Hearing, Balance, and Chemical Senses seminar with Michal Zochowski

Posted on December 6, 2019

The Kresge Hearing Research Institute is pleased to invite you to its, Thursday, December 12 seminar with

Michal Zochowski, Ph.D., Professor

Department of Physics, Biophysics Program, College of Literature, Science and the Arts

University of Michigan

From network dynamics to memory consolidation during sleep

Thursday, December 12, 2019, 11:45 am

2901 Taubman Health Sciences Library

Host: Gabriel Corfas, Ph.D.

Refreshments Provided

Faculty workshop: Communicating the value of your research to a broad audience

Posted on December 6, 2019

Finding the right researcher, clinician or industry partner is the first step for a successful research collaboration, but it’s only half the challenge. Most failed connections are a result of a disconnect when trying to communicate the value in a partnership.

This workshop will address this challenge by teaching the importance of value propositions and communicating research in a way that makes it compelling for every audience.

Often referred to as the “elevator pitch,” you will have the opportunity to create one for your research that can be used at any social gathering, departmental meeting or professional conference.

This workshop is sponsored by FastForward, Office of Faculty Development and MICHR.

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020

Time: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Location: BSRB Seminar Rooms, first floor

Register online

This workshop is hosted by the Office of Faculty Development and is intended for faculty. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to attend this workshop or have questions about accessibility, please contact us at or 734-764-2574.

Please also let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies. Advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the University to arrange; therefore, letting us know at least 2 weeks in advance is much appreciated.  


Faculty workshop: Easing the task of finding funding

Posted on December 6, 2019

This workshop will help investigators at all levels use tools for identifying federal, state and foundation funding. Topics covered will include efficient searching of funding databases and setting up alerts to track opportunities.

This workshop will be interactive and participants will be expected to bring their own device (laptop, tablet, etc.) and follow along.

Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Time: 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. (Breakfast provided)

Location: BSRB Seminar Rooms, first floor

Register online

CME Credits
The University of Michigan Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Michigan Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This workshop is hosted by the Office of Faculty Development and is intended for faculty. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to attend this workshop or have questions about accessibility, please contact us at or 734-764-2574.

Please also let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies. Advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the University to arrange; therefore, letting us know at least 2 weeks in advance is much appreciated.  


Week in Review: Week of Dec. 2, 2019

Posted on December 6, 2019

As the calendar turned to December, Headlines spent the week getting you into the holiday spirit!

For instance, the newsletter highlighted Tinkered Toy Box, a program that helps children with disabilities receive toys and gadgets they can play with. Employees were also asked to send in their unique and festive traditions, and readers were given tips on how to eat healthy over the holiday season.

For those stories and more, here’s the Week in Review!

Tinkering with toys: Employees, volunteers make the holidays accessible to all

Some children with disabilities may not have the fine motor or cognitive ability to use toys the way they are manufactured. To remedy that, a team from Michigan Medicine and the Washtenaw Intermediate School District stepped up to “tinker” with toys, adding a switch that makes them accessible to all. Click here — and listen to The Wrap above — for more on the Tinkered Toy Box program.

Share your unique holiday tradition!

Whether it’s Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Crhistmas, Kwanzaa or any other winter holiday, do you have any unique ways that you celebrate? If so, Headlines wants to know about it! Send an email to describing your tradition, and if you do, you can win a prize and be featured in an upcoming story. Click for details.

Healthy good tidings: 20 ways to manage your diet this season

From drinking more water to swapping out edible gifts for artwork or books, there are a number of steps you can take this season to ensure you are watching your health. Two Michigan Medicine experts recently shared 20 pieces of advice that will keep you feeling great throughout the holidays. Check them out for yourself!

Sexual misconduct training deadline approaches

Everyone at Michigan Medicine has a role to play in ensuring the organization maintains a respectful, inclusive and equitable working and learning environment. That means creating a workplace free from sexual harassment and misconduct. To help in this regard, all faculty and staff are required to take sexual misconduct training by Dec. 31. Learn more about this mandatory program.

Get an in-depth look at Tinkered Toy Box — and enter the weekly trivia contest — by checking out The Wrap at the top of the page!

The Michigan Medicine blog recap

Posted on December 6, 2019

A weekly roundup of articles from both the Michigan Health and Michigan Health Lab blogs, which cover stories on breaking news and research, health tips and wellness that you won’t want to miss.

