momentUM Top Stories

October 2012

> NCRC Attracts New Faculty Member Recruits

> NCRC Support Significant Factor in Hospital Patient Meal Preparation

> Two New Art Exhibits at NCRC

September 2012

>Biointerfaces Institute Continues to Grow with New Faculty Member Moves to NCRC

>New and Exciting Dining Options at NCRC

>NCRC Facilities Framework Tool

August 2012

>Biointerfaces Institute at NCRC Furthers the Collaborative Research Mission

>NCRC Community More Satisfied than Before

>Emergency Medicine Group at NCRC Expands


July 2012

>Translational Oncology - Foundational NCRC Program Breaks Ground

>Center of Molecular Imaging to Open at NCRC

>MLibrary To Provide Research and Information Services at NCRC


June 2012

> First Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation Members Move to NCRC

> Translational Oncology Establishes Presence at NCRC

> Innovative Use of Space Design Concepts at IHPI

May 2012

> Department of Emergency Medicine Labs to Move to the NCRC

> The University of Michigan Electron Microbeam Analysis Laboratory (EMAL) to move to NCRC

> Behind the Scene: NCRC IT Support Keeps Up with Growing Needs

NCRC Attracts New Faculty Member Recruits

Mark S. Cohen MD, FACS, Associate Professor of Surgery and Director of Endocrine Surgery Research recently moved his lab to NCRC from the University of Kansas, as part of the Translational Oncology program. We spoke with him recently.

About his research and his move to NCRC
We are very excited to move in here at NCRC. As a clinician/scientist, I try to bridge my translational cancer research into clinical applications for patients with endocrine tumors, head and neck cancer, breast cancer, and melanoma. My clinical efforts are focused on cancer patients with endocrine tumors and melanoma requiring surgical treatment. In the laboratory, our work is focused on translational targeted cancer-drug development and drug delivery systems in thyroid cancer, head and neck squamous cell cancer, melanoma and breast cancer. Specifically we have developed a patented nanocarrier-based drug-delivery platform which improves cancer drug delivery to tumors and their draining lymph nodes for enhanced efficacy while decreasing the systemic toxicity of the drugs. Additionally our lab is translating novel natural product compounds called withanolides as well as novel heat-shock protein inhibitors into improved anti-cancer drugs for future clinical trials in thyroid cancer, head and neck squamous cell cancer, breast cancer, melanoma and adrenal cancer here at the University of Michigan. We have been fortunate to receive funding from the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the American Cancer Society, and the National Institute of Health and plan to further develop this research program through active collaborations here at NCRC.

The interdisciplinary and collaborative nature of his work
Our work is very interdisciplinary and in just being here a month, I have already established several new collaborations with faculty members from several departments working on novel cancer drug development and delivery. I think our platform has implications in a number of different cancers, so it allows me to collaborate with other faculty members to find new applications in several different malignancy types. Our lab is continuing several collaborations with investigators from across the country and we now have several novel candidate drug compounds that we are moving through preclinical studies. We hope to move our first nano carrier chemotherapy drug into clinical trials in the next year here at U of M. The lab space here at NCRC provides an ideal environment for this type of interdisciplinary interaction and collaborative effort.  
How NCRC is different from other similar research centers
The set up currently at NCRC in my opinion is very forward-thinking. Being able to combine a core group of translational researchers – clinicians, clinician-scientists and basic scientists, to bridge the bench to bedside approach is best way to accelerate scientific discovery and will be a model for many places to follow. For decades, academic departments have been compartmentalized. Bringing different disciplines together, with core facilities to support them, can be a daunting task but is something that is happening at NCRC. Such an environment provides researchers with those sparks of interaction that can develop into both novel discoveries and a mechanism to develop it more rapidly into practice. Now that we have completed our move, we are looking forward to getting these projects ramped up here at Michigan!
NCRC a factor in decision to move to Michigan
The space and the ability to collaborate directly with some of the key scientists in areas of cancer drug development and drug delivery was a big draw for me. Access to and being a part of interdisciplinary programs is a significant benefit to my research goals. I foresee a lot more faculty members who are interested in multi-disciplinary interactions considering moving here. I think NCRC is going to grow rapidly. The space is being developed in a forward thinking way to allow for different disciplines to come together cohesively and once the engine is turned on, it has great potential to create a multidisciplinary mecca for translational oncology research.

