Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Sean Morrison, director of the Center for Stem Cell Biology, delivers the science keynote address at the World Stem Cell Summit. (Photo by Scott Soderberg, Photo Services)

U-M researchers highlight progress at stem cell summit
Researchers from around the world, including 16 from U-M, are detailing progress being made in stem cell science at the World Stem Cell Summit this week. Presentations Monday highlighted U-M’s success in developing the state’s first human embryonic stem cell line and a groundbreaking amyotrophic lateral sclerosis clinical trial.

Medical School creates joint institute with Peking University
The Medical School will establish a joint institute with the Peking University Health Science Center in an unprecedented effort to promote research that can lead to breakthroughs in pulmonary, cardiovascular and liver diseases. The institute will feature collaborative research efforts, exchanges of faculty, medical residents, fellows and other researchers, and completion of large-scale clinical trials.

Pescovitz outlines how UMHS’ strength will fuel future growth
The U-M Health System is strong across the board, and ready to embark on the next phase of a strategic effort to grow and extend its expertise and reach across Michigan in new ways. That was the message from Dr. Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, executive vice president for medical affairs and chief executive officer of UMHS, in her first State of the Health System address last week.

Faculty governance group adds its support of MSA president
The Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs added its voice Monday in support of Michigan Student Assembly President Christopher Armstrong, who has been targeted by an individual because of his sexual orientation.

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.