Taubman Scholars join colleagues to study rare neurological disease

Senior Taubman Scholar Henry Paulson and Taubman Emerging Scholar Sami Barmada are cited as experts in a recent ESPN article about a rare neurological disease. Five-year-old Morgan, the child of a Detroit Lions executive, is living with a rare, incurable neurological disease, beta-propeller protein-associated neurodegeneration, known as BPAN. Read the story here. The parents of…

Study: Pre-pregnancy weight loss may reduce maternal complications and provide long-term benefits to offspring

Ann Arbor — Women with obesity before and during pregnancy are at risk of more complications than leaner women, including hypertension, gestational diabetes and increased need for Caesarian delivery.  Their children also have an increased risk of obesity and other metabolic problems. Some of the risk in children may be due to programming of the…

New professorship honors two Taubman scholars

Taubman Emerging Scholar Kanakadurga Singer, MD, has been designated as the inaugural Valerie Castle Opipari, MD Professor at Michigan Medicine. This new professorship honors Dr. Opipari, a pediatric oncologist-hematologist and the first woman chair of Michigan Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics, a post she held from 2003-2018.  As a physician-researcher, Dr. Opipari also is a founding…

Video: Covid-19 and Addiction

COVID-19 has generated a public health crisis that affects every household. And it’s exacerbating another widespread public health crisis that already was ongoing when the pandemic arrived: addiction and other mental health problems. During the pandemic, complications from substance use, and overdose deaths, have been increasing even faster than before. At the same time, it…

Taubman Institute Emerging Scholar hosting AD researcher at Neurology/Neuroscience seminar

Emerging Scholar Sami Barmada, MD, PhD, has invited Dena Dubal, MD, PhD, to speak at Michigan Medicine’s Neurology/Neuroscience seminar Friday, September 25 at Noon-1 pm via Zoom. Dr. Dubal’s presentation is titled, “Mechanisms of Sex Bias in Alzheimer’s Disease: X Marks the Spot.” Whether sex chromosomes contribute to sex difference in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is…

Taubman Scholar reviews possible blood test to detect Alzheimer’s

Earlier, less intrusive and less costly tests for Alzheimer’s disease would allow doctors to try intervention therapies earlier in the disorder’s development, in hopes of slowing or curbing progression of the disease. Taubman Scholar Henry Paulson, MD, PhD, was interviewed recently about some new blood tests making the news among dementia researchers. Read what he…

Precision Medicine for Ocular Diseases

Studying and deciphering vision-related diseases is complicated by the delicate structure of the eye itself. While biopsies and samples from many other bodily systems are relatively easily obtained by physicians, collecting the vitreous fluid from within the eye is a more challenging task and often fails. The lack of a standardized process to collect and…