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January 11, 2017
The DENSO R&D Lab is located at the University of Michigan's North Campus Research Complex (NCRC), directly in the hub of research activity for AD that includes the Mobility Transformation Center (MTC) and its affiliated Mcity test facility, the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), and the University of Michigan College of Engineering.
October 28, 2016
Renovation of last two empty buildings at former pharmaceutical research complex will bring more scientists together with key resources

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Eight years ago this month, silence fell over a vast pharmaceutical research campus in northeast Ann Arbor.

But today, it’s a bustling part of the University of Michigan, which has spent recent years putting its laboratories, offices and event spaces back to good use.

Now, the last two empty buildings on the site will take on a new life, through a $78.5 million renovation project...

October 14, 2016

The NCRC Security Services transition to Health System Security Services is taking another step forward by introducing Guest Service Specialists at the lobbies of Buildings 16, 18, and 28. Building 520 has already transitioned.

This next step will begin on Monday October 17th. The lobby hours will be 07:00am-6:00pm Monday through Friday.

In addition to providing reception to guests, wayfinding, and general information, Guest Service Specialists may request to see your Mcard as you enter the lobby.

All staff, faculty, students, contractors, U-M...

October 06, 2016


The University of Michigan has chosen this month to embark upon a 5-year grass-roots effort to improve Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. With such an effort, we are offered an opportunity to build a climate and culture that is welcoming to all.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are equally important; however one can surmise that a culture of inclusion must come first before the other two can thrive. Of the three pillars of the University’s strategic effort, inclusion is also the one area which each and every of us can choose to actively engage, a true grass-roots...

May 20, 2016

December 16, 2015

Whether you are a faculty member, researcher, or business employee; a student or a member of the Ann Arbor community, we invite you to read about NCRC’s exciting growth in the NCRC Annual Report!

August 25, 2015

Sharon C. Glotzer is the Stuart W. Churchill Collegiate Professor of Chemical Engineering, as well as Professor of Materials Science & Engineering, Macromolecular Science & Engineering, Physics, and Applied Physics. She was recently appointed to the National Academy of Sciences. In this interview, Melissa Chronicle, North Campus Research Complex Communications Administrator, visits Prof. Glotzer to talk about moving the Glotzer Group to NCRC, mentoring the next generation of researchers, and the possibilities offered by co-location, collaboration, sharing research, and using data...

August 03, 2015

MICHR's Pilot Grant Program seeks proposals from basic, clinical, and social scientists for bench-to-bedside and bedside-to-practice translational research. The goal is to promote development of novel solutions that will ultimately improve patient and community health outcomes. In addition to clinical and translational research, we welcome proposals for studies on health services, health outcomes, or health policy that inform practice, development and testing and new hypotheses or interventions, and proposals relevant to developing new methods or best practices.

In the previous 18...

June 29, 2015

As part of the Ann Arbor SPARK 10-year anniversary celebration, they invited founding board members to this special series to share their insights and reflect on the economic progress we've made in the Ann Arbor region.

During this podcast, Paul Krutko, President and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, interviews Dr. David Canter, Senior Associate Vice President and Executive Director at U-M's North Campus Research Complex.

Dr. Canter discusses how eight years ago, following Pfizer's closure, SPARK, U-M and other business leaders collaborated on a plan for economic prosperity. Dr....

October 27, 2014
Now medical researchers at the North Campus Research Complex (NCRC) have a clone of the ancient tree where Greek physician Hippocrates (c.460-377BC) and his students, the thought leaders of their time, learned from one another.
October 16, 2013

Cardiovascular researchers at the NCRC are practicing cutting-edge science that uses stem cells to create new heart muscle and focus on the crucial squeezing action of the heart.

Dr. Eric Devaney, associate professor of cardiac surgery, and, Todd Herron, assistant research professor of Internal Medicine in the Center for Arrhythmia Research, are the first of about 60 researchers from U-M’s Cardiovascular Center moving to the NCRC.

Devaney and Herron’s research is in the molecular biology of heart failure. By accelerating the motor protein myosin, which drives cardiac...

September 30, 2013

The North Campus Research Complex (NCRC) is delighted to welcome its latest tenant, a centralized Biorepository program sponsored by Medical School Office of Research. The University of Michigan Health System (UMHS) Central Biorepository serves as a key enabler of strategic research within UMHS. It will support and advance biomedical research by creating a secure location for the storage and processing of human biological specimens obtained as part of Institutional Review Board- approved studies.

Many scientists at U-M and other research institutions store valuable biomedical...

August 14, 2013

MLibrary@NCRC , located on the ground level of Building 18, integrates a wide breadth of library and information services to meet the complex information needs of NCRC. According to the Jean Song, the Taubman Health Sciences Library’s Research and Informatics Coordinator, the library “serves as a connector to quality information tools, people, and ideas across disciplines, throughout the campus and beyond. We are often the first stop for people’s information needs because if we don’t have the answer ourselves—we help them find it.” Below is a sampling of...

