MDRC Clinical Core

The Clinical Core of the Michigan Diabetes Research Center (MDRC) provides expertise and services to support basic biomedical research, research focused on the translation of basic science findings into early phase clinical trials, and the testing of treatments related to diabetes in human subjects. The MDRC Clinical Core:

  • Provides services to facilitate the recruitment of human subjects including access to a Diabetes Research Registry, assistance using the Michigan Medicine electronic medical record to construct Best Practice Advisories (BPAs), and assistance in accessing the Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) managed care data base of over 900,000 patients to identify and recruit potential research subjects;
  • Provides clinical research space through its Clinical Research Unit (CRU) which includes 4 examination rooms, 2 carrels, and a specimen processing laboratory;
  • Provides laboratory expertise and state-of-the-art analytical services through its Chemistry Laboratory; and
  • Provides both routine and non-routine biostatistical services to assist with experimental design, power calculations, data management, and data analysis.

Key Personnel

William H. Herman, MD, MPH

Core Director

David Manthei, MD, PhD

Laboratory Director

Jason Whalen, BS

Research Laboratory Specialist
Chemistry Laboratory

Meng Tan, MD

Co-investigator Diabetes Research Registry

Andrea Waltje, RN, MS

MDRC CRU Manager
Michigan Diabetes Research Center
Clinical Research Unit

Wen Ye, PhD

Co-investigator Biostatistical Services

Remember to cite the Michigan Diabetes Research Center (MDRC) in publications as follows:
“The project described was supported by Grant Number P30DK020572 (MDRC) from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases”