About

About

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 – Joseph Murray, M.D.

Dr. Murray is a Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist and an international expert on celiac disease. In addition to gluten sensitivity, he researches esophageal disorders.  He is a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Sciences. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the National University of Ireland.

 

Executive editor – Bob Nellis

Associate editor/writer – Sara Tiner

Senior designer – Ryan Ledebuhr

Art director – John Laven

Contributing artists – Jim Rownd, Joanna R. King

Photography – Matthew C. Meyer

Production manager – Tia Calvert

Contributing 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.

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.

Kate Ledger grew up in Philadelphia, PA, and graduated from Akiba Hebrew Academy and the University of Pennsylvania. She earned an MFA in fiction from the University of Arizona. She served as the senior writer at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. As a freelance writer, she has published articles in Self, Health, and other national magazines.

Jon Holten has always had a fascination in medicine, technology and human interest. A graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Journalism, he began his career as a reporter on daily newspapers: the Minneapolis Star Tribune; Sioux Falls (S.D.) Argus Leader; The Free Press, Mankato, Minn.; and Albert Lea (Minn.) Evening Tribune. He now consults and writes on a variety of topics, including the nexus of research and education.