Help U-M advance in STAT Madness!

March 13, 2017  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

U-M is finding success both on and off the court during March Madness this year.

While the men’s basketball team was busy winning the Big Ten Tournament this weekend, a team of Michigan Medicine scientists and physicians won its own contest in STAT Madness, the first virtual tournament for medical science discoveries, created by the STAT News organization.

The Michigan team won its first round matchup against Emory with the support — and votes — of U-M fans everywhere. Now, it needs your help to continue advancing!

The 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.

Dickson’s team is up against a study from Cold Spring Harbor in the Round of 16, which ends on Thursday. If they win, the team will face either Harvard or the University of Pennsylvania.

To vote, visit the STAT Madness website and choose a winner in each of the eight 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.