NCRC Support Significant Factor in Hospital Patient Meal Preparation

Patient Food and Nutrition Services Moves Kitchen from NCRC back to the hospital after completed renovations

Another phase in Patient Food and Nutrition Services’ “room service” delivery model was completed this week when PFANS moved its patient food production center and Meals on Wheels preparation functions out of the North Campus Research Complex to a renovated kitchen on Level B2 of University Hospital.

NCRC Building 18 was home to the U-M Hospital’s patient food production center and Meals on Wheels preparation functions for the past fourteen months while a new and improved facility was being built. The new B2 kitchen will allow PFANS to implement a patient “room service” model in early 2013 that will give patients more control over the timing and selection of the food and beverages they receive.

“Our patient food is good now, but when we begin this model it is going to be great,” says UMHS Patient Food and Nutrition Services Head Chef Stephen Schifano.

“This new service will allow patients to receive fresh food, cooked to order within an hour, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”

“It has been a great experience working with the NCRC staff members to complete this important step in our process,” adds Elaine Allore, Training Specialist Lead for PFANS. “The team there, especially Darcy Rathjen and Preston Smith, has been very flexible and worked with us to resolve issues quickly.  Their support and accommodation have really helped this to work.”

maryMary Tresh, NCRC Facilities Director had a similar positive response. “The team at NCRC was glad to see the large commercial kitchen be put to good use. We understood the challenges that working out of temporary space would present to the PFANS staff and we tried to make their transition as seamless as possible,” says Tresh.

While a room service model already exists at the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital, this renovation will allow for expansion of patient room service to UH and the Cardiovascular Center. NCRC was glad to be able to provide an interim home to PFANS during this phase of the project.

For more information on this project, visit or for questions, contact the Room Service project team via email at:

Two New Art Exhibits at NCRC

NCRC Art Program at the intersection of science and art

NCRC recognizes the significant value of art on its campus. The NCRC art program celebrates the innovative and collaborative culture of NCRC through art. By design, NCRC is a collection of many groups that work collaboratively. Art provides a common ground. This program also draws on the considerable talent and resources of the U-M School of Art and Design, both faculty members and students. The art program is beginning to take shape in interesting ways.

Two new exhibits are on view at NCRC this month - both connecting scientific discovery and art in creative ways.

Art Under the Microscope
This exhibition of sixteen art quilts features scientific quilt1 2photography taken through the microscope - BioArtography. The Society for the Arts in Healthcare has partnered with the University of Michigan Health System's Gifts of Art program and the University of Michigan Center for Organogenesis to showcase this fascinating combination of art and science. This
collection of quilts was created by Fiber Artists @ Loose Ends.

The exhibition aims to honor scientic research efforts, enrich community spaces by bringing the arts into everyday life, and raise public awareness about the quilt2importance of the arts in healthcare settings.
As a compliment to Art Under the Microscope, an educational satellite exhibition, Under the Microscope, will highlight tissue staining techniques similar to those illustrated in the quilts. This will be on view in Building 10, first floor (next to quilt exhibition). Microscopes and special stains are used to examine tissues for alterations in structure or function that are characteristic of health or disease.

Art Under the Microscope
October 19 - December 14
Rotunda Gallery, Building 18, 1st Floor

Microscope Demonstrations
November 7 and November 29, 11 am-2 pm.
Building 10, first floor (next to quilt exhibition)

* Microscopes made available courtesy of Mager Scientic
* Demonstrations courtesy of Mager Scientic, BioArtography staff and the Microscopy & Image-Analysis Lab

Animal II: Amanda Lilleston
Emerging Art Series
Amanda, a recent MFA graduate at the lilleston3University of Michigan School of Art and Design, takes the study of anatomy and turns her vision into large woodblock collage prints.  This artistic interest in the exploration of the vulnerability and strength of the human body began while watching surgeries, researching physiology, and through assisting in dissections.  She combines the techniques of woodblock, collage and chine-collé.

