Improve your sleep, online and for free

Posted on October 20, 2017

Sleep deprivation is a silent epidemic. Many individuals end up prioritizing work, school and socializing over getting enough high-quality sleep each night. And if you’re not getting enough sleep, you’re at risk for a variety of health problems and other struggles like reduced productivity.

Faculty at the U-M Sleep Disorders Center want to help, so they’re hosting a teach-out starting Monday, Oct. 23. You can log on at your leisure, no matter where you live, to learn from U-M professors for free. (Your friends, family, patients and neighbors can all sign up, too!)

The teach-out will cover:

  • How sleep works
  • Why sleep is important
  • What bad sleep habits are
  • How to improve your sleep starting tonight
  • How to help your family and friends improve their sleep
  • How to become a sleep advocate

You can register now, and start accessing the course on Monday. Share your results on how you’re improving your sleep by tweeting @UMneurosciences.


Plan ahead and expect delays: Upcoming road work

Posted on October 20, 2017

Please be advised that a number of road construction projects are scheduled to take place around Ann Arbor.

Plan ahead and expect delays and alert patients if they will be traveling in the area.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Beginning today, Miller Ave. is expected to be closed to westbound traffic between M-14 and North Maple Rd.
    • Traffic will be detoured north on North Maple Rd. through the roundabouts at the M-14 interchange and west on the westbound M-14 ramp back to Miller Ave.
    • The closure is expected to last until Friday, Oct. 27
  • From 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21, East Washington between South Main and Fourth Ave. is scheduled to be closed for a crane lift.
    • Westbound East Washington traffic will be detoured south on South Main, west on East Liberty and north on Fourth Ave.
    • Eastbound East Washington traffic will be detoured south on Fourth Ave., east on East Liberty and north on South Main.
    • Pedestrian traffic on the south side of East Washington will be detoured to the north side of the street.
  • Beginning Sunday, Oct. 22, dividers and lane shifts are expected to be used on Packard over US-23 so that bridge repairs can take place.
    • Two-way traffic will maintained during the project, which is scheduled to end on Nov. 15.
  • Between Monday, Oct. 23 and Friday, Oct. 27, West Kingsley is scheduled to be closed to traffic between North Ashley and North First.
    • Two-way traffic wil be allowed on North First between Miller Ave. and West Kingsley and on West Kingsley between the construction zone and North Ashley.
    • Traffic will be detoured south on North Main and west on Miller Ave.
    • Pedestrians will be detoured down North Ashley during the project.
  • Drivers should expect to see intermittent single-lane closures in each direction of North Maple between Dexter and M-14 from Thursday, Oct. 26 until Friday, Nov. 3.
    • Work is scheudled to take place between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. daily.
    • Pedestrian traffic, emergency access and access to side streets and driveways will be maintained through the project.
  • From 6 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25 until noon on Sunday, Oct. 28, East Washington between Fletcher and Thayer is scheduled to be closed for the U-M bicentennial “HAILstorm” event.
  • From 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27, North University between Fletcher and Thayer is expected to be closed for the U-M bicentennial Third Century Expo event.

Clinical trial will treat glioblastoma in pet dogs

Posted on October 20, 2017

A new immunotherapy approach to a devastating brain cancer is going to the dogs, thanks to a neurosurgery, pediatrics and veterinary collaboration.

Maria Castro, Ph.D., professor of neurosurgery at Michigan Medicine, received support from the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health to implement a gene therapy approach, which boosts anti-tumor immunity, to treat pet dogs with high-grade glioma. It’s a partnership with veterinary and pediatrics faculty at the University of Minnesota, where the canine clinical trial will take place.

The National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Moonshot, which appropriated $300 million this year to fund cancer research, is funding the project.

“Unfortunately, pet dogs have a high incidence of high-grade gliomas, and the origin and poor prognosis of the disease are similar to human patients,” Castro said. “But since we’ve already proven this therapy is safe and efficacious in pre-clinical models, we can help pet dogs with malignant brain cancer by adding immunotherapy to surgery and chemotherapy.”

G. Elizabeth Pluhar, D.V.M., Ph.D., professor of veterinary surgery at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and principal investigator on the NCI grant, will lead the clinical trial on-site in Minnesota.

“We’ve seen a beneficial effect delivering immunotherapy using Dr. Castro’s gene therapy in a previous clinical trial in pet dogs with high-grade glioma,” Pluhar said. “We expect to enhance that effect by adding a novel immune checkpoint blockade developed at the University of Minnesota.” The immune checkpoint blockade allows the immune system to work more efficiently in fighting the tumor by blocking inhibitory signals the cancer gives the immune system.

Castro said the researchers hope to translate their results to provide a standard therapy for pet dogs, and if the results are encouraging, eventually a therapy for human patients.

The award is $2.7 million over five years. Additional researchers include the University of Minnesota’s Michael Olin, Ph.D., and Michigan Medicine’s Pedro Lowenstein, M.D., Ph.D.

