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What does the future hold for bioscience training? May 4 plenary will explore

Today’s graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the biomedical sciences face a far different career landscape than their professors once did – and their successors will see even more change.

A plenary session on the morning of Monday, May 4 will address the causes, effects and potential solutions for these imbalances in career opportunities. It’s part of a three-day workshop on the Future of Bioscience Graduate and Postdoctoral Training, convened by U-M leaders, that will bring more than 250 bioscience education leaders to campus that week.

Though the workshop is full, the plenary session is open to all. It will begin at 9 a.m. in the Rackham Auditorium of the Rackham Graduate School building, 915 E. Washington St. and will end at noon. Coffee and refreshments will be served at 10:30 a.m.

U-M President Mark Schlissel, M.D., Ph.D., will speak, followed by distinguished leaders in the field:

  • Gregory Petsko, D. Phil., Professor of Neurology at Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Keith Yamamoto, Ph.D., Professor and Vice Chancellor and Research Executive Dean at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine
  • Patricia Labosky, Ph.D., of the Office of Strategic Coordination in the Director’s Office of the National Institutes of Health
  • Richard Boone, Ph.D., Deputy Director of the Graduate Division and NRT Program Officer at the National Science Foundation

Janet Weiss, Ph.D., the dean of Rackham, will moderate. 

The speakers will outline the perceived problems and some of the potential solutions already proposed, including innovative training programs supported by NIH and NSF.

Attendees at the workshop include representatives of academic institutions, funding agencies, trainees, scientific societies and other interested individuals, to discuss possible solutions to the career imbalances that have developed in the biomedical workforce.

The plenary session will be live-streamed on the web and an online video will be available after the event.

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On Twitter, follow and use the hashtag #fobgapt during and after the event.

The workshop is sponsored by the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, the Rackham Graduate School and the Medical School, including the Endowment for the Basic Sciences and the basic science departments. Additional support comes from the NIH-sponsored Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) program at Wayne State University.

A Michigan Meeting on this topic is planned for 2016; more information will be available later in 2015.

Cell & Developmental Biology celebrates 160 years of science April 23-24

The Department of Cell & Developmental Biology to celebrate those who have contributed to breakthrough discoveries and educational excellence, and those whose talent and dedication are paving the way for to the future.

Thursday, April 23 kicks off with a reception and poster session. Also planned are student talks, a dinner, history of education in the department and a lecture by Manu Prakash about his foldable microscope project “foldscope”. Prakash will also deliver a public lecture earlier in the day.

A mix of history and current science is scheduled for Friday, April 24. The day will feature talks from current students and faculty as well as distinguished invited speakers Drs. Yuh Nung Jan, Dyche Mullins and Shahin Rafii.

Speakers include:

Yuh Nung Jan, Ph.D.
Dr. Jan is the Jack and DeLoris Lange Professor of Molecular Physiology at the University of California, San Francisco and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. Jan’s research centers on the development and function of the nervous system. Current interests include the mechanisms of dendrite development, the function and regulation of potassium channels, and the contribution of dendritic morphogenesis and channel modulation to the assembly and plasticity of functional neuronal circuits.

Dyche Mullins, Ph.D.
Dr. Mullins is a professor in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology at the University of California, San Francisco and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. Dr. Mullins studies the assembly and regulation of cytoskeletal networks—collections of molecules used by living cells to move molecular cargo, establish polarity, and propel themselves forward. Understanding how cells construct their internal molecular “skeletons” is key to understanding a wide variety of biological processes and human diseases.

