Staci L. Vernick

Staci Vernick is a contributing health and science writer. With expertise in healthcare, medical and science communications and a passion for evocative storytelling, Staci has directed communications for academic medical centers and biomedical research organizations, including Johns Hopkins Children’s, The Wistar Institute and the American Association for Cancer Research. A former journalist, she has written on topics ranging from children’s health to cancer biology to health policy.

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A unique collaboration helps one patient better manage aortic disease
MI-AORTA is a donor-funded initiative that facilitates collaboration within the Frankel Cardiovascular Center, U-M Health and referring provider networks, creating value for the patients, families, and communities they serve and allows them to continue to pioneer advanced therapies for aortic diseases.
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Beating the odds against chronic total occlusion
Learn about the latest advances in treatment for chronic total occlusion, a life-threatening condition that deprives the heart of oxygen. A team of cardiovascular surgeons perform advanced, minimally invasive surgery to help David Schneider get his life back on track.
A model demonstrating how this type of novel drug is absorbed through the lymphatic system.
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New drug candidate uses novel absorption method to target cancer cells in mice
By using the lymphatic system as a storage reservoir, researchers found they could optimize drug concentrations to simultaneously target two molecular signaling pathways responsible for cancer growth.
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Researchers zero in on therapeutic target for aggressive uterine cancer
A common mutation in a rare cancer subtype leads researchers to an already-approved drug that shows promise against uterine serous carcinoma
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Gene Discovery Shows Effects of Impaired Protein Synthesis
Researchers identify genetic variants that lead to a severe developmental syndrome. The findings could mean better screening and diagnosis for patients with inherited syndromes.
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A New Clue in the Mystery of ALS, Frontotemporal Dementia
Michigan Medicine researchers identify a potential therapeutic target for neurodegenerative conditions using animal models.
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Biomarker Holds Promise in COPD Treatment
A team led by U-M researchers discovered that a noninvasive imaging biomarker can identify small airway damage in COPD patients.