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Doctors at Mayo Clinic research stem cell innovations to improve care.

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Mayo Clinic scientists make bone marrow transplants safer and improve patients' lives. They conduct laboratory studies, clinical trials and other research on many aspects of transplantation. Mayo Clinic participates in the Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network. And Mayo scientists often collaborate with colleagues throughout the country and internationally, sharing their insights to improve care for people everywhere. Recent studies include:

  • Chronic graft-versus-host disease. Because of their long history with bone marrow transplant, Mayo researchers are well-positioned to study the long-term effect of serious complications, such as chronic graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), and how to treat them.
  • Heart rhythm problems during stem cell transplant. Heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias) are often a complication during stem cell transplant. Mayo researchers studied 983 people who underwent stem cell transplants to better understand who is more likely to experience this problem.
  • Stem cells in space. Mayo Clinic researchers have sent an experiment to the international space station to test whether stem cells grow better in microgravity.
  • Adult (fat-derived) stem cells for graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). Mayo Clinic human cell therapy experts are studying how stem cells derived from fat or stroma (mesenchymal stem cells) can be used to suppress immunity and enhance tissue repair in GVHD.

Read more about the many bone marrow transplant research studies supported by the Mayo Clinic Transplant Research Center and the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center.

Publications

See a list of publications by Mayo Clinic authors on PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine.

Research Profiles

Sept. 21, 2019
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