MCIRCC Hosts Marschall Runge, MD, PHD., and the Michigan Medicine Advisory Group 

MCIRCC saw a full house on June 7 as the center opened its doors to Dr. Marschall Runge, U-M executive vice president for medical affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine, and members of the Michigan Medicine Advisory Group (MMAG). MCIRCC was the first among a series of stops Dr. Runge and the group made that day on a walking tour commemorating the tenth anniversary of the opening of the North Campus Research Complex (NCRC).

Dr. Ward presents on critical care.

Dr. Ward presents on critical care.

For the event, MCIRCC transformed its Ideation Lab conference room into an interactive exhibit that told the story of critical care while showcasing some of the center’s latest and greatest innovations.

 MCIRCC executive director Dr. Kevin Ward opened the event with a conversation on critical care itself—what it is, why it is important, and how MCIRCC is spearheading new innovations in this area that so desperately needs them.

“Each year, more people die from critical illness and injury than cancer or heart disease. But what if I told you that in the past thirty years, there have been no major developments in the field of critical care.”

—Kevin Ward, MCIRCC Executive Director

Following Dr. Ward’s presentation, guests had time to explore the Ideation Lab and learn about the various innovations MCIRCC had on display. Some of the research teams provided live demonstrations, allowing guests to watch data such as blood pressure readings and intracranial pressure measurements be captured and displayed in real-time. At other stations, guests had the chance to try out some of the tech for themselves. 

MMAG members view a live demonstration of VATMOS.

MMAG members view a live demonstration of VATMOS.

Altogether, MCIRCC displayed nine innovations:

 ·      AHI

·      DRIVE

·      Micro-Gas Chromatography

·      Microvascular Tissue Oximeter

·      Ocular Impedance

·      PICTURE

·      Rapid Oxygen

·      “Stop the Bleed” Tourniquet

·      VATMOS


Beyond the tech, the MMAG walking tour served another purpose: to show how the NCRC and the organizations within it bring value to the greater U-M community. 

For MCIRCC’s part, the teams demonstrated how the NCRC allows the center to achieve its mission of being a hub of convergent science. The complex’s North Campus location allows MCIRCC to easily bring together people of different disciplines and departments. Researchers, engineers, clinicians, data scientists—by leveraging the expertise of specialists from various industries, MCIRCC is able to break new ground in the field of critical care. The complex also allows MCIRCC to operate hand-in-hand with various U-M partners, like the Office of Tech Transfer, to accelerate its innovations from bench to bedside. 

“ICUs are always full,” noted Dr. Ward in his opening discussion. “Critical care is all about delivering the right care at the right time.” And, as Dr. Runge and the MMAG saw, MCIRCC and its multidisciplinary teams are paving the way for new, life-changing means of delivering care.