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Spring 2018
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This reliance on fundamental research — from synthetic chemistry funded by NSF to basic neuroscience funded by NIH — helps develop policies based on sound science and lifesaving medical breakthroughs that will ultimately lead to solutions that we cannot yet imagine for the opioid crisis.” 

Rebecca Cunningham, M.D. (Residency 1999), professor of emergency medicine, associate vice president for research-health sciences in the Office of Research, and director of the U-M Injury Center, testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management to underscore the importance of federal funding in fast-tracking medical research and innovation. 


It’s a pneumonia, but what’s different about it is, we don’t share it like we do the flu or common cold. It’s caused by a bacterium, Legionella pneumophila, that grows in water.” 

In an NPR interview, Michele Swanson, Ph.D., professor of microbiology and immunology, confirmed the link between a deadly 2014–2015 outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease in Flint, Mich., and low levels of chlorine in the city’s water system. 


It’s not just about mental health issues. I wish it were. It’s about isolation. It’s about means, which is having access to guns, having weapons. … If you focus on what’s in the best interest of the child, which is where we should start, everything would follow properly. … That’s the way to do it. That’s the beginning of the conversation.” 

In a Detroit Free Press article, Michelle Riba, M.D., associate director of the U-M Depression Center, clinical professor and program director of the Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship, and director of the PsychOncology Program at the U-M Rogel Cancer Center, cautioned against placing blame solely on mental health in the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. 


“The unconscious mind is not this black sea of nothingness, [but an] active and dynamic’ place; one might imagine the anesthetized mind as a concert hall in which the conductor is missing but the orchestra still performs. 

George Mashour, M.D., Ph.D., the Bert N. La Du Professor of Anesthesiology Research, executive director of translational research and of the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research, associate dean for clinical and translational research, director of the Center for Consciousness Science, associate chair of anesthesiology research, and professor of neurosurgery, was quoted in “Awake Under Anesthesia,” an article in the New Yorker

Illustration by Peter Hoey