CCaTS: Accelerating discoveries toward better health
Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCaTS) is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) program, grant numbers UL 1TR002377, KL 2TR0002379 and TL 1TR002380, from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS).
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. As a member of the national CTSA program, CCaTS joins a national network of medical research institutions collaborating to transform how clinical and translational research is conducted nationwide.
Mayo Clinic 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.
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Humidity and the flu
With the help of a local preschool, Mayo Clinic researchers may have found a way to slow the spread of seasonal flu. Senior author and CCaTS faculty member Christopher K. Pierret, Ph.D., says, "Within this study we were able to show significant reduction in influenza virus survival and infectivity through the humidification of nursery school classrooms during the driest month of winter. This could be a big deal, not only to schools, but to businesses and homes."
Read more on Mayo's Discovery's Edge blog.
Mayo Clinic bioethicist appointed to Amundson Professorship
Richard Sharp, Ph.D., was named the Lloyd A. and Barbara A. Amundson Professor of Biomedical Ethics at Mayo Clinic. The professorship was established to recognize the Amundson family's long-term relationship with the clinic. Named professorships represent the highest academic distinction for faculty members at Mayo. Appointed individuals are recognized for distinguished achievement in their specialty areas and for services to the institution.
Sunanda V. Kane, M.D., elected president of American College of Gastroenterology
Sunanda V. Kane, M.D., has been elected president of the American College of Gastroenterology, an organization that focuses on meeting the needs of clinicians to help them deliver the best gastroenterology care to patients. Dr. Kane is chairperson of quality in Mayo Clinic's Division of Gastroenterology and a professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, where she co-directs the CCaTS course GI Population Science.
Summer students consider careers in cancer research
Four students got their starts in cancer research this summer, thanks to a new program offered at Mayo Clinic School of Medicine's campus in Jacksonville, Florida. The students, from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, took part in a research scholarship program funded by the Florida Society of Clinical Oncology. Through the program, students have the opportunity to work with an established Mayo Clinic investigator, gaining valuable exposure to the full spectrum of cancer-related clinical and translational research.
Research helps ensure safe antibiotics use in the intensive care unit
Mayo Clinic pharmacy resident Diana J. Schreier, Pharm.D., R.Ph., led a research study to determine the safety of one particular combination of antibiotics for short-term use in the ICU. Published in "Clinical Infectious Diseases," the team's research shows that short-term use of the combination of piperacillin-tazobactam and vancomycin (PTZ-VAN) is no more toxic to the kidneys than other combinations.
Read more on Mayo's Advancing the Science blog.
Director of community engagement recognized for work in nicotine and tobacco research
Christi A. Patten, Ph.D., Psychology, has been selected as a 2019 fellow by the Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco. This honorary status is awarded to society members in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field in areas of scientific research, clinical practice, public health, public policy, regulation, legislation and advocacy. Dr. Patten is director of Community Engagement in Mayo Clinic CCaTS.
Meet Katrina A. Croghan, Clinical Research Coordinator
Katrina A. Croghan, CCRP, is a clinical research coordinator for Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, assigned to the Division of Hematology at Mayo's campus in Rochester, Minnesota. She began her career in ecology and animal science, but while en route to a related Ph.D., ended up as a supplemental research coordinator because of her knowledge of writing protocols and conducting research.
Read more on Mayo's Advancing the Science blog.