Founded in 2008 by philanthropist A. Alfred Taubman, the institute aims to empower medical scientists to expand the boundaries of discovery, to develop new therapies for disease and to alleviate human suffering.


Award aids ovarian cancer research

Karen McLean, MD, PhD, has received a $50,000 collaborative grant from the Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance. Dr. McLean, a Kenneth and Frances Eisenberg Emerging Scholar, is a surgeon and physician who cares for patients with gynecological cancers. Her laboratory focuses on understanding why ovarian cancers grow and spread, with particular attention to the impact of…

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Advancing psoriasis discovery

The American Skin Association presented one of its 2021 Research Achievement Awards to Johann Gudjonsson, MD, PhD, a Frances and Kenneth Eisenberg Emerging Scholar. Dr. Gudjonsson Dr. Gudjonsson clinical focus is on complex medical dermatology, particularly patients with severe inflammatory skin diseases including psoriasis. Dr. Gudjonsson’s primary research focus is basic immunological and genetic research…

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Deciphering dementia

Sami Barmada, MD, PhD, is the co-investigator on several new funding awards, two R01 grants from the National Institutes of Health, a Department of Defense grant focusing on ALS, and a collaborative grant from the Target ALS foundation. Dr. Barmada, a Danto Family Foundation Emerging Scholar, is an associate professor of neurology who studies ALS…

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Strides in vascular research

Katherine Gallagher, MD, is the 2021 recipient of the Gill Heart and Vascular Institute Award for Early Achievements in Cardiovascular Research. The award is presented to investigators for innovation and creativity that has impacted cardiovascular research or advancements in clinical care. Dr. Gallagher, a vascular surgeon and Taubman Emerging Scholar, is the John R. Pfeifer…

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