Mayo Clinic collaborates with numerous academic organizations throughout the world to advance medicine through biomedical research and education. Academic partnerships accelerate research findings, preventions and treatments for disease, as well as expand education, and economic development opportunities in local communities. The following are a few examples of academic collaboration.
Using DNA-mapping information, Mayo Clinic's Arizona-based Cancer Center with their partner, the Phoenix-based Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), are exploring how to develop individualized drug therapies that match the molecular profile of the cancer patient and the tumor.
In one study, researchers are analyzing the complete genome of a woman with repeated relapses of multiple myeloma. In another study, scientists are exploring how existing drugs can better battle a cancer when they are matched to information found in patients' molecular profiles. These studies tap the unique expertise of each partnering institution — computational expertise and health care — to advance cancer treatment.
Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University continue to strengthen collaborative programs in nursing education, biomedical informatics, biomedical research and dual-degree medical school and graduate study programs. In 2010, four new dual degrees for Mayo medical students were developed in addition to Law (M.D./J.D.), including Business, Biomedical Informatics, Biomedical Engineering and Communication.
Continuing a partnership formed with Florida State University in 2008, Mayo Clinic is finding the best ways to help African-American caregivers of dementia patients who are unpaid and experiencing depression. Floyd Willis, M.D., chair of Mayo Clinic's department of family medicine is leading the African-American Alzheimer's Caregiver Training and Support project, which has already shown to benefit caregivers psychologically, physically and spiritually.
Mayo Clinic collaborates with the University of Minnesota Rochester, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, IBM and The Hormel Institute on biomedical research and the Biomedical Informatics and Computational Biology program. Graduate, doctoral and post doctoral students in the program learn skills and techniques for quickly translating and applying genomic discoveries into individualized health care for patients.
Mayo Clinic participates in The Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics to facilitate research collaborations across academic institutions and the biotechnology industry. Resulting research productivity in genomics and biotechnology has helped to attract more than $80 million in new funding from the National Institutes of Health and $20 million from other sources to Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota.