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Above: (l-r) Leon Clark, chair of research administration; Gregory Gores, M.D., executive dean of research; Jeff Bolton, CAO; John Noseworthy, M.D., president and CEO.

As debuts go these days, it was pretty low key. No red carpet, no bright lights. Mayo Clinic was rolling out its Model of Research at its Quarterly Research Gathering. Mayo already has a Model of Care. Now that long-standing philosophy and approach to practicing medicine has a counterpart. Gregory Gores, M.D, executive dean for research, shared the presentation he had given to the Mayo Board of Trustees a few weeks earlier.

This, he said, is the framework for how we conduct and oversee research at Mayo and explains how Mayo uniquely transforms the practice of medicine.

Mayo’s Model of Research

Collaboration – The model starts with collaboration to address the unmet needs of patients. “One of our greatest strengths and differentiating features is our integration in team science. We have a unique culture of collaboration,” said Dr. Gores. That means experts from multiple disciplines come together, form long term working groups to find solutions through research.

Continuum – The model focuses on continuity – moving discoveries across the “research continuum.” Medical research is sometimes likened to a highway with curves, pitfalls and gaps that need to be bridged. Mayo makes every effort to “keep the roadway open” and bridge the funding and technology gaps.

Discovery – Mayo fosters foundational biomedical discovery, because understanding the underlying biology is critical for developing new therapies.

Translation – Mayo Clinic is a leader in accelerating laboratory discoveries to the next stage of research known as “translation,” such as testing in clinical studies. Mayo is a world leader in conducting multicenter clinical trials.

Application – And finally “application” for patients at Mayo Clinic and across the world. Mayo Clinic is collaborating with industry leaders to scale applications for broad use.

“We ensure that we have smooth and easy handoffs in this paradigm of discovery, translation and application to develop new solutions for patients more quickly,” said Dr. Gores.

John Noseworthy, M.D., CEO and president, Mayo Clinic, and Jeff Bolton, vice president, Administration, Mayo Clinic also spoke at the Research Gathering. Throughout their remarks and a panel discussion, they emphasized how research is integral to Mayo Clinic.

“Research, I think, has never been stronger, has never contributed more to our success and our mission than it is now,” said Dr. Noseworthy.

He also discussed how research advances provide new solutions for patients with complex conditions and attracts patients from all 50 states and over 150 countries.

“You can imagine, if you’re going to come from one of those 150 countries…you’re coming for a reason and maybe it’s for diagnostic expertise, no question, but a lot of it is for serious and complex illnesses that our research activity helps to draw them here,” said Dr. Noseworthy.

We’ll have more the Mayo Clinic Model of Research in coming weeks.