Manu Prakash, Ph.D.
Dr. Prakash is an assistant professor in the Department of Bioengineering at Stanford University.
Dr. Prakash’s research brings together experimental and theoretical techniques from soft-condensed matter physics, fluid dynamics, theory of computation and unconventional micro and nano-fabrication to open problems in biology– from organismal to cellular and molecular scale

Shahin Rafii, M.D.
Dr. Rafii is a professor of Genetic Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College at Cornell University. Rafii’s laboratory focuses on stem cell biology and angiogenesis and uses in vivo mouse model and mouse and human genetics, tissue culture approaches and molecular biology to model angiognesis, cancer and stem cell metabolic regulation. Genetic, genomic, molecular and cell biological techniques are combined to achieve a systems level understanding of these complex processes.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

2:30-3:30 p.m. Seminar, BSRB Auditorium
Manu Prakash, assistant professor, Bioengineering, Stanford University
Open explorations of the microcosmos

4-6 p.m. Reception, poster session and Silent Auction
6-7 p.m. Dinner (R.S.V.P. only please)
7-9:30 p.m. Evening Program (including Student Talks, Manu Prakash on the “Foldscope”, Department History)

Friday, April 24, 2015

8 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Introductions

Session 1
Cell Biology 8:40 – 10:20 a.m. 

Session Chair: Shiv Sivaramakrishan
Retrospective: TBA
Faculty Speaker: Lois Weisman
Invited Speaker: Dyche Mullins
“Frontiers in Mechano-Biochemistry”

Coffee Break

Session 2
Developmental Biology 10:50 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

Session Chair: Daniel Lucas
Welcome: President Schlissel
Retrospective: Deb Gumucio
Faculty Speaker: Doug Engel
Invited Speaker: Shahin Rafii
“Executive functions of vascular niche in hematopoietic stem cell ”

Lunch Break

Session 3
Neuroscience 1:55 p.m. – 3:35 p.m. 

Session Chair: Bing Ye
Retrospective: Peter Hitchcock
Faculty Speaker: Roman Giger
Invited Speaker: Yuh Nung Jan
“Control of dendrite morphogenesis: from form to function to regeneration”

Roundtable 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Featured Guests: Marschall S. Runge, Yuh Nung Jan, Shahin Rafii, Dyche Mullins
Student Moderator: Andrew Freddo


Be a hero, sign up as an organ donor

By Posted By: John C. Magee, M.D.

As a transplant surgeon for both kids and adults, I spend my days and nights waiting for the call that a precious, life-saving organ is available for one of our desperate patients — a call that doesn’t come nearly often enough. But I have faith that one day signing up as an organ donor will be as normal and routine as wearing a seat belt, a bike helmet or putting on sunscreen.

Every day 17 people across the country die waiting for an organ. There are 123,253 souls currently on the wait list who hope, pray, beg or bargain for someone to be their hero. At the same time, an untold number of people took their organs with them when they died instead of leaving them to live on in someone else.

It’s not only a loss for the patients waiting for organs, but a missed opportunity for family and friends of organ donors to experience the comfort and pride that comes with knowing their loved one saved a life or many lives – leaving this world as a hero.

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Recognize Grief Awareness Week with events, presentations, films and more

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The U-M Health System’s annual Grief Awareness Week begins May 10 to acknowledge staff losses, both personal and professional.

Events and activities will be offered to help renew the head, heart and spirit. Grief Awareness Week programs cover the depth of our human experience through sadness, laughter, story-telling, music and creativity.

See below for a schedule of events and visit for more information.

