Discovery’s Edge is Mayo Clinic’s research magazine, offering insight into the process and progress of medical science at the world’s largest group medical practice.

Our goal is to tell the stories of scientists and physician-researchers who are improving treatment and care for patients every day through interdisciplinary studies in all areas of medicine. Discovery’s Edge also reports on works in progress — ongoing efforts on the edge of discovery.

The needs of the patients are seen every day in the hospitals and exam rooms across the three campuses of Mayo Clinic in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota. Those needs are taken to the laboratory, where research discoveries are translated into therapies. Those therapies are then applied in clinical practice, meeting the needs of the patients.

And because of its dedication and innovative organization, Mayo Clinic takes research from the laboratory to the patient faster and better than anyone else. That’s part of its compelling research story.

The other part of the story is the researchers themselves: Many are experts in their fields; all are talented professionals who want to find cures and improve lives. You can share in their excitement and motivation as you read their stories in Discovery’s Edge.

Republication: Legitimate news outlets are welcome to republish stories from Discovery’s Edge providing they credit appropriately (i.e. “This story originally appeared in Mayo Clinic’s Discovery’s Edge magazine.”)

Discovery’s Edge Staff
Medical editor – Karl Nath, M.D., Ch.B

karl-nath-250Dr. Nath is a Mayo Clinic nephrologist, head of Mayo’s Clinician Investigator Training Program, and a noted clinical investigator himself. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Edinburgh.

Executive editor – Bob Nellis

Senior designer – Jeffrey A. Satre

Assistant editor – Jeffrey D.Briggs

Art director – Karen E. Barrie

Photography – Matthew C. Meyer

Contributing artists – Jim Rownd, Joanna R. King

Contributing Freelance Science Writers

Greg Breining has written about science and nature for more than 30 years. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, Audubon, National Geographic Traveler, Islands, and many other publications. His books include Super Volcano, and Paddle North: Canoeing the Boundary Waters-Quetico Wilderness. He lives in St. Paul.

Jeffrey D. Briggs is a publisher, editor, educator, and novelist who comes to science writing after a long history of magazine journalism and a stint at the University of Oxford. He lived for years on his sailboat on the coast at Seattle. He says his concise bio could be “Books, Boats and Baseball.”

James E. Barlow is an award-winning veteran journalist and science writer based in Eugene, Oregon. He began in media in the fifth grade (his parents owned a radio station), spent 14 years as a newspaper reporter, has been a life science editor for three major universities (Illinois, Oregon and Texas Tech) and has taught science writing and journalism.

Marla Vacek Broadfoot  is a science writer and editor with a Ph.D. in genetics and molecular biology. She is an adjunct faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a contributing editor at American Scientist magazine, and a board member of the Science Communicators of North Carolina. She writes a monthly science column for the Raleigh News & Observer and Charlotte Observer.

Megan McKenzie studied molecular biology at the graduate level at University of New Hampshire, Washington State University and Australian National University and worked as a biologist in seven institutes in three countries. She focused on science writing in 1998 at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology. She writes on medicine and biotechnology from New Mexico where she is a passionate naturalist, birth doula and foodie.

Laura Mize is a science writer and freelance journalist. In addition to her work for Mayo Clinic, she has written extensively on medical research and patient care for University of Florida Health, including for the nationally syndicated radio program Health in a Heartbeat. She previously worked as a reporter for The Palm Beach Post, and now also enjoys writing about food and small business for publications in Southwest Florida.

Angela Pirisi is a graduate of the University of Toronto and continues to write from that city. Her articles on health have appeared in Fitness, Prevention, Reader’s Digest, Modern Maturity, Yoga Journal and Psychology Today. She has been a North American correspondent for the Lancet, a reporter for HealthDay, and a columnist for the Montreal Gazette.