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Stay informed and engaged with the recent happenings and exciting developments at our initiative on this News Page. We share articles covering a wide range of topics, from faculty awards and achievements to the establishment of new research centers and updates on the progress of the Biosciences Initiative (BSI). Our commitment to sharing valuable insights and important news fosters a sense of collaboration and engagement within our community. Explore the articles below to discover the latest news and advancements in our field.

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  • Center for RNA Biomedicine Researchers Collaborate on $3 Million Grant to Treat Rare Forms of Cystic Fibrosis (May 21, 2024) by Cody Abramson - Three U-M researchers and collaborators have received a $3 million Collaborative Research Grant from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to develop RNA therapeutics to combat cystic fibrosis.
  • University of Michigan’s Biosafety Level 3 Facilities: Essential for Advanced Infectious Disease Research (March 14, 2024) by Cody Abramson - At the University of Michigan, the Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) and Animal Biosafety Level 3 (ABSL-3) facilities are integral to infectious disease research, offering a secure setting for examining serious pathogens. With support from the Biosciences Initiative (BSI), these labs are tailored for research on high-risk agents, playing a pivotal role in advancing our understanding Read more
  • Five Mid-Career Researchers Receive Biosciences Initiative Award (January 28, 2024) by Cody Abramson - The University of Michigan’s Biosciences Initiative selected five accomplished scientists as the 2024 recipients of the Mid-career Biosciences Faculty Achievement Recognition Award. Learn about these exceptional, field-leading experts and their groundbreaking work.
  • 2023 U-M Ideas Lab: Biological Systems on the Edge (August 10, 2023) by Cody Abramson - Inspired by the National Science Foundation’s Ideas Lab model, the U-M Biosciences Initiative’s (BSI) Ideas Labs are dedicated to the pursuit of groundbreaking ideas that address challenges in the biosciences. They emphasize the discovery of key opportunities and the creation of interdisciplinary teams to tackle these complex issues. The Ideas Lab represents a high-risk, high-reward Read more
  • 2022 Biosciences Community Celebration (May 22, 2023) by Cody Abramson - In 2018, the Biosciences Initiative (BSI) began hosting an annual event to celebrate the biosciences community at U-M. This event provides an opportunity to recognize the substantial accomplishments and efforts of our researchers. Our 2022 installment showcased the six Michigan faculty members who received the Biosciences Faculty Award Recognition (MBioFAR). As Roger Cone, vice provost, Read more
  • 2021 Biosciences Community Celebration (March 8, 2022) by Emily Kagey - After many Biosciences Initiative activities were paused in 2020 and 2021, BSI leaders were thrilled to host an in-person Biosciences Community Celebration in September 2021. This event provided an opportunity to recognize the substantial accomplishments and efforts from our research community, as they pushed through the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. During this event, Read more
  • Peter Reich named director of Institute for Global Change Biology (December 15, 2021) by Emily Kagey - Peter Reich, a renowned expert in forest ecology, has been named director of the Institute for Global Change Biology at the School for Environment and Sustainability.
  • New $13.8M center will study infectious diseases, pandemics (December 15, 2021) by Emily Kagey - The U-M Biosciences Initiative is awarding $13.8 million over five years to the new Michigan Center for Infectious Disease Threats, to allow researchers to work across disciplines on infectious disease preparedness and response.
  • Rural Michigan Farmers’ Health Concerns and Experiences: A Focus Group Study (November 9, 2021) by Christopher Billick - Rural residents comprise approximately 15% of the United States population. They face challenges in accessing and using a health care system that is not structured to meet their unique needs. It is important to understand rural residents’ perceptions of health and experiences interacting with the health care system to identify gaps in care.
  • U-M Biosciences Initiative reviews progress & looks to the future (7/15/21) (July 15, 2021) by Maya Berkowitz - The ongoing efforts of the Biosciences Initiative are detailed in a new progress report available on the Biosciences Initiative website.

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