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ROCHESTER, Minn. ― Jan. 27, 2014 ― Mayo Clinic has opened the Mayo Clinic Department of Defense (DOD) Medical Research Office. The office, in Rochester, MN., is designed to be an easy to use single point of contact, linking the research needs of the DOD with Mayo Clinic investigators capable of addressing those needs, and to improve access to funding to serve DOD research and development priorities.
The office oversees Mayo Clinic's portfolio of DOD-funded research, which has evolved over Mayo’s long and successful partnership with the U.S. government. Today, dozens of Mayo Clinic researchers receive funding for special projects that use new technologies and innovative solutions to support military readiness, functional restoration and rehabilitation after complex injuries, restore health and improve wellness of military populations.
“This is a continuation of Mayo Clinic’s 150-year legacy with the DOD,” says Peter Amadio, M.D., director of the office, and an orthopedic surgeon at Mayo Clinic. “The office and website are designed to strengthen this long-standing relationship and to not only match DOD research needs with the expertise of Mayo Clinic, but also accelerate the entire process from proposal development to funding to delivery of a completed project.
”Mayo Clinic’s historical ties to the military goes back to the original founder, W.W. Mayo, who moved to Rochester to examine recruits for the Union Army. His sons, the Mayo Brothers, and their partners at Mayo Clinic set up field hospitals and developed mobile clinical laboratories for the Army during World War I. Mayo Clinic investigators developed the G-suit and oxygen mask during World War II. Today, Mayo Clinic investigators are regenerating nerves, bone, heart, tendon and other tissues to restore function in our wounded warriors, and developing innovative prosthetics when regeneration is not possible.
Other notable historical ties to the DOD include:
Part of the office creation includes a web page that details Mayo Clinic’s current initiatives with the DOD and key contacts. Current projects include:
Journalists – Dr. Amadio is available for interviews remotely or in Washington, D.C., Jan. 27–29.
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Brian Kilen, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, firstname.lastname@example.org
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