October 11: Message from Dr. Eva Feldman

October 11, 2020

Dear Friends,

The next installment to the NeuroNetwork for Emerging Therapies Mini Symposium Series is fast approaching. I am so appreciative that many of you have already registered. “Climate Change, the Environment and Health” is going to feature two of our NeuroNetwork members, Dr. Stuart Batterman and Dr. Stephen Goutman, in addition to Dr. Jonathan Overpeck, who is Dean of the U-M School for Environment and Sustainability. If you have not signed up yet, please register here for this Zoom webinar on Thursday, October 15, at 2 p.m.

Environment Symposium Graphic - Poster Scenes

While many are very much feeling COVID fatigue, the disease continues to severely impact a number of people, and will continue to do so for a very long time.  We continue to work tirelessly to reduce the damage it does, especially on patients with diabetes. The American Diabetes Association’s scientific journal has just published our article “COVID-19 and Diabetes: A Collision and Collusion of Two Diseases.” Here, we discuss research that identifies comorbid conditions – for example, obesity, cardiovascular disease, racial and ethnic disparities – that make some more vulnerable to COVID-19. This week we received tremendous news that the National Institutes of Health approved our grant will fund our new clinical and laboratory research to both treat and follow past, present and future COVID-19 patients with diabetes.  This is a major step forward for all of us.

The American Neurological Association recently held its annual meeting where Dr. Brian Callaghan was presented the 2020 Wolfe Neuropathy Research Prize. He shares with us the groundbreaking work in neuropathy that led to this esteemed honor:

Last month we published an additional four articles to reach 35 scientific articles for 2020! I remain incredibly proud of the hard work of my incredible lab and the brilliant scientists that I work with every day.  My recognition by Castle Connolly as one of America’s Top Doctors and one of the Exceptional Women in Medicine is a direct result of our team’s tireless efforts.

This past Friday I had the opportunity to be the guest speaker to the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies Cook Leadership Academy. My title was “The Leadership Thread Between Research and Practice.” It was wonderful to engage with a rising group of leaders at the start of their careers. Next month, Ari Weinzweig, the owner of Zingerman’s, is speaking on “The Power of Beliefs”. It is a very interesting series and it was also rewarding to learn how many of these brilliant young individuals plan on making Michigan their home.

I am moderating a SEEN Magazine virtual event on Wednesday, October 21 entitled  “COVID, Kids and Mental Health. My good friend Dr. Sheila Marcus, a child psychiatrist at Michigan Medicine, is a featured speaker, and we will be joined by other local experts to help families cope and thrive during this challenging time. Register here. Also, please if you know of young mothers who are dealing with virtual learning for their young children, please forward them this newsletter—as this event will provide very useful information, and there will be ample time for questions and discussion.

So much is still to come this year. I look forward to sharing more with you next month. Please follow our latest updates on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn. If I can help you in any way, please contact me.

Warmest regards,

Eva L. Feldman, MD, PhD
Russell N. DeJong Professor of Neurology
Director, NeuroNetwork for Emerging Therapies
Director, ALS Center of Excellence