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Innovation: The Hartwell Foundation

Synchronized MRI and drug therapy for pediatric brain tumors, “knifeless” surgery on the developing fetal heart, and an internally implanted device for the growth of the gastrointestinal track… What do these projects have in common? No, they aren’t science fiction; they are research projects supported by The Hartwell Foundation. For the third straight year, The Hartwell Foundation has named the University of Michigan as one of the country’s Top 10 Centers of Excellence. As a result, several U-M faculty members have been named Hartwell Investigators, and several postdoctoral researchers have been awarded Hartwell Fellowships. The Foundation is supporting innovative and cutting-edge biomedical applied research with the potential to benefit children.

Innovation: W. M. Keck Foundation

The W. M. Keck Foundation in Los Angeles supports high-risk, high-potential projects in the sciences, and the University of Michigan is very proud to be a recipient of numerous Keck grants over the years. One recent project supported by the Foundation was a collaboration between the College of Engineering, School of Public Health, Medical School, and the College of Literature, Science and the Arts. Faculty from these schools are exploring nano- and microscale transport in the cell in order to create new mathematical models of cellular health and disease. Predictive models may be generalized to tissues, organs, organ systems, and, perhaps even entire organisms. This work is extremely important for developing the earliest possible detection of human disease.



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