Arul Chinnaiyan, MD
Arul Chinnaiyan, M.D., Ph.D., Director

Prostate Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPORE)

Welcome to the University of Michigan (U-M) Prostate SPORE website. The U-M Prostate SPORE launched in 1995 as one of the first NCI-funded SPORE programs in the country. The goals of the U-M Prostate SPORE are to foster research productivity, promote interaction and collaboration among researchers, and optimize the institution's strengths and unique scientific opportunities to advance prostate cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship.

Toward these objectives, our team of clinician scientists and researchers have realized major discoveries that have made our program a national leader in translational research. Close collaboration with investigators from across the University of Michigan campus, SPOREs at UM and other institutions, industry, national networks and other Universities have made these discoveries possible.

As Director, I am proud of our talented investigators and the scientific advances achieved. I look forward to opportunities and challenges ahead in our mission to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with prostate cancer.


News Events
Urine-based test improves on PSA for detecting prostate cancer. Scott Tomlins' Mi-Prostate Score (MiPS) study has been published in European Urology in the May 15, 2015 edition.


New UM pilot trial using C-sarcosine as a PET tracer for prostate cancer to evaluate the uptake mechanisms and metabolic pathways of C-sarcosine in prostate cancer tissue is enrolling patients with prostate cancer (PI: Morand Piert).


SPORE-supported researchers part of international study finding 90% of prostate cancers have anomaly that could influence treatment.


New technology at UM improves prostate cancer biopsies.


Rapid Autopsy Program publishes first case described for either a primary renal tumor or HLRCC-related cancer


Apply by September 1 for SPORE in Prostate Cancer research funding. For more information and to apply, navigate to the Competition Space website:, search for "Prostate SPORE" and select Pilot Project or Career Enhancement Program.

6/4/15 - GU Oncology Retreat, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. in 5206 CC.

7/16/15 - Prostate Oncology Program to present on prostate cancer at Parkway Meadows Senior Housing at 11:00 am.

7/23/15 - Prostate SPORE Patient Advocacy Committee lunch meeting, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm in 5206 CC.

8/1/15 - Letter of Intent due for Prostate SPORE Career Enhancement Program applications.

8/6/15 - Prostate SPORE/Prostate Oncology Program Meeting, 4:00 pm. Muneesh Tewari, MD, PhD, UM Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology presents.

9/1/15 - Deadline for Prostate SPORE Career Enhancement Program and Pilot Project applications.

9/3/15 - Prostate SPORE/Prostate Oncology Program Meeting, 4:00 pm. Jolanta Grembecka, PhD, UM Department of Pathology presents her SPORE pilot project research.

9/22/15 - Prostate Oncology Program sponsors a talk about controversies in prostate cancer screening at the Ann Arbor District Library, downtown at 7:00 pm.

10/1/15 - Prostate SPORE/Prostate Oncology Program Meeting, 4:00 pm. Todd Morgan, MD, UM Department of Urology presents research findings from his SPORE Career Development award.

11/5/15 - Prostate SPORE/Prostate Oncology Program Meeting, 4:00 pm. Will Roberts, MD, UM Department of Urology presents.

12/12/15 - UM Breast Cancer/Prostate Cancer Event at Washtenaw Community College 9:00 am

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