  • May 10: U-M Museum of Art Tour— In Conversation: Art, Loss and Renewal. 1 p.m. 525 S State St., Ann Arbor. The works of art at the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) provide an opportunity to reflect on human experiences of loss, grief, compassion and renewal from many different cultures and perspectives. In Conversation programs for adults are informal and take place in UMMA galleries. Activities in these small group sessions include observing 6-10 works of art in various media, followed by personal response and discussion. This program is open to all UMHS staff and their guests. Although this program is offered free of charge, registration is required at This Mother’s Day session will be led by Ruth Slavin, UMMA director of Education and experienced Museum Docent Linda Bennett. It will last 60-90 minutes.
  • May 11: Schwartz Rounds. Noon-1 p.m. Ford Auditorium. The Schwartz Rounds discussion, “End of Life Faith Needs: Whose?” will explore differences of faith in caring for patients at end of life, and when these differences become a source of pain or discomfort. These include differences between the patient and their family members, or differences between patient/family and staff. The program explains how health care providers navigate these difficulties while respecting faith beliefs of both the patient and family. Learn more. 
  • May 12: Film screening: “Transforming Loss.” 3-4:30 p.m. Danto Auditorium. Co-sponsored by a gift from the estate of Roy Puckett.
    This film shows how several courageous, yet ordinary people created meaningful lives after experiencing profound death experiences. A panel discussion after the film will feature the filmmaker Judith Burdick as well as film participant Gary Weinstein, who shares his story of transforming loss into forgiveness. Kathleen Robertson, director of the UMHS Employee Assistance Program, will moderate. Refreshments provided.
  • May 13: Lecture by Vic Strecher, MPH, Ph.D. Noon-1 p.m. Ford Auditorium. “On Purpose: New Directions in Life, Death and Health.” Co-sponsored by the Congenital Heart Center. In 2010, Vic Strecher suffered the loss of his 19-year-old daughter, Julia, to a rare heart condition. This tragedy set him on a new course of discovery that continues to this day. In 2014, he released “On Purpose: Lessons in Life and Health From the Frog, Dung Beetle, and Julia,” a graphic novel that combines the personal story of coping with the loss of his daughter with ancient philosophy in a modern, multimedia format. Lunch will be provided to the first 150 attendees. This program is approved for 1 social work CEU and 1 CE for medical providers.
  • May 14: Traditional & Contemporary Gospel by the Psalmists, presented by Gifts of Art. 12:10-1 p.m., University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1. The Psalmists is an outstanding vocal ensemble comprised of accomplished soloists from the greater Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti community. Read more here.
  • May 14: Staff Memorial Service: “Light, Life and Love.” 1:10-1:40 p.m. MCHC Auditorium. Sponsored by the Department of Spiritual Care and Employee Assistance Program. Please join us to celebrate and remember our cherished colleagues and loved ones whom we have lost this year. The service will include music by the Psalmists, poetry and readings. Refreshments to follow.

Note: The Memorial Service Committee is requesting names of staff members who have passed this year, so they can be read at the service. These names can be sent to Alyssa Waineo at, along with any other names you would like to include in the service. Staff may also include three words that describe the person who we are remembering.

  • May 15: Grief and Gratitude. Noon – 1 p.m. Danto Auditorium. Generously sponsored by an anonymous donor and the U-M Transplant Center. A panel discussion with members of three families who lost a loved one at UMHS. Their stories will inspire our work and help us understand how the smallest things can make the biggest difference. Lunch provided.
    • May 16
      • 10 a.m. Death Café at Crazy Wisdom
      • 1 p.m. Art Museum tour (see above.)
  • May 20: Compassion Fatigue Workshop. Noon -1 p.m. CVC Board Room 5321. This workshop will discuss ways to help employees manage the stressors of working in a health care setting, an environment which often comes with extensive loss experiences. Facilitated by staff of the Employee Assistance Program, participants will learn ways to recognize the impact of compassion fatigue, and will develop a self-care plan to address the impact. Contact Kelly at (734) 763-5409 or email to register.
  • Grief Wall: From May 11-May 15, windows in University Hospital, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and the Frankel Cardiovascular Center will serve as a resource for faculty, staff, patients and visitors to express their grief. Using paint markers on the windows, our community will have an opportunity to share thoughts, messages, poems and coping strategies related to their personal loss and grief stories. This is an interactive way to display personal expression of grief and coping, and connect us all to this universal human experience.

About Grief Awareness Week:

Social workers Sue Sefansky, Office of Decedent Affairs coordinator; and Lisbeth Harcourt, Lung Transplant Program and Transplant Cumulative Grief Committee chair, became chairs of Grief Awareness Week after recognizing a need for grief support and education among our health care workers who are often in an environment of loss and suffering. They chair a multidisciplinary committee that includes Transport Services, Environmental Services, Security, Nursing, M.D.’s, Child Life, UMHS Employee Assistance Program, Spiritual Care, Gifts of Art, Public Information Office, and Interpreter Services, among many others. Please direct questions about the week to either Sue or Lisbeth.

