New findings about the immune systems of patients with lupus

Research supported in part by the Taubman Institute has developed new findings about the immune systems of patients with the autoimmune disorder lupus erythematosus. Investigators including Taubman Emerging Scholars Michele Kahenberg, MD, PhD, and Johann Gudjonnson, MD, PhD, note in a recently published paper that the normal-appearing skin of lupus patients contains the same inflammatory…

Tracking COVID through wearables

Taubman Institute Innovation Project finds new use for heart rate data By Morgan Sherburne Michigan News If you become ill with COVID-19, your smartwatch can track the progression of your symptoms, and could even show how sick you become. That’s according to a University of Michigan study that examined the effects of COVID-19 with six…

Emerging Scholar Elected Vice Chair of SACUA

Kanakadurga (Durga) Singer, MD has been elected to a one-year term as vice chair of the university’s Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs (SACUA). SACUA advises and consults with the president, provost and other executive officers of the university on issues that affect faculty interests. Dr. Singer is the Valerie Castle Opipari, MD Professor of…

Elite society elects Dr. Burant as fellow

Taubman Institute director Charles F. Burant, MD, PhD has been elected to the latest class of fellows by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Dr. Burant, an endocrinologist and physician-researcher, was selected for his distinctive molecular and metabolomic research on insulin resistance, therapy for diabetes and management of obesity combined with stimulation…

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…

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…

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…