September 10, 2019

Fueled by $10 million in gifts, U-M Precision Health and bipolar disorder research team will work to improve care

Gifts from Richard Tam Foundation will accelerate U-M’s translational bipolar disorder research in an effort to tailor care to individuals for improved results

Judith Tam, president of the RIchard Tam Foundation, with Sachin Kheterpal, M.D., M.B.A., co-director of Precision Health at U-M

Judith Tam, president of the RIchard Tam Foundation, with Sachin Kheterpal, M.D., MBA, co-director of Precision Health at U-M

Nearly 6 million Americans have bipolar disorder, a complex mental health condition that can send them on a roller coaster of manic highs and depressed lows. Finding a treatment that steadies their mood, even with the help of an experienced treatment team, can take time and a little bit of luck.

Some never do find medications that work for them, and as many as one in five will die by suicide.

Now, a new gift to the University of Michigan aims to bring more precision to the care of people with bipolar disorder. It will expand and harness the power of massive data from U-M bipolar research and allow researchers to mine that trove of information in combination with other data, using advanced tools created for Precision Health at U-M.

The new $5.8 million gift from the Richard Tam Foundation brings the foundation’s total giving to U-M for bipolar research to $10 million, and will allow more scientists and clinicians to translate new knowledge into improved care. Support includes $500,000 for Precision Health at U-M, its first major gift.