Bipolar disorder research & Precision Health at U-M: Gifts from the Richard Tam Foundation


– My name is Judith Tam. I’m the mother of three wonderful children and I oversee and care for my
developmentally delayed son and he’s bipolar, he has
serious mood disorders. Richard Tam was my father and this foundation was
funded upon his death, so it was named after him,
the Richard Tam Foundation and he left me in charge
of the foundation, so I’m the chairman of the Foundation. – The gifts from the
Tam Foundation have been fundamental in the research
in bipolar disorder. The Tam Foundation has partnered with the Prechter Bipolar Research Program to support several dimensions
of the research that we do. – And it matters a lot to me that we give to worthwhile causes. I met Dr. Schlissel late last fall and he talked about major
goals for the University for the next five years. And one of them, he said,
was Precision Health. When I heard that, I thought, yes, that is great! – Precision Health is
an approach to research that really spans the
different phases of research. All the way from discovery to treatment add to health impact. – Precision Health is
a new way of thinking about health care. It takes into account all of the aspects that lead to someone’s health. And this might include
genetics, it often does. It also includes aspects
of their environment. It includes information
about their lifestyle. – We focus on bipolar disorder and what we are doing
with Precision Health is to be able to build
upon the infrastructure and integrate that with our research data in order to start building models and trajectories of human health as we go forward over time. – We’re really spanning all
of our schools and colleges from the classic health sciences schools, but also engineering, public health, all the way to School of
Music, Theater & Dance. – It stimulates interactions. It stimulates collaborations. It stimulates departments
to work together. – And we’ve got brilliant people here. And I’ve see the passion in their eyes when they talk about the research. They’re not just going
their work and going home. They are on fire. They want to make a difference. – It’s so exciting to see the foundation continue their history of giving and take it to the next level by expanding the impact
from one disease area and recognize that by
adding to a platform, actually allows us to really multiply the impact of their contributions. – When I thought about giving
to the University of Michigan, I thought, there must be other families, there must be other
foundations, companies, people with significant resources, who have medical problems
in their families. So I’m hoping that
besides what it would do for bipolar disorder
here at the university, nationwide and worldwide, but it will help people to wake up to say, hey, we have a family member
who’s really ill with something and we have money we could give. – It’s a very generous gift that is hopefully a model for future gifts Where we’re able to demonstrate
how hundreds of researchers who may not directly be benefiting from the individual disease area, benefit from the overall impact. – The world’s a better place when people thing of giving back and brightening people’s days. And I really think that’s important. You give what you can and every one has something
different to give. (gentle music)

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