Networks and Centers

Emergency Medicine at U-M plays a major leadership role in several areas:  neurologic emergencies, pediatric emergency care, injury prevention, critical care, and stroke.  These major research programs contribute to their respective fields and support research and translation to address emerging issues.  More information about each of these programs is available below. 



Mahshid Abir, MD, MSc, Director, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine

The continuum of acute care delivery in the United States includes pre-hospital, emergency, inpatient, and ambulatory care. Multidisciplinary, policy-relevant, health services research of acute-care utilization, quality, effectiveness, and outcomes requires consideration of how the healthcare delivery dynamics within one setting impact the care delivered in subsequent settings.

Through various completed, ongoing, and future projects the ACUTE Care Research Unit (ACRU) applies quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods, and community-based participatory research to study intra and inter-setting dynamics and their impact on Access, Costs, Utilization, Transitions, and Effectiveness [ACUTE] Care >>More

E.M.E.R.G.E. – Emergency Medicine Education and Research by Global Experts

Prashant Mahajan MD MPH MBA, Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics

The overall goal of EMERGE is to reduce the global burden of disease and improve the health of all nations, with an ultimate goal to improve the care of acutely ill and injured patients. EMERGE will leverage the extensive experience of the Global REACH program at U-M. EMERGE and Global Reach partnership will integrate the epidemiological perspective of medical and surgical emergencies to, build a body of knowledge by collecting the necessary data to guide population health efforts and nurture researchers in emergency care. 

More information can be found on the EMERGE website.

U-M Injury Prevention Center

Patrick Carter, MD, Director, U-M Injury Prevention Center; Professor, Emergency Medicine

Rebecca Cunningham, M.D., Director, U-M Injury Center

In 2012, the University of Michigan, under leadership from the Department of Emergency Medicine, was named one of 11 Injury Control Research Centers by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The U-M Injury Prevention Center is a multidisciplinary program devoted to reducing and preventing injury caused by motor vehicle crash, violence, prescription drug misuse, concussion, and other intentional and unintentional injuries.

More information about the center’s work and activities can be found on the UM Injury Prevention Center website.


Michigan Emergency Department Improvement Collaborative (MEDIC)

Keith Kocher, MD MPH, Director, Michigan Emergency Department Improvement Collaborative (MEDIC); Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
Michele Nypaver, MD, Co-Director, MEDIC; Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics

The Michigan Emergency Department Improvement Collaborative (MEDIC) aims to advance the science and quality of how emergency care is delivered through collaboration with hospital emergency departments across the state of Michigan.  Participating sites submit data to a central clinical registry.  We hold regular consortium-wide meetings to review quality measures, discuss our collective performance, develop strategies to change care delivery, and implement best practices for improvement.  As a result, there is a culture of collaboration and free exchange of ideas supported by useful and actionable performance reporting so that those who are best positioned to understand and implement change, emergency physicians, are improving the quality of care for their patients.  The MEDIC Coordinating Center is located at the University of Michigan and sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network.

More information can be found at

Weil Institute for Critical Care Research & Innovation

Kevin Ward, MD, Executive Director, Weil Institute for Critical Care Research & Innovation, Professor, Emergency Medicine

The Weil Institute for Critical Care Research & Innovation is one of the world’s first comprehensive research enterprises devoted to transforming critical care medicine by accelerating science and moving it from bench to bedside. To do this, the Weill Institute brings together integrative teams comprised of world-class U-M scientists, clinicians, and engineers with industry partners and funding sources to develop and deploy cutting-edge solutions that elevate the care, outcomes, and quality of life of critically ill and injured patients and their families.  

More information about the Weil Institute can be found on the Weil Institute for Critical Care Research & Innovation website.

Michigan StrokeNet

Dr. Phillip Scott (Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine) & Dr. Devin Brown (Associate Professor, Neurology)

Michigan StrokeNet is a multi-disciplinary, NIH-funded, regional network of clinicians, researchers, hospitals and health systems working together to speed the completion of clinical trials to improve prevention, treatment and recovery in stroke (both ischemic and hemorrhagic).  Led by Drs. Phillip Scott (Emergency Medicine) and Devin Brown (Neurology) at UM, this collaborative is conducting cutting-edge stroke research and training the next generation of clinical stroke scientists.

More information can be found at

Neurological Emergencies Treatment Trials Network (NETT)

William Barsan, MD, Professor

William Barsan, M.D., Professor
Neurological Emergencies Treatment Trials Network (NETT)

We serve as the Clinical Coordinating Center for the Neurological Emergencies Treatment Trials (NETT) Network.  NETT is a major NINDS-funded initiative for developing and performing multicenter clinical trials on many types of neurological emergency, including stroke, traumatic brain and spinal cord injury, and seizures.

More information about the project can be found on the NETT website.


Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN)

Alex Rogers, MD, Associate Professor

We are also the lead institution for the Great Lakes Emergency Medical Services for Children Research Network, one of six nodes in the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN).  PECARN is a federally-funded, 18 health system network for research in pediatric emergency medicine. 

More information about the project can be found on the GLEMSCRN website.

Petal Award

Kyle Gunnerson, MD, Associate Professor and Director, Emergency Critical Care Center

Funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to develop and conduct randomized controlled ARDS prevention and treatment trials, the PETAL network focuses on research on prevention and earlier intervention.

More information can be found at


The Strategies to Innovate Emergency Care Clinical Trials Network (SIREN) seeks to improve the outcomes of patients with neurologic, cardiac, respiratory, hematologic and trauma emergencies by identifying effective treatments administered in the earliest stages of critical care. > MORE