Enrichment and Training Program Delivery Methods


  • Provide general information about the Center.
  • Broadcast emails to announce events such as intramural seminars, visiting professors, and changes in services provided by Center cores.


  • Broadcast messages to all Center members.
  • Announce seminars, substantive changes in Core menus, and Pilot and Feasibility project funding opportunities.
  • Request information from members to use in the Center grant proposal and subsequent renewals.

Weekly Seminar Series

  • Endocrine Research Seminar Series
    • Weekly on Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m.
    • Speakers include Mayo Clinic researchers and visiting faculty.
    • Internal presentations regularly include unpublished data that are presented to provide ample opportunity for scientific critique and interdisciplinary collaboration.
    • Facilitates the development and implementation of translational and therapeutic advances.
  • Endocrinology Grand Rounds
    • Weekly on Wednesday mornings.
    • Speakers are Mayo Clinic researchers and visiting faculty.
    • Visiting faculty typically arrive Monday afternoon and departs Wednesday morning after Grand Rounds.
    • About 65% of speakers are from within the institution.
  • Metabolism "Cookie" Meeting
    • Weekly on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
    • Discuss protocol design and preliminary data or to foster interdisciplinary collaboration by providing constructive critique of proposed experiments.
    • Presentation is by rotation among principal investigators (PI), and the presentation is given by either the PI or a research fellow.

Extramural Program (scientific scholars invited to Mayo Clinic)

  • Provide the opportunity to hear scientific talks by national leaders.
  • Develop new research initiatives.
  • Promote collaborative relationships.
  • Showcase the Center.
  • Visiting professors meet with faculty and fellows.
  • Scientific Enrichment Program complements our ongoing Visiting Faculty Program:
    • Speakers are selected for the current program because of clinical expertise, stature, programmatic issues and scientific excellence.
    • The Center program has the additional goal of bringing in individuals whose expertise complements current Center investigative efforts, including topics related to the Center research themes.
    • The Center seeks to invite faculty from historically minority institutions for the purpose of enhancing minority recruitment for studies, both from our own population base and through collaboration with other institutions. Minority institutions have trained professionals from diverse backgrounds who provide health care to minority populations and are in an advantageous position to engage these populations in research and in the translation of research advances into culturally appropriate, measurable, and sustained improvements in health outcomes.

2010 Visiting Faculty Program:

Speaker Date Title
Nancy Carrasco, M.D. Mar. 10, 2010 The sodium/iodide symporter (NIS): an unending source of surprises
Brian Lang, MBBS Apr. 21, 2010 Status of Endoscopic Thyroidectomy — An Asian Perspective
Denis Daneman, MB, BCh, FRCP(C) May 12, 2010 Failure Hypothesis: Explaining the Epidemiology of Diabetic Ketoacidosis
Tim Garvey, M.D. Sept 8, 2010 Pre-Diabetes: Diagnosis and Treatment of a Disease
Kitt Petersen, M.D. Sept. 15, 2010 Lipid-induced Insulin Resistance
David S. Cooper, M.D. Sept. 29, 2010 Subclinical Hyperthyroidism
John T. Potts, Jr., M.D. Oct. 6, 2010 A Personal Perspective on 80 Years of Parathyroid Hormone Research: Impact on Hyperparathyroidism, Osteoporosis and Hypoparathyroidism
Robert A. Lee, M.D. Oct.13, 2010 Ultrasound of Neck Masses Separate from the Thyroid and Parathyroid
Robert Sherwin, M.D. Oct. 20, 2010 The brain-glucose connection. Claude Bernard Revisited
David D'Alessio, M.D. Oct. 27, 2010 Stimulation of pancreatic endocrine function by the gut: Role in health and disease
Cliff Rosen, M.D. Nov. 10, 2010 A Tale of Two Mice
Martin Schlumberger, M.D. Nov. 17, 2010 Treatment of metastatic Follicular Cell Derived Thyroid Cancer: recent progress and pitfalls
Robert Eckel, M.D. Dec. 1, 2010 Hypertriglyceridemia: A Major Diagnostic and Therapeutic Challenge

Intramural Program

  • Speakers selected from the research base of Mayo Clinic.
  • Updates on work in progress may be given by fellows, graduate students or visiting scientists.
  • Annual core update from core directors.
  • One or two seminars devoted to talks to be presented at the Annual Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association and Endocrine Society for the purpose of rehearsal:
    • Provide detailed critique of the scientific content and the presentation technique of the speaker.
    • Offer the presenter an opportunity to practice answering questions similar to those that might be posed at the meeting.
    • Provide those who are not planning to attend the annual meeting a chance to hear the scientific talks.
  • Annual Scientific Staff Retreat
    • February at Mayo Clinic in Rochester.
    • Provide a venue for Center members and associates to discuss science in a relaxed location.
    • Coincides with visit of the External Advisory Committee (EAC).
    • Annually, one member of the Center is featured as a keynote speaker.
    • Pilot and Feasibility Program awardees present their research results.
    • Format ("blocked" time) provides an opportunity for members to exchange ideas, establish new collaborations and hear about exciting scientific developments.
    • Center leadership provides an overview of Center goals, functions and accomplishments.
    • The 1.5-day retreat comprises three half-day sessions, each consisting of short 20-minute talks by investigators from the Biomedical Research Base.
  • Annual Career Development Retreat
    • Usually October or November at Mayo Clinic in Rochester.
    • Attendees are fellows and graduate students in the Center.
    • Consist of a 1.5-day retreat.
    • Fellows and students with mature projects give 20-min research talks and receive scientific input.
    • Focuses heavily on career development. Faculty members give talks on how to select a research project and mentor, how to identify and negotiate for jobs at academic medical centers, career tracks in academic medical centers, and other aspects of the academic career.
  • Annual Mayo-Karolinska Meeting
    • Mayo Clinic and the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, have held a joint Annual Scientific meeting since 1996, alternately in Europe and the U.S.
    • Presentations are invited, and the scientific committee communicates acceptance of exciting unpublished data.
    • The David Murdoch Endowed Lecture is delivered by a world-class scientist. Previous awardees have included Craig Venter, Bengt Saltin, Alan Cherrington, Bruce Speigelman, Vernon Young, Keith Frayn and David Sinclair.
  • Mini-Sabbatical Program
    • Provides an opportunity for members to spend 1-2 weeks working in an extramural academic or industrial laboratory setting.
    • Learn new techniques.
    • Acquire knowledge regarding new model development.
    • Finalize a collaborative investigation in which the presence of the principle investigator.
    • Reverse mini-sabbaticals, in which an extramural investigator is funded for 1-2 weeks to bring a new technology to the home institution, help develop new models, troubleshoot technical problems, or finalize collaborations that have a mature data set. This program also provides opportunities for minority investigators to strengthen their research skills and knowledge.

Electronic Newsletter (bimonthly) — pending

A bimonthly electronic newsletter will be distributed to all Diabetes Research Center members; and to members of the Internal and External Advisory Committees.