U-M Medical Research Institute Receives $3M Donation for Students


The University of Michigan’s A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute has received a $3 million donation to support medical and research students.

“We are thrilled to be able to support Alfred (Taubman) and the Institute in the critical, groundbreaking, and inspiring work that they are accomplishing,” says Abigail Wexner. Abigail’s husband Leslie Wexner is the founder of the Limited Brands, which includes Victoria’s Secret, Express, and Bath & Body Works.

The Emerging Scholars Program provides $50,000-per-year grants to help students become both doctors and laboratory researchers. The gift will go to establishing at least two grants. There are 16 Emerging Scholars investigating new approaches to the treatment of a wide variety of diseases.

“Like all Taubman Scholars, these young clinician-researchers are seeking treatments for the most serious medical and public health issues facing humankind — from Alzheimer’s disease and cancer to the growing epidemics of diabetes and obesity,” says Eva Feldman, M.D., director of the Taubman Institute. 

The research institute was founded in 2007 by Alfred Taubman, a philanthropist and entrepreneur. Taubman, who lives in Bloomfield Hills, attended the University of Michigan and is known for pioneering the modern shopping mall. He has given $100 million to the medical research institute and has donated $142 million to the University of Michigan.