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$2.2 million awarded to study loss of bone strength in menopausal women     

October 9, 2018

An investigative team featuring U-M faculty members has been awarded a $2.2 million grant from the National Institutes for Health to identify key features that identify women most likely to lose bone strength during the menopausal transition. The team is made up of Karl Jepsen, Ph.D., from the Michigan Medicine Department of Orthopaedic Surgery; Carrie Karvonen-Gutierrez and Sioban Harlow from the Center for Midlife Science in the U-M School of Public Health; and Arun Karlamangla and Gail Greendale from UCLA. “We have identified a very simple trait – bone width – that has shown tremendous promise,” said Jepsen. Preliminary studies show…

Fogarty Center to send U-M psychiatry fellows to Ghana for mental health research

October 8, 2018

Heidi Burns, M.D., (left) and Nakita Natala, M.D., with the Fogarty Center's Roger Glass during the orientation session at NIH headquarters that preceded their 12-month fellowships in…

Libraries brought to life at Frankel Cardiovascular Center

October 4, 2018

During the first annual Frankel Cardiovascular Center (FCVC) Clinical Value Innovation Challenge in 2016, an idea was anonymously submitted by a patient to install “Little Free Libraries” in major waiting areas throughout the FCVC. The FCVC directors supported and funded the project through the “Just Do It Award,” which is intended to support the implementation of low cost, low complexity innovation ideas. A Little Free Library is a “take a book, return a book” free book exchange. Anyone may take a book or bring a book to share. If you…

Photo gallery: Pediatric diabetes program holds annual picnic

September 26, 2018

To close out the summer, the pediatric diabetes program recently held their 9th annual patient picnic! More than 160 attendees enjoyed lunch, face painting, games, swimming,…

Handleman Emerging Scholar established to support Alzheimer’s Disease research

September 18, 2018

Alzheimer’s disease research at the U-M Program for Neurology Research and Discovery (PNR&D) received a significant boost last week in the form of a $150,000 gift from Charlene Handleman of Bloomfield Hills. This contribution will create the Handleman Emerging Scholar, which will support a PNR&D junior faculty member investigating Alzheimer’s disease. “I am immensely appreciative of Charlene’s continued support of the work being accomplished in my laboratory,” said Eva Feldman, M.D., Ph.D., the Russell N. DeJong Professor of Neurology and PNR&D director. “This will ensure that our program attracts elite scientists who are conducting groundbreaking Alzheimer’s research.” At the PNR&D, stem…

Cornea transplant brings new outlook after surprise eye injury

September 18, 2018

On a hot day in July 2017, Colton Thompson and his family set off for the pond on the…

ALS Center of Excellence hires managing director, forms inaugural board of directors

September 14, 2018

Dennis Michael Ritter, M.D., has been hired as the managing director of the U-M ALS Center of Excellence. Additionally, the center has assembled a 13-member board of directors, comprised of business and community leaders. As managing director, Ritter has oversight of the strategic direction of the center and its newly-formed board. He will provide leadership and professional expertise on matters related to the management of the center. Ritter will collaborate with the board to foster public awareness of ALS, expand marketing efforts through written and visual materials, and assist with the fulfillment of fundraising goals. “Given Dr. Ritter’s experience in a…

$45 million clinical trial to test sleep apnea treatment in stroke survivors nationwide

September 6, 2018

Recovery after a stroke is often challenging and patients are also at heightened risk of another stroke. Now, with the launch of a new clinical trial, stroke survivors across the country will have the opportunity to help guide how future patients are cared for after a stroke. For the trial, called Sleep SMART (Sleep for Stroke Management and Recovery Trial), researchers will investigate whether obstructive sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment improves stroke recovery or reduces the likelihood of another stroke. The trial will be led at Michigan Medicine and carried out at partner sites both in Ann Arbor and across the…

Michigan Medicine named one of America’s Best Employers for New Graduates

September 5, 2018

Congratulations to Michigan Medicine, which was recently named one of America’s Best Employers for New Graduates by Forbes! Forbes compiled the list for the first time this year, and did so in collaboration with analytics firm Statista, based on an independent survey of more than 10,000 young professionals working for companies employing at least 1,000 people in their U.S. operations. The employees were consulted not via their employers but anonymously through several online panels. In this way, the process aimed to reduce subjectivity and bias, while emphasizing clear, impartial results. For more information or to learn more about this recognition, click…