Pioneering research on acute illnesses and injury expected
James O. Woolliscroft, M.D., dean of the U-M Medical School, has announced that Robert W. Neumar, M.D., Ph.D., will become the new Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School on July 1, 2012.
John Younger, M.D., M.S., the associate chair for research in emergency medicine will move his laboratories to building 26 at the NCRC at the end of May both to co-locate with Neumar and to join the Biointerfaces Institute. Joining the group in July will be Kevin Ward, M.D., the current director of the Virginia Commonwealth University Reanimation Engineering Science Center.
Their work will involve the study of critical injury and illness, including causes, diagnoses and treatment. The labs will serve as a scientific home and platform for basic scientists, clinical investigators, inventors and entrepreneurs across the university interested in the care of patients with life-threatening acute illness and injury.
Younger says there are very few centers that can effectively quilt together the many research activities needed to take new ideas in the basic sciences – biological, physical or theoretical.
“The philosophy of multidisciplinary collaborations of the NCRC and the proximity to both the Center for Arrhythmia Research and Biointerfaces program was important,” says Younger. “The NCRC’s approach to biomedical research and development with an eye towards translation and commercialization – this is something we wanted to be a part of and contribute to.”