This year’s Grief Awareness Week is sponsored by the Department of Social Work, The Transplant Center, Patient Family Centered Care, The Congenital Heart Center, Gifts of Art, Spiritual Care, Michigan Chapter NASW-Mi, The Kite Network, University Museum of Art, and a generous gift from the estate of Roy D. Puckett.

Information on past events can be found on the ODA Website.

Remembering A. Alfred Taubman

The U-M Health System lost one of its biggest supporters with the passing of A. Alfred Taubman on Friday. Alfred Taubman (Taubman College ’48; LLD Hon ’91) of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., died of a heart attack at the age of 91.

Taubman was a retail visionary who pioneered the concept of the modern shopping mall, made his mark as a transformative philanthropist at Michigan, and studied architecture before and after his service in World War II.

He demonstrated his commitment to the U-M Health System and the entire University community with many monetary gifts as well as energy, expertise and leadership. His support of innovative medical science at U-M funded efforts to find better treatments and cures for a wide variety of human diseases.  He frequently attended scientific symposia and meetings at the U-M Health System and research buildings, and was looked upon as a mentor and friend by some of U-M’s most accomplished medical scientists.

His major contributions toward advancing medical care and research include:

  • A. Alfred Taubman Health Care Center. Attached to University Hospital, this facility houses state-of-the-art specialty clinics and outpatient services including surgical clinics, gastroenterology, general medicine, pulmonary medicine, nephrology, infectious diseases and overseas travel, medical genetics and rheumatology. Also available on-site are a pharmacy and MLab blood draw station for lab work.
  • Taubman Health Sciences Library. The library serves medical students and the entire community with specialized medical library services and learning space. U-M’s health sciences librarians offer a range of services, and continue to help students, faculty and staff in all of U-M’s health-related schools find and access the information they need.
  • A. Alfred Taubman Biomedical Science Research Building. Named in recognition of Taubman’s transformative 2011 gift to the Taubman Medical Research Institute, this building now serves as home to a wide variety of Medical School research laboratories. Taubman’s gift is added to an endowment whose earnings will fund the Taubman Institute and the research of scientists named as Taubman Scholars within the institute for generations to come.
  • A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute. Established in the U-M Medical School in 2008, the institute’s mission is to provide the university’s finest medical scientists the freedom, resources and collaborative environment they need to push the boundaries of medical discovery, to produce breakthroughs in cures and treatment of disease, and ultimately to alleviate human suffering. These are leading U-M faculty members who are both laboratory scientists and physicians with active clinical practices, which makes the Taubman Institute one of the most unique medical research organizations in the United States.

“Many of us who knew and worked with Mr. Taubman are deeply grieving his passing. But at the same time we are grateful for his extreme generosity, wise leadership and limitless ability to make change happen,” said Eva L. Feldman, M.D., Ph.D., director of the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute at the University of Michigan. “The immeasurable benefits his work will bring to future generations will be the legacy of his passion, his inspiration and his unmatched ability to achieve grand results.”

Other notable U-M donations from Taubman include $30 million for the College of Architecture and Urban Planning, given in 1999, to create an endowment that supports student scholarships and faculty appointments. The College was named in his honor in 1999. In March 2014, he committed an additional $12.5 million to help fund an expansion and renovation project that will provide new state-of-the-art facilities in Taubman College. In recognition of this significant commitment from Taubman toward construction of the expansion and renovation of the Art and Architecture Building, the new wing will be named the A. Alfred Taubman Wing. Ground was broken on this project this past week, with Taubman attending the ceremony and making remarks.

His other gifts have supported the Alfred Taubman Scholarship in the Office of Financial Aid, the Taubman Program in American Institutions in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, and the U-M Museum of Art, which hosts the A. Alfred Taubman Galleries.

Taubman received the David B. Hermelin Award for Fundraising Volunteer Leadership in 2009, which celebrates exceptional volunteer service to the university. He received the university’s highest award, an honorary degree, in 1991.

