Press Releases

  1. June 30, 2016
    A related group of single-celled parasites are responsible for an array of debilitating and deadly tropical diseases including African sleeping sickness, leishmaniasis and Chagas’ disease. A lack of effective medicines and vaccines, as well as growing resistance to current therapies have spurred researchers to search for new ways to fight the pathogens.
  2. June 16, 2016
    Roger D. Cone, Ph.D., will serve as the new Mary Sue Coleman Director of the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute, effective Sept. 1. His appointment was approved June 16 by the Board of Regents.
  3. June 16, 2016
    For simple organisms, it is vital to be able to recognize dangerous pH levels in the environment. Both highly acidic and highly basic substances can be toxic if ingested, and they can injure sensitive skin. While the molecular mechanisms for acid sensation have been well documented, far less is known about alkali sensing. A new study by researchers at the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute and collaborators in China identified a new type of alkaline sensor in nematodes.
  4. June 2, 2016
    Last week, health officials announced the first case in the U.S. of E. coli resistant to colistin, a “last resort” antibiotic.
  5. April 8, 2016
    New investments are accelerating an innovative approach to discovering potential cancer treatments that was developed at the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute.
  6. March 9, 2016
    ANN ARBOR—Most cancer drugs today work by attacking tumor growth. Researchers at the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute, however, are taking aim at a different piece of the cancer puzzle—preventing its ability to spread to new parts of the body, known as metastasis, which is the cause of most cancer deaths.
  7. February 16, 2016
    Researchers at the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute and School of Public Health have discovered a new class of anti-biofilm compounds derived from marine microorganisms that show promise against a drug-resistant bacterium commonly associated with hospital-acquired infections.
  8. February 1, 2016
    The University of Michigan Center for the Discovery of New Medicines has awarded funding for five new drug discovery projects by U-M faculty that address critical health areas including chronic kidney disease, ovarian cancer, breast cancer, toxoplasmosis and atherosclerosis.
  9. January 26, 2016
    You wouldn’t think that two Turkish children, some yeast and a bunch of Hungarian fruit flies could teach scientists much. But in fact, that unlikely combination has just helped an international team make a key discovery about how the brain’s “garbage disposal” process works — and how little needs to go wrong in order for it to break down.
  10. December 14, 2015
    As the newest member of the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute’s faculty, Alison Narayan’s office is still pretty spartan. She has added only a few decorations and personal touches — a U-M football helmet signed by head coach Jim Harbaugh and a dried puffer fish. “I should probably get some plants,” Narayan muses during a recent interview.

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