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Aug 17, 2017

New Start-Up on the Front Lines of the Fight Against Inherited Eye Disease

By Center for Regenerative Medicine @centerforregmedmc
This story first appeared on the In the Loop blog. When Alan Marmorstein, Ph.D., arrived on Mayo Clinic's Rochester campus four years ago, he had a specific goal in mind: Find a way to counteract the vision loss that often comes with common and inherited eye diseases like macular degeneration [...]
New Start-Up on the Front Lines of the Fight Against Inherited Eye Disease
Aug 10, 2017

Researching the Use of Stem Cells for ALS - Nathan Staff, M.D, Ph.D.

By Center for Regenerative Medicine @centerforregmedmc
Nathan Staff, M.D, Ph.D., and his team are researching the potential of cell-based therapies to promote the healing response for patients with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. A fatal neurodegenerative disease, ALS causes progressive paralysis and death in 2-5 years. Currently, no curative treatment exists for this devastating condition. While [...]
Researching the Use of Stem Cells for ALS - Nathan Staff, M.D, Ph.D.
Aug 3, 2017

Persistence Powers Mayo Clinic's Approach to Adult-Derived Stem Cell Therapies

By Center for Regenerative Medicine @centerforregmedmc
This story was previously published in Mayo Clinic Magazine. Allan B. Dietz, Ph.D., never intended to be a scientist. His plan was to be a farmer, just like his father, grandfather and all the other Dietzes he knew. "I was going to be a farmer at first. Then I was going to be a veterinarian because that's what farm kids who like science did," Dr. Dietz says. [...]
Persistence Powers Mayo Clinic's Approach to Adult-Derived Stem Cell Therapies
Jul 28, 2017

Researching Regenerative Therapy for Diabetes - Patricia Devaux, Ph.D.

By Center for Regenerative Medicine @centerforregmedmc
Patricia Devaux, Ph.D., is testing a new technology to reprogram human blood cells to go back to a state from which they can then develop into other kinds of cells, particularly insulin-producing cells for the treatment of diabetes. Her research focuses on the development of a new platform to reprogram [...]
Researching Regenerative Therapy for Diabetes - Patricia Devaux, Ph.D.
Jul 20, 2017

Regenerating the Lymph System

By Center for Regenerative Medicine @centerforregmedmc
It was during a morning commute when Wendy Himley noticed her left foot was swollen. She wondered if she had sprained her ankle or stepped on a bee while wearing sandals. Nothing came to mind as a possible cause. The swelling went away but later returned and moved from her [...]
Regenerating the Lymph System
Jul 13, 2017

Center for Regenerative Medicine Announces New Directors

By Center for Regenerative Medicine @centerforregmedmc
The Center for Regenerative Medicine has announced the selection of five new directors on its leadership team. The leaders will fill the positions for associate directors in Arizona and Florida, and enterprise-wide deputy directors for application and translation. These positions report to Andre Terzic, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine. [...]
Center for Regenerative Medicine Announces New Directors
Jun 29, 2017

Regenerative Therapy for Pulmonary Hypoplasia - Rodrigo Ruano, M.D., Ph.D.

By Center for Regenerative Medicine @centerforregmedmc
When a baby’s lungs are not adequately developed at birth, severe complications and even death can result. Rodrigo Ruano, M.D., Ph.D.,  a recent Regenerative Medicine Minnesota Translational Research Grant recipient, brings expertise in a technique that uses a minimally invasive procedure to intervene while the fetus is still in the uterus. [...]
Regenerative Therapy for Pulmonary Hypoplasia - Rodrigo Ruano, M.D., Ph.D.
Jun 27, 2017

Regenerative Cardiac Synchronization – Satsuki Yamada, M.D., Ph.D.