Taubman was currently serving as a campaign vice chair for the University of Michigan Victors for Michigan campaign—a $4 billion fundraising campaign to support three university priorities: student scholarships and fellowships, engaged learning, and bold ideas. He was also co-chairing the U-M Health System’s component of the campaign.

According to the Ira Kaufman Chapel — the company handling the services — a private family service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 21, at the Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Southfield, but the services will be streamed online. The interment will be at a private family service at Clover Hill Park Cemetery in Birmingham.

Following the ceremony, the family is inviting friends to join for a gathering at the Townsend hotel in Birmingham from 12:30-3:30 p.m. and from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Additionally, the family has set aside three hours on Wednesday, April 22, from 5:30-8:30 p.m., to welcome friends. A religious service will be held at the venue on both days starting at 7 p.m.

U-M Health System launches $160M project to improve lab tests for patients in Michigan & beyond

Millions of times a year, teams at the University of Michigan Health System test samples of tissue, blood and other bodily fluids for patients of all ages. The results can reveal risks or signs of disease — or response to treatment — and help make a major difference in doctors’ decisions.

A new $160 million project will give U-M’s clinical testing teams the best possible facilities to work in. It will allow them to continue giving patients and doctors the high-quality test results they seek, faster and with higher reliability.

The U-M Board of Regents approved the project in a vote yesterday. Now, UMHS will begin creating an entirely new 139,000-square-foot home for most of its clinical pathology activities, and renovating another 47,000 square feet of existing space.

The new facility will occupy four vacant buildings at U-M’s North Campus Research Complex, less than three miles from the main U-M medical campus. It’s the first clinical use of space at NCRC, which U-M purchased from Pfizer six years ago.

Just as NCRC’s other buildings have allowed the university to bring together researchers from many disciplines, the new facility will allow UMHS to unite more than 450 faculty and staff who currently work in 10 locations.

In addition to the NCRC facility, the project includes renovations at two existing locations, in University Hospital and an adjoining building on the medical campus.  UMHS will dedicate these to urgent, or “STAT”, tests for patients in emergency, critical care and inpatient settings, while non-STAT, or less urgent, tests will be performed at NCRC.

“Through this project, we’ll create an ideal clinical testing experience for patients and their care teams, while improving efficiency, the work environment and training opportunities for our staff and faculty,” says T. Anthony Denton, the acting chief executive officer and chief operating officer of the U-M Hospitals and Health Centers.

Rising demand for testing

Demand for UMHS lab tests, from simple blood sugars to complex genetic tests for rare diseases, has risen nearly 8 percent every year for the past 5 years. UMHS offers more than 1,100 types of tests to patients of all ages.

Most are for the patients who come to UMHS hospitals and clinics from every county of Michigan, every other state in the nation and dozens of other countries.

About 8 percent of tests are done for patients whose doctors elsewhere send samples to U-M for testing by M-Labs, which is the outreach portal for UMHS Laboratories.

“As the era of personalized medicine dawns, we predict rapidly increasing demand for molecular diagnostics that can allow medical teams to customize treatment to the individual patient in ways that we couldn’t dream of even a decade ago,” says Charles Parkos, M.D., Ph.D., chair of pathology at the U-M Medical School. “This project will prepare us for this new era, and the growth in state-of-the-art testing it will likely bring.”

The new space at NCRC will also include faculty offices and facilities for training the medical residents and clinical fellows who start their medical careers in pathology at U-M.

The facility at University Hospital for STAT lab tests will include a fully automated core laboratory that will process samples faster, and expanded space for the U-M Blood Bank, apheresis service and stem cell processing. A form of advanced testing called frozen section biopsy will continue at four outpatient surgery sites, to guide doctors during cancer-removal procedures.

The entire project will be designed by the architectural firm of Tsoi/Kobus and Associates, and the renovation will create 118 construction jobs. It will also free up space at several U-M medical campus buildings for other purposes.

