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Apr 8, 2014 · Growing Stem Cells in Space to Treat Stroke Patients

Rupp portraitRegenerative medicine promises to someday radically transform the way we deliver care to patients. Quite simply, it has the potential to fully heal damaged tissues and organs, offering solutions and hope for people who have conditions that today are beyond repair. This bold new field of medicine is the future of health care.

Even though we have seen tremendous progress in medicine, there are few effective ways to treat the root causes of many diseases and injuries. In many cases, physicians can only manage patients’ symptoms using medications or devices. Mayo Clinic’s Center for Regenerative Medicine hopes to change all of this through three interrelated approaches:International Space Station over Earth

  • Boosting the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
  • Transplanting healthy cells, tissues and organs.
  • Regenerating specific types of cells to diseased organs to find ways to overcome the donor shortage.

Today, Mayo Clinic scientists and clinicians are studying ways to use human stem cells to develop new ways to treat and manage chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart failure, and degenerative nerve, bone and joint conditions.

Abba Zubair, M.D., Ph.D., medical and scientific director of the Cell Therapy Laboratory, at Mayo Clinic in Florida, was recently awarded a grant to send human stem cells in space to see if they grow more rapidly in space than stem cells grown on Earth.

Dr. Zubair believes that cells grown in the International Space Station could help patients recover from a stroke, and that it may even be possible to generate human tissues and organs in space. The experiment will be the first one Mayo Clinic has conducted in space and the first to use these human stem cells.

Editor’s note: William Rupp, M.D., vice-president of Mayo Clinic and CEO of Mayo Clinic in Florida.

Dec 11, 2013 · Individualized Medicine and the Future of Health Care

William Rupp, M.D.Mayo Clinic believes the improvement of health care in our nation is tied closely to the ability to successfully create value, deliver knowledge and fund excellence. Our campus in Florida is playing an active role in this vision. In August, we launched the Individualized Medicine (IM) Clinic. The IM Clinic ushers in a new era in medicine where teams of physicians and scientists leverage exciting new technologies like whole genome sequencing to personalize treatment for patients.

To help Mayo Clinic in Florida take this concept to the next level, Amelia Island, Florida residents and philanthropists Cecilia and Dan Carmichael, donated five million dollars to Mayo Clinic. The Carmichaels learned about Mayo’s work in individualized medicine after Cecilia received treatment for breast cancer at Mayo. Their story was reported on by several media outlets including The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville Business Journal, and WJCT public radio in Jacksonville.

All of us at Mayo Clinic are grateful to the Carmichaels for their generosity and support. Gifts like this help to develop better diagnoses, earlier interventions, more efficient drug therapies and customized treatment plans for our patients.

Individualized medicine is showing great results. The IM Clinic team recently leveraged the power of genomics to identify the causative gene mutation for a young man with a very rare and difficult to diagnose form of kidney disease. As seen in this video, the testing of the patient, his father and brother led to the discovery of the gene that caused the mutation.

The breakthrough provides a long sought after answer to what was causing this patient’s disease, clues to new treatments that may prevent him from needing a transplant later in life, and direction to guide his wife and him in future family decisions — just one example of how Mayo Clinic is transforming the way we practice and deliver health care.

We also have individualized medicine clinics at our campuses in Minnesota and Arizona.

Editor’s note: William Rupp, M.D., is a vice-president of Mayo Clinic.

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