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Mayo Clinic, ASU announce enhanced formal collaboration, move of Biomedical Informatics department

February 14, 2011

Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University have signed an agreement to broaden and deepen their collaboration in health care, medical research and education. The agreement is a formal commitment to enhance the relationship built over the past eight years.

Mayo and ASU have established a variety of successful programmatic efforts since 2003, including a joint nursing education program, collaborative research projects on a variety of levels, joint faculty appointments and dual degree programs.

The success of the Mayo-ASU partnership has led to the broader, formal agreement, which also sets an ambitious vision for an enhanced level of future collaboration, cooperation and partnership.

“We are very excited about this agreement, which reflects our mutual commitment to working closely with our partners at ASU as we continue to enhance our ongoing collaborations across a broad variety of projects and programs,” says Victor Trastek, M.D., vice president, Mayo Clinic and CEO for Mayo Clinic in Arizona. “One important area of focus with ASU is our collective ability to redesign medical education in ways that align with the future of health care delivery.”

“ASU and Mayo have a long history of working together to advance medical education and research,” adds ASU President Michael Crow. “This agreement will help us deliver new ideas, new solutions and new technologies that will have positive impacts on the future of health care.”

The agreement will help to coordinate future complementary goals of both organizations.

“For Mayo Clinic, this will mean engagement with ASU at all levels across the entire organization, spanning activities in all three shields of practice, education and research,” says John Noseworthy, M.D., Mayo Clinic president and CEO.

“Together with ASU, we will design and implement new ways to deliver high value health care.”

Examples of successful existing Mayo-ASU collaborations include joint work on the new Proton Beam Program at Mayo’s Scottsdale campus, sharing in development of Mayo’s new Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, joint faculty appointments and joint degree programs such as M.D./J.D. and M.D./M.B.A.

As part of the new agreement, ASU announced it would relocate its Department of Biomedical Informatics to the Scottsdale campus of Mayo Clinic. ASU faculty, staff and students will complete the move by late summer 2011.

Biomedical informatics is a burgeoning field at the intersection of information science, computer science and health care. It deals with the resources, devices and methods needed to optimize the acquisition, storage, retrieval and use of health and biomedical information to enhance patient care and human health.

ASU chief research officer, Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan says biomedical informatics research conducted by ASU and Mayo scientists has the potential to significantly impact future patient care. He added that being physically located on the Mayo campus provides many benefits for all parties.

“There are tremendous synergies at work here,” explains Panchanathan. “In order to advance biomedical informatics education and research, we need to be embedded in a clinical environment. Mayo provides access to world-class physicians and researchers. It will provide extraordinary opportunities for ASU faculty and students to work in one of the top clinical facilities in the country and advance education, research and training in biomedical informatics.”

The new set up will allow Biomedical Informatics to draw on the strengths of ASU and Mayo, allowing the program to serve as an informatics engine for practice enhancement and safer, high quality patient care across Mayo Clinic.

Moving the biomedical informatics department into Mayo “is an important opportunity to further our partnership with an advanced biomedical and clinical organization; to expand our joint research, development and technology transfer; and to improve patient care with this new technology,” adds Robert Greenes, M.D., Ph.D., and ASU’s Ira A. Fulton chair and professor of the Biomedical Informatics department.

In the future, the closer ties between Mayo and ASU are expected to lead to new, cutting edge collaborations.

“This is the doorway to create more exciting opportunities between ASU and all of Mayo Clinic,” explains Keith Frey, M.D., vice chair, Executive Operations Team, chief medical information officer at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, and faculty member of the Biomedical Informatics department. “We hope to take two very successful and smart organizations and do more together in integrating scientific research with a world class medical organization.”


About Mayo Clinic

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About Arizona State University

Arizona State University is a New American University – a major public educational institution, a premier research center and a leader in innovation. ASU is driven by three core principles: excellence in scholarship, access to education and impact in our global community, making it intellectually vibrant, socially conscious and globally engaged. For more information, visit

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