Accelerating rapid growth at NCRC

The pathology project will continue the pace of growth at NCRC, which received its first U-M occupants five years ago this month.

In all, more than 2,400 people now work at NCRC – more than worked at the campus when Pfizer owned the 140-acre site and used its 28 buildings. The pathology project will add hundreds more.

They include nearly 200 faculty members and their teams of staff and students from 10 U-M schools and colleges; hundreds of staff from administrative units that support research; and the employees of 22 private companies, including 18 U-M startups based in U-M’s Venture Accelerator.

Fittingly, the new pathology facility will be adjacent to the Biorepository, a new Medical School facility at NCRC that collects, processes, stores and distributes human specimens and associated clinical data for U-M biomedical researchers.

In all, U-M has activated 70 percent of NCRC space, 97 percent of which is occupied or committed including the four clinical pathology buildings. In addition, 32 acres of open land at NCRC is being transformed into M City, a large-scale testing facility for connected and automated vehicle systems that will open this summer.

This year also brings the move of the labs of several newly recruited faculty to NCRC, and the expansion of the space there for the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation.

Services Moving to NCRC:

Microbiology & Virology

Surgical Pathology Laboratory (including Immunohistochemistry & Electron Microscopy)

Cytology Laboratory

Molecular Diagnostics

Michigan Medical Genetics Lab (operated by the U-M Department of Pediatrics)

Cytogenetics Laboratory

HLA/Tissue Typing Laboratory

Michigan Center for Translational Pathology

Laboratory Specimen Processing

Medical Photography and Imaging


Pathology Faculty & Diagnostic Reading Rooms

Pathology Education Office (Administration, Residents & Fellows)

Pathology Informatics

Pathology Finance & Administration

Services staying at University Hospital:

Core Lab: Chemistry, Hematology, Specimen Processing and Flow Cytometry, plus some aspects of Microbiology, and Special Chemistry (including Immunology)

Blood Bank

Apheresis Clinic

Point of Care Testing

Inpatient Phlebotomy

Stem Cell Processing (clinical)


Frozen Section Service

A path to excellence: UMMS makes more options available to medical students

The path to becoming a physician has many twists and turns and medical students must make decisions about different paths that lie ahead for them.

As the University of Michigan Medical School transforms its curriculum, students will find more options available for them to develop an area of passion within a particular area of study through an expanded list of Paths of Excellence (PoE).

PoE provide students with the opportunity to explore an area of scholarly concentration through participation in sessions over four years of their training, and completing a capstone project guided by a path advisor. The current curriculum offers PoE in Ethics, Global Health and Disparities, and Health Policy and Health Economics.

In August 2016, all students who enter the University of Michigan at this time will face a choice of a PoE. UMMS is expanding the number of PoE to increase areas of opportunity and to help meet student demand. A recent survey of students, and recommendations from the PoE workgroup, identified the following path concentrations as having a high level of student interest and institutional opportunity, beyond what is currently in place:

Medical Decision Making
Medical Education
Medical Humanities
Patient Safety and Quality Improvement
Scientific Discovery

UMMS is accepting proposals for these additional paths to begin in August 2015 or August 2016. Proposals for the 2015-16 academic year will be due by June 30, 2015. Groups or faculty interested in directing and/or leading a PoE, or who have additional path ideas not currently under consideration, are encouraged to review and submit a proposal form found on this page.

For more information, or for questions, contact Heather Wagenschutz at­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ or 615-4886.

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Taubman Emerging Scholars Symposium held April 27

Six talented young leaders of the next generation of medical researchers will speak April 27 at the 2nd Annual Emerging Scholars Symposium of the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute. The symposium will take place April 27 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Kahn Auditorium of the A. Alfred Taubman Biomedical Science Research Building.

These groundbreaking clinician-scientists on the faculty of the University of Michigan Medical School are making remarkable strides toward treatments for life-altering conditions like prostate cancer, wounds that won’t heal, inflammatory skin conditions, deteriorating joints, vision loss and neurological diseases.

