The Department of Health Sciences Research (HSR) at Mayo Clinic is a multidisciplinary group of more than 50 doctoral level and 400 allied health staff who are dedicated to improving patient care through medical research. Our work encompasses HSR investigator research programs, collaborative research, methodological and applied research, development of institutional research resources, clinical research career development and clinical practice efforts.
Our department has a rich heritage dating back to Dr. Joseph Berkson (Chair 1933-1964) and Dr. Leonard Kurland (Chair 1964-1987). In 1935, Dr. Berkson developed a computerized medical diagnostic coding system, capturing all patient diagnoses and procedures in order to efficiently facilitate clinical research. Building on Dr. Berkson's work, in 1966 Dr. Kurland initiated the Rochester Epidemiology Project, which constitutes an unparalleled resource for population-based epidemiological studies with continuous funding from the NIH for over 40 years resulting in more than 1500 peer-reviewed publications to date.
Evolving from this heritage, HSR investigators play key leadership roles in many of Mayo's Clinical Research programs, including: cancer, neurological, heart, lung, and blood, and gastrointestinal diseases, endocrine and metabolic conditions, genomics, especially genetic epidemiology, kidney and urinary disorders, and musculoskeletal disorders. Current faculty and staff also conduct leading edge methods research on a wide range of areas, such as bioinformatics, natural language processing, medical terminology standards, clinical trial design, survival analysis, genetic analysis methods, analysis of DNA microarray data, proteomics, quality of life measures, attributable risk, molecular epidemiology of various conditions, outcomes analyses, and health economics and utilization. As in the past, nearly all of today's methodologic research efforts were prompted by the need to solve real problems encountered in clinical research studies.
HSR faculty also lead Mayo's Clinical Research Education and Career-Development efforts. These NIH-funded programs are part of the national initiative to " re-engineer the clinical research enterprise" and are directed towards developing the next generation of clinical researchers.
HSR is an exciting and unique department at Mayo Clinic. We encourage prospective students, employees and visitors to inquire more about the department.
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