Our Impact

Images of an MRI brain scan
Monday, December 12, 2016 Novel Mouse Model Offers Hope for Fighting Children's Brain Tumors
Children with brain tumors have had limited treatment options in the past compared with adults. A novel research model, developed in mice at U-M, will make it easier and faster to test new treatments.
Dr. Robert Bartlett holds ECMO medical device
Friday, December 9, 2016 Life-Saving ECMO Device Made Possible By Sheep Research
It was thought to be strange and risky in the 1970s, but research with sheep paved the way to a new machine that gave critically-ill patients with failing hearts and lungs a chance for their organs to rest and repair themselves. To date: 50,000 patients treated; more than 2,000 of them right here at U-M, and thousands of lives saved.
Pink zebrafish in fish tank
Friday, December 9, 2016 Regenerative Properties of Zebrafish Used for Treating Blinding Eye Diseases
U-M researchers are using the regenerative properties of zebrafish to develop novel strategies for treating blinding eye diseases.
illustration showing human pancreas
Friday, December 9, 2016 Mouse Study Shines a Light on Pancreatic Insulin
Scientists and doctors have long wanted to know how much insulin a person has, but haven't been able to know the exact amount without physically removing the pancreas from a deceased patient for review. But a new study in the journal Diabetes details how a group of researchers was finally able to visualize stored insulin in the pancreas of a living creature -- in this case, a mouse.
Small black mouse walks on reflective surface under laboratory safety hood
Friday, December 9, 2016 Study Done in Mice Could Help Limit Metastatic Breast Cancer
A small device implanted under the skin can improve breast cancer survival by catching cancer cells, slowing the development of metastatic tumors in other organs and allowing time to intervene with surgery or other therapies. The study, done in mice, expands on earlier research from the same team of U-M researchers that showed that the implantable scaffold device effectively captures metastatic cancer cells.
Researcher donning personal protective equipment holds white rat in animal care and use facility
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 50 Years of Caring for U-M's Lab Animals
"We love animals, and we love people, and that's why we do the job we do."
Researcher holding mouse
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 New Rodent Study Could Lead to Changes in ICU Care for Critically Ill Patients
Since the 1950s, animal studies have shown that pretreatment of the gut with antibiotics before trauma or other critical illness can protect against lung injury and death. As part of their recently published findings in Nature Microbiology, U-M researchers have concluded that critical illness involving the lungs has more to do with disruptions to the body's natural population of microbes, or microbiome, than previously thought.