August 14, 2013

1.Please tell us why NCRC is interesting to your research which is in the social sciences:

NCRC is a great opportunity to understand the effects of spatial networks on research collaborations. Over a year ago, we started working with pilot data from the BSRB and the Cancer Center. At that time, with fewer people at NCRC, we did not have a robust enough data set. However, over the last year, a number of groups have moved to NCRC, including ones which were not previously co-located before. In fact, we could make the argument that some of the groups would not exist...

May 20, 2013

Can you tell us briefly about your research background?

I am a post-doctoral researcher from an interdisciplinary background: a biophysicist working in the field of translational oncology. Currently my research focuses on two key areas of cancer research: the use of the circulating tumor cell (CTC) isolation technologies in understanding the metastasis of cancer, and designing better tools for pre-clinical therapeutics and diagnosis to prevent the incidence of cancer and its recurrences and help increase survival rates and patient quality of life.


May 20, 2013

The vision for interdisciplinary, collaborative research at U-M has gained significant strength in an exciting new development. The university recently launched the Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care or M-CIRCC, a new center for the study of acute illnesses and injuries, to be based at NCRC. Like other flourishing research programs at NCRC such as the Biointerfaces Institute, Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, the Cardiovascular Research Center, the Translational Oncology Program and the Department of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics, M-CIRCC...

May 03, 2013

Collaborative spaces at IHPI promote research productivity and new linkages.

1. Please tell us about your research role in the Center for Healthcare Outcomes & Policy (CHOP) group of the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI).

I serve as Director of Biostatistics in the CHOP group of IHPI. In that role, I collaborate with faculty members in CHOP on research design, measurement issues, and statistical analysis of various health services and outcomes research projects. I also direct the analysts’ group in CHOP that comprises Master's...

April 01, 2013

NCRC is once again at the forefront of new ideas in collaborations across boundaries with a new art exhibition titled Inspired by Science, starting in March at NCRC. Works of art by University of Michigan School of Art and Design faculty members, as well as Michigan-based and internationally known artists are featured in this exhibition.

Inspired by Science includes Sherri Smith and Michael Rodemer, respected faculty members at the U-M School of Art and Design, and Bradley Smith, the Associate Dean for Creative Work, Research and Graduate Education, and Professor, School of Art and...

February 22, 2013

During the fall of 2012, the University of Michigan partnered with DTE Energy to build a solar array on University of Michigan property. Situated at the North Campus Research Complex, this project is part of DTE Energy's utility-owned solar program.

This construction at the corner of Plymouth Road and Huron Parkway at NCRC was undertaken by DTE Energy, with their engineer/builder, Nova Consultants. The project, through DTE Energy’s SolarCurrents program, consists of 1,794 solar modules in a ground-mounted array on approximately 2.45 acres, rated up to 440 kilowatts (kW). DTE will...

February 19, 2013

Less than three years after the first person moved in, the North Campus Research Complex has been transformed from a vacant former pharmaceutical company campus into a vibrant hub for research – an achievement marked this week with the move of the 2,000th person to the site.

Today, former Harvard University researcher Zhong Wang, Ph.D., and his team are unpacking their laboratory equipment and setting up experiments in their new home in Building 26.

They’re the latest in a series of top-level recruitments U-M has been able to make since its purchase of the site. The first...

February 18, 2013

Over the last three years since the first move-ins, and especially with the growth of research activity, NCRC has continued to provide excellent infrastructure support for research on its site. One of the unique aspects of NCRC is the confluence of researchers from different parts of the university. Most of these researchers continue to maintain strong connections with their home schools and departments for their research, frequently traveling back and forth.

Especially in the last year, NCRC has seen a substantial growth in both dry and wet lab research. The community of faculty...

February 18, 2013

Biointerfaces Institute at NCRC exemplifies collaboration by hosting a unique workshop.

How can university scientists and biotech companies work together to develop new ways to detect rare disease-related cells and particles in the bloodstream or tissues?

That search for the “needle in the haystack” of the human body was the key issue at a two-day workshop held in January 2013 by the U-M Biointerfaces Institute, based at the North Campus Research Complex.

It brought together dozens of U-M researchers from the Medical School, College of Engineering and other schools...

February 18, 2013

David Shultis, Post-doctoral Research Fellow (Zhang labs), Department of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics talks about his lab:

On what his lab does We make small things! We are creating a computational protein engineering platform with two main goals. The first goal is to develop novel macromolecules (proteins) useful in medicine & research that would be extremely hard to design using other protein engineering methods. The second goal is to improve our understanding of the protein folding process. We are utilizing state-of-the-art algorithms from the...

February 05, 2013

Center for Health Communications Research (CHCR) at NCRC Ed Saunders, MS, deputy director of CHCR shares some thoughts:

The University of Michigan Center for Health Communications Research (CHCR) is a dedicated team, integrating behavioral science, technology, and art to create and research health interventions that inspire informed health decisions, broaden access to health information, and advance the field of health communications. As part of the newly formed Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI), CHCR was one of the early groups of move to NCRC. In a recent...