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.
Dr. Enders to join ACTS Board of Directors
Mayo Clinic biostatistician Felicity Enders, Ph.D., has been elected to a three-year term on the Association for Clinical and Translational Science (ACTS) Board of Directors. ACTS is a professional association that supports researchers and educators involved in the NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award Program.
"I look forward to this opportunity to serve the research community and to help advance the discipline of clinical and translational science," said Dr. Enders. "I also look forward to enhancing the visibility of Mayo's important work in this field at the national level."
Arizona doctors, community members tackle vaccine hesitancy in minority groups
Medicine does not have a good track record in the way it has historically interacted with people of color. Alyx Porter, M.D., says this has led to a legacy of distrust and feeds into current hesitancy in to get COVID-19 vaccines. Dr. Porter is one of several physicians answering questions about vaccination in a series of virtual town halls hosted by Mayo Clinic.
Read more on AZFamily.com.
Rare esophageal cancer hits younger patients especially hard
Esophageal cancer is rare, but when younger patients get it they tend to fare worse than older patients. These are the findings from a recent Mayo Clinic epidemiological study. The authors say these findings surprised them and they are calling for more research to understand the underlying factors responsible as well as improved screening and management strategies.
Read more in Mayo's Advancing the Science blog.
Black churches are trusted messengers of covid-19 information to their communities
Mayo Clinic researchers have been working closely with Black churches on disparities in emergency preparedness and providing culturally relevant, evidence-based information. Feedback on the program has been overwhelmingly positive, with local church leaders saying their congregations trust the information they are getting because they trust the messengers.
Read more on the Mayo Clinic News Network.
High-risk Minnesotans ID'd for COVID-19 prevention
Racial and ethnic disparities have been widely observed in COVID-19 infection and outcomes. In this article, Mark Wieland, M.D., a Mayo health disparities researcher, talks about how these disparities are connected to social determinants of health.
Read more in the Star Tribune.