From the Newsletter

Innovation Hub awards funding to 11 project teams across Michigan
February 2017

By Kara Gavin

From an innovative coating for joint replacements to a promising drug for the painful inflammatory disease scleroderma, 11 new biomedical ideas that emerged from research across Michigan

Experts in the lab with crash-test dummies
February 2017

By Shantell M. Kirkendoll

As the American population gets older and fatter, the crash-test dummies used to test the cars people drive are changing, too.

February 2017

By Kara Gavin

After a national initiative took aim at high opioid doses and potentially dangerous drug combinations, the number of veterans receiving such prescriptions dropped, a new study finds.

February 2017

By Shantell Kirkendoll

A research team led by Keith Kaye, M.D., M.P.H., director of clinical research in the Michigan Medicine Division

February 2017

By Haley Otman

A new approach to the practice of surgical pathology for brain tumor patients could make for a powerful combination: more accurate, safer and more efficient operations.

smart devices
November 2016

By Amy Crawford

The addictive nature of mobile technology might not surprise anyone who has felt the constant pull of Facebook and Twitter — especially in an election year.

November 2016

By Haley Otman

The University of Michigan hospitals and health centers have been honored for a commitment to patient safety with another A on the

North Campus Research Complex
November 2016

By Kara Gavin

Eight years ago this month, silence fell over a vast pharmaceutical research campus in northeast Ann Arbor.

November 2016

By Nicole Fawcett

Virtually every day, scientists are identifying potential new drugs to tackle the next pathway or mutation that’s fueling cancer.

UTI vaccine bottles
November 2016

By Kara Gavin

For most invading bacteria, the bladder is not a friendly place. But for those that have figured out how to scavenge iron from their hosts, it’s a fine place to grow and reproduce.

Portrait of Sir James Lancaster, 1596, via Wikimedia Commons
October 2016

By Marschall Runge, M.D., Ph.D., dean of the U-M Medical School and executive vice president for medical affairs of the U-M Health System

While commanding four vessels sailing between England and India in 1601, Captain James Lancaster performed one of

Technetium-99m
October 2016

By Kara Gavin

Nearly 15 million times a year, Americans with heart trouble climb onto a treadmill to take a stress test that can reveal blockages in their heart’s blood vessels.

October 2016

By Kara Gavin

If you’ve tried to see a doctor, fill a prescription or get a diagnostic test lately, you’ve probably had to pay more out of your own pocket than you would have even a few years ago.

Thematic Areas of Research in Emergency Critical Care
October 2016

By Kylie O'Brien

The University of Michigan was recently awarded funding from the National Institutes of Health to establish an 

microphone illustration
August 2016

By Ada Hagan

It’s a common scenario: Research is shared via journals or at conferences, but rarely do scientists relay those results outside of their academic niche.

U-M Health System
August 2016

By Haley Otman

The University of Michigan’s hospitals and health centers are among the top 20 hospitals in the nation, according to the 2016–2017 U.

Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit and Sebastien Bellin
August 2016

By Allison Wilson

Sebastien Bellin was able to escape the first explosion during the terrorist attack at Brussels Airport on March 22 — but not the second.

Michigan Journal of Medicine
August 2016

By Jasna Markovac and Stephanie Dascola

The U-M Medical School recently launched the Michigan Journal of Medicine, or MJM, a student-led, open access journal.

John Ayanian, director of the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation.
July 2016

By Allison Wilson With additional reporting by Kara Gavin

Members of the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, or IHPI, recently shared some e

U-M Hospital sign
July 2016

By Laurel Thomas Gnagey

Researchers from the Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center and the U-M Injury Center found that a single, structured counseling session delivered to high-risk youth by a social worker

The Micra® Transcatheter Pacing System
July 2016

By Shantell Kirkendoll

A patient at the University of Michigan Samuel and Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center has received the world’s smallest pacemaker that works without th

July 2016

By Kara Gavin

In a western doctor’s office or hospital, patients don’t think twice about giving a blood or urine sample that can tell if they have a disease or infection, or show if their medicines are

Bioart
June 2016

People who visit the BioArtography booth during Ann Arbor’s annual summer art fair usually have one of two reactions to the displayed images when they realize what they depict.

