June 13, 2018

ASU, Mayo Clinic researchers will spend summer tackling major health issues

School may be out for the semester, but for select faculty from Arizona State University's Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and College of Health Solutions, summer is no time for a break.

Mayo Clinic and ASU Alliance for Health Care has selected 11 distinguished faculty to be part of the Faculty Summer Residency Program.

Now in its second year, the six-week residency program is designed to support long-term collaborations between research teams at Mayo Clinic and ASU faculty in areas that will impact clinical outcomes and enhance patient experiences. Participating faculty will work on a team at a Mayo Clinic site in either Rochester, Minnesota, or locally in Phoenix or Scottsdale.

"Our second cohort of Alliance Fellows will have the unique opportunity to work side-by-side with researchers at Mayo Clinic to deeply understand key issues facing patients," said Grace O'Sullivan, assistant vice president of corporate engagement and strategic partnerships at ASU. "These collaborations will support the development of noteworthy, interdisciplinary health solutions and also continue to strengthen the Mayo Clinic and ASU relationship."

Research teams will work in laboratory and clinical settings on projects that address an array of health care issues, including diabetes management, cancer detection and care, liver disease, heart failure, Parkinson’s disease and more.

The interdisciplinary nature of the collaborations encourages the development of innovative research, strategies, programs and tools that will support improved health outcomes for patients and contribute to scientific knowledge and understanding.

The participating faculty are:

Ayan Banerjee
School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Mayo Clinic Investigator: Yogish Kudva, MBBS
Location: Rochester, Minnesota
Project: Develop a Type 1 diabetes simulator to test closed loop control design

Chitta Baral 
School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Mayo Clinic Investigator: Rajeev Chaudhry, MBBS, MPH
Location: Rochester, Minnesota
Projects: Develop a survivorship care plan to aid cancer patients and other stakeholders; and, mine Twitter for actionable knowledge related to the opioid crisis

Valentin Dinu
Department of Biomedical Informatics, College of Health Solutions

Mayo Clinic Investigator: Jean-Pierre Kocher, PhD
Location: Rochester, Minnesota and Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona
Project: Develop a new analytical method to detect biological pathways involved in cancer

Bradley Doebbeling
School for the Science of Health Care Delivery, College of Health Solutions

Mayo Clinic Investigator: Steven Peters, MD
Location: Rochester, Minnesota
Project: Capture, analyze and archive clinical workflow data to support the system upgrade of Mayo Clinic’s electronic health records 

Erica Forzani
School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Mayo Clinic Investigator: Brendan Lanpher, MD
Location: Rochester, Minnesota
Project: Validate the clinical use of an at-home device that monitors ammonia levels in children with urea cycle disorders and adults with advanced liver disease

Esma Gel
School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Mayo Clinic Investigators: Kalyan Pasupathy, PhD and Mustafa Sir, PhD
Location: Rochester, Minnesota
Project: Develop artificial intelligence tools that optimize patient access and outcomes

Matthew Green
School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Mayo Clinic Investigator: Vijay Singh, MBBS
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Project: Explore the clinical intricacies of polymeric drug delivery and diagnostic tools

Stephen Massia
School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Mayo Clinic Investigators: Jeffrey Cornella, MD and Longwen Chen, MD, PhD
Location: Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona
Project: Assess the regenerative capacity of a vaginal wall tissue construct prototype from rabbit explants

Yulia Peet
School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Mayo Clinic Investigator: Octavio Pajaro, MD, PhD
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Project: Assess the functionality and clinical outcomes of an artificial blood pump as a treatment for end-stage heart failure of cardiac patients

Vincent Pizziconi
School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Mayo Clinic Investigator: David Lott, MD
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Project: Work toward the development of a bioengineered artificial larynx 

Michael Sierks
School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Mayo Clinic Investigator: Charles Adler, MD, PhD
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Project: Work toward the development of blood-based biomarkers for Parkinson’s disease

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