A message from Dr. Kevin Ward, executive director of MCIRCC

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Welcome to the Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care (MCIRCC) at the University of Michigan where our team is committed to transforming Critical Care through a unique formula of:


We are taking a boundless approach on re-imagining every aspect of critical care, ranging from the basic science of the diseases responsible for critical care to how we diagnose and treat every aspect of the patient and their family.  No idea is too far fetched to consider if it's transformative and disruptive.  Ever heard of a Grand Challenge….we got em!


We are bringing the Team, the Team, the Team to attack the problem.  This isn’t any ordinary team.  We’ve busted outside the traditional walls and silos of the Medical School.  Our teams are strategically integrated to include all types of critical care health care providers with basic scientists, engineers of many disciplines (chemical, mechanical, electrical, biomedical, etc.), computer and data scientists, and others.  Getting fresh eyes and talent on problems can be a game changer!  


Transformative life saving technologies don’t get to the patient’s bedside by themselves.  They require an understanding of intellectual property, regulatory challenges, the market, and many other areas that well….traditional research approaches are lacking.  Without development and integration of commercialization strategies into our problem solving, serious delays can occur adding years to the journey of getting an idea to impact.  Our ideas are informed and infused with serious entrepreneurship and commercialization expertise at very early stages making our ability to develop new companies and work with industry partners a key ingredient to saving lives.

Let me invite you to partner with us to transform critical care through these strategies.  Please check out our website and organization to learn more about our Catalyst Team and Core Collaborative services which include a unique big data platform, pre-clinical operative and ICU facilities of high fidelity disease models, a clinical research unit, commercialization coaching, a proposal development unit, and others.  These assets are specifically designed to lower the barrier to live-saving multidisciplinary team science and to move your idea forward no matter where it is on the innovation roadmap.    

  • 2014 - The Story Begins: MCIRCC at NCRC

    University of Michigan Medical School under Dean James Woolliscroft approves and invest in the creation of the Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care. Kevin Ward MD, Professor of Emergency Medicine named inaugural Executive Director and Shu Takayama, PhD Professor of Biomedical Engineering names Associate Director. MCIRCC begins program and unit building at the NCRC.

  • 2014 - The First "Grand Challenge"

    For its very first Grand Challenge, MCIRCC invites experts to present their latest and greatest ideas to combat sepsis.

  • 2014: MCIRCC Grows

    MCIRCC anticipates the myriad needs of its members and the greater medical community and establishes a group of services that would eventually become known as the MCIRCC Core Units: the Data Science Unit, Special Events, the Proposal Development Unit, Commercialization Coaching, the Pre-Clinical Critical Care Lab, and the Clinical Research Unit.

  • 2014 - The Massey TBI Grand Challenge

    MCIRCC becomes intensely involved in severe TBI as a result of a partnership with the Joyce and Don Massey Family Foundation as well as collaborations with the Department of Defense. Since the inception of the Massey TBI Grand Challenge, a remarkable journey to drive TBI research to a new level hit full speed.

  • 2015 - New Tech, New Data

    Through a collaboration with Emergency Medicine and other external partners, MCIRCC purchases the hardware required to develop a big data platform for critical care research.

  • 2016 - Data Platform Implemented

    MCIRCC completes development of its Big Data Platform and begins collecting waveform data from over 400 beds at the University Hospital.

  • 2017 - Onward and Upward

    With rapid growth and success, Michigan Medicine under Dean Marschall Runge approves renewal with additional investment and resources. MCIRCC leadership grows to add 9 Associate Directors.

  • 2017-2018 - Strides for Team Science

    MCIRCC begins strategic campaign to compete for large team science grants from foundations, NIH, NSF, and Department of Defense.

  • 2018 - Continued Victories

    MCIRCC launches 4 spin-off companies and files 7 patents

  • 2018 - Big Data at the Bedside

    MCIRCC expands its Big Data Platform to capture waveform data from 200 beds at Mott’s Children’s Hospital.

  • 2019 - Reducing Readmissions

    MCIRCC partners with the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Unit to develop a predictive analytic to help reduce readmission rates. The analytic is deployed in a prospective study.