Clinical Research Calendar Review & Analysis

CRAO Chatter
November 5, 2013

David Browning 

New Director of CRAO


We are pleased to announce that David Browning has accepted the position of Director of the Clinical Research Calendar Review and Analysis Office (CRAO) in the Medical School Office of Research effective November 18, 2013.


David brings 10+ years of health care business experience to this position, including eight years with the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center.


While with the Cancer Center Clinical Trials Office, David was lead administrator of the Clinical Translational Resource Allocation Committee and he co-developed the research effort tracking application, which is used to measure budget accuracy, manage workload, and validate complexity scoring of protocols. 


Please join us in welcoming David to his new position!




Halloween Fun with 
 The Office of Research!

October 31st isnt just for kiddies! A Halloween potluck filled with themed foods and costumes was great fun for everyone.
Thank you to the Organizers and especially to all who participated!  It was wonderful to take a break from the routine work day!
Office Chatter

This is a reminder that the CRAO will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday beginning on Thursday 11/28. We will return on Monday 12/2.


Clinical Research Billing and Coding
NCT Information Update

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a new rule that effective January 1, 2014, it will be mandatory to report the registration number (NCT) on claims for items and services provided in clinical trials.  Without the NCT number, bills will be denied. 

 Please submit any questions to or visit the Regulatory Affairs Website for Clinical Trials Information.

Michigan Experts: An online tool highlighting U-M faculty research expertise

 Michigan Experts ( is a faculty profiling and research networking web tool used to highlight the research expertise of over 3,000 faculty members on campus. The database helps users find researchers with specific areas of expertise for collaboration or mentoring, and enables investigators at the University of Michigan to demonstrate their activities to the global research community. Michigan Experts currently includes faculty from the Schools of Dentistry, Kinesiology, Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health, the Colleges of Engineering and Pharmacy, the Life Science Institute, U-M Transportation Research Institute and U-M Dearborn.  Other U-M schools, colleges or institutes continue to be added.

 Each faculty member has a page that contains a rich, individualized representation of his or her:

  • publications (obtained through Elsevier's SciVerse Scopus bibliographic database)
  • externally funded sponsored projects, e.g., grants (obtained through U-M's electronic proposal management system, eRPM)
  • patents (obtained through U-M Office of Technology Transfer)

 Faculty members can also add tailored research statements and key words. Every researcher profile delivers a list of similar experts and a semantic index, or "fingerprint" visualization, of the researcher's distinctive expertise. The text from the publications, grants, patents, and optional tailored information is combined to develop the "fingerprint," making it easier to find experts and enable collaboration.

 Users can search the database by concept, individual name, or "free text" excerpt (such as an abstract or RFA) to discover researchers, understand research expertise, and visualize connections among researchers. Searching by "concept" includes links to similar experts outside of U-M.

 The database is an Elsevier product and is managed by the Medical School's Office of Research and Medical School Information Services (MSIS). A data warehouse allows a variety of reports to be generated from the aggregated profile data. Please direct any questions or comments to

Office of Research
The Clinical Research Calendar Review & Analysis Office is part of the Office of Research, where our mission is to foster an environment of innovation and efficiency that serves the U-M Medical School community and supports biomedical science from insight to impact.