Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer genetic testing, specific to neurological conditions (e.g., Alzheimer's disease)?

Currently, the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine's IM Clinic focuses on testing for advanced cancer, rare and undiagnosed disorders and drug-gene testing (i.e., pharmacogenomics). If you want to discuss testing for specific neurological disorders, discuss those with your health care provider. Mayo Clinic offers more extensive testing that may be available.

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How do I request genetic testing related to medications or prescriptions (i.e., pharmacogenomics)?

Mayo Clinic recommends that you first discuss pharmacogenomics with your current health care provider. Whether it will be helpful or not can be answered in a variety of ways based on the type of testing, current medications, your current health and unique genetic makeup.

For pharmacogenomics testing or an appointment regarding pharmacogenomics:

  • Mayo Clinic patients: Discuss with your current health care provider.
  • NOT a Mayo Clinic patient, but want to be seen at Mayo Clinic: Visit the Preventive Services Clinic or schedule an appointment at a Mayo Clinic location.
  • If you do NOT want to become a Mayo Clinic patient, and want more information about this type of testing: Talk with your health care provider about what testing is right for you. Mayo Clinic cannot recommend a specific test.

Should I consider individualized medicine because I have a variety of symptoms, but have not been able to be diagnosed or treated by my current health care provider?

Mayo Clinic has provided personalized medicine to every one of its patients for nearly 150 years. But recent advances in genomic and clinical science have created innovative opportunities to further tailor health care to each patient.

Individualized medicine, also known as precision or personalized medicine, uses a person’s genomic blueprint to determine unique disease susceptibility, define preventive measures and enable targeted therapies to promote wellness.

To find out if individualized medicine using genomics applies to your situation, discuss it with your provider. You can also request an appointment at Mayo Clinic with a primary care physician, who can give you an extensive evaluation and review all your medical tests/records as well as refer you to other specialists. For appointments, call 507-538-3270 or request one online.

The appointment process might be more efficient if your current physician refers you. Referring physicians can call 800-533-1564 (toll-free) or refer online.


Can I make an appointment with the “IM clinic”?

Our purpose at the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine is to help instill change and programs related to personalized medicine and genomics within Mayo Clinic. The Individualized Medicine Clinic (IM Clinic) is a virtual clinic that works to provide precision medicine or individualized medicine services to patients through various departments at Mayo Clinic. The IM Clinic cannot directly schedule patient appointments.

The services (sometimes called pilots) are facilitated through specialty areas within Mayo Clinic to use genomic information to “individualize” the health care of patients. Patients can be referred into one of the services or work through a specialty area to make an appointment per specific criteria.

In order to be treated and evaluated at Mayo Clinic, you need to request an appointment with a primary care physician, who can give you an extensive evaluation and review all your medical tests/records as well as refer you to other specialists.

The appointment process might be more efficient if your current physician refers you. Referring physicians can call 800-533-1564 (toll-free) or refer online.


Do you offer microbiome testing for clinical purposes?

Through advances in microbial technologies, there are microorganisms we cannot live without. Our bodies carry trillions of them on our skin and in our mouth, nose, genitalia and gut. These bacterial communities synthesize vitamins, bolster our immune systems, help us digest our food and boost our brain function.

Experts in the Microbiome Program explore the unique connections between the micro universe and your body. We investigate how someone’s genome, microbiome and immune system respond to an infectious pathogen and form a specific disease. Armed with this knowledge, we develop new medical tools that transform how we diagnose and treat infectious disease on an individual basis.

Teams of microbiologists, infectious disease specialists, gastroenterologists, physician assistants, dietitians and microbiome-focused genetic counselors use microbiology- and microbiome-based technologies to hone diagnostic certainty and guide patient care. As our expertise evolves, so will our abilities to rapidly identify disease-causing pathogens. Then we will select precise, targeted treatments.

We encourage you to talk to your provider about ways microbiome-related medicine may complement your care.

Request a referral or learn more about the tests and procedures offered by Mayo Clinic's gastroenterology and hepatology specialists.


Who do I contact with general questions about a research study I am enrolled in at Mayo Clinic?

Study questions are directed to the principal investigator or study team of each individual study. You should have been provided with a copy of the Informed Consent Document you signed when enrolling into the study. If you still have the Informed Consent Document, page 2 lists the principal investigator and study contact information.

If you no longer have the consent form or are unable to locate it, please review the Center for Individualized Medicine (CIM) studies page or CIM clinical trials page to find the contact information.

If you do not see your study listed on either of these pages, it may be sponsored elsewhere in Mayo Clinic. Visit the Mayo Clinic trials website and search for your study.

If you cannot locate your study or find the contact information, contact Mayo Clinic's clinical trial staff for assistance.


Who can I contact with question about my Mayo Clinic research study results?

The Informed Consent Document should indicate whether or not you will be informed of the study results at completion of the study. Some studies will notify you of results at the end of the entire study, which may be a long time depending on the study and data analysis.

If you no longer have the consent form or are unable to locate it, please review the Center for Individualized Medicine (CIM) studies page or CIM clinical trials page to find the contact information.

If you no longer have the consent form or are unable to locate it, please review the Center for Individualized Medicine (CIM) studies page or CIM clinical trials page to find the contact information.

If you do not see your study listed on either of these pages, it may be sponsored elsewhere in Mayo Clinic. Visit the Mayo Clinic trials website and search for your study.

If you cannot locate your study or find the contact information, contact Mayo Clinic's clinical trial staff for assistance.


How do I indicate that I'm interested in enrolling in one of your research studies?

To find a Mayo Clinic study, visit the Mayo Clinic trials website and search for studies using the name of conditions, treatments or drugs.

For personalized medicine-specific studies, please review the Center for Individualized Medicine (CIM) studies page or CIM clinical trials page.