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UW-La Crosse, Mayo partner in medical research program

Drew Kelly

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The partnership between the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Mayo Clinic Health System took another step Thursday afternoon with medical research opportunities.

Dr. Paul Mueller with Mayo expressed the importance of research in the medical community.

“Our hope is that advancing knowledge in science and medicine,” Mueller said, “Will lead to cutting edge treatments and will help to treat illnesses and afflictions that are difficult to treat.”

UWL Chancellor Joe Gow hopes this builds on what the two sides have already done together.

“Many of our students are involved in the motion science lab which studies the impact of injuries,” Gow said. “They look at collisions and how science can help people avoid that.”

Mueller, who has only been in La Crosse for just over a year, described what made him want to grow the partnership.

“We need to invest in science,” Mueller said. “When you tour this facility (Prairie Springs Science Center) and see students engaged with hands-on research, that was our wow factor.”

Both Mueller and Gow said that they hoped the partnership will draw the best and brightest young medical minds in the country.

Born in Decorah Iowa. I've been a news reporter for the last 10 years, starting right out of college in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Other professional opportunities led me to Marshalltown, Iowa and Antigo Wisconsin, before I finally was afforded the opportunity here in La Crosse. I've been here since 2016. I also act as the voice of local sports, doing play by play of high school and college football and basketball. When not working I enjoy golfing.

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