Career coaching to be featured at upcoming mentoring forum 

Posted on October 20, 2017

Join MICHR and the Medical School Office of Faculty Development for “Coaching for a Successful and More Satisfying Career,” by Doris Rubio, Ph.D., of the University of Pittsburgh.

Rubio serves as professor of medicine, biostatistics, nursing, and clinical & translational science and is the associate vice provost for faculty. Rubio’s presentation will be followed by the 2017 MICHR Distinguished Mentor Awards Ceremony, presented by George A. Mashour, M.D., Ph.D., associate dean for clinical & translational research at the U-M Medical School, executive director of MICHR and executive director for translational research in the Office of Research.

Career coaching is an effective method to inspire faculty to maximize their personal and professional potential. During her presentation, Rubio will delineate the difference between mentoring and coaching and how coaching can be used to help faculty be more productive, set goals and achieve those goals.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 9

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Location: NCRC Building 10 Research Auditorium

Register online

Know a great resource or piece of advice about mentoring?  Tweet it at #MICHRmentoring.


Week in Review: Week of Oct. 16, 2017

Posted on October 20, 2017

This week, Headlines highlighted many of the employees who make Michigan Medicine among the leaders in research, training and health care.

Among those featured were two nurses who met at University Hospital and have used their experience to help raise a tight-knit family. Readers also met the Quality Department, whose team members ensure safety and quality across Michigan Medicine; individuals learned about an upcoming career fair that gives them the chance to start down an exciting new career path; and faculty and staff were honored for making a difference last month.

In case you missed it, here’s the latest:

Our Nurses Know: Family

Colleagues at Michigan Medicine often feel like family, as they spend hundreds of hours together every month. For Sam and Laura Walsh, a close work relationship eventually blossomed into something much more. Click here to learn the story of this husband-wife pair who met at University Hospital — and how their nursing experience influenced their family perspective.

Meet Michigan Medicine: Quality Department

Michigan Medicine has a dedicated group of 138 employees laser-focused on improving the quality and safety of patient care and education. This team — the Quality Department — comprises seven different divisions across the organization. Learn more about Quality and the important work they carry out on a daily basis.

Fall career fair provides job seekers with ‘unforgettable experience’

If you’re looking to begin or expand upon a career as a nurse, advanced practice nurse or physician assistant, Sunday’s fall career fair is a perfect opportunity for you! Attendees will meet with hiring managers and learn about available positions across the organization. Click through for more on the event and to learn the story of Hatim Elhady, who landed a position at Michigan Medicine following a recent fair.

Making a Difference: September 2017 highlights

Employees across Michigan Medicine continue to make a difference through their hard work and dedication. Read about some of the remarkable colleagues who were lauded by a patient, family member or coworker last month!

Canton 1 looking for a rider

Posted on October 20, 2017

Canton Kroger @ ford Canton center

mott structure

mott structure

Canton Kroger @ Ford & canton center

Troy (Southfield) Vanpool Seeks Riders

Posted on October 20, 2017

Troy LifeTime Fitness (w/ stop in Southfield at Telegraph/12 Mile)

UM Medical campus (w/ North campus stop at NCRC)

UM Medical campus (w/ North campus stop at NCRC)

Troy LifeTime Fitness (w/ stop in Southfield at Telegraph/12 Mile)
6:45pm or

Plan ahead: Road maintenance work

Posted on October 19, 2017

Please be advised that weekend maintenance work is scheduled to take place on a number of roads adjacent to the academic medical center.

Plan ahead if you will be traveling in the area.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • From 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on both Saturday, Oct. 21 and Sunday, Oct. 22, a crew will be filling in cracks on East Hospital Dr., East Medical Center Dr., West Medical Center Dr., and Simpson Rd.
  • Traffic will continue to flow during these repairs and minimal delays are expected.  

Taubman Institute symposium features expert on multiple sclerosis

Posted on October 19, 2017

Don't forget, the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute’s 2017 symposium will take place on Friday, Oct. 20, and feature the presentation of the $100,000 Taubman Prize to University of California-San Francisco physician-scientist Stephen L. Hauser, M.D.

Hauser is being honored in recognition of his decades of research, which led to the first-ever drug therapy for patients with advanced multiple sclerosis. He will deliver his keynote talk, “Beating Multiple Sclerosis:  A Story of B-cells, From Bench to Bedside and Back Again,” at the symposium.

The symposium will also feature a commemoration of the Taubman Institute’s 10th anniversary since its founding by late philanthropist A. Alfred Taubman.

Light refreshments, networking and a poster session will be held Friday from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. in the BSRB lobby. The lecture and Taubman tribute will be held from 10 a.m. – noon in the Kahn Auditorium of BSRB.

All Michigan Medicine community members are welcome to attend and no registration is required. Physicians may earn 1 CME credit for this activity.

The Taubman Institute looks forward to seeing you there!