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January 30, 2015

Wayne State University researchers exploring new treatment for tinnitus
DETROIT – Tinnitus, a prevalent public health problem that affects millions of people, serves as an alert system that something is wrong in the auditory system. It can be caused by a number of hea...
Dr. Jack Kay, twice graduated from Wayne State University, championed student academic success and the study of communication throughout a thirty year career in higher education
DETROIT (30 Jan., 2015)  – With great sadness, Wayne State University announces the death of Dr. Jack Kay who passed January 30, 2015, at age 63. Dr. Jack Kay was a valuable member of Wayne ...

January 28, 2015

Pioneering study shows a gene-linked heart muscle disease that causes sudden cardiac death in children can be ameliorated or prevented with a new drug therapy
            A recent study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Heart Failure – co-authored by Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D., pediatrician-in-ch...

WSU In The News

Revitalization Fellows remain dedicated to Detroit, even after fellowship term ends, Jan 26, 2015
Of all the programs and initiatives designed to invite talented young professionals to work in Detroit, most desire a simple outcome: that those people, whether they come from somewhere else or are natives to Detroit, stay and continue to make an impact while building a life in the city. Such has been the case with Regina Ann Campbell, Beau Taylor, and Bradford. All three were Detroit Revitalization Fellows, a Wayne State University leadership program that selects mid-career professionals to help stimulate growth in Detroit’s civic, community, and economic development sectors. The fellows work full time with partner organizations as part of their two year commitment. Campbell, Taylor, and Frost were part of the first cohort of fellows, which began in 2011 and ended in 2013. They remained in Detroit after the fellowship term ended, and all three continue to work in the city.
Detroit Revitalization Fellows program helping to move Detroit forward, Jan 25, 2015
The Detroit Revitalization Fellows program at Wayne State University will begin accepting applications for its new class of activists who want to work on improving Detroit. Past fellows created projects such as REVOLVE Detroit (revitalizing empty storefronts), Motor City Mapping (cataloging vacant properties) and Source Detroit (promoting the idea of buying local). Twenty fellows will work two years with a Detroit agency or organization, or even city government. In the past, some of these leaders came from communities in other states. But this year, program organizers are making a particular effort to find fellows in Detroit while continuing to accept former Detroiters who want to come home. Most fellows have a graduate degree and have been working for at least five years. "Being a Detroit Revitalization Fellow is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to impact the future of our city," says Graig Donnelly, the program's director. "Fellows will spend their time digging deep into neighborhoods and projects, making meaningful connections with one another and their communities."
Former WSU and current major league baseball pitcher to provide instruction for youth baseball players, Jan 14, 2015
Baseball players will have an opportunity to receive instruction from a Major League baseball player, as former Wayne State University pitcher, who is signed to play with the Texas Rangers for the upcoming season, is scheduled to be a part of the third annual Anthony Bass Pitching Camp Jan. 24 at the Multipurpose Indoor Facility at Wayne State. The camp is scheduled to take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a “fundamental emphasis involving several aspects associated with the pitching position,” with significance placed on “pitching development, mechanics, and concepts involved for success on the mound.” Bass is the highest Major League Baseball draft pick in Wayne State history, earning Pitcher of the Year honors from Rawlings/ABCA, as well as a Gold Glove for outstanding defense. He was also named GLIAC Conference Pitcher of the Year and first team All-GLIAC.
WSU oncology professor noted among business leaders in the news for earning $1.8M grant, Jan 11, 2015
Hayley Thompson, an associate professor at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute and department of oncology at Wayne State University, was awarded a $1.8 million grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The grant will be used to study how Internet-based and mobile technologies are used by cancer survivors once their treatment has ended. Charles Schiffer, multidisciplinary team leader of malignant hematology at Karmanos Cancer Institute and professor of medicine and oncology at Wayne State University School of Medicine, was named as the first endowed Joseph Dresner chair for Hematologic Malignancies at the Karmanos Cancer Institute. He is an expert in leukemia, myelodysplasia and transfusion supportive care, as well as other hematologic cancers. The position was created with a $5.3-million grant from the Dresner Foundation, which will be distributed to the institute during the next five years.
Wayne State trauma researcher publishes major study on causes of brain injury in children, Jan 8, 2015
An exhaustive analysis of data from more than 40,000 cases of brain trauma in children – published by the authoritative New England Journal of Medicine – provides convincing evidence that protecting children in advance from head injuries is the key to reducing their severity. The new findings, obtained during one of the largest multi-center prospective studies of its kind ever conducted in the United States, show that the most common cause of brain injury among children younger than 12 is falling – typically from a moving bicycle, scooter or other wheeled device. “We studied a very large cohort of patients in our secondary analysis of this previously collected data,” said Dr. Mahajan, professor of pediatrics and emergency medicine at the Wayne State University School of Medicine, “and the good news for all of us is that they demonstrate clearly the importance of prevention in protecting children from brain trauma. The bottom line on this prospective study of more than 43,000 pediatric brain injuries is that it identifies falls – often from bicycles – as the major cause of trauma in children under age 12. Knowing that, we’re now better able to help educate parents and policymakers alike about the great value of safety helmets for this population of kids.”
WSU business school exploring a downtown move, Jan 7, 2015
Wayne State University is considering moving its business school from the Midtown campus to downtown Detroit, possibly partnering with the Ilitch organization or redevelopment impresario Dan Gilbert. The Ilitches are exploring possibilities of developing a site for WSU’s School of Business Administration in the 45-block district, between Midtown and downtown, that will become their new entertainment and residential district. The Ilitch organization is seeking at least $200 million in new development in what it is calling the District Detroit. “As longtime neighbors and partners in Detroit’s revitalization, we’re excited to be discussing new opportunities to collaborate with Wayne State in the District Detroit,” said Doug Kuiper, a spokesman for Ilitch Holdings Inc. “We have been proud to support the university over many years, as it is a very important institution in our community. We look forward to publicly sharing additional details as our conversations evolve.”
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