Catalyst Newsletter, April 2015
Funding Opportunities
FundingWatchlistFunding opportunity watchlist

MCIRCC's Funding Opportunity Watchlist highlights high-value funding opportunities available for 2015/16. If you are interested in forming or joining a team to pursue one of these opportunities, please contact MCIRCC's Proposal Development Unit (PDU) Manager at or 734-936-2754.

NICHD Consortium for Research on Pediatric Trauma and Injury Prevention (R24)

  • Multidisciplinary teams to target gaps in research, developing a synergistic approach to investigate a single critically important research question or generate a research resource for the scientific community.
  • $750K (direct costs) per year for 5 years
  • Deadlines: 5/25/2015, 9/25/2015, or 1/25/2016
For the full list of funding opportunities, including NIBIB, DoD and NIH grants, visit the member-only Virtual Institute Funding Opportunity Watchlist page.

Click here to find out how to login to the Virtual Institute.
PDU Services
FundingAlertsContact the PDU to create your personalized funding searches and alerts!
MCIRCC's Proposal Development Unit (PDU) and a library informationist will work with you to customize personal search parameters, and to create and refine the search using powerful online database tools. Your parameters can specify keywords, agencies, locations, award amounts, your career stage, and many other variables to narrow and focus your alerts.

Your initial search will identify programs of interest with recurring deadlines and let you track future announcements related to programs you select. A weekly update of search results will automatically alert you to tracked announcements and new solicitations that meet your search parameters. You can also subscribe to alerts directly from several federal funding agencies, and easily update your search parameters at any time.

Simply complete the Request PDU Services form and the PDU will follow-up with you directly.
EarlyCareerMajor national grant competition announced for early career scientists
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Simons Foundation are holding a joint national competition for grants to outstanding early career scientists as Faculty Scholars.

U-M Foundation Relations will be hosting two information sessions in May. Researchers interested in submitting an application for this competition are strongly encouraged to attend one of the information sessions.

Award Information:

Submission Deadline:
Tuesday, July 28 at 3:00 PM EST
Award Amount:
$500,000 to $2 million over five years
Research Areas:
Basic Science
Junior Faculty
More Information:
 Faculty Scholars Program

This competition will strengthen the community of basic researchers and physician scientists who bring innovative approaches to the study of biological problems. Women and minorities under-represented in the biomedical and biological sciences are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please visit the Foundation Relations website for more information.

Questions about this award and/or information sessions should be directed to: 
Grand Challenge TBI Save the Date


VIVirtual Institute Launch: Have you confirmed your VIP access to MCIRCC's critical care community?

The Virtual Institute officially launched with membership on Tuesday, March 31. Since then, nearly 40 percent of members have already logged in, setup their profile and explored the dynamic, team science portal. If you have yet to visit the site, be sure to revisit your instructional login communications or review the First Time Login Guide.

The Virtual Institute is intended to function like an intranet for membership-to enhance sharing and collaboration between members and between MCIRCC and members by closing the divides in geography, uncoordinated schedules, and varying priorities across U-M schools, colleges, departments, and units. The content is updated on a regular, if not daily, basis much like an intranet.

Some key features of the Virtual Institute designed to kickstart conversation and collaboration include:
  • Document Library is a knowledge-sharing tool where you can upload and download presentations, templates, research papers and more.
  • Interactive Member Directory that allows you to search out members based on select attributes such as research expertise, rank, credentials and more.
  • Q&A Forum which works like an online message board allowing you to submit a question, inquiry, or idea for feedback from the larger MCIRCC community of members and enablers.
  • Proposal Development Resource Center is an online extension of MCIRCC's newly launched Proposal Development Unit (PDU). This comprehensive library of resources can help you find funding opportunities, locate Federal and internal U-M proposal guidance, identify relevant training opportunities or even engage the PDU for proposal consulting support.
  • Stay up-to-date via the upcoming Events listing, Industry News feeds, MCIRCC News feeds and more.

We encourage you to bookmark or create a shortcut on your desktop to make regular log-in easy and hassle free.

