Michigan Medicine team thrilled by community support
March Madness came to an end on Monday, and so did STAT Madness, a fun virtual contest run by the STAT medical news organization.
Nearly 60,000 people voted for their favorite scientific teams in the tournament, which started with 32 contenders from institutions across the country. By last Thursday, it was down to the final matchup: Michigan Medicine research on the microbes that live in the lungs, against University of Pittsburgh/UPMC research on implantable electrodes for people with spinal cord injuries.
While the Michigan Medicine team came up just short in the final round, the support the physicians and scientists earned was overwhelming.
“It’s been so heartening to see enthusiasm for our work, both inside and outside of the Michigan community,” said Robert P. Dickson, M.D., the internal medicine-pulmonary and critical care physician and researcher whose team’s work was chosen to represent U-M. “It’s been a thrill for us to represent the Maize and Blue, and we’re thankful for the attention this tournament has brought to our work.”
As part of the outreach to encourage votes for U-M’s entry in the tournament, Dickson took part in two “tweetchats” on Twitter to help the public understand his team’s work, which was covered last year on the Michigan Health Lab blog after the team published its findings in Nature Microbiology.