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)
Visiting Professor lecture to focus on restoring vision loss
Robin Ali, Ph.D., a pioneer in the use of gene therapy and stem cells to restore damaged retinas, will speak in Ann Arbor on Nov. 5.
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New U-M President visits Taubman Institute
The Institute hosted a fellow clinician-scientist when the University of Michigan’s new president paid a visit to the A. Alfred Taubman Biomedical Science Research Building.
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Institute welcomes new gift officer
Maria Muller has been appointed to work with connect donors with funding opportunities at the Taubman Institute.
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PBS series features institute director
"The Embrace of Aging," a documentary series airing Sundays at 2:30 p.m. on Detroit Public Televsion, features several interviews with Taubman Institute Director Eva Feldman, M.D., Ph.D.
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.