By Center for Regenerative Medicine @centerforregmedmc
A heart attack occurs when the flow of blood to the heart is blocked, most often by a build-up of fat, cholesterol and other substances, which form a plaque in the arteries that feed the heart (coronary arteries). The interrupted blood flow can damage or destroy part of the heart muscle. Satsuki Yamada, M.D., Ph.D., a recent recipient of a Regenerative Medicine Minnesota Translational Research Grant, is investigating the use of patient’s own stem cells as a new therapy to help reestablish and maintain a synchronized pumping motion in the infarcted heart. [...]
Regenerative Cardiac Synchronization – Satsuki Yamada, M.D., Ph.D.
Jun 13, 2017

Neuroregeneration Lab Opens on Florida Campus

By Center for Regenerative Medicine @centerforregmedmc
There’s a new lab on Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus — and it’s not the traditional basic science lab. After a few months of construction and renovation, the Mayo Clinic Neuroregeneration Lab opened on the second floor of the Birdsall Research Building, significantly expanding the reach of regenerative medicine on campus. [...]
Neuroregeneration Lab Opens on Florida Campus
Jun 9, 2017

Yale and Mayo Clinic Collaborate To Further Regulatory Science

By Center for Regenerative Medicine @centerforregmedmc
As medical treatments and technologies advance at an unparalleled pace — particularly in the field of regenerative medicine —  there is a need to develop new scientifically-based standards and metrics to assess the safety, efficacy, and quality of diagnostic and therapeutic products. Development of techniques and measurements to assess these characteristics of clinical products is known as “regulatory science.” [...]
Yale and Mayo Clinic Collaborate To Further Regulatory Science
Jun 1, 2017

Wyoming Man Becomes Mayo Clinic’s First Face Transplant Recipient

By Center for Regenerative Medicine @centerforregmedmc
This story was previously published in Mayo Clinic Magazine. “I just felt … normal,” he recalls. “I didn’t even think about it until the next morning when I woke up. Nobody stared at me. Nobody questioned me. Nothing happened. I felt like another face in the crowd.” For a decade, it was a feeling that eluded Andy as children stared and whispered while the eyes of adults lingered a bit longer, trying to process what they’d seen. For Andy, it was another ever-present reminder of an impulsive mistake he made in 2006. [...]
Wyoming Man Becomes Mayo Clinic’s First Face Transplant Recipient
May 19, 2017

Immune-Building Stem Cell Research

By Center for Regenerative Medicine @centerforregmedmc
In the 1970s, when Cesar A. Keller, M.D., started his career in pulmonology, lung transplantation was widely considered science fiction. Now, lung transplantation is a lifesaving option for thousands of people every year, but it’s not perfect, Dr. Keller says. For adults, the five-year survival rate is about 55 percent, according to 2008–2015 lung transplant data from the Department of Health and Human Services. With the help of philanthropic support, Dr. Keller and colleagues in the Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine are trying to solve the most lethal imperfection of lung transplantation, a syndrome called chronic organ rejection. [...]
Immune-Building Stem Cell Research
May 12, 2017

Regenerative Medicine Minnesota 2017 Awards Celebration

By Center for Regenerative Medicine @centerforregmedmc
Regenerative Medicine Minnesota is hosting its Annual Celebration and Look to the Future for the 2017 award winners in education, biobusiness and research. The awards will fund about 30 new and existing programs state-wide. Program leaders and supporters will discuss the current state and future plans for regenerative medicine in [...]
Regenerative Medicine Minnesota 2017 Awards Celebration
May 5, 2017

Stem Cell Signaling May Repair Liver Injury

By Center for Regenerative Medicine @centerforregmedmc
This story was previously published in Discovery's Edge, Mayo Clinic's research magazine. Researchers are continually learning more about the ability of stem cells to replace or repair damaged tissue. As it turns out, a signaling mechanism used by stem cells may also have therapeutic effects. Two new studies from the [...]
Stem Cell Signaling May Repair Liver Injury
Apr 28, 2017

Mayo Clinic and NASA – Exploring Two Frontiers

By Center for Regenerative Medicine @centerforregmedmc
This story was previously published in Discovery's Edge, Mayo Clinic's research magazine. Space—with near-zero gravity, no atmosphere, and extremes of heat and cold—is an unusual and often hostile environment. But it’s also an opportunity—for medical researchers who see maladies and phenomena they can scarcely examine in the familiar environment of Earth. Several Mayo Clinic researchers and clinicians are working with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and other collaborators to learn more about the effects of space travel on the human body, to better equip humans to withstand long space travel, and to exploit the unique environment of microgravity. [...]
Mayo Clinic and NASA – Exploring Two Frontiers
Apr 14, 2017

