Your vote counts! Help Michigan Medicine researchers advance in science tournament

March 4, 2019  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees

You’ve heard of March Madness for basketball — that’s happening later this month. But starting today, you can support two U-M research teams in another kind of tournament.

It’s called STAT Madness, and it’s an online tournament of science run by the STAT health news organization.

Two Michigan Medicine teams were picked to compete, based on important research they published last year. You can vote for them, and your favorite teams in 30 other matchups of research from around the country, by clicking here.

More about the Michigan Medicine teams:

One team, based in otolaryngology and biomedical engineering, developed a promising technique to treat tinnitus. That’s the condition that causes annoying, or even disabling, phantom noises in the ears.

Led by Susan Shore, Ph.D. of the Kresge Hearing Research Institutes, they were chosen for their paper in Science Translational Medicine reporting research results from treating animals and humans.

Since the paper came out, they have enrolled dozens more people in a clinical trial of the device they created after years of basic research into the causes of tinnitus. They’re seeking to commercialize the device, and they’ll compete under the Michigan Medicine name. Read more about this work on the Michigan Health Lab site.

The other team, led by residents and faculty in the Michigan Opioid Prescribing and Engagement Network or Michigan-OPEN, were chosen for a paper in JAMA Surgery that proved that surgery patients in many hospitals were receiving prescriptions for far more opioid painkillers than they actually used. This raised their risk of persistent use of these medications.

The team used this knowledge to create the first-ever opioid prescribing guidelines for surgeons. They’ll compete under the name of the U-M Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI). Read the Michigan Health Lab story about this work.

After you’ve voted, sign up to receive updates when each new round of voting begins. The field of competitors will narrow week by week until the final two teams are standing — right at the end of basketball’s March Madness.

Last year, Michigan Medicine made it to the Round of 8 in STAT Madness, and the first year of the tournament the organization’s researchers made it to the final round. Help keep the streak going!