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 Claudia Lucchinetti, 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.
Explainer: What Happens In Medical Research Before Clinical Trials Begin?
When scientific advances burst into the news, such as a new medication to treat COVID-19 or a new concept such as CRISPR for gene editing, people get a glimpse of how a scientific idea becomes a treatment or a tool. But what's the full story? Where does the idea come from? What happens in the research lab before clinical trials begin?
Read more and watch an animated video on Mayo's Discovery's Edge blog.
New study could create a breakthrough in diagnosing Alzheimer's disease
Rather than the expensive and time-consuming process of MRIs or PET scans, it may soon be possible to detect Alzheimer's disease with a routine blood test. In this MPR News interview, Cathy Wurzer interviews Minerva M. Carrasquillo, Ph.D., one of the authors of a recent Mayo Clinic study.
Listen to this story on MPR News.
Mobile App For Improving Heart Health Among African Americans Shows Promise
Mayo Clinic researchers evaluated the effectiveness of a culturally relevant mobile app designed to improve heart health among African Americans in faith communities. They found that people who participated in a clinical trial using the app experienced improvements in heart health and key heart-health behaviors.
Read more on Mayo Clinic News Network.
A 13-Step Plan To 'Change The Face' Of Academic Medicine
Researchers have outlined a 13-step action plan for improving equity, inclusion and diversity in academic medicine. This plan details strategic steps organizations should take to "change the face" of medicine at the institutional level. The aim is to better recruit, support and retain diverse faculty, staff and trainees to reflect the diversity of the community.
Read more on Mayo's Advancing the Science blog.
Mayo Clinic: Decentralized Clinical Trials Are More Accessible For Patients
Claudia F. Lucchinetti, M.D., director of Mayo Clinic's Center for Clinical and Translational Science spoke about decentralized and hybrid clinical trials at the 2022 Mayo Clinic Platform Conference. These types of trials may have faster enrollment rates and higher retention rates than traditional centralized models do.