collaborate!@NCRC: conversations with the world’s best scientists

After acquiring the NCRC campus in 2009, University leaders described their vision for an exciting new campus with a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary and translational research. The large stretches of contiguous space provided unprecedented opportunities to co-locate investigators based on affinities, regardless of their academic home. As stated by James O. Woolliscroft, Dean of the University of Michigan Medical School, “It is a phenomenal opportunity to do science differently and further the University's mission".


Over the last three years NCRC has focused on bringing a vibrant research community to its site. NCRC is now home to over 2,000 researchers, staff, students and administrators. Included in this mix are researchers from 18 private companies housed in the Venture Accelerator and 3 non-University groups (Boropharm, Lycera, and the VA’s Center for Clinical Management Research, which houses over 50 faculty experts in health services research). These groups have located here because of the excellent facilities and the opportunity to interact with U-M researchers. Non-University NCRC occupants offer an exciting opportunity for our U-M research community to see what other research endeavors look like, identify commonalities and differences, learn and exchange ideas with individuals they would be unlikely to meet on other parts of campus.


Moving into the 4th year of continuous growth, NCRC is proud to announce the launch of an invited speaker series, “collaborate!@NCRC: conversations with the world’s best scientists” sponsored by Lycera Corp. As Lycera and U-M leaders considered the value of bringing Lycera to the U-M campus, both parties agreed that an important forum for sharing common scientific interests was through an invited speaker series that would seek to bring national and international experts to Ann Arbor. The University of Michigan, working jointly with Lycera to identify potential speakers, hosts the series which will bring four speakers per academic year to the NCRC (September – May). In addition to a noon seminar, the speaker will be invited to meet with researchers from both U-M and Lycera in scheduled one-on-one or small group interactions to support in-depth scientific exchange and also comment on the role of collaboration in their scientific careers, in keeping with the seminars’ focus of removing barriers to scientific collaboration.


The inaugural talk is scheduled for Wednesday, April 3, 2013 and will be given by Gerard Evan, PhD, the Chair of Biochemistry at the University of Cambridge, England. Dr. Evan is one of the world’s most prominent scientists in the cancer research arena, making seminal contributions to our understanding of the molecular basis for cancer for over 35 years.  More details are available here.