The Larkin family with U-M doctors
June 2016

By Shantell Kirkendoll

All transplant patients are exceptional, but Stan Larkin’s successful heart transplant comes after living more than a year without a human heart and relying on a heart device he carried i

June 2016

By Kara Gavin

Training, checklists and data reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections, a new study finds.

microscopic organisms
June 2016

By Kara Gavin

New possibilities are opening up for understanding the impact of microscopic organisms on our health, food & environment.

Carol R. Bradford, M.D.
May 2016

Interview with the incoming executive vice dean of academic affairs

Life Sciences Orchestra at Hill Auditorium
April 2016

By Kara Gavin

Carl Engelke could have been a professional musician. Instead, he’s helping develop new therapeutic strategies to treat cancer...

Scottish Playwright Rob Drummond with Med Arts students
April 2016

by Lauren Crawford

Rob Drummond is a Scottish playwright known for taking risks. In 2014, he performed Bullet Catch at the Arthur Miller Theatre in Ann Arbor...

Samuel and Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center
April 2016

by Shantell Kirkendoll

Despite advances in organ transplantation, the way donor hearts are moved from hospital to hospital remains low-tech: stored on ice and carried in a store-bought cooler.

Physician Discipline by State map chart
April 2016

By Kara Gavin

First nationwide academic study of physician disciplinary actions and malpractice claims rates shows lack of standardization across U.S.

DNA strand
April 2016

By Kara Gavin

One whole endogenous retrovirus genome — and bits of 17 others — was spotted in a study of 2,500 human genomes.

model of mouse brain tumor
March 2016

Kara Gavin

Children with brain cancer may soon get some help from mice with the same disease, thanks to new research from U-M Medical School scientists and their colleagues.

faucet dripping
March 2016

By Tammy Chang and Nicole Gergen

Public uproar over lead poisoning in children due to the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Michigan, has dominated the news cycle this winter.

WellSpringboard.org home page
March 2016

By Kara Gavin

New WellSpringboard.org site combines crowdsourcing and crowdfunding

Cancer screening stats
March 2016

By Nicole Fawcett

Screening for cancer has many obvious benefits — you’re preventing cancer or catching it early. But each screening tool also comes with potential harms or risks.

MedSport Studies HGH for ACL Repair
February 2016

By Lily Raff McCaulou

The injury announces itself with a pop. Patients who tear an anterior crucial ligament, or ACL, say they hear the sound before they feel pain.

Sundeep Kalantry, Ph.D.
February 2016

By Kara Gavin

Nearly every girl and woman on Earth carries two X chromosomes in almost every one of her cells — but one of them does (mostly) nothing.

Taking out the Trash
February 2016

By Kara Gavin

Rare find in two Turkish children leads to discovery about autophagy.

Dangerous Doses
February 2016

By Kara Gavin

When it comes to prescription painkillers, the difference between controlling pain and dying from an overdose may come down to how strong a prescription the doctor wrote, according to a n

Medical School researchers reported 166 new inventions in the current fiscal year — 33 more than the prior year.
January 2016

By Julie Halpert

New biomedical commercialization programs are helping researchers license more new therapies and technologies than ever before.

January 2016

By Kara Gavin

U-M study suggests a free, web-based cognitive behavioral therapy tool could help cut the rate of suicidal thoughts in half for people in high-stress, high-pressure positions.

Understanding the Uninsured
January 2016

By Kara Gavin

Why don’t more uninsured people seek health coverage? Findings from a U-M Student-Run Free Clinic study reveals barriers include knowledge gaps about perceived cost and eligibility.

Fruit that Fights Viruses
January 2016

By Kara Gavin

A substance originally found in bananas could help researchers crack the “sugar code” and may eventually be used to fight off a wide range of viruses.