Press Releases

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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).