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.  [...]
Conference puts Mayo Clinic Research in the Forefront
Apr 11, 2017

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 [...]
Mayo Clinic Investigators Receive Biobusiness/Biotechnology and Education Awards from  'Regenerative Medicine Minnesota'
Apr 6, 2017

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). [...]
Renaissance in Medicine
Mar 31, 2017

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. [...]
Knee Deep: Treating Knee Disorders with Regenerative Medicine
Mar 27, 2017

Stem Cells Splash Down From Space

By Center for Regenerative Medicine @centerforregmedmc
After 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 [...]
Stem Cells Splash Down From Space
Mar 23, 2017

Promising Early Stem Cell Trial Results: Hold Steady

By Center for Regenerative Medicine @centerforregmedmc
This story was previously published in Mayo Clinic Magazine. Steve Day is on a mission as he scans a crowd of about 150 people in the banquet hall of a golf course in his boyhood hometown of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. When he finally finds his target, he begins weaving through the crowd. Steve’s cane and wobbly amble are the only signs that something might be amiss with the retired grandfather. “Hi, Coach,” Steve says. “Steve Day? I can’t believe it’s you, and you’re here,” says David Kinney, Steve’s former wrestling coach who last talked to his Lincoln High pupil in 1969. Sometimes, Steve can’t believe he’s standing here either, in the aftermath of a diagnosis he formally received a little over three years ago at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Steve’s balance issues, sleeping problems and irregular blood pressure stem from a rare, unusual neurodegenerative disease — multiple system atrophy. [...]
Promising Early Stem Cell Trial Results: Hold Steady
Mar 16, 2017

Regenerative Medicine: From Blueprint to Build Out

By Center for Regenerative Medicine @centerforregmedmc
Regenerative Medicine is an Established Priority at Mayo Clinic Five years is a short amount of time to expect results from a new strategic initiative at a complex organization. But early results were evident at the Mayo Clinic Symposium on Regenerative Medicine and Surgery. Mayo Clinic experts in regenerative medicine highlighted advancements in cancer care, cardiovascular disease, neurological conditions and musculoskeletal regeneration. More than 60 presenters from Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University shared results ranging from preliminary research to advanced discoveries in tissue engineering, cell-based therapies and cell-free therapies. The agenda included technical presentations that showed the expansive number of regenerative therapies being researched, translated and applied to patient care. The Symposium was moderated by the Center for Regenerative Medicine deputy director of education Richard Hayden, M.D. [...]
Mar 4, 2017

Stem Cells in Space

By Center for Regenerative Medicine @centerforregmedmc
On February 19, the latest rocket launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, included a payload of several samples of donated adult stem cells from a research laboratory at Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus. The launch by SpaceX, an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company, is part of NASA’s commercial resupply missions to the International Space Station. The biological cells come from the laboratory of Abba Zubair, M.D., Ph.D., who specializes in Transfusion Medicine and Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Zubair is leading regenerative medicine research to determine if healthy mesenchymal and hematopoietic stem cells, derived from the body’s bone marrow, can be mass-produced in the low-gravity environment of outer space. If the stem cells maintain their properties as they divide copiously in microgravity, they may be usable in the treatment of stroke. [...]
Stem Cells in Space
Feb 22, 2017

Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome Collaboration: Bringing Innovative Cell-Based Therapies to Patients

By Center for Regenerative Medicine @centerforregmedmc
Mayo Clinic’s Todd and Karen Wanek Family Program for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia recently announced a collaboration to delay and prevent heart failure from HLHS, a rare and complex form of congenital heart disease in which the left side of a child's heart is severely underdeveloped. The [...]
Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome Collaboration: Bringing Innovative Cell-Based Therapies to Patients
Feb 17, 2017

The Countdown is on: Stem Cells Heading to Space

By Center for Regenerative Medicine @centerforregmedmc
Previously published on the Mayo Clinic News Network. Stem cell research is about to get a boost that’s out of this world. If all goes as planned, the SpaceX CRS-10 mission will blast off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Titusville, Florida this weekend to resupply the International Space Station. There will also be something [...]
The Countdown is on: Stem Cells Heading to Space
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