October 3 through December 14, 2012
Connections Gallery, Building 18, NCRC

Biointerfaces Institute Continues to Grow with New Faculty Member Moves to NCRC
Takayama lab one of the latest additions to the multi-disciplinary program
Dr. Shuichi Takayama recently moved his large Biomedical Engineering lab to NCRC. With almost 20 post-doctoral researchers, Ph.D. students and undergraduate students, this lab reflects a large addition to the growing Biointerfaces Institute at NCRC. Dr. Takayama shared his thoughts in a recent interview.

About his lab's move to NCRC:
At the Biomedical Engineering department, we do a lot of collaborative research with the Medical School. The environment at NCRC, where there are both engineers and medical clinicians, biologists and scientists is a very natural fit for the type of research we do. The second advantage is the availability of contiguous space at NCRC. My lab used to be scattered over several buildings but now we are all together. Except for a small part of my lab, I have been able to consolidate all the different parts of my lab by moving to NCRC.

Unique aspects of NCRC valuable to his research:
At NCRC, we now share labs with researchers we have collaborated with before but were not in contiguous space. As our labs get to functioning status, we anticipate greater research synergies with our collaborators since we are located in the same space. What is unique about NCRC is the interdisciplinary research potential - we are right next to researchers from the Medical School and the Dental School, for example, and not just within the Biomedical Engineering department as before.  There is so much that emerges from talking to people who happen to be close-by that I envision exciting inter-disciplinary research going forward. We already work with Dr. Krebsbach and Dr. Gary Smith's labs, and now we look forward to working with the cancer and cardiovascular researchers at NCRC.

New and Exciting Dining Options at NCRC
Long awaited food service finally arrives at NCRC

NCRC is excited to announce that Opus One has been awarded a University of Michigan contract to operate a cafeteria and catering services at the university's North Campus Research Complex. With nearly 1,600 people -- including U-M scientists, staff and students, and employees of 21 small private companies currently working at NCRC, and hundreds more to move there over coming years, a more robust dining option was imperative.
Opus One will open in NCRC building 520 beginning Monday, September 17, 2012. Food service will consist of Opus One Signature sandwiches, soups, prepared entrées, salads, side dishes, chips, hot and cold beverages, cookies, and brownies (Click Here for Menu). Throughout the months of September and October, service will continue to expand to include items such as specialty coffees, smoothies, ice cream, juices and sundries.

The full service cafeteria located in building 18 is scheduled to open in November, after the Patient Food and Nutrition Services team moves back to their newly renovated kitchen in the University Hospital.

Opus One has a green initiative and will be using eco-friendly disposable dishes, cutlery and beverage containers, and will accept both credit and debit cards as well as cash.

NCRC Facilities Framework Tool
Key drivers and assumptions to inform the next phase of facilities activation at NCRC

The facilities framework tool was recently developed to explore options for deploying the un-activated space at NCRC that best support the strategic goals of the university and the health system. The tool will support the leadership as they make a series of future decisions around the best use of this space and the timing of facilities activation.

Over the last 3 years approximately 61% of the available lab space at NCRC has been activated. Of that space, 24% is available to support future incremental growth; the remainder has been occupied or is committed to near term moves.


This planning effort was focused on efforts to describe a profile of the average wet lab faculty researcher with the NCRC Facilities Framework Tool. This profile was informed by reviewing experience in the medical school as well as by benchmarking peer institutions.  The profile (e.g. lab size, number of support staff, mix of space type, grant support) provides the data needed to model how available space at NCRC and on the medical campus could support faculty increases at various annual growth rates.



Biointerfaces Institute at NCRC Furthers the Collaborative Research Mission
Nagrath lab a true example of research across disciplines
Dr. Sunitha Nagrath, a faculty member in the Biointerfaces Institute located at NCRC, exemplifies cross-disciplinary collaborative research. At NCRC since February 2012, Nagrath has had ample time to settle in and appreciate the advantages that NCRC offers in terms of co-location of researchers from across disciplines, sharing contiguous lab space.

Nagrath's research goal is to bring the next generation of engineering tools to patient care, especially in cancer. Her lab develops advanced MEMS tools for understanding cell trafficking in cancer through isolation, characterization and study of circulating cell in peripheral blood of cancer patients. Separating cancer cells from the blood allows them to be used for diagnosis and monitoring of the disease. In particular, the Nagrath lab is developing microfluidic devices for isolating and studying cancer cells as related to metastasis.
Nagrath feels that the NCRC model is an excellent fit with her research needs. Although she is an engineer, she and her researchers work at the intersection of engineering, biology and medicine. It is important for her to be able to collaborate and interact with oncologists, biologists, chemists and physicists. NCRC offers the right platform for such collaborative work. Next door to the Nagrath lab is Dr. Max Wicha's oncology lab with whom Nagrath is working to isolate cancer stem cells.

