Press Releases

  1. May 27, 2015
    For decades, scientists have known that ET-743, a compound extracted from the mangrove tunicate — a kind of sea squirt — can kill cancer cells. The drug has been approved for use in patients in Europe and is in clinical trials in the U.S. Scientists suspected the tunicate doesn’t actually make ET-743, but the drug’s precise origins were a mystery.
  2. May 19, 2015
    A class of FDA-approved cancer drugs may be able to prevent problems with brain cell development associated with disorders including Down syndrome and Fragile X syndrome, researchers at the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute have found.
  3. May 19, 2015
    This spring, four MBA students from the Ross School of Business partnered with the University of Michigan Center for the Discovery of New Medicines to evaluate the current landscape for academic drug discovery, and to propose a strategic road map for the center’s success.
  4. May 7, 2015
    It’s going to be easier for scientists to use roundworms to study diet-sensitive genes thanks to an innovation led by the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute.
  5. April 13, 2015
    Research led by the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute has identified a gene critical to controlling the body’s ability to create blood cells and immune cells from blood-forming stem cells — known as hematopoietic stem cells.
  6. March 9, 2015
    Organ transplantation has been one of the greatest successes of modern medicine. But one of its largest limitations comes from a patient’s immune system treating the new heart, or lung, or liver like a foreign invader.
  7. March 2, 2015
    With the aid of X-ray crystallography, researchers at the University of Michigan have revealed the structures of two closely related enzymes that play essential roles in the body’s ability to metabolize excess lipids, including cholesterol.
  8. February 23, 2015
    ANN ARBOR—Vincent Groppi, a leader in pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, has assumed the position of director of the University of Michigan’s Center for the Discovery of New Medicines.
  9. February 12, 2015
    University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute researcher Anna Mapp, Ph.D. has been awarded the 2015 Emil Thomas Kaiser Award from the Protein Society. The award recognizes a recent, highly significant contribution in applying chemistry to the study of proteins.
  10. January 12, 2015
    ANN ARBOR—Researchers at the University of Michigan have identified how a promising drug in clinical trials for the treatment of obesity and related metabolic disorders improves the metabolism of sugar by generating a new signal between fat cells and the liver.