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 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.

Mayo Clinic staff in the Office for Community Engagement in Research (OCER) at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, works with individual investigators, community-based organizations and others. The office helps support community-engaged research efforts with minority populations, education and training on community-engaged research methods, and provides consultations to researchers regarding the best practices for including minority populations and other communities into clinical research.

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