Help Michigan Medicine team advance to Final Four!

March 20, 2017  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

The U-M men’s basketball team is on a roll this March — and so is a team of Michigan Medicine scientists and physicians!

The team won its recent Sweet 16 contest in STAT Madness, the first virtual tournament for medical science discoveries, created by the STAT News organization. Now, it needs your help to beat a team from Penn and advance to the Final Four.

The U-M entry comes from a team led by Robert P. Dickson, M.D., a pulmonologist who studies the bacteria living in lungs. Last summer, he and colleagues published their discovery that bacteria from the gut could be found in the lungs of critically ill patients. Their research may lead to new treatments for patients in intensive care.

The Elite 8 matchup against Penn ends on Thursday. If Michigan Medicine wins, the entry will face either Stanford or MIT in the next round.

To vote, visit the STAT Madness website and choose a winner in each of the four matchups, then submit your bracket by entering your email address in the pop-up window. You’ll be notified when it’s time to make your choices in the next round of voting. The winner will be announced April 3.

Even as they compete in the tournament, Dickson and his colleagues haven’t stopped pursuing new knowledge about the lung microbiome. Read about their latest findings on the Michigan Health Lab.