• How The Cancer Genome Atlas Will Shape the Future of Cancer Research

    Thirteen years after its initial funding, The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) has analyzed 2.5 petabytes of data representing 33 different types of cancer.

    That’s no small feat: One petabyte has the storage capacity of 212,000 DVDs.

  • University of Michigan Precision Health Announces First Round of Grant Funding Competition

    The U-M Precision Health Investigators Awards request for applications has been released for awards of up to $300,000 each over two years to support research projects that advance the field of precision health with an emphasis on projects that accomplish this through the use and/or enrichment of U-M Precision Health data and tools/methods/techniques.

    U-M Precision Health expects to fund up to 12 Investigators Awards in 2018 and will fund additional new projects in 2019. The awards are open to University of Michigan full-time faculty members with a primary appointment in research, instructional (tenure), or clinical tracks. A second grants program, the U-M Precision Health Scholars Awards, which is designed specifically to support early-career investigators (post-docs, graduate students, residents, and trainees), will be announced in April.

    The Investigators Awards program employs a two-stage application process. An open call for pre-proposals has been issued, and those pre-proposals are due April 30, 2018. Following evaluation by a panel of faculty with expertise in precision health topics, a subset of entries will be selected and PIs invited to submit full proposals in June.

    Find complete information about and apply for the Investigators Awards at

  • These surgeons cut opioid prescriptions dramatically, with no increase in pain

    Some surgeons might be able to prescribe a third of opioid painkiller pills that they currently give patients and not affect their level of post-surgery pain control, a new study suggests. That would mean far fewer opioids left over to feed the ongoing national crisis of misuse, addiction and overdose.

  • A Google map for healthcare: Modern Healthcare

    Much of the effort to develop cures using precision medicine has been for cancer patients, but an area that’s getting more attention and could have more of an impact in the long term is population health, writes Modern Healthcare. The article highlights Precision Health at U-M as an example of taking precision health research to the next level.

  • Teach-out focusing on opioid epidemic starts Dec. 4

    How did the United States become the nation consuming 80 percent of the world’s opioids with only 5 percent of the world’s population? How do we solve what some are calling the biggest public health crisis to impact the nation? U-M’s Office of Academic Innovation, in collaboration with the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, hopes to answer some of these questions through a teach-out on the crisis. Faculty experts from across the university will share their research and expertise on opioids, and put the epidemic into perspective.

  • Precision Health to hold town halls across campus

    Come learn more about the newly launched Precision Health at the University of Michigan at an upcoming town hall-style event. Precision Health leaders and staff will be there to share the many ways faculty and researchers across campus can get involved, access resources and collaborate on efforts.

  • U-M researchers plan to cut opioid use in half in Michigan: Michigan Radio

    Michigan Radio’s Stateside talks to Chad Brummett, M.D., about why opioids are overprescribed and how U-M teams are tackling acute care prescribing. “Some of that over-prescribing has been through lack of understanding, lack of guidelines, but also a want to keep people happy,” Brummett says.