May 23 – Gift from Mr. Taubman makes news

A new $5 million gift by philanthropist and retail pioneer A. Alfred Taubman is making news today, including a major story in the Detroit News and a story on the Michigan Associated Press wire that is being picked up by many news outlets around the state. Mr. Taubman is giving the gift to support research on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, led by Eva Feldman, M.D., Ph.D., of Neurology. Part of the research, which will test the use of embryonic stem cells as a potential treatment for this deadly nerve disease, will be performed in collaboration with Martin Marsala, M.D., of the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. Read the UMHS press release about the gift here.