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07/30/2018

Patients fighting life-threatening illnesses who have run out of conventional options will get a chance to try some of the most cutting-edge treatments available, through a national effort that just received nearly $4.8 million in funding from the federal government.

Based at the University of Michigan, in partnership with Duke University, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and the University of Rochester, the effort will build a national framework to help more patients gain access to experimental drugs, devices and biologics. It is funded by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health.

Kayte Spector-Bagdady recently served on a Q&A panel for "Three Identical Strangers" at the State Theater. Professor Spector-Bagdady, a research ethicist, and Dr. Larry Perlman, a researcher involved in the original study, discussed the troubling research study at the heart of "Three Identical Strangers."

CBSSM faculty, Andrew Shuman (PI), Susan Goold, Janice Firn, and Reshma Jagsi (Co-Is) recently received a BCBSM Foundation Investigator Initiated Research Grant. Their proposed research aims to examine how hospitals in Michigan currently handle drug shortages, to find and describe best practices, and to propose a resource for real-time communication and collaboration across statewide institutions in order to most effectively provide care when resources are strained.

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