Taubman Scholars oversee new medical research grants
Two University of Michigan physician-scients and Taubman Scholars will oversee millions of dollars in new biomedical science research grants, U-M has announced.
The U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center, directed by Taubman Scholar Dr. Max Wicha, has been awarded a grant worth more than $28 million over the next five years by the National Cancer Institute. The funding -- awarded on the basis of a 1,937-page grant renewal application -- will support ongoing research in 13 basic, clinical and prevention/control programs, including in cancer stem cells, experimental therapeutics and cancer genetics, the university said.
NCI reviewers, who also conducted a two-day site visit before approving the grant, noted particular U-M strengths in breast cancer, prostate cancer and cancer stem cell biology -- all areas of Taubman Scholar expertise.
And Dr. Charles Burant, a Taubman Scholar and head of the Michigan Matabolomics and Obesity center, will be the principal investigator of a $9.1 million rsearch grant from the National Institutes of Health. The grant will support the creation of the Michigan REgional Comprehensive Metabolomics Core, which will help researchers examine small molecules called metabolites to detect changes in cell behavior and organ function, the university said.
It is hoped that by studying individual patients' metabolic profile, personalized detection, prevention and treatment can be developed for a variety of diseases, including cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
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.
Click here for details
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.
Click here to read more.
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.
Click here to read the entire story
Fall Visiting Professor Lectures schedule
Distinguished guest speakers include experts in lung, muscle and nerve diseases
Click here for the lineup
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.