March Madness for science? Vote for U-M pulmonologist!

March 7, 2017  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

Robert Dickson, M.D.’s project focuses on bacteria living in lungs.

The U-M basketball teams aren’t the only ones going for national glory in tournament play this March.

A team of U-M Medical School scientists and physicians has a shot at a national title, too. But they need the support — and votes — of maize-and-blue fans everywhere.

The team’s work was chosen for the first virtual tournament for medical science discoveries, created by the STAT News media organization. Called STAT Madness, it’s a fun way to root for discoveries that were first published in 2016 from top medical centers and research laboratories around the country.

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 U-M entry is up against a study from Emory University in the first round.

To vote, visit the STAT Madness website and choose a winner in each of the 16 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.