Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

An estimated 400,000 people suffer an ACL injury each year, requiring primary reconstruction surgery. But 18,000 to 35,000 of those repairs will fail and require revisions, which are additional surgeries for reconstruction. Common reasons for ACL repair failure include: inadequate rehabilitation time, physiological factors, additional injuries at the same time as an ACL injury, reoccurring trauma due to intense physical activity, and improper surgical techniques.

U-M, Chinese university provide $1.2M for renewable energy, biomedical technology projects
U-M and Shanghai Jiao Tong University officials today announced the first six research teams to win funding for renewable energy and biomedical technology projects in a new joint program that teams up investigators from both schools. Each winning team will receive $200,000. They were announced at a ceremony in Shanghai, where both universities also signed a resolution on collaborative research that commits each school to spending $3 million over the next five years.

U-M spinoff signs licensing agreement for new IV system
A medical device company that evolved from the U-M Medical Innovation Center has designed a safer, more effective intravenous delivery system for fluids and medication. Tangent Medical Technologies Inc. recently finalized a licensing agreement that provides U-M with an equity stake in the company.

Record Update summer publication schedule
The Record Update wants to help prevent e-mail backlogs when employees are away from the university for the summer. From July 12-Aug. 20, the Update will be e-mailed to subscribers once a week on Wednesdays. Breaking campus news will be added to the Update website as it happens. And be sure to pick up summer issues of The University Record on July 5, 19 and Aug. 16

The Michigan Difference

Pirate-entrepreneur
When Michigan Engineering alumnus Nick Yang looks in the mirror, he sees himself with a parrot on one shoulder, a black patch over an eye, and a light bulb glowing overhead. "I think of myself as a pirate-entrepreneur," he said. "I build a ship that's fast and mobile. I recruit a very special crew — it's tough to get into my company.” At age 35, he's started three companies and has a fourth in mind.