Defeating metastatic prostate cancer: Taubman Scholar posts new findings

The primary treatment for advanced or aggressive prostate cancer is to chemically or surgically short-circuit the body’s production of male hormones — called androgens — which drive the growth of the cancer cells. After a few years, however, the cancer invariably becomes resistant to this treatment, at which point it resumes its deadly progression. Now,…

Emerging Scholar named to new professorship

Taubman Emerging Scholar Rajesh Rao, MD, has been selected as the inaugural Leonard G. Miller Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science. A formal installation ceremony and reception will take place on June 11 at U-M’s U-M W.K. Kellogg Eye Center. Dr. Rao, a retinal surgeon and physician-researcher, was appointed as a Taubman Emerging Scholar in…

Three new Emerging Scholars named

Three young physician-scientists at U-M are kicking off 2019 with a welcome boost in funding for their research projects, through the Taubman Institute’s innovative grants program for medical school faculty. Generous donors have provided three new Taubman Emerging Scholar grants, which will accelerate the research of early-career physician-investigators at the University of Michigan. The program,…

Taubman Tech Talks 2019 season

All tech talks are free and the entire U-M community is welcome to attend.  Presentations, each featuring a Q&A period, are from 5-6 pm, followed by a reception and refreshments from 6-7 pm.   Turnout has been high for past talks, with many repeat attendees finding value in the information and the networking opportunities afforded by…

Refining drug therapy for transplant patients

Organ transplants are lifesaving medical miracles for more than 30,000 people per year in the United States – but they come with potentially serious side effects. Drugs that suppress the immune system keep the body from rejecting the donated organ, but they also lower the patient’s ability to fight off infections. Immune suppression can increase…

First TIIPs grant to support immunology research

A team of U-M researchers is launching a new study to better understand autoimmune skin diseases and why some people respond better than others to treatment. In the process, they aim to derive new knowledge about the immune response that could lead to more targeted, personalized therapies for a wider array of disorders. Dubbed PerMIPA,…

Taubman Scholar awarded $6.5M to explore precision oncology

Taubman Scholar and Rogel Cancer Center researcher Arul Chinnaiyan, MD, PhD, has received an Outstanding Investigator Award from the National Cancer Institute, which provides $6.5 million in funding over seven years. The grant will fund research to create new bioinformatics resources and identify new cancer biomarkers to improve diagnosis and ultimately to develop new targeted…

Venneti appointed as newest Emerging Scholar

Deciphering the biology of cancerous tumors is the passion of Sriram Venneti, MD, PhD, the latest recipient of a Taubman Institute research grant. Dr. Venneti, a neuropathologist and assistant professor at Michigan Medicine, has been appointed as the Julia Reyes Taubman Emerging Scholar. This scholarship was created in memory of Ms. Taubman — wife of…

Taubman Scholar John M. Carethers, MD, takes helm of physicians’ group

John M. Carethers, MD, MACP, has begun his term as president of the Association of American Physicians (AAP).  The association is a nonprofit, professional organization founded in 1885 for “the advancement of scientific and practical medicine.” The association is composed of members who are leading senior physician scientists and are competitively selected. Dr. Carethers is…

Lab study may power new treatment to correct crossed eyes

By learning how zebrafish regenerate their eye muscles, researchers could help figure out how to help humans do the same. University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center (link is external) researchers have published findings in PLOS One (link is external) on the role of insulin-like growth factor (IGF) in promoting extraocular muscle repair and regeneration in zebrafish. If the process…