The next breakthrough in cancer, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, or many other conditions may be supported by the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR), which recently received a $58 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to help make those breakthroughs happen.
Director George A. Mashour, M.D., Ph.D., who also serves as Associate Dean of the Medical School and Executive Director of Translational Research in the U-M Office of Research, said, “The new funding means more chances to translate U-M ideas into knowledge and breakthroughs that can eventually help patients and the general public.”
MICHR serves 170 unique University of Michigan units across campus, and engages local communities in the research process. Their knowledgeable faculty and staff educates, funds, connects, and supports research teams with dozens of resources and services, including:
- Consultation: Free, expert advice on everything from study aims, feasibility, biostatistics, and bioethics to budgeting, collaboration, regulatory support, community engagement, participant recruitment, and informatics tools.
- Clinical Research Unit: Facility with clinical staff, resources, and infrastructure necessary to conduct adult and pediatric human clinical research protocols. A highly-skilled clinical research team provides extended-stay services and outpatient appointments, a mobile clinical research team, and a core research lab for specimen collection, processing, shipping, and storage.
- Education and Training: Competency-based education for clinical trial conduct, based on international good clinical practice standards; training relevant to clinical research through degree, certificate, and mentored research programs; community-based participatory research; grant writing, budgeting, informatics tool workshops, and more.
- Community Engagement: Tailored educational presentations, partnership development, and community-engaged research consultations.
- Funding: A variety of award mechanisms, including traditional pilot and seed grants, translational science awards, Mentored Clinical Scientists Career Development Award (MICHR K), and Community-University Partnership Seed.
- Grant Writing Support: Careful editing and review of your grant to identify red flags in the content; ensure logic, flow and clarity of ideas; eliminate jargon; improve sentence structure and grammar; and clarify unclear text to strengthen proposals.
- Regulatory Support: Investigational New Drug (IND) and Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) application preparation and submission services, as well as training.
- Research Management: Biostatistics support, data capture tools, study management mentoring and monitoring, and database development are just some of the management services MICHR offers.
All U-M research teams are encouraged to post their studies at UMHealthResearch.org to be matched with nearly 30,000 volunteers who are registered and ready to participate in studies. More than 140,000 secure messages have been sent between volunteers and study teams within the site, providing improved communication throughout the experience.
MICHR is also a research hub in the NIH’s Clinical & Translational Science Award (CTSA) Consortium, which allows it to partner with more than 50 other universities nationwide, accelerating discoveries toward better health.
For more information about all of MICHR’s services and resources, visit their website at michr.umich.edu/.