Press Releases

  1. November 10, 2015
    It's no secret that a high-fat, high-cholesterol "junk food" diet has been linked to major health problems, including high blood cholesterol and the buildup of plaques in the arteries, known as atherosclerosis. Research led by the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute has identified a pathway in the liver, controlled by a protein known as BAF60a, that contributes to these negative effects by stimulating the production of bile—which helps the body to absorb more cholesterol and other fats from the foods we eat.
  2. November 5, 2015
    ANN ARBOR — A chemical that could potentially be used in eye drops to reverse cataracts, the leading cause of blindness, has been identified by a team of scientists from the University of Michigan (U-M), UC San Francisco (UCSF) and Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL).
  3. October 30, 2015
    University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute faculty member Daniel J. Klionsky was awarded the 2015 van Deenan Medal from the Institute of Biomembranes at Utrecht University in The Netherlands.
  4. October 23, 2015
    A banana a day may not keep the doctor away, but a substance originally found in bananas and carefully edited by scientists could someday fight off a wide range of viruses, new research suggests.
  5. October 12, 2015
    Pedro Cuatrecasas, M.D., a renowned leader in the pharmaceutical industry and co-chair of the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute Scientific Advisory Board, is scheduled to receive honorary degrees at Winter Commencement 2015 on the Ann Arbor campus.
  6. October 6, 2015
    Bacteria naturally adapt to protect themselves from the antibiotics developed to fight them. This has created a race to develop new antibiotics that will continue to be effective against dangerous infections. This week a team of researchers from the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute, University of Illinois, Chicago, and University of Southern Denmark has identified a resistance mechanism against ketolides, a new type of antibiotics just entering widespread use.
  7. September 1, 2015
    Studies using yeast genetics have provided new, fundamental insights into the cell-division cycle, researchers at the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute reported.
  8. July 1, 2015
    When it comes to communicating with each other, some of our cells may be more “old school” than was previously thought. Certain types of stem cells use microscopic, threadlike nanotubes to communicate with neighboring cells, like a landline phone connection, rather than sending a broadcast signal, researchers at University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center have discovered.
  9. June 16, 2015
    The Office of the President has released new information on the search for the LSI's next director, which is excerpted below: Today we launched our search to hire a new director of the Life Sciences Institute (LSI) at the University of Michigan.
  10. May 28, 2015
    Research published May 28 in Cell Reports shows for the first time that the age-old temperature law does not apply equally to adults and developing young.

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