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Researchers Able to Continue their Work to Help Patients Thanks to McDevitt Excellence in Research Awards from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation
Date:4/8/2008

Awards go to Henry Ford Health System, MSU, U-M, Wayne State researchers

DETROIT, April 8, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- Five Michigan researchers whose work has helped improve health care for Michigan residents are receiving additional research dollars totaling $50,000 through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation's 2008 McDevitt Excellence in Research Awards.

The researchers are from Henry Ford Health System, Michigan State University, University of Michigan and Wayne State University.

"The McDevitt awards formally recognize top researchers for their untiring efforts to improve health care for Michigan residents," said Ira Strumwasser, executive director and CEO of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation. "The awards are in keeping with the spirit of dedication exemplified by the late Frank J. McDevitt, a visionary physician leader from our state."

McDevitt was a physician and former chairman of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation. He served as president of the Michigan Osteopathic Association, chairman of the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians and president of the Wayne County Osteopathic Association and Michigan Osteopathic College Foundation.

The following researchers are being honored with awards of $10,000 to be used for further research.

Recipients of 2008 McDevitt awards are:

-- Esther Bay, Ph.D., College of Nursing at Michigan State University.

Her work has helped developed ways to detect depression in brain

injury patients as they learn to live with their injury, and effective

methods to treat it.

-- Devin L. Brown, M.D., Cardiovascular Center, Stroke Program at the

University of Michigan. He has developed screening methods for stroke

patients that help determine the risk of post-stroke hip, wrist and

other bone fractures in non-elderly patients, with a goal of helping

prevent such i
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SOURCE Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation
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