"Having the opportunity to just walk into that lab and grab some cells from them, or grab one of their researchers to show them what we are working on and interact daily is a huge benefit," says Nagrath (pictured above and with students on the right).

NCRC Community More Satisfied than Before
Quality of Life survey reveals improvements along almost all dimensions

The NCRC Survey Program has just completed its second annual Quality of Life Survey for the entire site. We are gratified to learn that the levels of satisfaction among those who work at NCRC has increased in the last year. Distributed to 1,360 NCRC community members, the survey had a robust response rate, allowing us to derive meaningful results.

With more research labs now at NCRC, of particuar interest is the satisfaction levels associated with research services and opportunities for collaboration.

Specific research support services such as autoclave, glasswash and biological waste pick-up have all been rated highly by the users of these services at NCRC.

Satisfaction with opportunities for collaboration increased from last year, along all three dimensions measured: opportunities to network with other groups, increase in work efficiency due to proximity to other groups and the possibilities of developing new connections leading to new projects.


Emergency Medicine Group at NCRC Expands
New Chair and researcher are significant additions

With John Younger, M.D., M.S., moving his lab youngerto NCRC earlier this year, the Department of Emergency Medicine established a presence at this site. Younger is the associate chair for research in Emergency Medicine, and member of the Biointerfaces Institute.

In July 2012 Robert W. Neumar, M.D., Ph.D., a renowned expert in brain damage after cardiac arrest and head trauma, was appointed chair of the University of Michigan Medical School’s Department of Emergency Medicine.

Neumar comes to U-M from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, where he was an associate professor of emergency medicine and associate director of the Center for Resuscitation Science. Along with maintaining an active clinical practice at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Neumar conducted extensive research focused on understanding the mechanisms of brain injury, and developing therapies to minimize brain damage and improve the brain’s ability to recover after cardiac arrest and traumatic brain injury.

Following his appointment, Dr. Neumar moved his lab to NCRC, and also recruited an additional scientist and his team -- Kevin Ward,kward 2 M.D., the current director of the Virginia Commonwealth University Reanimation Engineering Science Center. Ward's research is focused hemorrhagic shock and combat casualty care with an emphasis on developing innovative technologies for the diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment of critically ill patients.

Together, the Emergency Medicine researchers based at NCRC expect to study the biology of critical injury and illness, including causes, diagnoses and treatment. The labs will serve as a scientific home and platform for basic scientists, clinical investigators, inventors, and entrepreneurs across the university interested in the care of patients with life-threatening acute illness and injury. Research will take new ideas in the basic sciences – whether biological, physical, or theoretical -- and carry them to clinical application in the treatment of critical illness and injury.

Translational Oncology - Foundational NCRC Program Breaks Ground
New director will inspire and lead a cutting-edge and diverse program

Diane Simeone, M.D. will assume the Directorship of the Translational Oncology Program at NCRC. Dr. Simeone is the Lazar J. Greenfield Endowed Professor of Surgery and Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, and is currently the Director of the Multidisciplinary Pancreatic Tumor Program at the UM Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Simeone is both a dedicated pancreatic surgeon and an internationally recognized biomedical researcher, whose research is focused understanding the molecular mechanisms regulating the development and progression of pancreatic cancer.

Being closely connected to the University of Michigan Health System's vision to create the future of health care through discovery, Dr. Simeone will lead a diverse program consisting of of a large number of research laboratories whose areas of expertise range from basic molecular and cellular biological processes, novel preclinical models of cancer, the identification of new drugs that target cellular processes unique to the cancer cell and the translation of these discoveries into the clinic. "Diane is an inspirational biomedical researcher with an unparalleled record of accomplishment in the area of pancreatic cancer biology and is one of our leading cancer surgeons," said Dr. Colin Duckett, Director of Program Development at NCRC. "We're thrilled that she has accepted this vital leadership role at NCRC. She will spearhead a highly motivated interdisciplinary team of investigators from many departments, schools and colleges within the university who are focused on the development of novel strategies to beat cancer."

