$78.5M project to expand laboratory space at NCRC

Posted on October 24, 2016

MMD, Matt Schlientz

Eight years ago this month, silence fell over a pharmaceutical research campus in northeast Ann Arbor when Pfizer moved its operations and sold the property to the university. Today, it’s a bustling part of UMHS, which has spent recent years putting its laboratories, offices and event spaces back to good use.

Now, the last two empty buildings on the site will take on a new life through a $78.5 million renovation project that will support an expansion of the health system’s research capabilities.

The project, approved last Thursday by the U-M board of regents, will allow the U-M Medical School to create more than 50 modern research laboratories for its faculty scientists and their teams.

The plans call for the renovation of the last two usable buildings — called 20 East and 25 — at the North Campus Research Complex. Built by pharmaceutical company Parke-Davis in 1960 and 1984, respectively, the two structures were part of an expansive campus that eventually housed operations for Warner Lambert and Pfizer before finally shuttering its doors.

While the buildings already have many features integral to modern medical research facilities, U-M will repurpose lab benches, cabinets and other materials salvaged from areas of NCRC that it has already transformed.

“This is a major milestone in our progress toward redeveloping NCRC, and transforming it from an outpost of the university to a magnet,” said NCRC executive director David Canter. “We’re on track to achieve 100 percent utilization of the site’s existing buildings by 2019.”

The new labs will group researchers working on similar topics into “neighborhoods,” with room for both labs and offices where teams can analyze the vast amounts of data that modern medical research generates.

The project will also give all researchers at NCRC a new gathering space, with a two-story atrium filled with natural light. A two-story connector will make it easier for many at NCRC to navigate the interconnected buildings and connect with one another as they go.

Once complete, the NCRC renovation project will play a major role in allowing UMHS to retain and attract the top scientists and researchers in the medical field and keep the organization at the forefront of innovation.

Learn more about NCRC, ongoing research programs and upcoming events by going to the facility website.

Open Michigan initiative launches new partnership, website

Posted on October 24, 2016



Open Michigan is relaunching as the home for all things open at U-M — freely accessible, openly licensed documents and media used for teaching, learning, and research. This includes expertise and services for open educational resources, open data, and open publications.

The new Open Michigan is a partnership of the University Library and Health Information Technology & Services. The library and HITS have worked closely together in the past to host events and promote collaboration. By officially joining forces, Open Michigan can provide the U-M community with a “one stop shop” for information and resources about open content of all kinds.

Researchers and learners from all over the world can find information about sharing research data, identifying reputable open access journals and using openly licensed content in your work. This new site still has all of the previously available OER collections, and soon will begin to publish new materials, such as new solutions sets for Dr. Krishna Garikipati’s very popular YouTube lecture series, Finite Element Methods, and Dr. Kelvin Chou’s training on improving hospital-based care for patients with Parkinson’s disease.

“Since the initiative started in 2008, our goal has always been to support the university’s mission. We have had much success in effectively maximizing the impact and reach of materials created by our expert faculty, while providing support with copyright, licensing, content development, and publishing. It has been our pleasure serving the university and far beyond for these past eight years, and we look forward to many more,” said Ted Hanss, UMHS associate chief information officer.

Open Michigan offers many services including:

  • Consulting and training: Personalized consulting and training for creators on copyright, licensing, design and implementation related to open materials.
  • Content development: Searching for open content, copyright clearance, remixing and development of new content to support faculty wishing to create open works.
  • Publishing and promotion: Publishing, marketing, maintenance, user analysis and archiving of open content in the Open Michigan and Deep Blue digital content repositories.
  • Fostering partnerships for collaborative creation: Connecting faculty to sources of expertise, communities of practice and global networks of open content creators and advocates.

“We have long enjoyed the partnership with HITS, and we look forward to working together to make sure that publicly-funded research (and its underlying data) is accessible to citizens, to provide a platform for teachers and students to find and re-use high-quality educational materials, and to educate scholars about the benefits of sharing their work with the world beyond our campus,” said Charles Watkinson, associate university librarian for publishing.

Learn more on the Open Michigan website, social media (Facebook and Twitter), or email the team.


Making a difference: September 2016 highlights

Posted on October 24, 2016



Employees across UMHS continue to make a difference through their hard work and dedication. Recognizing the contributions employees make to UMHS helps our team to become more motivated, drives better teamwork, and gives each individual a sense that they are an integral part of achieving our organizational goals.

