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Fundamental to Mayo Clinic's commitment to innovation is a drive to create tighter links between research and care. Three collaborative centers are doing just that, with notable progress in 2011
- The Center for Regenerative Medicine is finding ways to reduce the need for transplants by focusing on healing damaged tissues and organs.
- The Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery is focusing on ways to lower costs and improve treatment of diseases such as heart failure, diabetes and lung disease.
- The Center for Individualized Medicine is using genomics to predict, diagnose and treat diseases.
"These three new centers represent strategic investments in the future of health care," says John Noseworthy, M.D., president and CEO of Mayo Clinic. "By making these investments, we can reduce costs, advance medicine and enhance both individual and population health."
Also in 2011, Mayo Clinic continued to advance proton beam therapy, an innovative treatment that will be used to treat cancers located deep within the body and close to critical organs and body structures. Mayo's program differs from most other proton therapy programs in the United States in that it will exclusively feature intensity-modulated proton therapy using pencil beam scanning, an advance over current radiation and proton therapy methods. Construction began this year on proton beam facilities in Rochester, Minn., and Phoenix, Ariz. The facilities are expected to open in 2015 and 2016.