CCaTS: Accelerating discoveries toward better health
Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCaTS) is a central hub for institutional advancement of research and education at Mayo Clinic. The center provides tools and expert consultation to support every aspect of medical research, including basic discovery science, clinical and community-engaged research, and late-stage application and commercialization.
CCaTS is led by Sundeep Khosla, M.D., principal investigator and director of CCaTS and dean for clinical and translational science at Mayo Clinic. David O. Warner, M.D., is co-principal investigator and associate director of CCaTS, and is also principal investigator of the KL2 mentored career development grant. Anthony J. Windebank, M.D., is principal investigator of the TL1 predoctoral training grant.
Training that increases research knowledge and confidence also boosts academic productivity
For Mayo Clinic pharmacy residents who get medical research training, increases in knowledge are coupled with big changes in confidence. The combination leads to skyrocketing publication rates at one year after graduation and beyond.
Read more on Mayo Clinic's Advancing the Science blog.
Preaching for the heart
LaPrincess C. Brewer, M.D., M.P.H., a cardiologist and health disparities researcher at Mayo Clinic, is using the pulpit to promote heart health for African Americans. She says it helps that she looks like the people in her target audience.
Read more in the Post Bulletin.
Embracing clinical research with 'both feet and hands'
What do you want to be when you grow up? For Adrian Vella, M.D., at age 10 it was a tough choice between "doctor" and "astronaut." He chose doctor.
After coming to Mayo Clinic, Dr. Vella changed that to "doctor and diabetes researcher." Now, 25 years later, he has added one more job to the list: director of Mayo's Clinical Research and Trials Unit, which provides infrastructure and support for medical researchers at Mayo Clinic and in industry. In his new role, he's focused on giving other physicians and scientists the tools to get hooked on clinical research.
Read more in Mayo Clinic's Advancing the Science blog.
The making of an expert
Losing more than a dozen family members to chronic hepatitis infection, liver cancer and other liver diseases motivated Essa Mohamed, Ph.D., to get a doctorate in clinical and translational science from Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and make it a daily goal to improve the lives of others. Learning that liver disease is more prevalent among Africans and Asians launched him on a mission to correct the deadly disparity.
Read more in Mayo Clinic's Discovery's Edge blog.
A first: Kids advise hospital researchers on their medical studies
Realizing it was missing key voices, Mayo Clinic set up a kids-only advisory board focused on pediatric research. Mayo formed the group after it realized that hospitals could be missing important ways to help children's social, emotional and physical health. Scientists don't often ask kids what they need from research — even though there is a lot of medical research that can affect them.
Read more on Science News for Students.