Fri, Apr 14

Conference puts Mayo Clinic Research in the Forefront

By Center for Regenerative Medicine centerforregmedmc

The Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ)  meets in Orlando, Florida, later this month, bringing together hundreds of reporters, producers, editors, news directors and news enthusiasts from around the world to polish the skills of their trade through educational sessions and networking. The opportunities abound for those in the medical field, including Mayo Clinic researchers and specialists who will showcase their world-class expertise during panel discussions and key presentations.

Andre Terzic, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine, will present “Regenerative Medicine: The Promise and the Reality”on Saturday, April 22. The presentation will focus on separating hype from hope while advancing the field and how journalists can provide a trusted voice to distinguish unsupported claims from validated achievements. Additional panel members include: Randal Mills, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer, California Institute for Regenerative Medicine; and Brock Reeve, M.Phil., M.B.A., executive director, Harvard Stem Cell Institute. Barbara P. Smith, aging reporter and health editor, Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune will moderate the panel.

Mayo Clinic is one of the most comprehensive research institutions in the world. By collaborating across specialties, Mayo accelerates the discovery, development and application of life-changing therapies, surgical procedures, and technologies so patients can receive exactly the care they need. This core philosophy is what puts Mayo’s experts at the table for such a visible worldwide venue.

Mayo’s presentations will include:

Thursday, April 20

Friday, April 21

Saturday, April 22

AHCJ, a professional trade organization with more than 1,500 members, offers the conference as a premier training event for journalists covering all aspects of health care, including medical research, public and consumer health, ethics and the business of health care.

Search the daily lineup of programs and presentations.

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Tue, Apr 11

Mayo Clinic Investigators Receive Biobusiness/Biotechnology and Education Awards from ‘Regenerative Medicine Minnesota’

By Center for Regenerative Medicine centerforregmedmc

Five Mayo Clinic investigators were selected to receive 2017 Education and Biobusiness/Biotechnology Awards from Regenerative Medicine Minnesota.

Regenerative Medicine Minnesota is a joint venture between the University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic, and funded by the Minnesota Legislature, with the goal of distributing millions of dollars to advance regenerative medicine in the state through research, education, healthcare, and business. The program, which was funded during the 2014 legislative session for ten years, is  in its third year of operation.

Mayo Clinic awardees include:

Jilian L. Foxen - Education Program Award (Grades 3-12)
Advancing Regenerative Medicine Through Education Minnesota K-8 Educators

Saranya P. Wyles - Education Program Award (Post-Secondary)
Minnesota Medical Student Guide to Proficiency in Regenerative Medicine and Surgery

Dan Dragomir-Daescu, Ph.D. - Biobusiness/Biotechnology Award
Controllable and automated system for synthesizing GMP magnetic nanoparticles for regenerative medicine applications

Yasuhiro Ikeda, DVM, Ph.D. - Biobusiness/Biotechnology Award
Mayo CRM-original iPSC-derived islet product in a retrievable, encapsulation device

Saad J. Kenderian, M.D. - Biobusiness/Biotechnology Award
Development of a chimeric antigen receptor T cell therapy platform at the Mayo Clinic

About Regenerative Medicine
Regenerative medicine focuses on the body’s natural ability to repair, replace, and regenerate damaged or aging tissues, and to restore functionality. Physicians and scientists are using native and bioengineered cells, assistive devices, and engineering platforms to develop new treatments with the potential to fully heal the underlying causes of diseases, rather than only manage disease symptoms. For more information on regenerative medicine, visit the Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine website.


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Thu, Apr 6

Renaissance in Medicine

By Center for Regenerative Medicine centerforregmedmc

This story was previously published in Discovery's Edge, Mayo Clinic's research magazine.

Renaissance means rebirth or regeneration. Every few generations medicine takes a major turn. We’re at one of those junctures now with regenerative medicine — where healing is triggered from within the human body. It’s bringing a whole new universe to how physicians provide care.

Deer grow, shed and then regrow their antlers. Sea stars sacrifice but then regrow their arms. This is regeneration, and every species — from amoeba to human — is inherently capable of it to some degree (think fresh, smooth skin forming below a scab).

By getting down to the nitty-gritty of how cells differentiate and muster to form tissues and organs, researchers have turned the corner on understanding the way regeneration works. Engineers have come up with techniques for assembling cells into large, three-dimensional structures, and for building automated bioreactors (culture vessels) for mass production of cells and engineered tissues. Now, a patient’s own cells can be harvested, tweaked, and used to help regrow their missing or damaged tissues, and even to make lab-grown organs for transplant.

Regenerative medicine helps bodies mend themselves, providing cures for people who have been living — until now — without treatment options. It’s a whole new realm of healing.

Mayo Clinic is offering regenerative-based alternatives to address a rapidly expanding range of health issues. And it’s created a regenerative medicine portal that’s open to everyone. Andre Terzic, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine explains, “This is a radical shift from caring for patients to curing patients, and it’s being advanced from head to toe. It’s a true renaissance in health care.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Fri, Mar 31

Knee Deep: Treating Knee Disorders With Regenerative Medicine

By Center for Regenerative Medicine centerforregmedmc

This story was previously published in Mayo Clinic Magazine.

According to a joint project of leading orthopedic societies in the United States, musculoskeletal disorders for work-related injuries account for one half of all days away from work. A decade ago, these conditions cost Americans nearly $1 trillion in health care costs and lost wages. That’s an astounding 7.4 percent of the gross domestic product in the U.S. The problem has only gotten worse since then.

The latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that from 2000 to 2010 the number of knee replacements nearly doubled. And the United States is just at the beginning of the surge of retiring baby boomers, who are more active than earlier generations of retirees, so it is anticipated that the demand for knee replacement services will climb sharply.

In addition to societal impact, knee conditions can be devastating on an individual level. They cause substantial pain and can dramatically decrease quality of life for anyone at any age — active adolescent athletes who rupture a ligament or damage cartilage; healthy middle-aged adults who incur wear-and-tear disorders; and vibrant retirees who lose independent living and acquire chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension because of arthritis. These conditions are incredibly complex, involving bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons and cartilage.

To help people delay or even prevent costly replacements, Mayo Clinic’s Center for Regenerative Medicine is supporting four studies aimed at different parts of the knee. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mon, Mar 27

Stem Cells Splash Down From Space

By Center for Regenerative Medicine centerforregmedmc

SpaceX Dragon landing with stem cell researchAfter nearly a month orbiting the Earth attached to the International Space Station, the SpaceX Dragon capsule containing Dr. Abba Zubair's stem cell research detached from the station and returned to Earth. The Dragon was recovered in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of southern California, on March 19. After SpaceX turns over the contents of the Dragon to NASA, the research will be sent back to Dr. Zubair’s lab at Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus for analysis and further scientific study.  [Photo Courtesy: SpaceX]

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Tags: Abba Zubair, mayo clinic, Mayo Clinic in Florida, mayo clinic medical research, Mayo Clinic research, regenerative medicine, stem cells, stroke

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