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To tackle health care's thorniest problems, 400 health researchers form new U-M-based institute
Date:6/25/2012

her at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System and a faculty member in the U-M School of Public Health.

Just over half the members of IHPI are faculty in the U-M Medical School, where IHPI is based, and nearly a quarter are from the U-M School of Public Health. The rest come from U-M's colleges of Engineering, Pharmacy, and Literature, Science & the Arts, its schools of Business, Dentistry, Law, Nursing, Public Policy and Social Work, and its Institute for Social Research.

A full 12 percent of IHPI members hold full or joint appointments at one of IHPI's partners: the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System and its Center for Clinical Management Research, the Arbor Research Collaborative for Health, the Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation (a joint venture between U-M and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan), or other partners.

"This cross-disciplinary and public-private nature of IHPI fits perfectly with the overall goal of making the North Campus Research Complex a haven for such research," says David Canter, executive director of NCRC.

He notes that IHPI's faculty and staff who have moved or will move to NCRC are joining more than 1,300 researchers and staff from U-M and 20 private companies at the site.

"As the first research group to move into the IHPI building, we have been struck by the renovation of what had been a very traditional office building into a state-of-the-art research Institute designed to enhance collaboration across disciplines and across campus," says Laurence McMahon, M.D., chief of the General Medicine division in the Medical School's Department of Internal Medicine, a member of IHPI's interim leadership team and the School of Public Health faculty. "We look forward to the realization of the interdisciplinary focus of IHPI. We believe the investment in both architectural design to enhance collaboration as well as the investment in the virtual collaborative infrastructure will serve as a model f
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Contact: Kara Gavin
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734-764-2220
University of Michigan Health System
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