In the April issue of Clinical Laboratory News, Nikola Baumann, Ph.D., gives expert advice on how to think systematically about maintaining quality laboratory operations when an institution’s IT systems are down. The article, “Mitigating Patient Risk During IT Outages,” includes seven tips to ensure your laboratory is ready when it experiences IT downtime.
Mayo Medical Laboratories and Mayo Clinic’s Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology have a commitment to test utilization. Bobbi Pritt, M.D., director of clinical parasitology and virology in the Division of Clinical Microbiology, discussed her challenges with the education of physicians on test utilization in the March issue of CAP TODAY. Read more for a link to the full article.
Fergus Couch, Ph.D., Experimental Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, was recently interviewed for the NBC Nightly News story, Researchers discover genes linked to deadly cancers. NBC’s Robert Bazell reported from Rochester about how, “gene variations known to affect risk for some of the deadliest cancers may soon lead to new blood tests that determine how much a person is at risk.”
In celebration of National Laboratory Professionals Week, students from the Mayo Clinic Clinical Laboratory Science Program produced a short video explaining what sparked their interest in laboratory science. The video is for a contest hosted by the American Society of Clinical Pathology. The video with the most YouTube views wins, so please take a few minutes to watch the video and share it.
The United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP) has recognized Mayo Clinic for its participation in the 2013 USCAP Annual Meeting held in March in Baltimore. Mayo Clinic was one of the top 10 programs in the world for number of first-authored scientific abstracts submitted for the prestigious Stowell-Orbison Awards Competition for pathologists in training, and was also in the top five percent of all medical institutions of first-authored scientific abstracts accepted for presentation at the annual meeting.
Franklin Cockerill, M.D., Chair of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo Clinic, and President and CEO of Mayo Collaborative Services, Inc., has been named as a keynote speaker at the 2013 MDx Next: Gaining Ground in Molecular Testing and Genomic Medicine, to be held June 12-14 in Las Vegas.
The American Cancer Society estimates that 22,280 new cases and 15,500 deaths from ovarian cancer occurred in the U.S. in 2012. The disease is the leading cause of death from gynecological cancers, as well as the fifth-leading cause of cancer deaths in women. Alicia Algecerias-Schimnich, Ph.D., discusses more about ovarian cancer in the March issue of Clinical Laboratory News, the monthly publication from the American Association for Clinical Chemistry.
Allan Jaffe, M.D., a clinical cardiologist and professor of medicine and laboratory medicine and pathology at Mayo Clinic, was recently featured in February issue of CAP TODAY discussing his opinion on CVD risk markers. Dr. Jaffe also serves as chair of the Division of Clinical Core Laboratory Services in Mayo Clinic’s Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology. Read more for an excerpt from the front-page article, titled “Twilight zone for CVD risk markers?”
It is with great sadness that we announce that Heidi Scrable, Ph.D., passed away on Feb. 13 after a prolonged battle with an illness. Dr. Scrable has served as the Division Chair of the Division of Experimental Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Mayo Clinic since 2010. More information about funeral arrangements will be communicated as details become available.
Curtis Hanson, M.D, Hematopathology, and Elizabeth Plumhoff, Mayo Collaborative Services, wrote an article that was published in the Winter 2012 issue of the Canadian Journal of Pathology. View this post to read, “Test Utilization and the Clinical Laboratory.”
Syed Jalal, Ph.D., passed away on Jan. 15, 2013 at Saint Marys Hospital of complications from an influenza infection and was laid to rest at Oak Wood Cemetery in Rochester, Minn. Jalal – as friends and colleagues knew him – was a Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology and an icon in the cytogenetics community. A memorial service will be held in Rochester on Saturday, Jan. 19 from 2:00 -4:00 p.m. at the Mayo Civic Center, Riverview Halls C & D.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Free Clinic (OLGFC) — a ministry of St. Mary’s Catholic Church — has been operating quarterly in Worthington, Minn. since July 2011, using the chiropractic facilities as well as rooms at the St. Mary’s Church rectory. David Plevak, M.D., from Mayo Clinic has been instrumental in staffing the OLGFC by recruiting his Mayo Clinic colleagues to volunteer their time.
Mayo Clinic has been named as one of the top companies for chemists to work for in the October, 22, 2012 issue of Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN). Also featured were Wyatt Technology, Genomatica and DuPont Crop Protection. These companies, along with Mayo Clinic, all made Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” The Scientist’s “Best Places to Work in Industry,” and Working Mother’s “100 Best Companies” in 2012.