To all our non-members, keep an eye out because access details for MCIRCC's enabling community will follow soon.

Contact with general questions, if you are experiencing technical problems with the site, or to inquire about enabler access.
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MCIRCC salutes the achievements of it members in their pursuit of academic excellence, industry thought leadership, and initiatives of personal passion. Because together, leveraging each of our individual triumphs as a team, we have the power to transform critical care medicine. If you have a recent achievement, award, or accolade to brag about contact with the details.

NajarianFessellKayvan Najarian and David Fessell receive NSF Partnerships for Innovation Award

David Fessell
Kayvan Najarian
Kayvan Najarian, PhD and David Fessell, MD have been awarded $200,000 in funding through the National Science Foundation (NSF) Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research - Technology Translation (PFI:AIR-TT) program. This project employs a translational research partnership with NovoDynamics, Inc. to accelerate the commercialization of a patented Traumatic Pelvic and Abdominal Injury Decision Support System (DSS) technology by refining, prototyping, and scaling-up the testing of algorithms developed under previous NSF/CISE funding. The patented technology will assist care givers in traumatic pelvic and abdominal injury cases by extracting information from all available patient data, especially CT scans, and integrating the extracted features using machine learning to generate prediction, warning, and treatment recommendations at every stage of patient care. 

KheterpalSachin Kheterpal joins NIH panel leading Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative

Sachin Kheterpal

Sachin Kheterpal, MD, MBA is part of a newly formed NIH panel of experts that will steer President Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative. This $215 million initiative seeks to leverage genomics, informatics, and health information technology to accelerate biomedical discoveries and enable personalized medicine approaches for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. Of the $215 million in funding that Obama seeks in his FY 2016 budget, $130 million would go toward creating a national research cohort of about 1 million people, whose biological data, as well as environmental, lifestyle, and behavioral information, will be shared with qualified researchers. This expert panel will function as an external working group to the NIH to inform efforts on building a research cohort for precision medicine. Click here to learn more about the panel and the Precision Medicine Initiative.

PrescottIwashynaHallie Prescott and Theodore Iwashyna published in new issue of JAMA

Theodore Iwashyna
Hallie Prescott
A study by MCIRCC members Hallie Prescott, MD, MSc and Theodore Iwashyna, MD, PhD suggests a need for better post-hospital care for sepsis patients, to avoid readmissions that drive up costs and interfere with recovery. The results could help medical teams customize care to the special risks that sepsis survivors face and do the same for other conditions too. Click here to read the study.

AnsariAnsari, Najarian & Ward published in IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics

Sardar Ansari
A new paper authored by Sardar Ansari, PhD, Kevin Ward, MD and Kayvan Najarian, PhD titled Epsilon-Tube Filtering: Reduction of High-Amplitude Motion Artifacts from Impedance Plethysmography Signal is the cover article in the March 2015 issue of the IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics (J-BHI). This paper proposes a novel motion artifact reduction method that adopts Vapnik's idea of epsilon-tube to restrict the amplitude of the filtered signal. Additionally, it uses Stockwell Transform to maximize the regularity of the filtered signal within the tube. The results indicate that epsilon-tube filtering has significantly higher accuracy compared with the currently existing motion artifact reduction methods. The combination of a portable Impedance plethysmography (IP) device and the proposed epsilon-tube filter will allow physicians to more accurately and adequately monitor patient respiratory activity within the home setting and without the use of facemasks or nasal cannulas, thereby not imposing any restrictions on patient's airways.

DanielsRodney Daniels receives NIH K Award

Rodney Daniels
Rodney Daniels, MD was awarded a career development grant from the University of Utah's Pediatric Critical Care and Trauma Scientist Development Program, a NIH/NICHD-funded training program that develops junior pediatric critical care and pediatric trauma physician scientists engaged in translational research. The focus of Dr. Daniels award is the development of a Point-of-Care (POC) Redox Assessment as a Biomarker for Shock, Resuscitation and Organ Dysfunction. His primary mentor will be fellow MCIRCC Member Thomas P. Shanley, MD, FCCM. Over the next two years, Dr. Daniels will receive $93,000 in funding plus supplemental support to further the impact of his critical care research, which is an extension of his 2014 Grand Challenge Sepsis project.
DerksenHarm Derksen featured speaker at Frontiers in Science
Harm Derksen
MCIRCC member Harm Derksen, PhD was one of seven speakers to present at the Frontiers in Science public lecture series on March 27 at the Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine.

