A Message from the Director
Three Years of Progress
Here at the Taubman Institute, we are building on the momentum of three productive and exciting years.
We currently are funding four Senior Taubman Scholars and eight Taubman Scholars, who with our and your support are doing groundbreaking research that will have profound effects on the understanding and treatment of a range of diseases.
We also are working to create the collaborative environment that is one of the cornerstones of the Institute, where the exchange of ideas and creative interaction across disciplines are vigorously promoted.
This fall, for example, we kicked off our Visiting Professor lecture series with a presentation by Dr. Gary Landreth, a noted Alzheimer’s disease researcher from Case Western Reserve University. The lectures are open to the campus and about 60 students, scientists and physicians gathered to hear Dr. Landreth – who, by the way, earned one of the first three doctorates granted by U-M’s Neuroscience program.
We also hold brown-bag lunches -- where members of all the Taubman labs get together to discuss their research – and the scholars regularly gather for “chalk talks” to share, discuss and debate their findings.
And we are poised to host our fourth annual Taubman Institute Symposium on October 14 in Ann Arbor, with presentations by new Taubman scholars and a keynote address by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder.
Throughout the coming months, I invite your continued interest in the work of the Taubman Institute. To keep up with our research and news from the laboratories, please bookmark our website at www.taubmaninsitute.org.
This is a very exciting era in the search for treatments of some of the most devastating illnesses that strike individuals and families. With the commitment of our scientists and the sustained support of people like Alfred Taubman, we are moving forward in our quest to challenge head-on some of today’s most deadly diseases.
Eva Feldman, M.D., Ph.D., FAAN
Director, Taubman Medical Research Institute
Professor of Neurology, University of Michigan Medical School
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.