• 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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Three parking enforcement officers seems woefully inadequate given the size of the Mayo Rochester campus.

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Eventually, punitive measures should be considered if rock-star parking becomes commonplace.

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@jeanburr

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?

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I agree!! Last Spring the lot across from the Stabile lot my car was dented and had a 3 foot scratch. Three weeks ago in the Stabile lot my wife's car was hit and has a dent and a broken tail light. Then last week my wife heard a crunch and saw a mini-van back up into a car, and then pull forward and repeat. They then drove away, unfortunately she was not able to get the license plate. I appreciate parking close to where I work, but the damages are getting to be pretty extensive.

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@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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When I drive my "big" pickup I will have 1-2 maybe 3 inches away from the lines. Now if that is the case if any parks the same distance and still within their parking space I will not be able to open the door. If a large truck parks on the ends then they can get their drivers door open with a car parked close by. The only solution is to create truck only parking similar to compact car only parking.

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@marciaa

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….

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Really a pickup should not be allowed in a parking ramp? Please explain?

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@denisegansen

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.

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I usually park in the Sinclair lot. I've been ticketed for parking on or over the passengers side. The only thing there is a cable holding up the light post! But then I've seen VW's parked horizontally(not ticketed) in that spot. It's not even a parking spot. it wasre slash lines through it

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@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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That's completely unacceptable. I've had trouble getting out of spots before because of large trucks sticking well into the driving lane. If you're going to drive a large vehicle to work, then you need to park in a spot suited for the vehicle, no matter the inconvenience to you.

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@deborahlmcc

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.

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Good point. In some of the lots, the parking spaces are woefully small. Not everyone drives a mini or a smart car.

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@marciaa

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….

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By what metric should pick-ups not be allowed? I agree they are large, but that's what allows some employees to get here in the winter – large 4x4s.

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@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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The spot I am referring to is not a compact spot, matter of fact it is a surface lot, with double yellow lines next to so there is room to exit. It is also on the end furthest from the clinic. I don't mind exchanging the convenience of parking further away in exchange for more room to maneuver. Also by parking a truck on the end a row you actually make it easier for everyone parking next to you as you are not cramped up against their parking lines. Now parking on the end in a ramp I can see the logic of not doing it and most are marked compact only. But it is not logical or fair to say a truck cannot park downtown in a ramp much less a parking lot.

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I agree with all the comments about the spaces being too small in the ramps. Please consider increasing the parking spaces to a more normal size, even if it cuts down on parking availability. Employees wait for years for parking in Rochester spend an inordinate amount of effort figuring out how to get to work on time, and during in-climate weather. Once an employee becomes eligible for parking, their worries should not have to shift to potential costly damage to their vehicle while at work.

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I wonder if anyone has considered the poor parking as a lack of pride and if it's any indication of the choices that will be made in the hours that follow while on duty. If it's simply a lack of skill, the city is filled with parking lots where one can practice. I personally don't feel sorry for someone who parks their driver side on the line and then can't get in their vehicle when someone parks between the lines in the space next to them. That's a foreseeable predicament that can easily be avoided. Long ago I parked cars for a living so perhaps I'm oversimplifying the issue but it only takes practice and the recognition of patterns.

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@melaniehooverthomas

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!

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That was covered in the article, though. "When you park too close to the line or take up more than your fair share of space, you contribute to a domino effect of misaligned cars."

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I have never in my life seen a collection of people that are unable to park between two white lines. If you can't park, time to take the bus, or ride a bike to work.

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@marciaa

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….

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As a commuter with an hour long drive, I will be one of those people driving a large truck to work in the winter. I'll take the extra time to find a space large enough to accommodate my vehicle, while still abiding by the parking rules. Even when I drive my smaller compact car, some of the parking spaces still seem pretty small.

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