His lecture titled Sparsity in Big Data explored how sparse structure in data can be exploited to extract useful information from large data sets such as images and video, the human genome, or text documents on the Internet.

XudongFanXudong (Sherman) Fan appointed to the Lab on a Chip Editorial Board

Xudong (Sherman) Fan
MCIRCC member Xudong (Sherman) Fan, PhD was recently appointed to the Editorial Board of Lab on a Chip, a Royal Society of Chemistry journal focused on miniaturisation for chemistry, physics, biology, materials science and bioengineering.

In addition to his MCIRCC affiliation, Dr. Fan is a U-M professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and a member of the U-M Center for Wireless Integrated MicroSensing and Systems (WIMS2).


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Don't forget your MCIRCC affiliation!

If you are speaking with the media about your work in critical care research or are working with the U-M News Service or U-M Health System Public Relations on a health care related press release, article, or other news item, please mention your MCIRCC affiliation!



Critical Care Grand Challenge: TBI

Friday, October 2 & Saturday, October 3 


Join us for MCIRCC's second Critical Care Grand Challenge where we will seek to use "integrated science teams" to develop and deliver technological solutions to impact traumatic brain injury (TBI) during the "golden hours." Once again, the Grand Challenge targets big problems in critical care and will reward big, bold solutions built by teams urgently working together to get these TBI solutions into the critical care ecosystem.


Click here to learn more.


TBI Info Sheet

Two-page information sheet outlining the "TBI Challenge" and the Massey Foundation TBI Innovation Fund.

MCIRCC Sepsis Brochure

A comprehensive tool to narrate the complex and life-threatening sepsis story and how our Grand Challenge portfolio seeks to transform the way we diagnose, treat and monitor sepsis to improve patient care and outcomes, enhance the clinician experience and reduce healthcare costs.

U-M Training & Events
BioSocial Methods Seminar Series
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Room 1430, Institute for Social Research, 426 Thompson St

A series of seminars presented by scholars connecting the bio/social sciences through innovative methodologies.

Click here to download the Seminar Series Flier.
April 15
Conference Posters in PowerPoint
2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Room 1122, Building 520, NCRC

In this workshop, participants will learn how to use PowerPoint to create high quality, eye-catching posters.

Participants will learn techniques for organizing materials, adding text, images and charts, as well as best practices on how to print posters.

Basic computer skills are required, but no prior experience with graphics applications is necessary. Regardless of the type of computer used in this session, everything covered is applicable whether you normally use a Mac or a Windows PC.

Click here to find out how to join using Blue Jeans, Room System or via phone:
May 1-3
WindsorDetroit Hacking Health

Tech Town Detroit


Hacking Health Windsor-Detroit invites professionals from the health care and IT industries to converge over the course of a weekend and form teams that conceptualize, design and build mobile apps and IT solutions for the health care sector. The best ideas are eligible for over $20,000 in prizes.


Click here to register for this event.

May 29
Early Tech Development Course

This is a 4-week course designed to equip biomedical faculty and researchers at U-M with the knowledge and tools to navigate the initial process of innovation and commercialization.

Using a technique called Customer Discovery, teams conduct experiments and collect evidence on their technology's clinical utility, key partners, intellectual property, regulatory pathways, revenue model, and more.

Please contact Jon Servoss for more information and to register for the course.

U-M Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care (MCIRCC) is one of the world's first comprehensive research enterprises devoted to transforming critical care medicine by accelerating science and moving it from bench to bedside. To do this, MCIRCC brings together integrative teams comprised of world-class U-M scientists, clinicians, and engineers with industry partners and funding sources to develop and deploy cutting-edge solutions that elevate the care, outcomes, and quality of life of critically ill and injured patients and their families.