• By Sam Smith

Precision Medicine Initiative and the Mayo Clinic Biobank

January 30, 2015

Biomarkers
Mayo Clinic is excited about the national focus on individualized medicine and what the future holds. More than half ($130 million) of the total $215 million budget request, put forth by President Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative, is for a national biobanking initiative that draws on existing collections across the country. Mayo Clinic has among the country’s largest collections through the Mayo Clinic Biobank and the Biorepositories Program.President Obama addressing patients, researchers, physicians about Precision Medicine

Mayo Clinic and the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine have made a significant commitment to building a scalable biorepository infrastructure, which includes multiple specimen processing laboratories and centralized storage.

One of these collections is the Mayo Clinic Biobank, a collection of blood samples and health information donated by Mayo Clinic patients. The Biobank collects samples and health information from patients and other volunteers, regardless of health history. The Biobank was established at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minn., and recruitment began in April 2009. Since then, the Biobank has expanded to Mayo Clinic's campuses in Jacksonville, Fla. and Scottsdale, Ariz., in addition to the Mayo Clinic Health System. The Biobank aims to enroll 50,000 Mayo Clinic patients by 2016 to support a wide array of health-related research studies at Mayo Clinic and other institutions.

Steve Thibodeau, David F. and Margaret T. Grohne Director, Biorepositories Program facts about the Mayo Clinic Biobank.

Journalists: Soundbites with Dr. Thibodeau and b-roll of the Mayo Clinic Biobank are available in the downloads.

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

  1. Mayo Clinic Biobank is one of the country’s largest unified collections of patient samples that are matched with a standardized epidemiology questionnaire, related information from the electronic medical record, and a broad consent for use.
  2. 44,000 samples of patients from all 50 states, plus Puerto Rico and Washington D.C., are stored at -80 degrees Celsius (-112 Fahrenheit). Participants range in age from 18 to 99 years old.
  3. 134 research projects are actively using Biobank samples, with more under review.
  4. The Mayo Clinic Biobank  is the largest of hundreds of sample collections at Mayo Clinic. The Grohne Building at Mayo Clinic is currently capable of storing approximately 7 million blood and DNA samples, with room to expand to about 21 million.
  5. All samples in the Mayo Clinic Biobank are de-identified before storage, making it nearly impossible for researchers (or anyone else) to misuse samples or discover a patient’s identity.

Visit http://www.mayo.edu/research/centers-programs/mayo-clinic-biobank/overview and http://mayoresearch.mayo.edu/center-for-individualized-medicine/biorepositories.asp for more information.

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Someone I know had their car window broken in to while parked in the Stabile area employee parking ramp during work hours. Could we consider monitoring employee parking ramps . Perhaps, with the threat of video monitoring, these thieves would be deterred. It's a safety thing, also. Are any of the mayo parking ranks monitored?

What ever happened to Security driving through lots giving tickets for parking incorrectly? A while back the driver's side of my vehicle was just on the line of the 2 lines between spots and I was given a ticket -proceeding to walk around the lot a bit- I saw many cars parked even more incorrectly with no tickets on their windshield? Hit or miss? How unfortunate am I! It sort of stinks to get a "Naughty parking note" sent to my supervisors… I took a picture of my parking "Skills" and showed my supervisors to get an eye roll and a "Huh?" remark! Lucky me!

I was parked in the employee ramp 9 and upon leaving at the end of the day, I found my driver side front fender dented and of course the other vehicle was gone. What should someone do in situations like this?

Thank you for posting this article. I have on a couple of occasions had to either go in the passenger door and crawl over the center console or go in through the back hatch door because people have parked too close to my vehicle after I parked. I understand people taking any parking spot they can find but be considerate of others. Look to see if you allowed them enough room to get into their vehicle. Also, I would like to see more consistency with giving out tickets. I received a ticket for parking in a "compact space" because my vehicle was 5 inches too tall. I see on a daily basis cars much larger than mine parking in compact spaces without tickets.

I have called parking in the past and actually had them call the other person to come out and move their car so I could get in the driver's side door. I also just had an estimate of $800 for fixing the door dings on my vehicle!! I know everyone is busy and in a hurry, but please be more considerate and aware of how you're parking.

I have noticed on several occasions large extended trucks that will pull in from the other side of the space where they are parking. In doing so, they leave the rear of their truck extended well over into the space behind them. I have reported it and taken pictures to show Parking several times. I was finally told at Parking that they were told that this situation is acceptable. Really?

I have been ticketed for being parked in an end spot in the parking ramp by the stairwell or other outer corners. When parking there I park with my tires either on the line or just over the line, creating more distance between myself and the car next to me. In this case I was ticketed because my tires were touching the line but also going just beyond. In these locations parking on the line does not negatively affect the person parking next to me, nor does it inhibit the view of other drivers in the ramp. In fact, the purpose for parking like that is to help create more space for others and to prevent door dings. It seems contradictory to ticket those who are trying to prevent the problem and then write an article discussing maximizing space.

It's not hard to park between the lines if you take the time to do it right. Open your door, look at the line, if it isn't right then back out a bit and do it again. I have noticed that the people that park badly seem to do it again and again and again. Also can I add, why do people have to drive to work with the largest vehicles possible? I can't believe somebody would want to pay for gas to commute with some of these huge trucks. But, if you do drive a large vehicle, please park it where it fits and take the time to park it correctly! I appreciate the comment about the video surveillance. All lots should be monitored. What if something really bad happened in one of Mayo's parking ramps or lots? My wife's car was scraped by another vehicle in a Mayo parking lot and they although the lot behind Hilton has video surveillance, all cameras were aimed at the gate and nothing was recorded.

I think surveillance would be a wonderful addition to the parking ramps. My husband and my new vehicle suffered a wonderful ding on the rear bumper. No note with contact information by the offender.

Besides parking, what about people who whip around the ramps like it's a race track? I've seen many close calls thanks to the Indy 500 drivers in the ramps.

How about Mayo not making the spots so small in the first place. Maybe we need more parking spaces made available. Mayo cannot expect to keep growing and not providing ample parking. No wonder individuals get so upset, after all we are just trying to arrive to work on time and have our personal property kept in tack.

Please just be respectful of your other commuters! It would solve a lot of issues. I recently bought a new car. My old car was a full size Buick, and I never had issues with door dings. Now I have a compact with shiny paint and three door dings in the first two months. How is this possible? I park in the same area as I always did.

@albertevans

I have noticed on several occasions large extended trucks that will pull in from the other side of the space where they are parking. In doing so, they leave the rear of their truck extended well over into the space behind them. I have reported it and taken pictures to show Parking several times. I was finally told at Parking that they were told that this situation is acceptable. Really?

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Don't park big giant pick ups at the end of rows where people turn. Some of these stick way out

This is indeed a Hot Topic!!! Driving too fast in ramps, tail-gaiting, people who park in the driving lane waiting for an opening so you can not leave after being up all Night, being parked in on both sides so you have to enter your car from the back, fender dings, door dings, People who have these Huge Pick-ups that should not even be allowed in a ramp…on and on and on….I've seen it all and have had it all happen to me. I take pictures, plate numbers and report everything these days hoping some day it will be better….

@jayschneider

Besides parking, what about people who whip around the ramps like it's a race track? I've seen many close calls thanks to the Indy 500 drivers in the ramps.

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Note to drivers: when you can hear your tires squealing as you round corners in the ramp, you're going too fast!

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