clinic study finds

woman discussing breast screening with medical staffROCHESTER, Minn. — More women with cancer in one breast are opting to have both breasts removed to reduce their risk of future cancer. New research shows that in the long term, most have no regrets. Mayo Clinic surveyed hundreds of women with breast cancer who had double mastectomies between 1960 and 1993 and found that nearly all would make the same choice again. The findings are published in the journal Annals of Surgical Oncology.

The study made a surprising finding: While most women were satisfied with their decision whether they followed it with breast reconstruction or not, patients who decided against reconstructive surgery were likelier to say they would choose to have both breasts removed again. In the reconstructive surgery group, women who needed additional operations due to complications, breast implant-related issues or other reasons were likelier to regret their prophylactic mastectomy, though overall, most women with breast reconstructions were satisfied with their choices.

MEDIA CONTACT: Sharon Theimer, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, Email: newsbureau@mayo.edu

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September 24th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Clifford Hudis, M.D., to Anchor Mayo Clinic Genomics Conference

By Sam Smith

ASCO immediate past president and Breast Cancer Research Foundation Scientific Committee Chair to offer keynote address at Individualizing Medicine 2014: From Promise to PracticeConference-feature-image

ROCHESTER, Minn. ― Mayo Clinic announced today that Clifford Hudis, M.D., immediate past president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), will deliver the keynote address at Individualizing Medicine 2014: From Promise to Practice.

Individualizing Medicine 2014 is scheduled for Oct. 6–8, with optional workshops and sessions before and after the conference. Presentations will cover a wide range of topics, including cardiovascular disease, the role of genomics in the pharmacy, insurance and reimbursement issues, the use of deep sequencing for predictive medicine, and more. A complete schedule and list of speakers is available on the conference website. Focused concurrent sessions are also available.


MEDIA CONTACT: Sam Smith, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005,
newsbureau@mayo.edu

Journalists: Lab b-roll and sound bites with Richard Weinshilboum, M.D., co-director, Individualizing Medicine Conference, are available in the downloads.

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September 23rd, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic and Invenshure Launch Oneome™

By Sam Smith

Startup company to offer next-generation sequencing-based pharmacogenomics interpretation

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic and venture catalyst Invenshure announce the launch of Oneome, a genomics interpretation company that exports Mayo’s extensive pharmacogenomics knowledge in the form of concise, actionable reports to help providers anywhere deliver the right medication at the right time.

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Oneome represents a new collaboration between the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine and Invenshure. The company's tagline is: "Helping clinicians make every prescription the right one."

Oneome reports will focus on providing pharmacogenomically driven guidance for medications with high levels of evidence in medical literature. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Mayo’s collaboration with Oneome is led by the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine.

“Our own genetic makeup can have a significant impact on how our bodies process and use prescription medication, which in turn affects whether or not a drug works the way our doctor intended,” says Oneome co-founder John Logan Black, M.D., a Mayo Clinic physician and co-director of the Personalized Genomics Laboratory in Mayo's Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology. “We have developed sophisticated decision algorithms that can help providers use genomic testing to get their prescriptions right the first time.” Read the rest of this entry »

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September 19th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Researchers Reveal Pathway that Contributes to Alzheimer’s Disease

By Kevin Punsky

Loss of LRP6 in neurons leads to enhanced buildup of amyloid protein, a pathological hallmark of Alzheimer's disease.

Loss of LRP6 in neurons leads to enhanced buildup of amyloid protein, a pathological hallmark of Alzheimer's disease.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Researchers at Jacksonville’s campus of Mayo Clinic have discovered a defect in a key cell-signaling pathway they say contributes to both overproduction of toxic protein in the brains of Alzheimer’s disease patients as well as loss of communication between neurons — both significant contributors to this type of dementia.

Their study, in the online issue of Neuron, offers the potential that targeting this specific defect with drugs “may rejuvenate or rescue this pathway,” says the study’s lead investigator, Guojun Bu, Ph.D., a neuroscientist at Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Fla.

“This defect is likely not the sole contributor to development of Alzheimer’s disease, but our findings suggest it is very important, and could be therapeutically targeted to possibly prevent Alzheimer’s or treat early disease,” he says.

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