See the flier for a complete list of speakers and presentations.

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Taubman Emerging Scholars to speak April 27; 10 a.m. at BSRB

The Taubman Institute’s Emerging Scholars Program is aimed at launching the laboratories of U-M’s best and brightest young doctors.  The program provides three-year grants of $50,000 per year to help fund medical breakthroughs.

In just a few short years, Taubman Emerging Scholars have initiated nine human clinical trials of new treatments in fields ranging from cancer to inflammatory diseases. With 16 Emerging Scholars now supported – and two dozen more worthy candidates vetted and ready for funding – it’s a program that aims for, and achieves, fast results for patients who can’t wait.

Physicians attending the symposium may be eligible for 2 CME credits per the following criteria:

Program objectives:

This symposium will summarize recently-published peer-reviewed research by the Emerging Scholars of the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute. New information regarding the treatment of various conditions will be presented by the clinician-scientists who authored the research.

At the conclusion of the seminar, participants will be able to implement:
• Better approaches in the treatment of patients with joint damage

• New approaches in the use of diagnostic imaging for patients with neurodegenerative diseases

• Approaches to the management of impaired wound healing in patients with diabetes

• The latest knowledge regarding inflammatory skin diseases

• New approaches to muscle regeneration in patients’ ophthalmology

• The latest knowledge regarding the genomics of prostate cancer

Who should attend:

All are welcome to attend the symposium; no registration is required.

The symposium is open to University of Michigan clinicians and research scientists, as well as other primary care practitioners and public health scholars interested in the most recent discovery regarding these prevalent diseases.

The University of Michigan Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Michigan Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s).™ Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Coffee and pastries are served at 9:30 a.m.


U-M Health System volunteers recognized for community commitment

On Monday, April 13, UMHS volunteers celebrated and were recognized for their time and service given to support patients, families and others throughout the year.


Karen Stern, East Ann Arbor Gift Shop

“Our dedicated volunteers give their time and effort every day to others in need,” said Tony Denton, acting chief executive officer and chief operating officer, UMHHC. “It’s with great pride that we honor this special team of individuals who step up to selflessly provide for others.”

In 2014, more than 2,300 employees from our health system, as well as students and members of the community, participated in volunteer efforts. UMHS volunteers clocked in a total of 150,811 hours— the equivalent of 72 full-time employees providing a total of $3,468,653 of valued service support.

UMHS volunteers serve all over our institution and participate in dozens of programs. Here are just two volunteer programs that were highlighted this year for outstanding efforts:

The Friends Gift Shop is a volunteer-staffed, non-profit organization that administers and manages four UMHS Gift Shops. Revenue generated from these shops provides funds for patient programs and educational projects. Since 1959, this program has helped promote the health, welfare and education of our community.

Friends has seven permanent staff members and more than 50 volunteers. The gift shops are open to the public, but more than 65% of their customers are UMHS employees. Dedicated volunteers at the shops are essential to their successful operation. Current shop volunteers include 45 members from the local community who have volunteered 425 years collectively.

In 2014, the shops generated more than $2 million in revenue and are on pace to exceed $2.4 million in 2015. Those funds are dispersed to interested health system groups who have applied for grant funding. Recent recipients include North Star Reach camp for kids with illnesses ($100,000), the Trail’s Edge Camp for Ventilator Dependent Children ($30,000), the U-M Depression Center ($25,000), and the Silver Club Memory Programs ($5,500).


David Lieber and Bailey (Therapaws Team)

Therapaws of Michigan -Therapy Dog Volunteer Teams: For more than 26 years, Therapaws of Michigan has provided volunteers who bring their certified therapy dogs to visit UMHS patients.

In 2014, 24 teams volunteered more than 1,128 hours in University Hospital, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, the Frankel Cardiovascular Center, and other UMHS facilities and clinics. The teams average 43 visits each week and the numbers are growing thanks to Therapaws’ ongoing recruiting, training and testing efforts.

