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April 21st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

The New Breast Exam That Nearly Quadruples Detection

By Jeff Briggs

Positive news is coming out of Mayo Clinic for women with dense breasts in the constant battle for early detection of breast cancer. A new breast imaging technique pioneered at Mayo nearly quadruples detection rates of invasive breast cancers in women with dense breast tissue. Molecular Breast Imaging (MBI) is a supplemental imaging technology designed to find tumors that would otherwise be obscured by surrounding breast tissue on a mammogram.

Breast density is the term used to describe the variation in dense tissue on a mammogram image. Fatty breast tissue appears more radiologically translucent than dense (fibroglandular) breast tissue. Regions of a breast that comprise fatty tissue will appear darker on a mammogram, while regions that comprise dense tissue appear whiter.

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April 16th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Save the Date—September 20, 2015—Patients and Public Invited to Discover More about Individualized Medicine

By Jeff Briggs

Precision Medicine, Personalized Medicine, Individualized Medicine — what do these terms mean?

No longer in the realm of science fiction, genomic medicine is increasingly being used to help people live healthier lives, get the right medications, and treat diseases. It's been called individualized medicine, personalized medicine, and recently by President Barak Obama, precision medicine. But what does any of this mean? And what does it mean to patients?

BoehleHollyFor a group of women diagnosed with breast cancer, such as Holly Boehle, it meant the opportunity to participate in Mayo Clinic’s Breast Cancer Genome-Guided Therapy (BEAUTY) study. The BEAUTY study is helping researchers better understand why standard chemotherapy works to treat breast cancer [...]

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Tags: Breast Cancer, Center for Individualized Medicine, genetic testing, Individualized Medicine, Mayo Clinic, personalized medicine, Precision Medicine

April 13th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Launches Eight Genetic Testing Panels for Cardiac Disorders

By Jeff Briggs

Do you come from a family with a history of heart problems? Worried you may have inherited a cardiac condition? There's great news coming out of Mayo Clinic to aid in diagnosing and managing these complex disorders. It's just one more example of how all the Mayo Clinic teams are working together to improve the lives of all patients.

Here's the full story from the Mayo Clinic News Network.

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Mayo Clinic Launches Eight Genetic Testing Panels for Cardiac Disorders

Mayo Clinic’s launch of eight new next-generation sequencing (NGS) panels is intended to improve the lives of patients and families living with inherited cardiac conditions by aiding in the [...]

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Tags: Brugada syndrome, Cardiac, cardiomyopathy, Center for Individualized Medicine, dilated cardiomopthy, genetic, genetic testing, genomic medicine, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, long QT syndrome, Marfan syndrome, Mayo Clinic, Mayo Medical Laboratories, Noonan syndrome

April 9th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Registration Now Open for Individualizing Medicine Conference 2015

By Jeff Briggs

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You've saved the date, September 21 – 23, 2015. Now, it's time to register for Individualizing Medicine Conference 2015: From Promise to Practice.

Hosted by Mayo Clinic's Center for Individualized Medicine and supported by the Satter Foundation, Individualizing Medicine 2015 focuses on how to translate the promise of genomic medicine to your practice, whether you're a family practice doctor in Hibbing, Minn., or a genetic counselor at a major research institution.

No longer in the realm of science fiction, genomic medicine has increasingly entered the mainstream of modern healthcare. It's been called individualized medicine, personalized medicine, and recently by President Barak Obama, precision medicine.  But it all means [...]

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Tags: Center for Individualized Medicine, DNA sequencing, genome, genome science, genomic medicine, Individualized Medicine, Mayo Clinic, personalized medicine, Precision Medicine

April 7th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

A, Keith Stewart, M.B., Ch.B., Appointed Director of the Center for Individualized Medicine

By Jeff Briggs

C. Michel Harper, M.D., Executive Dean for Practice, aStewart, Keith.photond Gregory Gores, M.D., Executive Dean for Research, are pleased to announce the appointment of A. Keith Stewart, M.B., Ch.B., as the Carlson and Nelson Endowed Director of the Center for Individualized Medicine. Dr. Stewart succeeds acting director, Richard Weinshilboum, M.D., and former director, Gianrico Farrugia, M.D.

Dr. Stewart is known for his translational research in multiple myeloma, including both basic and clinical research to identify novel targets for therapy in multiple myeloma. He also is recognized as the Vasek and Anna Maria Polak Professor of Cancer Research.

He has served in several leadership roles across both Research and Practice at Mayo Clinic, including [...]

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Tags: Center for Individualized Medicine, Individualized Medicine, Keith Stewart MD, Mayo Clinic

February 26th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

World Rare Disease Day 2015

By Center for Individualized Medicine

 

Following the Rare Disease Day theme Living with a Rare Disease, the 2015 video poignantly recognises the millions of families, friends and carers whose daily lives are impacted by rare diseases.

 

 

A big round of applause goes out to the many individuals involved in the creation of the video. Special thanks to video participants RitaPietro and Beatrice who are each living with a rare disease, as well as their family members who accompanied them to the filming of the video. Thanks also to UNIAMO, the Italian national rare disease alliance, for making the video production possible and to director Carlo Hintermann, animators Lulu Cancrini and Marco Varriale and all of [...]

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Tags: Center for Individualized Medicine, Genetics, genome, genomic medicine, genomics, Individualized Medicine, individualized Medicine clinic, IndividualizedMedicine, Matthew Clark PhD, personal genomics, personalized care, personalized medicine, predictive medicine, whole genome sequencing

February 18th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Biobanking and Precision Medicine

By Center for Individualized Medicine

 

Biomarker

 

Mayo Clinic is excited about the national focus on individualized medicine and what the future holds. More than half ($130 million) of the total $215 million budget request, put forth by President Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative, is for a national biobanking initiative that draws on existing collections across the country. Mayo Clinic has among the country’s largest collections through the Mayo Clinic Biobank and the Biorepositories Program.

Mayo Clinic and the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine have made a significant commitment to building a scalable biorepository infrastructure, which includes multiple specimen processing laboratories and centralized storage.

One of these collections [...]

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Tags: biomarker, biomarkers, cancer, Center for Individualized Medicine, DNA, dna test, DNA Testing, gene sequencing, Genetics, genome, genome science, Genome Sequencing, genomic medicine, Individualized Medicine, individualized Medicine clinic, Matthew Clark PhD, personal genomics, personalized care, personalized medicine, pharmacogenomics, predictive medicine, whole genome sequencing

February 10th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Building a National Cohort for Precision Medicine

By Center for Individualized Medicine

 

NIH Precision Medicine Workshop

 

With the State of the Union announcement of the $215 Million Precision Medicine Initiative, one of the most exciting aspects of the Initiative was the call for a national cohort for research and genomic sequencing.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) will be hosting a two-day workshop starting tomorrow, February 11th, of which Richard Weinshilboum, M.D., director of the Pharmacogenomics Program at the Center for Individualized Medicine, will be attending.

The NIH workshop will discuss the opportunities and challenges around building a large research cohort focused on precision medicine. There will be several leading experts from many disciplines [...]

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Tags: Center for Individualized Medicine, DNA, DNA sequencing, dna test, DNA Testing, gene sequencing, genetic, Genetics, genome, genome science, Genome Sequencing, genomic, genomic medicine, genomics, Individualized Medicine, individualized Medicine clinic, IndividualizedMedicine, Matthew Clark PhD, personal genomics, personalized care, personalized medicine, pharmacogenomics, Precision Medicine, predictive medicine, whole genome sequencing

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