Mayo Clinic researchers study potential treatments for cancer, memory disorders and other high-incidence diseases in minority populations. Researchers also conduct clinical trials to determine the safety and effectiveness of new therapies. Clinical trials have led to new or improved treatments for many conditions.

The Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center is a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center with a multisite presence, with campuses at each Mayo Clinic location. Staff in the Cancer Center conducts cancer research in the biology of cancer, new diagnostic tests, potential treatments and other areas.

Staff in the Cancer Center collaborates with psychologists and psychiatrists in behavioral health research related to preventing cancer, helping people quit using tobacco, screening for cancer and other areas. Researchers work with Alaskan Native Americans and other Native communities.

Community Engaged Research

Closing the health gap: Working together today for a better tomorrow

Mayo Clinic is committed to encouraging and promoting research to develop new treatments. Mayo Clinic also recognizes the importance of not only sharing information about new advances in medicine and research with all members of the community, but also including communities in the research process as partners and advisers.

To ensure that ongoing research includes members of ethnic minorities, Mayo Clinic's Florida campus has a Community Research Advisory Board. The board includes Mayo Clinic personnel, community doctors, business leaders, community leaders, laypersons, civic leaders, religious leaders and faculty from local academic institutions.

The Office for Community Engagement in Research (OCER) at Mayo Clinic's Rochester, Minnesota campus, provides a variety of services to Mayo Clinic researchers and community members. Housed in the Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCaTS), OCER is positioned to make connections with researchers and community members in order to increase health equity and reduce health disparities in multicultural communities.

OCER provides education and training on community-engaged research and consultative services for grant submission, reviews community-placed and -engaged research protocols, and helps increase awareness of clinical research being conducted at Mayo and with our collaborative partners.

Mayo Clinic staff in the Office of Health Disparities Research located in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota supports meaningful research to identify and address health disparities and to help ensure Mayo Clinic patients reflect the diversity of our communities.