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TOGETHER, WE ARE TRANSFORMING HEALTHCARE 

Welcome to the Mayo Clinic and Illinois Alliance update e-newsletter! Please visit mayoillinois.org for the full picture of research, education, news, events, funding opportunities, and more. If you have an item to share with the Mayo Clinic and Illinois Alliance community, please let us know! Send your item to LeaAnn Carson, IHSI clinical partners coordinator.

2019 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow Danielle Yee shares her experience

 Danielle Yee
 

“Mayo Clinic's SURF program enriches your knowledge of cutting-edge advancements in healthcare research and makes you excited to get more involved. Mayo Clinic itself is an amazing place to make connections, not only with other SURF students but potential coworkers and employers. This program is a unique opportunity for involvement with biomedical research on a professional, full-time, and integrated level, and is an experience that is hard to find elsewhere,” shares Danielle Yee, one of seven Illinois undergraduates who participated in Mayo Clinic’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) this past summer.

Read more about Danielle’s summer at Mayo Clinic

2020 SURF pre-selection for Illinois students is now open | Applications due Dec. 1

Through a special partnership with the Mayo Clinic, the University of Illinois is able once again to offer a special pre-selection process for Mayo Clinic's prestigious Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship. Each year, a University of Illinois selection committee nominates up to seven of Illinois’ brightest undergraduates in their sophomore or junior years to participate in the 10-week program in Rochester, Minnesota or Jacksonville, Florida. The deadline to apply is Dec. 1, 2019. Students are notified by Jan. 21, 2020 if they have been selected. 

Please share with any promising sophomores or juniors

IT and Bioinformatics Summer Internship at Mayo Clinic | Applications due Dec. 15

Please notify qualified computer science and engineering undergraduate and graduate students of this outstanding IT and bioinformatics internship opportunity at Mayo Clinic, sponsored by the Mayo Clinic and Illinois Alliance. Specific position and project descriptions will focus on the Center for Individualized Medicine (CIM) scientific programs with the goal of discovering and translating research into clinically viable solutions for patients. Priority consideration for Summer 2020 will be given to Illinois students who apply by Dec. 15, 2019

View the complete description and application

Genomics and computer science intersect to improve patient care

Computational Genomics, an annual week-long intensive course offered by the Mayo Clinic and Illinois Alliance for Technology-Based Healthcare, was recently featured on the Mayo Clinic’s Individualizing Medicine Blog. The article looks at how Mayo Clinic physicians, researchers, and students are using what they learned in the course to improve patient care. Notable among the participant experiences shared is one by Justin Nguyen, MD, a transplant surgeon. “This course really offered me a new perspective and better tools to dive deep into the genetic and molecular levels of the liver to achieve better outcomes for patients.”

Read “Genomics and computer science intersect to improve patient care”

One Discovery Square – a hub for innovation, state-of-the-art labs, top researchers 

On Sept. 19, researchers, physicians and staff with the Advanced Diagnostics Laboratory, a joint collaboration between the Mayo Clinic Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology and the Center for Individualized Medicine, participated in a grand opening for One Discovery Square, a 90,000-square-foot, four-story bioscience building located in the heart of downtown Rochester. The Advanced Diagnostic Laboratory will support projects in the areas of disruptive technology, such as multi-omics, artificial intelligence and digital pathology, bringing together current and new testing platforms with multidisciplinary staff. “The collaboration represents a new era in transforming human health through individualized medicine,” says Keith Stewart, M.B., Ch.B., Carlson and Nelson Endowed Director of Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine.

Read the full article for details on this exciting development

Recent publications

Below are some recent publications that have resulted from Mayo Clinic and Illinois research collaborations.

9.27.19 Integration of machine learning and pharmacogenomic biomarkers for predicting response to antidepressant treatment: can computational intelligence be used to augment clinical assessments?

9.24.19 Digital-resolution detection of microRNA with single-base selectivity by photonic resonator absorption microscopy

8.20.19 Sentieon DNASeq variant calling workflow demonstrates strong computational performance and accuracy