September 4th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Family History: The First Genetic Test

By Jeff Briggs Jeff Briggs

Pedigree 1Family health history is often called the first genetic test.

Collecting your family's health history is critical to understanding your health and your children’s health. You might not realize that your brother’s diabetes, your father’s congestive heart failure or your mother’s breast cancer can affect you, your children and their children. Knowing family history information is an important step in keeping all of you healthy.

Families share genes. Families may also have other things in common, such as exercise habits and the foods they eat. Family members may live in the same area and come into contact with similar things in the environment. Family history includes all of these factors, which can affect health. [...]

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Tags: center for individualized medicine, Family Health History, Family History, Geoffrey Beek, Individualized Medicine, Individualized Medicine Conference 2015, Patient and Public Symposium, Teresa Kruisselbrink

September 3rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Center for Individualized Medicine Announces 2015 Gerstner Family Career Development Awards

By Jeff Briggs Jeff Briggs

Early in their careers, many young biomedical investigators find it difficult to secure the funds necessary to continue their research. Groundbreaking research into possible new treatments for patients and potential breakthroughs to finding cures for some of our deadliest diseases can fall by the wayside without timely support of young investigators with vigorous new ideas.

In just such a gesture of support, two future scientific leaders at Mayo Clinic have received funding underwritten by the Gerstner Family Foundation to continue their critical research into cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr. Thai Ho

Dr. Thai Ho

Thai Ho, M.D., Ph.D., a consultant in the Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Department of [...]

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Tags: Alzheimer’s disease, center for individualized medicine, DNA Testing, Dr Melissa Murray, Dr Thai Ho, Gerstner Family Foundation, Individualized Medicine, kidney cancer, precision medicine

August 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Clinician-Investigators Find Their Voices in Translational Research

By Jeff Briggs Jeff Briggs

Shea Jennings

Shea Jennings

This is the last of three articles from Mayo Clinic intern Shea Jennings on how the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine is helping to train the researchers of the future in individualized medicine. Previously, Shea wrote about Young Researchers Catching Waves with Mayo Clinic SURF Program; she followed it up with Research by the Numbers: The Power of Data to Transform Individualized Medicine; and now she explores the Clinician-Investigators program at Mayo Clinic.

 Shea has returned to her studies in political science and health politics at Yale University. We wish here all the best and know we’ll be [...]

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Tags: center for individualized medicine, Clinician-Investigator Program, Dr John Eaton, Dr Konstantinos Lazaridis, Individualized Medicine, Liver disease, personalized medicine, precision medicine

August 25th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Cost-effective Addition to Mammography in Detecting Cancer in Dense Breast Tissue

By Jeff Briggs Jeff Briggs

Breast Cancer Reconstruction Woman FemaleOne out of every eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some time in her life. In all, over 2.8 million women in the U.S. have a history of or are currently being treated for breast cancer. While deaths from breast cancer have been decreasing since 1989, over 40,000 women will die this year from the disease.

Everyone knows someone who’s been affected by breast cancer. Mother, daughter, family or friend. We want to help every woman beat this deadly disease.

That’s why the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine has made researching breast cancer a priority, and why it helped support the following study on the [...]

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Tags: Breast Cancer, Breast Density, Cancer, center for individualized medicine, Dr Carrie Hruska, Individualized Medicine, personalized medicine, precision medicine

August 20th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Pharmacogenomics: The Future of Prescribing Could Reside in Your DNA

By Jeff Briggs Jeff Briggs

In the era of modern medicine, the standard of health care is constantly improving. But what happens when a patient does not respond to standard treatment? Why does chemotherapy work effectively against cancer in some patients, but not in others? Why do some patients experience adverse reactions to medication?

The key to unlocking these mysteries may lie in your DNA, and in the groundbreaking field of pharmacogenomics. Your genetic makeup is a big factor in how your body metabolizes and responds to drugs. By accounting for the complexities of an individual patient’s genome, doctors can maximize the effectiveness of a drug. They can treat patients as they should be treated: like individuals.

Pioneering Genetic Discoveries in Pharmacology

Pharmacologist Richard Weinshilboum, M.D., [...]

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Tags: center for individualized medicine, Dr Richard Weinshilboum, genomic medicine, Individualized Medicine, Individualized Medicine Conference 2015, MD, pharmacogenomics, precision medicine, Richard Weinshilboum

August 18th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Joins Illumina, Warburg Pincus, and Sutter Hill Ventures to Form Helix to Accelerate Consumer Adoption of Genomics

By Jeff Briggs Jeff Briggs

Helix image 2The Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine will educate consumers on their genetic data

The Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine is collaborating with Helix, a new company based in San Francisco, to develop applications initially focused on educating consumers about their genetic data and health-related information. Helix aims to empower consumers to discover insights into their own genomes through a vibrant ecosystem of high-quality content partners.

Helix is a joint venture of Illumina, one of the top providers of gene-sequencing technology, and investment firms Warburg Pincus and Sutter Hill Ventures.

Helix will provide consumers access to genetic information by providing affordable genome sequencing and database services. Consumers will [...]

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Tags: center for individualized medicine, Dr Keith Stewart, genetic education, genetics, Helix, Illumina, Individualized Medicine, personalized medicine, precision medicine, Sutter Hill Venture, Warburg Pincus

August 13th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Research by the Numbers: The Power of Data to Transform Individualized Medicine

By Jeff Briggs Jeff Briggs

May Clinic Biobank

Mayo Clinic Biobank

The Center for Individualized Medicine and the University of Illinois are teaming up to translate data-heavy genomics research into customized clinical care.

Fifty thousand. That’s how many people have enrolled in the Mayo Clinic Biobank, a collection of samples and health information donated by Mayo Clinic patients for use in ongoing biomedical research. Multiply that number by 180,000, or the number of exons — regions of DNA that direct the human body to make essential proteins—contained in a single human genome, and you get 9 billion. Through statistical analysis, researchers and physicians at the Mayo Clinic for Individualized Medicine (CIM) are using those 9 billion [...]

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Tags: Arjun Athreya, Big Data, center for individualized medicine, Genomic Research, genomics, Individualized Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Mayo Illinois Alliance, personalized medicine, precision medicine, uiuc

August 10th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Certified Genetic Counselor: Educator, Adviser, Ally

By Jeff Briggs Jeff Briggs

Counselor PatientWhen a person comes to the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine, one of the most important people he or she will meet is a certified genetic counselor (CGC). But what is a certified genetic counselor and why is that person important to the care and treatment a patient will receive at CIM?

Specialists who have expertise in both medical genetics and counseling, certified genetic counselors are members of the health care team. They work with individuals and families at risk for, or diagnosed with, a variety of genetic conditions. Genetic counselors also collect and interpret family history information, order and interpret genetic tests, educate about genetic disorders, provide supportive counseling, and serve [...]

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Tags: center for individualized medicine, certified genetic counselors, CGC, Genetic Counseling, Genetic Counselors, IndividualizedMedicine, personalized medicine, precision medicine

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