Obesity researcher to receive 2019 Taubman Prize

An endocrinologist whose paradigm-shifting work addresses the genetic causes of obesity and its adverse effect on metabolic health is the 2019 recipient of the Taubman Prize for Excellence in Medical Science, the University of Michigan’s Taubman Institute announced. Professor Sir Stephen O’Rahilly, M.D., of Cambridge University will receive the honor and the $100,000 cash award…

Emerging Scholar receives presidential award

Taubman Emerging Scholar Michelle Kahlenberg, MD, PhD, has been named a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). by the White House.  The PECASE is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government to outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers and who show exceptional…

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 took place on June 11 at U-M’s W.K. Kellogg Eye Center.  Attendees included Dr. Rao’s colleagues and family, in addition to Mr. Miller, the benefactor whose gift made…

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 fall 2019: Save the date!

Dates for the fall 2019 Taubman Tech Talks have been set; please mark your calendars for these informative lectures and discussions.  Topics and speakers are TBD; most talks will take place from 5-6pm at the Danto Auditorium in the Frankel CVC, with networking and refreshments to follow. September 19 October 17 November 21 December 19…

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,…

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…