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06/29/2010

Peek at "Minnesota Partnership" collaborators...

Here's a glance at the Swedish medical research university Karolinska Institutet, which recently entered a partnership with the Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics, which has its laboratory headquarters located on the Mayo Clinic campus here in Rochester, Minnesota.

I thought you might enjoy viewing this video because it includes a a few peeks at Karolinska's exterior and interior, including laboratory researchers actually performing work with pipettes and petri dishes. The video focuses on an upcoming conference, but I think it gives you a "sense of place" so you can have a better concept of what might seem a far-away, out-of-sight/out-of-mind location.

Karolinska and the Minnesota Partnership now have a formal collaboration designed to further the research goals of both organizations. The Minnesota Partnership is a state-funded association between Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota.

Minnesota Partnership
[The laboratory headquarters of the Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics is located in the Vincent A. Stabile Building on the Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester, Minnesota. Copyright.

"Karolinska Institutet holds agreements with academic institutions around the world, comprising research collaboration as well as student and staff exchange," the institute says online. Karolinska is involved in research related to cancer, circulation, immunology, neurology, reproduction and growth-and-development.

The Karolinska Institutet recently announced, for example, that it has made a discovery related to pancreatic cancer that could help identify the illness earlier, something that could improve a patient's prognosis.

"One of the reasons for the poor prognosis associated with pancreatic cancer is that the disease is hard to detect at an early stage. The researchers believe that their results can be of significance to the development of better diagnostic methods and treatment strategies," the institute says.

The Minnesota Partnership and Karolinska Institutet want to collaborate, sharing their knowledge, exchanging researchers and conducting joint research. It will be interesting to watch future developments as the Minnesota Partnership continues to go global.

Pulse on Health

By Jeff Hansel, member Association of Health Care Journalists

Health Reporter for the Post-Bulletin newspaper, 18 1st Ave. S.E. in Rochester, Minnesota 55904 

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