More Medical Students Are Disclosing Their Disabilities, and Schools Are Responding, Study Finds

Increased disability diversity and accommodation among future physicians could improve patient care, researchers say. READ MORE

The Power of Adaptive Sports: Getting in the Game

New clinic opens the door for people of all abilities to take part in sports. READ MORE

5 Things to Know About Cancer

Experts from the U-M Rogel Cancer Center share answers to common questions or misconceptions about the disease. READ MORE

Head-to-Head Comparison Finds Three Anti-Seizure Drugs Equally Effective for Severe Form of Epilepsy

A new clinical trial in the emergency department finds no difference in efficacy or adverse effects of three commonly used treatments for patients with refractory status epilepticus. READ MORE

Young Patients Who Can Never Meet Each Other Unite Through Music

Life-threatening risks prevent children with cystic fibrosis from ever being in the same room. But a special “fight song” inspired by The Greatest Showman’s “This is Me” brings together 26 Mott patients with cystic fibrosis. READ MORE

Rural Women at Higher Risk of Life-Threatening Pregnancy Complications

Study uncovers disparities in dangerous birth experiences between women living in rural and urban communities. READ MORE

Groundbreaking Leukemia Treatment ‘a Whole New Approach’ to Fighting Cancer

Michigan Medicine is the only treatment center in Michigan and one of several dozen sites in the country to offer CAR T-cell immune-therapy for treating childhood leukemia. READ MORE

Cyber Safety – Review in 2: A gift of knowledge

Posted on December 6, 2019

It’s been a successful first 12 months of cyber safety topics, from tax fraud, encryption, traveling with technology, to phishing and password safety. Health Information Technology & Services has given a breakfast basket from Great Harvest Bread Company to 11 quiz winners this year and more than 50 swag boxes during October’s Cyber Awareness Month.

During the busy holiday season, it’s easy to rush through online activities such as online shopping and browsing emails. Finish this year out strong with these cybersafety tips and reminders.

View and print out this month’s “Cyber Safety – Review in 2” poster.


  • Unsolicited email: Check the email address and don’t click links.
  • If an email seems suspicious, report it!
  • Only use secure sites when shopping online.


  • Create rules in your inbox to block spam
  • Don’t click “Unsubscribe,” block the sender instead.
  • Be cautious: Limit how often you give out your email address


  • Use 2 factor/Duo whenever possible.
  • Keep passwords secure and out of sight.
  • HITS now offers LastPass! Use it to manage your passwords.
  •  Stop and ask why your user name and password are being requested

Thank you to all of those that participated in the monthly cyber safety quiz and another congratulations to the winners:

January: Margaret Rayer in Pathology, Division of Quality and Health Improvement

February: Marge Schutze in Adult Psychiatric Nursing

March: Sandra Kotsis in the Department of Surgery, Section of Plastic Surgery

April: Jennifer Provencal in Otolaryngology at the Brighton Center for Specialty Care

May: Debra Buck in Department of Internal Medicine Infectious Diseases

June: Courtney Inch in Pharmacy Services

July: Gretel Quitmeyer in C&W Nursing Administration

August: Rachel Rice in Child & Family Life

September: Ann Moenart in Pediatric Trauma

October: National Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Numerous winners across the organization

November: Michelle Melis in the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Additional Information can be found on Safe Computing

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George A. Mashour, M.D., Ph.D., named chair of Department of Anesthesiology

Posted on December 6, 2019

George A. Mashour, M.D., Ph.D., has been named chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and the Robert B. Sweet Professor of Anesthesiology, effective Dec. 1. The board of regents approved both appointments Thursday. 

 Mashour, formerly the Bert N. La Du Professor of Anesthesiology Research, has served the U-M Medical School as associate dean for clinical and translational research and director of the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR) since 2015.

Additional leadership positions include: associate chair for research in the Department of Anesthesiology since 2014, director of the Center for Consciousness Science since 2014, and executive director of translational research for U-M’s central Office of Research since 2016. Of these roles, he will relinquish all except for MICHR director, which he will continue to serve until a successor is named.

He received his medical degree and doctorate in neuroscience from Georgetown University, and studied neuroscience as a Fulbright Scholar in Berlin and Bonn. He completed his internship, residency and chief residency at the Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. He was a fellow in neurosurgical anesthesiology at U-M, and in 2007 was appointed assistant professor in the departments of anesthesiology and neurosurgery, with an additional faculty appointment in the Neuroscience Graduate Program. He was promoted to tenured associate professor in 2013, named the La Du Professor in 2014, and promoted to professor in 2017.

Mashour is an internationally-recognized expert on the neurobiology of consciousness and general anesthesia. He has authored more than 200 publications and has been the lead editor of five textbooks on anesthesiology and neuroscience. He currently serves as the principal investigator of three R01 grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the field of neuroscience; principal investigator of NIH T32 and R13 grants to promote academic anesthesiology; and principal investigator of NIH UL1 and U01 grants to promote translational science.  He also serves on the steering committee of the NIH Clinical Translational Science Awards program and as a member of the NIH Surgery, Anesthesiology, and Trauma study section.

