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.
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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.
Call for applications
Taubman Institute to offer six new scholar grants
The institute is accepting applications through Dec. 1 for its flagshop Taubman Scholar grant program, which is open to clinician-scientists on the U-M Medical School Faculty. Grants are $150,000 per year for three years.
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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
Is there a link between tonsils and psoriasis?
Trial tested the effect of tonsillectomy on the skin disease
Taubman Emerging Scholar Dr. Johann Gudjonsson and colleagues found that people who had their tonsils removed showed improvment.
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Fall Visiting Professor Lectures schedule
Distinguished guest speakers include experts in lung, muscle and nerve diseases
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Breast cancer clinical trial enrolling patients
Research by Taubman Scholar Dr. Max Wicha into breast cancer stem cells is the basis for a new human clinical trial of the drug Reparixin, which scientists hope will curb the growth of the tumor-fueling cells.