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March 2017

Patient Care

New clinic facilitates diagnosis of genetic neurological diseases
The neurology genomics clinic provides patients with complex neurological conditions with access to research, testing, diagnosis and treatment, plus recommended screening and counseling for family members.


Stem cells may prevent chemotherapy-induced neuropathy in patients with cancer
Mesenchymal stem cells act as therapy for nervous system diseases by carrying extracellular products across the blood-brain barrier in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The stem cells may also be used to deliver nerve protection to patients before chemotherapy.

Astrocytic autoantibody identified as a biomarker for relapsing autoimmune meningoencephalomyelitis
The antibody, which targets glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP), has only been found in patients with autoimmune meningoencephalomyelitis, a rapidly progressive neurological disorder. Mayo's clinical test for the GFAP autoantibody is expected to be available in 2017.

In mice studies, lipocalin-2 protein helps protect against sepsis
Researchers now seek an agent that pumps up that protective response against sepsis in humans and downstream pathways that can be augmented to prevent further central nervous system damage.

Amyloid is still a viable target in Alzheimer's disease
The Eli Lilly solanezumab trial may have failed in part because the treatment attacks the disease too late in the process, when irreversible damage may have already been done, says the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's Disease Research Center director.

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Advances in Brachial Plexus Reconstruction: A Surgical Skills Course 2017
April 13-15, 2017, in Rochester, Minn.
This course covers specific techniques, including adult and obstetrical brachial plexus injuries, surgical planning, supra and infraclavicular exploration, various nerve transfers and grafting, secondary surgical reconstructions, obtaining grasp, and management of pain. Attendees may participate in hands-on cadaver training.

Mayo Clinic Neuroscience and Oncology Innovation Summit 2017
Sept. 7-9, 2017, in Orlando, Fla.
This course focuses on the signs and symptoms of cancer and primary and metastic brain tumors, tumor biology of primary and metastatic brain tumors and methods to destroy and neutralize tumor growth, and updates in neuroscience, neuro-oncology and oncologic biology research.

Mayo Clinic 9th Annual Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease Review 2017
Sept. 14-16, 2017, in Amelia Island, Fla.
This course covers management of acute ischemic stroke, brain hemorrhage, symptomatic and asymptomatic vascular lesions including arteriovenous malformations, cavernous malformations, cerebral aneurysms and carotid stenosis. Focus includes diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to stroke.

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