April 25, 2019

Mayo Educators Awarded Education Program Grants from ‘Regenerative Medicine Minnesota’

By Jen Schutz

In 2014, the Minnesota Legislature allocated resources to fund Regenerative Medicine Minnesota to improve the health of Minnesotans by advancing regenerative medicine therapies. Grants are awarded to accelerate medical research and to developers of biotechnology and biobusinesses across the state. Education grants, the focus of this announcement, are awarded to recruit, train and retain the next generation of health care workers and researchers in the field of regenerative medicine.

“With our colleagues in Education, the Center for Regenerative Medicine is investing in talent and education to develop the regenerative medicine workforce of the future,” says Andre Terzic, M.D., Ph.D., the Michael S. and Mary Sue Shannon Director, Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine. “This new funding helps us bring regenerative medicine education across the state.”

Four Mayo Clinic teams were selected to receive 2019 Education Program Awards from Regenerative Medicine Minnesota.

Bruce Horazdovsky, Ph.D. — Education Program Award (K-12)

Women in Science and Engineering Research to promote young scientists through community engaged STEM activities in Minnesota

Project Summary: The Women in Science and Engineering Research (WiSER) group at Mayo Clinic will host a monthly series of STEM-education courses through collaborations with the Rochester Public Library and Minnesota Children’s Museum. These events will focus on engaging K-12 students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. The goal is for these activities to spark enthusiasm and awareness of STEM-related careers, provide strong role models as women in science, and promote a healthy relationship between scientists and the community. WiSER team members include: Amanda Huff, Crystal Mendoza, Elisabeth Shanblatt, Ph.D., Ribu Goyal and Ashley Krull, Ph.D.

Rosalie Sterner — Education Program Award (Post-Secondary)

Graduate and Postdoctoral Training in Regenerative T Cell Immunotherapy and CART Cell Therapy

Chimeric antigen receptor T cell therapy (CAR-T) is a new, potentially curative pillar in the treatment of cancer that was FDA approved in 2017 for the treatment of B-cell leukemia and lymphoma malignancies. CAR-T cell therapy seeks to harness the power of the immune system by genetically modifying cells, equipping them with power to kill cancer. These synthetic cells act like a living drug that uses the body’s defense system to fight disease. The processes of engineering, generating, and administering CAR-T cells are very complex and require expertise across multiple fields of science and medicine. This grant will fund an innovative interdisciplinary educational program to train Minnesotan graduate students, medical students, residents, fellows, and post-doctoral trainee in the foundations of CAR-T cell therapy and regenerative immunotherapy and increase their interests in the field. Team members include: Saad Kenderian, M.B., Ch.B., Andre Terzic, M.D., Ph.D., Richard Hayden, M.D., Karen Hedin, Ph.D., Tammy Hughes, Andrea Oevering and Jilian Foxen.

Mark Wehde — Education Program Award (K-12)

The Mayo Clinic Career Awareness in Regenerative Medicine, Science, and Engineering Program Project Summary: The Mayo Clinic Division of Engineering, the Center for Regenerative Medicine, and the Human Resources Career Awareness team have successfully partnered for several years to create a STEM career development program aimed at informing local area high school STEM instructors of the opportunities  for their students in health care. This year the focus will be additive manufacturing and tissue engineering. Among other activities, participants will have firsthand exposure to 3D printing during the day. At the end of the day they will take the 3D printers with them to their schools, thanks to the grant provided by Regenerative Medicine Minnesota. Team members include: Jilian Foxen, Jon Ninas, Kari Grapp, Alissa Cornell, Henry Walker, Brady Olson, Claire Eggleston, John Angeli and Amy Alexander.

Saranya Wyles, M.D., Ph.D. — Education Program Award (Post-Secondary)

Building and Retaining Next-Generation Physician Workforce in Regenerative Medicine and Surgery in Minnesota: Mission to 2025

Project Summary: Over the past six years, Dr. Wyles led an interdisciplinary student and faculty team to build a patient-centric regenerative medicine curriculum embedded into medical school and residency core learning. This program presents an innovative curriculum that addresses this recognized knowledge gap by educating next-generation learners. Support from Regenerative Medicine Minnesota allows for regenerative medicine principles to be longitudinally integrated across all Minnesota medical school curricula by 2025 with the goal of training over 1000 medical students to address unmet patient needs through regenerative sciences. This transdisciplinary training is a prototype that can promote education-driven practice  globally. Team memberes include: Richard Hayden, M.D., Andre Terzic, M.D., Ph.D., Fredric Meyer, M.D., Christopher Paradise, Ph.D., Dileep Monie, Raquel Harguth and Courtney Paradise.

Tags: Awards, Education, Education Grants, Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine, Regenerative Medicine Minnesota, stem cells

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