American scientific teams still publish significantly more biomedical research discoveries than teams from any other country, a new study shows, and the U.S. still leads the world in research and development expenditures. But American dominance is slowly shrinking, the analysis finds, as China’s skyrocketing investing on science over the last two decades begins to pay off.
One of the oldest departments at the University of Michigan is about to get a new leader, with the appointment of Pierre A. Coulombe, Ph.D., to lead the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology in the Medical School.
Michigan Medicine and MedImmune, the global biologics research and development arm of AstraZeneca (NYSE: AZN), have entered into a three-year research alliance to identify potential new therapies for the prevention and treatment of diabetes, obesity and related metabolic disorders.
Strokes and heart attacks often strike without warning. But, a unique application of a medical camera could one day help physicians know who is at risk for a cardiovascular event by providing a better view of potential problem areas.
From an innovative coating for joint replacements, to a promising drug for the painful inflammatory disease scleroderma, 11 new biomedical ideas that emerged from research across Michigan have just gotten funding that could help them make the leap from lab to patient care.
For the first time, human stem cells have been coaxed to begin to form amniotic sac tissue in a laboratory-based model mimicking the wall of the uterus. The method could lead to a more complete understanding of early human development and the mechanisms behind infertility and early pregnancy loss. It could also enable the production of better wound dressings.
When natural bacteria in the gut don't get enough fiber, a new study finds, they begin to munch on the natural layer of mucus that lines the colon, eroding it to the point where dangerous invading bacteria can infect the colon wall.
Eight years ago this month, silence fell over a vast pharmaceutical research campus in northeast Ann Arbor. But today, it’s a bustling part of U-M, which has spent recent years putting its laboratories, offices and event spaces back to good use. A new project will renovate the last two empty buildings to create dozens of medical research laboratories.
The University of Michigan was recently awarded funding from the National Institutes of Health to establish an institutional career development program for advanced training in emergency critical care research.
The last thing any hospital patient or nursing home resident needs is to get infected with “superbug” bacteria that don’t respond to treatment with antibiotics. New U-M research funded by CDC will work to better prevent, detect and treat such infections.
Nearly 15 million times a year, Americans with heart trouble climb onto a treadmill to take a stress test that can reveal blockages in their heart’s blood vessels. It’s a major factor in deciding what doctors should do next for them. But in October, many such patients may not be able to get the best possible test, due to a looming shortage of a crucial short-lived radioactive element
Parents of tweens and teens often wish they could peer inside their child’s brain, to figure out what makes them tick or what’s troubling them. so do scientists who are trying to understand the human brain, and how it develops. Now, a new national study will try to do just that. U-M researchers are seeking hundreds of young people from Southeast Michigan to help.
Why do we – and the fruit flies that sometimes inhabit our kitchens – seek out protein-full foods when we’re running on empty? And what does that preference mean for the odds of living a longer life, whether it’s measured in decades for a human, or days for a fly? New research suggests that a brain chemical may have a lot to do with both questions.
Can stem cells help reveal the roots of mental illness, and open the door to better treatment? A team of University of Michigan scientists who have helped pioneer this approach will now work with researchers around the country, in a $15 million national effort to take the research to a new level.
Long before Zika virus made it a household word, the birth defect called microcephaly puzzled scientists and doctors -- even as it changed the lives of the babies born with it during the pre-Zika era. But new discoveries may help explain what happens in the developing brains that causes babies to be born with small brains and heads.
Patients who suffer heart attacks, or flare-ups of congestive heart failure, can be cared for in a variety of hospital locations. But a new study suggests that they’ll fare worse in hospitals that rely heavily on their intensive care units to care for patients like them. In fact, depending on where they go, they may be half as likely to get certain proven tests and treatments – and less likely to survive a month after their hospital stay.
Many medical research teams around Michigan have ideas that hold real potential to help patients and generate jobs. Some have already shown promise in early testing. Now, there’s a new way for those teams to receive funds to get those ideas going, or get them across the ‘valley of death’-- the stage after most funding ends and before commercial backing usually kicks in.
No one knows for sure how they got there. But the discovery that bacteria that normally live in the gut can be detected in the lungs of critically ill people and animals could mean a lot for intensive care patients.
Call them the Brain Generation -- the students working toward degrees in neuroscience, who have grown up in a time when exciting new discoveries about the brain come out every day. But they’re also worried about their futures – which has led top senior neuroscientists to publish recommendations about how neuroscience education must change.
Today, White House officials made a big announcement about some very tiny creatures – the microbes that live inside our bodies and throughout our environment. U-M is part of the initiative, having committed $3.5 million to the Michigan Microbiome Project.
Why does one person who tries cocaine get addicted, and another does not? Why do some people who kick a drug habit stay clean, but others relapse? The answers to these questions may have a lot to do with specific genetic factors that vary from individual to individual, a new study in rats suggests.
Want to know if your child’s height and weight are on track? Check the growth chart that the doctor gives you after each yearly checkup. Want to know if your child’s brain is on track for healthy attention abilities? Someday, your doctor might have a growth chart for that too, thanks to U-M research.