Therapaws’ mission to promote and foster the human-animal bond in therapeutic and educational settings can be measured by the healing, stress reduction and distraction the program offers our patients, and the smiles it brings with every visit. These visits offer social, emotional and physical benefits, thereby achieving the organization’s goals to “facilitate healing and provide emotional and social support for those who are hospitalized.”

There are many examples of the tremendous benefits Therapaws brings to UMHS, but here are just a few:

  • A three-legged therapy dog attends U-M Amputee Support Group meetings – a welcome addition to the meeting by all who attend.
  • As a special request from the Burn Unit staff, a therapy dog was brought into the lobby so a child who was missing his own dog could visit and pet therapy dog Draper. Draper was so tall and gentle it was easy for the child to see and touch him from his wheel chair.

Please thank our volunteers for their tremendous service every year.

Plan for severe weather this spring

Please help ensure the safety of all patients, faculty, staff and visitors by learning how to best prepare for severe weather conditions caused by thunderstorms and tornadoes.

While the state had an average number of tornadoes last year, it was the lighting, severe thunderstorm wind and hail, and flooding that was responsible for one of the most damaging severe weather seasons in Michigan’s history. As part of Michigan Severe Weather Awareness week, April 12-18, please review our health system’s plans for various weather situations.

UMHS Employees: Employees can make sure they are prepared for severe weather by:

  • Following weather reports and alerts.
  • Paying attention to Internal Homepage items and Global emails about weather.
  • Speaking with supervisors ahead of time about how to prepare for severe weather.

The U-M Emergency Alert system delivers urgent updates via e-mail, text and phone calls. Individuals can register up to two phone numbers to receive phone call notifications and one number to receive text messages to ensure they are always kept up to date. Registration is available on the university’s Emergency Alert website.

Supervisors, Managers and Department Heads: Supervisors and department heads should read Global emails, monitor the UMHS Internal Homepage website, and listen for overhead announcements regarding severe weather alerts and updates.

If a severe thunderstorm warning is activated, staff should:

  • Move to an interior room on the lowest floor of your home or business, if possible.

If a tornado warning is activated:

If you are at work in a UMHS clinical facility it is your responsibility to ensure that other staff, visitors and patients are aware of this warning. All staff, patients and visitors should remain indoors and avoid pane glass windows until the warning has expired or been canceled.

Please review procedures to follow in case of a tornado warning. This includes your unit’s emergency plan and the UMHS Severe Weather Plan.

Staff should:

  • Clear hallways and corridors of all materials, supplies, carts, medical equipment, etc.
  • Close all doors, blinds and draperies and pull down shades to minimize danger of flying glass.
  • Secure moveable objects.
  • Have flashlights, battery-operated radios, portable oxygen, and CPR arrest cart available.
  • Assign one person to monitor, local media and Global User Email for updates.

Patient movement and care:

Ambulatory/Semi-Ambulatory patients: Move patients and visitors away from pane glass windows (not glass block) to rooms in the center of the building or corridors. Provide seats and blankets, if available. Record where patients and visitors have been moved.

Non-Ambulatory patients: If possible, move patients with beds into the corridors. For critically ill patients or patients who cannot be moved, provide heavy blankets, bedspreads, pillows or other covering to protect patients from flying debris.

If you are at a non-clinical or offsite location: Move to the lower level of the building, such as a basement, for protection, if possible. If there is no basement, move to an interior room on the lowest level of the building.

If you are not at work: Take cover. Move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If in a mobile home, vehicle or outdoors, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris.

If a tornado damages a building:

Managers/Supervisors/Staff: Notify all staff and visitors in the area of the situation. Manager/supervisor will take charge and instruct staff to:

  • Assign one person to monitor, local media and Global User Email for updates.
  • Report damages to Security at 9-1-1 or 734-936-7890.
  • Remain with patients.
  • Be alert for fire hazards.
  • Provide essential patient care.
  • Prepare to evacuate patients if necessary by following the Facility Evacuation Plan.

For more information:

Severe Weather Plan

Emergency Closure Standard Practice Guide