December 2016

M Research: News from the University of Michigan

Out of sight

Ten million Americans are blind or visually impaired. Globally, 160 million people suffer from vision problems. And Medicare data shows that almost every one of us will have at least one eye disease in our lifetime. Researchers at the University of Michigan W.K. Kellogg Eye Center are working on ways to improve sight.

Dementia decline

New data add to the growing evidence that fewer senior citizens are developing dementia—and a key associative factor could be education.

Flint app

A mobile app and website built for the city of Flint aims to help the community and government agencies manage the ongoing water crisis.

Tasting light

Scientists discovered a new type of photoreceptor—only the third to be found in animals—that is about 50 times more efficient than the human eye.

Global competition

A business assistance center aims to help manufacturers throughout Michigan, Indiana and Ohio that have lost jobs through globalization.

Monitoring the future

Teenagers' use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco declined significantly in 2016, yet marijuana use still remains high for 12th-graders.

Quest for a cure

In the search for a way to eliminate the AIDS virus from every cell in the body, scientists are pursuing promising compounds from under the sea.

In perspective

Future of electronics
How can we shrink our devices and make them more powerful at the same time? An electrical engineering doctoral student believes the future of photonics is bright.

Research at a Glance

Research Annual Report
The total volume of research at U-M reached $1.39 billion in fiscal year 2016, a 7.2 percent increase from the previous year and a new record high. Learn more about the university's vast research enterprise and some of its new interdisciplinary initiatives in the FY 2016 Research Annual Report.
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