Stem cell research on bipolar disorder featured in Free Press

On Sunday, Nov. 18, stem cell science was featured on the front page of the Detroit Free Press, in a major package of stories that focused a great deal of attention on U-M research in this promising field.

U-M scientists Gary Smith, Ph.D., Sue O’Shea, Ph.D. and the work of the U-M Consortium for Stem Cell Therapies, part of the Taubman Medical Research Institute, were featured prominently in the package of stories.

Their efforts to derive new stem cell lines from donated human embryos, and from “adult” cells from human volunteers, were a large part of the story package. The Free Press focused on the potential of stem cell research to give new insights into human disease — and the differences between Michigan and other states in funding this work. Also featured is research from the U-M Depression Center/Prechter Bipolar Research Program, where Melvin McInnis, M.D., Thomas B and Nancy Upjohn Woodworth Professor of Bipolar Disorder and Depression and Professor of Psychiatry, is working to understand the genetics of bipolar disorder using stem cells derived from volunteers’ skin cells.

Below are links to the stories:

Michigan has huge hopes for tiny stem cells

Stem cells’ promise hits funding wall in Michigan

A microscopic stem cell may solve many of our biggest health troubles

What to do with extra embryos?