• By Sam Smith

Precision Medicine Initiative and the Mayo Clinic Biobank

January 30, 2015

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.


About Mayo Clinic
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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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Parking spaces are small and the lines are off.


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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Except there's not nothing beyond that parking space–you may not be encroaching on another parking spot, but you are narrowing the travel lane. Sure, a couple inches doesn't matter, but then why not a couple feet? Or half the width of the vehicle? Obviously, at some point it materially affects the travel lane and, yes, the painted line is a somewhat-arbitrary delimiter. But it's also the one that someone determined was the delimiter to define the boundary between parking and driving. If it should be 6" further over, they'd paint the line 6" further over.


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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The exact same thing happened to me. My tires was right on the white line, not crossing it and I got ticketed, tattle tale email to my supervisor but numerous other cars that were crossing the white lines had no ticket.


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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"But it is not logical or fair to say a truck cannot park downtown in a ramp much less a parking lot." The rest of your points I agree with. But this is going too far. We routinely decide that a given sort of parking is designed for a particular size of vehicle, and no bigger. You probably can't park a Spyder F3 or a GoldWing with a trailer in many motorcycle spots. A delivery truck won't fit in most parking spots, period, and semis need dedicated parking lots where they're expected. So it is perfectly logical to pick a size and say "we're designing our parking lots for vehicles this size or smaller", in order to best accommodate the typical vehicles and maximize use of the space. Is the specific size chosen too small? Maybe–that's a point for discussion. Though increasing parking space width by just 6” would mean something like 7% of employees who currently have parking would lose it (based on some quick statistics on typical narrow parking spots). Not to mention the added delay for new people getting parking. But, yes, the size chosen will always allow some vehicles, and exclude others. If the spots were big enough for an F350, they still wouldn’t fit a dually. And so on. So is the current size fair? The parking is primarily for bringing people here—patients and employees. The vehicles that most people seem to be agreeing don’t fit in our current parking slots are larger pickup trucks, which are designed primarily for transporting cargo. So if we’re actively encouraging people to choose more passenger-efficient vehicles (in terms of number of people per square foot of vehicle footprint), I’d say we’ve chosen OK for our specific situation. Not saying it couldn’t be improved, but maybe “sorry, large pickups don’t fit” is, in fact, fair, even if those whose only vehicle is a large pickup suffer hardship as a result.


Hiring extra parking enforcement officers may help to solve these problems, but I think that would be a pretty obvious example of an expense that does not contribute to value for our patients. Unless you want them to be paid for by having everyone in the ramp getting multiple tickets and boots everyday.


I don't think you understood my point. If the parking enforcement officers are also needed to assist patients in ramps and direct traffic after accidents, they are being pulled in multiple directions and are less able to deal with parking violations. In my opinion all of these job functions serve to protect and serve both patients and employees, so the cost of paying additional officers wouldn't be without merit.


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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I believe that Marcia was just reiterating opinions stated earlier in the postings, as what are causing this to be a "hot topic". Just the way I am reading it.


I prefer to bring our smaller vehicle to work, however it's nice to be able to get to work in my large 4×4 pickup when the rest of you stay home cause of too much snow. Not much problem parking when the rest of you don't show up for work.


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.

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Good for you for making the other person move their car. I like that idea.


Just writing articles about this issue will not solve anything as people are still not staying within the allotted parking space.


Parking and Transportation appreciates everyone’s examples, input, and suggestions for how to better park in employee parking. If you receive a ticket and you notice the car next to you did not but is guilty of the same infraction there could very well be a logical explanation. The Enforcement Officer might have been interrupted and assigned to assist a patient/guest locate their lost vehicle in a patient ramp, to check on a car that has been left running or the headlights left on unattended, helping a patient or guest because they have a dead battery, or an accident that has occurred in the ramp and Enforcement needs to direct traffic. Parking’s Enforcement team consists of three members and they are pulled in multiple directions daily and simply cannot be everywhere at once to ticket all infractions that employees see in employee ramps. This is why it is important to follow the parking rules that Mayo has in place and to be considerate to fellow employees by observing these guidelines when parking. Thank you, Parking and Transportation

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