Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, October 4, 2010

In this video, Gary Smith, co-director of the Consortium for Stem Cell Therapies, discusses the creation of Michigan’s first human embryonic stem cell line.

University creates the state’s first human embryonic stem cell line
U-M researchers have created the state’s first human embryonic stem cell line, achieving a long-sought goal that provides the foundation for future efforts to develop innovative disease treatments. The new cell line, known as UM4-6, is the culmination of years of planning and preparation at U-M and was made possible by Michigan voters’ November 2008 approval of a state constitutional amendment permitting scientists here to derive embryonic stem cell lines using surplus embryos from fertility clinics.

Canter outlines NCRC’s transition from vision to reality
Within three years, the North Campus Research Complex could be a bustling center of 1,000 researchers and staff, five private companies and the largest university-based cluster of health services researchers. NCRC Executive Director Dr. David Canter detailed those plans and more for the complex at a symposium Friday.

UMHS employee located after being reported missing
A U-M Health System employee has been located alive and well after an investigation by Michigan State Police. Kevin M. Cook, a Mott anesthesia technician, was reported missing on Thursday, Sept. 30.

University offers screenings for National Depression Screening Day
Thursday is National Depression Screening Day and, in support, several U-M programs will offer free, in-person, one-on-one mental health screenings for depression.
• MHealthy’s Tobacco Consultation Service offers Kick the Habit tobacco treatment programs this month.

This week in the University Record
• Special section celebrates 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps
• Faculty members honored for scholarship, service
• Staff Spotlight: Medical equipment tech scores at football games
Read these stories and more in the University Record, on racks across campus.

The Michigan Difference

Wheeling water to the masses
During a William Davidson Institute fellowship in South Africa, Cynthia Koenig was moved by the impact of a worldwide crisis in which an estimated one billion people lack easy access to potable water. She launched a non-profit water-distribution organization and soon found herself at the helm of Wello, which manufactures and distributes the WaterWheel, a 20-gallon drum that moves four to five times the amount of water possible using traditional methods of collection and carrying.