City of Hope Distinguished Scientist Debbie Thurmond Named New Director of Diabetes & Metabolism Research Institute

Renowned diabetes researcher Arthur Riggs will continue to conduct research at the institute

Leading diabetes scientist Debbie C. Thurmond, Ph.D., has been named the new director of City of Hope’s Diabetes & Metabolism Research Institute, which continues diabetes research at City of Hope that was started more than 70 years ago. Arthur Riggs, Ph.D., who developed the technology in 1978 that resulted in the first synthetic human insulin, impacting millions of lives worldwide, will continue to conduct research within the institute.

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Debbie C. Thurmond, Ph.D., director of City of Hope’s Diabetes & Metabolism Research Institute (Photo: City of Hope)

“Debbie’s depth of experience as a highly successful diabetes scientist and leader, as well as her vision for the DMRI, will lead us to continue to be one of the premier diabetes institutes in the nation,” said Riggs, Samuel Rahbar

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Detroit Medical Center drops plans for sports medicine institute near Little Caesars Arena

DETROIT (WXYZ) — The Detroit Medical Center has announced it “will not move forward with plans” to join a $70 million development near Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.

Olympia Development of Michigan and DMC announced the 20-year agreement to build and operate an innovative, state-of-the-art 50,000-square-foot sports medicine facility adjacent to Little Caesars Arena 2 back in June 2018.

The $70 million building would replace a former surface parking lot at Sproat Street and will bring four floors of Class A office space and 17,000 square feet of street-level retail to The District Detroit, according to officials.

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The last several months have brought about unprecedented change for the health care industry. Stay-at-home orders and restrictions prohibiting elective procedures caused hospitals everywhere to reevaluate their core services.

The Detroit Medical Center is committed to ensuring full preparedness for both the pandemic and the ongoing needs of

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DMC drops plans for sports medicine institute near LCA

The Detroit Medical Center is dropping plans to join a $70 million development near the Little Caesars Arena, officials confirmed Tuesday.

“After careful consideration, we have made the decision to focus on our core mission and the DMC will not move forward with plans to lease space for a sports medicine institute. Our decision allows us to reallocate resources appropriately in this changing environment,” representatives said in a statement.

A rendering of the building at 2715 Woodward Avenue. (Photo: Olympia Development)

“We appreciate the efforts of Olympia Development of Michigan and value our relationship with the organization. We have come to this decision in cooperation with them and we appreciate their support for the DMC’s core mission.”

In 2018, DMC and Olympia Development of Michigan announced plans for a sports medicine institute in a 127,000-square-foot property at Woodward Avenue and Sproat, which would replace a former surface parking lot.

The 

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DMC scraps Sports Medicine Institute plan in uncompleted Ilitch building

The Detroit Medical Center is scrapping its plan to build a Sports Medicine Institute in the Ilitch family’s District Detroit area.

The medical system confirmed in a Tuesday email to Crain’s that it “will not move forward with plans to lease space for a sports medicine institute” in a $70 million building that’s being constructed on Woodward Avenue between Little Caesars Arena and the Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business.

“Our decision allows us to reallocate resources appropriately in this changing environment,” the health system said in a release.

“The last several months have brought about unprecedented change for the health care industry. Stay-at-home orders and restrictions prohibiting elective procedures caused hospitals everywhere to reevaluate their core services,” DMC said.

Ron Staley, senior vice president of Southeast Michigan operations for Lansing-based contractor The Christman Co., one of the joint-venture partners on the project with Detroit-based Brinker Group, said

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