Dr. Simeone and her team plan to move their research programs to NCRC in early 2013.

In a recent interview, Dr. Simeone said, "The focus of the Translational Oncology program at NCRC will be singular – how to treat cancer better. To make this happen we will adopt a comprehensive approach: on one hand researching the disease from different angles by drawing on the vast and world class expertise of our basic scientists, clinicians and experimental therapeutics researchers, and on the other, focusing on drug development and commercialization processes in order to reach patients faster. I am tremendously excited to develop this vision at NCRC."

Center of Molecular Imaging to Open at NCRC
Bioluminescence imaging will greatly benefit researchers

In partnership with the Medical School Office of Research, the Center for Molecular Imaging is pleased to announce the opening of its newest location at the NCRC. The state-of-the-art imaging facility will welcome research investigators to be given access to this facility for IVIS Spectrum use beginning August 1, 2012. Initially the facility will provide bioluminescence and fluorescence in vivo imaging services to small animal users. The IVIS Spectrum system uses Xenogen’s novel patented optical imaging technology to facilitate non-invasive longitudinal monitoring of disease progression, cell trafficking and gene expression patterns in living animals. In the coming months the medium-to-large animal MRI system will be activated.

Users wishing to utilize this instrument should contact Amanda Welton Fair (, 734-615-3009) in advance for information regarding animal protocols and imaging needs. It is anticipated that additional capabilities and services will be added over time.




MLibrary To Provide Research and Information Services at NCRC
Valuable service will address information needs in creative ways

The University Library announces the opening of MLibrary@NCRC on July 2, 2012. Spearheaded by the Taubman Health Sciences Library, the mission of MLibrary@NCRC is to provide innovative library services to meet the unique information needs of interdisciplinary and translational researchers, including academic and industry partners, and to support the strategic growth of NCRC and the university.

MLibrary@NCRC establishes a location where individuals and groups can gather to learn, collaborate, share information or conduct research on topics of interest, from small molecule science to clinical and health services research to broad market-based analyses. The facility is equipped with computer terminals and access to many of MLibrary’s electronic resources, in accordance with license agreements.

MLibrary@NCRC will be staffed by a team of librarians (shown in the photo from left to right: Jean Song, Judy Smith, Marisa Conte, Marci Brandenburg) with a diverse range of domain knowledge and specialized information organization and retrieval skills. Research services include, but are not limited to, expert searching, small-group instruction, consultations, and resource services, including facilitating cost-sharing for information resources or identifying data analysis tools.

Jane Blumenthal, Director of the Taubman Health Sciences Library, says, “Meeting the information needs of NCRC’s varied population requires a multi-faceted approach. MLibrary@NCRC will pursue customized, innovative, and previously unimagined library and information models in collaboration with researchers and other NCRC colleagues. Our presence at NCRC will enable librarians to better to understand users’ information needs, and integrate quality information and services into their environment.”

MLibrary@NCRC is located at 18-G218B, Building 18, and welcomes anyone housed at NCRC, including research cores and clusters, companies, groups involved with public-private partnerships, etc. For more information, contact us at

First Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation Members Move to NCRC
New institute an exciting addition to research at NCRC

About 75 members of the U-M Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI) moved into newly renovated space at NCRC this month. Moves of additional IHPI researchers into its new headquarters at NCRC will continue approximately every two weeks throughout the summer and fall.

The IHPI mission is to enhance the health and well-being of local, national and global populations through innovative, interdisciplinary health services research that informs public and private efforts to optimize the quality, safety, equity and affordability of healthcare services. IHPI is expected to become the largest academic-based collection of health services and healthcare policy researchers in the country. A search for a director for the institute is underway.

Key to the strategy and mission of NCRC is the ability to bring U-M experts together in a shared space where they can work alongside their colleagues, collaborating on new ideas that will help people get well and stay well. IHPI represents an incredible opportunity to bring the University’s gifted scholars together, creating an inter-disciplinary institute with a global reach. The opening of a new home for IHPI in a dedicated building at NCRC comes on the third anniversary of U-M’s purchase of the former Pfizer site.

