Press Releases

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. December 9, 2014
    University of Michigan researchers have discovered the way in which structural features of a critical enzyme found in the cardiovascular system influence its regulation of heart activity. The findings provide new insights into a therapeutic target for treating heart disease.
  8. November 17, 2014
    ANN ARBOR—Researchers at the University of Michigan have discovered how a previously unknown hormone serves as a messenger from fat cells to the liver and are investigating the potential of developing a new treatment for metabolic disorders.
  9. November 6, 2014
    ANN ARBOR – Researchers at the University of Michigan have shown how a single neuron can perform multiple functions in a model organism, illuminating for the first time this fundamental biological mechanism and shedding light on the human brain.
  10. October 29, 2014
    Researchers at the University of Michigan have determined the significance of particular signaling lipids in excitatory and inhibitory pathways of synapse firing in hippocampal neurons. These findings further uncover information about a little-known signaling lipid pathway that unexpectedly plays critical roles in neuronal synapses in humans. These new findings may lead to novel therapeutic methods to treat neurological disorders caused by irregular signaling.