Mayo Clinic & Illinois Alliance

A powerful collaboration working to solve today’s health challenges

Since the founding of the Mayo Clinic & Illinois Alliance in 2010, researchers from both institutions have collaborated on research projects, publications, patent disclosures, tools, and algorithms, and have helped to prepare more than 100 trainees for careers in biomedical research. The Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine and University of Illinois Grainger College of Engineering, IHSI, and National Center for Supercomputing Applications are leading the charge to identify global challenges and create solutions together.  

New discoveries in kidney stones

A fascinating film explores how Geology Professor Bruce Fouke and Mayo Clinic collaborators  uncovered new findings on the formation of kidney stones, raising hopes for treatment.

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The foundational educational opportunities offered by the Mayo Clinic & Illinois Alliance allow undergraduates, graduates, and professionals to gain hands-on experience in healthcare innovation.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program

Prestigious ten-week summer program hosted by Mayo Clinic with an Illinois student pre-selection process. Students work alongside Mayo Clinic mentors to conduct their own research or join an ongoing project.

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Health Equity Research Experience (HERE)

New ten-week summer program for undergraduates at Mayo Clinic. Selected students have the opportunity to address health disparities within a supportive community of other undergraduates, including Illinois SURF, and receive support from a faculty mentor.

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Fellowships for Technology-Based Healthcare

Unique graduate fellowship to advance individualized medicine and create a pathway for Illinois students to explore post-graduation employment opportunities at Mayo Clinic.

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Computational Genomics Course

A week-long intensive course that integrates biology, computation, and genetics alongside the latest technologies and computational methodologies.

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Research & Translation

Since 2010,  Mayo Clinic & Illinois Alliance collaborators have produced more than 100 projects and publications and created tools and algorithms for clinical use. These projects are aimed at finding solutions to critical disease challenges impacting patients.

  • New and better diagnostic tests
  • Therapies for preventing and treating a wide range of diseases
  • Data to predict and avoid potential health complications
  • Devices that improve patient monitoring and delivery of treatment
  • Individualized treatment of patients in real time

Learn about Mayo Clinic & Illinois Alliance collaborations 


Educational opportunities and research supported by the Mayo Clinic & Illinois Alliance focus on improving clinical practice and patient care. The University of Illinois is proud to collaborate to solve today’s healthcare challenges.

Contact the Clinical Partners team to learn more about opportunities for Illinois researchers and students to transform healthcare and to discuss opportunities for collaboration.

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