Crain’s Detroit Business Profiles ALS Trial
"I know what a placebo effect is. I'm not crazy. This isn't a placebo effect," Ted Harada told one of his doctors last year, practically yelling it at him in a burst of enthusiasm.
Harada, 40, a former manager at FedEx Corp., was one of 15 ALS patients who were part of a recently completed U.S. Food and Drug Administration Phase 1 trial at Emory University in Atlanta -- a trial designed and run in part by researchers at the University of Michigan to inject stem cells into the spine of patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
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Stem cell research nears next phase; trials may come to Ann Arbor
Approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected any day for researchers and physicians at the University of Michigan to begin a second round of Phase 1 stem cell trials on patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
ALS is a disease of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement. It usually leads to death within three to five years. Currently, there is no cure.
Full article - Advancing on ALS (PDF)
10 Taubman Scholars named to "Best Doctors in America" list
They're among 493 U-M physicians to receive the honor from their peers
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ALS Association Michigan Chapter honors institute
Founder A. Alfred Taubman and Director Dr. Eva Feldman to receive inaugural award at April 3 gala
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U-M offers new early detection prostate cancer test
Research by Taubman Scholar Dr. Arul Chinnaiyan has let to the development of a new test for prostate cancer that is far more accurate than the standard PSA test, the University of Michigan has announced.
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news & events
New Taubman Prize trophy debuts
The new trophy for the Taubman Prize for Excellence in Translational Medical Research, which was designed in consultation with institute founder Mr. A. Alfred Taubman, was presented at the institute's Oct. 11 symposium. The modern sculpture was created using a novel 3D printing technique.
Drug cuts risk of bone-marrow transplant side effect
Taubman Emerging Scholar Sung Won Choi, M.D., is the lead author of a new study that finds a new way to help prevent graft-vs-host disease in cancer patients receiving bone-marrow transplants.
Study: Two types of cancer stem cells lead to metastasis
Breast cancer stem cells exist in two different states and each state plays a role in how cancer spreads, according to a new study published by Taubman Senior Scholar Dr. Max Wicha.