By bringing people together in close proximity to one another, IHPI researchers expect they can accelerate their studies on how healthcare is delivered today, and their tests of innovations that could improve healthcare, health insurance and health policy of tomorrow.

“Moving to NCRC has the potential to be transformative. Our patient safety program will now be surrounded by high-caliber and multidisciplinary health services researchers who are committed to turning ideas into action,” said Sanjay Saint, MD, MPH, Professor of Internal Medicine, U-M Medical School, and Associate Chief of Medicine, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System.

More than 400 more IHPI members will move to NCRC in coming months. Just over half of IHPI members are U-M Medical School faculty. Nearly one quarter of members are from the U-M School of Public Health. Others come from U-M’s Engineering, Pharmacy, Business, Dentistry, Nursing, and Public Policy schools, and others. There are many members from partner organizations as well. Learn more about IHPI at their website.


Translational Oncology Establishes Presence at NCRC
Dr. Max Wicha and researchers move their labs

In May 2012 the NCRC welcomed Dr. Wicha’s Experimental Breast Cancer Research Laboratories and forty of his researchers to the third floors of buildings 26 and 20W.

Dr. Wicha is the founding and present Director of the University of Michigan’s Comprehensive Cancer Center (UMCCC), a position he has held continuously for 25 years. Under his leadership, the UMCCC established itself as a world-renowned center of cancer care.

Dr. Wicha has been a pioneering force in cancer stem cell (CSC) biology. His group was the first to identify breast CSCs. Subsequently, his laboratory identified robust markers and developed widely adopted cellular and xenograft models to isolate and characterize CSCs. Recently, he has focused on translating his pre-clinical research into the development of clinical trials designed to target breast CSCs. With the formation of the Translational Oncology Program (TOP), Dr. Wicha has engaged the interest of the best and brightest CSC researchers to the NCRC. In his words, “ In many ways, the NCRC embodies the very best of Michigan and epitomizes what sets our institution apart – our ability to focus the efforts of the top minds in diverse fields to find answers to society’s greatest challenges.” The TOP seeks to drive innovative cancer therapies and is uniquely qualified with numerous leading laboratories in CSC research. TOP investigators are presently exploring cancers of the breast, lung, pancreas, head and neck, colon, prostate and thyroid. By working together and sharing the ample scientific resources of the NCRC, TOP scientists can make progress more rapidly than would be possible by working alone. It is hoped this collaborative approach will revolutionize cancer treatments by targeting and destroying the cells responsible for disease recurrence and metastasis.



Innovative Use of Space Design Concepts at IHPI>
Deliberate space planning and design to enable collaborative research

In the meticulous planning that went into renovating the NCRC building where IHPI is now located, space has truly been used as a tool to enable and nurture collaborative research opportunities. The planning and design philosophy for the facility places a direct emphasis on promoting interdisciplinary research and collaboration amongst the various groups and individuals in several ways.

• Open office zones at the north and south ends on each level and private/enclosed spaces located in the center core of the building.
• Non-dedicated work spaces such as ‘hoteling’ offices, quiet rooms and open workstations to address more flexible and mobile working needs.
• Embedded throughout the facility are formal and informal collaboration spaces that encourage opportunities for information sharing.
• Cutting edge technology concepts are leveraged throughout the facility and with the furniture to further capture opportunities for formal and informal interaction.

According to Todd Ciesielski, Senior Project Manager at U-M AEC - Architecture and Engineering, and the project lead for the building renovation, "The combination of commitment of stakeholders from inception through post-occupancy, along with the implementation of forward-thinking design principles has led to the success of the project."

The excitement about the possibilities of spontaneous collaborations is echoed by the IHPI staff as well. “The advantage of having so many faculty researchers a supportive research and administrative staff in one location is already obvious; people who previously only communicated via email or telephone are now bumping into each other in the hallway,” said Dana Burkley, Administrative Manager, Department of Internal Medicine, U-M Medical School. “It’s very exciting to watch these interactions unfold.”