You may not always realize the impact you make during each customer interaction (both internal and external), but it’s a vital part of the relationship-building process that the UMHS team uses to engage with patients and each other. Here are a few examples of team members who made a difference last month:

Staff to Staff

Christina Wiseley, Patient Service Associate – Dermatology

Tina is extremely helpful and always goes above and beyond in resolving issues with patient accounts. She is very friendly, professional and prompt, always ensuring that correcting patient accounts is a priority. Her contributions have helped the cosmetic/credit team in PCS develop an efficient relationship with the dermatology clinic.The turnaround time on the Juvederm accounts spreadsheet we sent her is impressive! We really appreciate her hard work. Tina rocks!

David Frame, Clinical Pharmacist, Pharmacy Services

David’s impact on our bone marrow transplant program and our patient care is beyond description. He is committed not just to the pharmacy needs of our patients, but to their general well-being. The patients/families and medical staff have incredible trust in him. His jovial demeanor, wealth of knowledge, collegiality and commitment to patient care are incredible. It is individuals like David who bring that special touch to our unit, making this an amazing place for patients and coworkers. He is simply the best!

Family Member to Staff

Pamela Van Buren, Occupational Therapist – PM&R – Med Rhab (BW#4)

Thank you for listening patiently and respectfully to our elderly dad. You helped him feel in charge of a decision that he was being forced to make (giving up driving sooner than he wanted to do it) with grace and dignity. You listened and responded to familial concerns expressed in advance promptly and with clarity. You made no promises, but gave great assurance of how the process might unfold and what our options were. We are so grateful for the Drive-ability program and so appreciative of your personal efforts to keep the roads safe while helping a 92-year-old man maintain his dignity and autonomy. My dad went away feeling like he had made a new friend, even if the news and decision were nearly heartbreaking to him. Thank you!

Ryan Wagenshutz, RN – Nursing, 12E

My husband and I brought our son to the ER at just 12 days old when he was experiencing a high fever and eventually admitted to 12E. Ryan was assigned to be our son’s nurse and what a blessing he turned out to be. Being a parent to a sick child is extremely scary and oftentimes you feel very alone. Ryan couldn’t have been more helpful not only to my son, but to me and my husband. The level of kindness and attentiveness that he demonstrated over the course of the time we spent together was off the charts. He comforted my son and was right there during all of his exams with the doctors. During one of the most worrisome moments of my life, Ryan offered support and kindness in the most genuine way. I will forever be thankful for how he cared for my son and can’t think of anyone more worthy of this Making a Difference award!

Open Enrollment going on now

Posted on October 24, 2016



The 2017 Open Enrollment period is here!

UMHS faculty and staff may change benefits for 2017 during this year’s Open Enrollment period, which begins today and runs through Nov. 4. Eligible individuals may change medical, dental, vision and legal plans or enroll in a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) by logging into Wolverine Access during this time frame.

While there are no major benefit changes for 2017, you should take the time to review your current benefits and coverage. You should also review your dependent coverage in anticipation of major life events coming up in the next year, such as retirement.

The U-M Open Enrollment website lists rates for 2017 and provides a digital book that you may download to learn more about the Open Enrollment process. All benefit changes and new rates will take effect on Jan. 1 and continue through the end of 2017.

If you like your current benefits and would like to keep them, you are not required to take any action during Open Enrollment — with one exception. IRS rules do not allow FSA enrollments to continue across calendar years. You will need to re-enroll in order to participate in an FSA for 2017.

If you have questions about benefits or Open Enrollment, call the Shared Services Center at 734-615-2000 or 866-647-7657 toll free, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

South Lyon / Novi / Wixom

Posted on October 24, 2016

Northville/Novi then South Lyon

UMHS, then LSA & Stadium


South Lyon then Novi / Northville


Posted on October 24, 2016


Cardiovascular Center

Cardiovascular Center


3 Riders Needed For Grass Lake Vanpool

Posted on October 24, 2016

Grass Lake MI

Kms/S. Industrial/State St

KMS S. Industrail /State St

Grass Lake Mi

Canton #1 Vanpool has immediate opening! North campus pickup possible!

Posted on October 24, 2016

Canton Kroger @ Ford and Canton Center Rd

Mott P4 Medical Campus..(possibly VA…Engingeering..East A2)

Mott P4 Medical Campus..(possibly VA…Engingeering..East A2)

Canton Kroger @ Ford and Canton Center Rd

GRass Lake/ Chelsea Vanpool Opening

Posted on October 24, 2016

Grass Lake

CVC & Main Hospital

Main Hospital/CVC