He serves on the boards of the Association of University Anesthesiologists and the International Anesthesia Research Society. He has received numerous institutional awards as well as national honors that include the Presidential Scholar Award from the American Society of Anesthesiologists and election to the National Academy of Medicine.

Please congratulate Mashour to his new leadership role and thank Kevin K. Tremper, M.D., Ph.D., who served as chair of anesthesiology since 1991 — one of the longest-tenured leaders in the organization’s history. The Department of Anesthesiology currently ranks No. 1 in NIH funding and No. 7 nationally in the 2020 U.S. News and World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings. Much of that is due to Tremper’s many significant contributions and commitment to the department, the U-M Medical School and Michigan Medicine.

Michigan Medicine to lead Cancer Network of West Michigan

Posted on December 6, 2019

A new initiative to integrate cancer care services in west Michigan will soon give patients broader access to state-of-the-art, comprehensive diagnosis, treatment and support across leading health care institutions.

The Cancer Network of West Michigan, a joint venture between Mercy Health and Metro Health-University of Michigan Health, leverages the combined resources and capabilities of the two west Michigan health systems and Michigan Medicine.

The boards of Metro Health and Trinity Health-Michigan had approved the entities entering into an agreement. The U-M Board of Regents gave approval to execute the agreement at its regular meeting Thursday. The parties are working to finalize the agreement over the next several weeks, with an expected effective date of Jan. 1, 2020.

The innovative relationship will allow the institutions to collaborate to advance cancer treatment for families in west Michigan. The collaboration addresses the growing needs of west Michigan by expanding expertise and access to an extent that none of the organizations could achieve alone.

The connection to Michigan Medicine will ultimately provide local community hospitals with a direct tie to advanced clinical trials, emerging protocols and internationally-renowned researchers. In the future, patients will access that expertise through their local physicians at Mercy Health and Metro Health.

“Together, we can create a world-class comprehensive program for our communities, greater than any of us could create independently, all while keeping our patients at the center of all we do,” said Clifford Cho, M.D., a surgical oncologist at Michigan Medicine and interim executive director of the Cancer Network. “This unique collaboration will help support patients by connecting them to the vast resources available across our respective facilities, including prevention, diagnosis, treatment and advanced research.”

Combined, the three award-winning west Michigan facilities treat 13,658 cancer patients a year. They bring to the collaboration a combined 63 cancer specialists and subspecialists, along with access to the latest research, treatments and clinical trials.

“Cancer is one of the most complicated diseases to treat, and increasingly sophisticated treatments are available,” said Hyung T. Kim, president of Mercy Health Saint Mary’s in Grand Rapids. “We are committed to bringing the best possible cancer programs to west Michigan patients and improving access to advanced therapies so patients and families can stay in our region.”

Services will be offered across three facilities in west Michigan, including Lacks Cancer Center at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, Johnson Family Cancer Center at Mercy Health Muskegon, and Metro Health, broadening access to a wide range of cancer services. These services will be supported by the outstanding clinicians at each of these facilities and backed by the expertise of Michigan Medicine’s nationally-ranked Rogel Cancer Center.

“Mercy Health has a long-standing, positive reputation for delivering high quality cancer care in west Michigan,” said Gary Allore, president of Mercy Health Muskegon. “We look forward to collaborating across west Michigan to further the fight against cancer.”

The Cancer Network of West Michigan will build on a foundation established by a radiation oncology collaborative already linking radiation oncology services between Michigan Medicine and Metro Health, and between Michigan Medicine and Mercy Health. Extending and integrating this cooperation across the three locations ensures cancer programs continue to grow to meet the needs of west Michigan.

“This collaboration allows us to also provide deep subspecialty capabilities and work toward giving our patients access to research and clinical trials along with the highest quality care and expertise,” said Peter Hahn, president and CEO of Metro Health-University of Michigan Health.

Even as new treatments have reduced the mortality rate, the number of new cancer cases continues to increase as the population ages. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicts the number of new cases will have increased 24 percent between 2010 and 2020.

All hospital providers and staff will remain employed by their respective health systems, and no staff reductions will take place as a result of this agreement.

The Cancer Network also builds on a larger statewide strategy between Michigan Medicine and Trinity Health-Michigan, of which Mercy Health is a part. The two organizations announced an affiliation agreement in 2012, paving the way for closer collaborations in clinical care, research and medical education.

Michigan Medicine and Metro Health-University of Michigan Health have been affiliated since 2016.

“We want people to continue to get their cancer care with people and at places they have come to trust. As our collaboration grows, people will notice that they now have access to newer, broader and deeper resources made possible by the integration across this network,” Cho said. “We want to build the kind of compassionate expertise that our patients and community deserve.”