Department of Emergency Medicine Labs to Move to the NCRC

Pioneering research on acute illnesses and injury expected

James O. Woolliscroft, M.D., the Dean of the U-M Medical School, has announced that Robert W. Neumar, M.D., Ph.D., will become the new Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School on July 1st, 2012. John Younger, M.D., M.S., the Associate Chair for Research in Emergency Medicine will move his laboratories to building 26 at the NCRC at the end of May both to co-locate with Neumar and to join the Biointerfaces Institute. Joining the group in July will be Kevin Ward, M.D., the current director of the Virginia Commonwealth University Reanimation Engineering Science Center.

Their work will involve the study of critical injury and illness, including causes, diagnoses and treatment. The labs will serve as a scientific home and platform for basic scientists, clinical investigators, inventors, and entrepreneurs across the university interested in the care of patients with life-threatening acute illness and injury.

Younger says there are very few centers that can effectively quilt together the many research activities needed to take new ideas in the basic sciences-biological, physical, or theoretical - and carry them to clinical application in the study of critical illness. Their goal is to make this type of research a reality at U-M.

“The philosophy of multidisciplinary collaborations of the NCRC and the proximity to both the Center for Arrhythmia Research and Biointerfaces program was important. The NCRC’s approach to biomedical research and development with an eye towards translation and commercialization - this is something we wanted to be a part of and contribute to,” says Younger.




The University of Michigan Electron Microbeam Analysis Laboratory (EMAL) to move to NCRC

Excellent potential for collaboration and shared equipment

A recent collaborative partnership between the Engineering and Medical schools at U-M, enabled by Deans Munson and Woolliscroft, is allowing NCRC to become home to The University of Michigan Electron Microbeam Analysis Laboratory (EMAL). EMAL is a university-wide user facility for the structural and chemical characterization of materials at the nanoscale. With a user base of over 600 people and visited by about 120 users per week, its operations are currently located in the Space Research Building on the U-M North Campus.

An advantage of this move is the opportunity for the development of collaborations and shared equipment with the Medical School Microscopy Image-analysis Lab, located around the corner from the proposed EMAL site.

Steven L. Kunkel, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean for Research and Endowed Professor in Pathology Research, said, "The Medical School has had a long standing relationship with the College of Engineering and we are excited to partner again with them for the EMAL's move to NCRC. This is another example of how we are able to come together to solve problems and provide resources to both schools, as well as the research community at large."

The proposed move to NCRC building 22 will allow EMAL's newly acquired state-of-the-art instrumentation to operate optimally, since the new location has field and vibration characteristics that are much superior to the current 25 year old facility.

According to Dr. John Mansfield, who manages the North Campus EMAL, "This is an exciting move for us. For example, it will allow our new JEOL 3100R05 aberration corrected electron microscope to operate at its highest resolution and bring advanced imaging capability to University of Michigan researchers. Our new FEI Helios 650 focused ion beam workstation and ultra high resolution scanning electron microscope will allow stable sub-nanometer imaging and analysis; this instrument is the highest resolution scanning electron microscope in the State of Michigan."



Behind the Scene: NCRC IT Support Keeps Up with Growing Needs

MSIS Solutions Center is a great resource

IT support has kept pace with the growth at NCRC by providing centralized solutions, as well as planning and implementing several IT and communications projects. NCRC partners include: ITS Networking & Telecommunications (ITSCom), Medical Center Information Technology (MCIT), Medical School Information Services (MSIS), Office of Enabling Technologies (ETO), Michigan MultiMedia (M3), Educational Technology Services (ETS) and Information Services Solutions Center (ISSC).

MSIS Solutions Center: NCRC Site-Wide IT support includes a single accountable organization for servicing issues and requests that include desktop, AV, network and phones.

Some of the recent projects include:
EMS (Event Management Systems): a room and resource scheduling application being deployed by MSIS, replacing the current use of Meeting Maker for scheduling NCRC conference rooms.

Konica Print/Copy/Scan: The Konica Minolta Equitrac Follow-You-Printing with the following features will be rolled out in June:
• Secure printing sets up virtual print queues that holds jobs until they are released at a Konica machine.
• Follow-You-Printing extends the secure printing functionality to allow users to pull their jobs from one secure print queue to another, even across print servers.
• Client billing enables the use of billing codes.
• Limits access to prevent unauthorized users.

AV Room Upgrades: NCRC meeting rooms will be upgraded this year; phase 1 will include 36 rooms.

Digital Signs: support wayfinding and university-wide information dissemination.