Centers, Institutes, and Networks

Our department has a Center for Injury and Prevention and the Weil Institute for Critical Care Research and Innovation. We also participate in several research networks. We are the clinical coordinating center for the EMERGE, MEDIC, and SIREN networks; a node for PECARN, and a regional coordinating center for StrokeNet. Additional information regarding these organizations can be found below.


 Emergency Medicine Education and Research by Global Experts

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

The overall goal of EMERGE is to reduce the global disease burden 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 University of Michigan’s Global REACH program. 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.

 Michigan Emergency Department Improvement Collaborative (MEDIC)


Director: Keith Kocher, MD MPH, Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine, and Learning Health Sciences

Co-Director: Michele Nypaver, MD, Professor Emeritus, Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics

The Michigan Emergency Department Improvement Collaborative (MEDIC) is a network of more than 40 hospital emergency departments across the state of Michigan whose mission is to improve the quality of emergency care. We approach this goal through the tools of a learning health system, including audit and feedback on site and provider performance through measurement of data contained within a centralized clinical registry hosted by the Coordinating Center, fostering of a community of improvement through hosting regular collaborative-wide meetings and sharing of local experiences, and implementation of best practices through the promotion of evidence-based practices and identifying successful interventions for dissemination across the network. As a result, there is a culture of collaboration and the 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 is sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network through the Value Partnerships program

More information can be found at

 Michigan StrokeNet


 PIs: Phillip Scott, MD, Professor, Emergency Medicine and Devin Brown, MD, 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

 SIREN Clinical Coordinating Center

PIs: Robert Silbergleit, MD, Professor of Emergency Medicine; William Barsan, MD, Professor of Emergency Medicine and Clifton Callaway, MD, Ph.D., Professor of Emergency Medicine

The Strategies to Innovate Emergency Care Clinical Trials Network (SIREN) is an NINDS and NHLBI-funded clinical trials network that 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.  SIREN coordinates several simultaneous large confirmatory-phase nationwide clinical trials.

More information can be found on the SIREN website.

 U-M Injury Prevention Center

Co-Directors: Douglas Wiebe, Ph.D., Patrick Carter, MD, Department of Emergency Medicine

The University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center is a Center for Disease Control Injury Control Research Center with vast educational, research, outreach, and policy resources to address the burden of injury. Our Injury Prevention Center has a collaborative portfolio focused on preventing traumatic brain injury (concussion), drug overdose, suicide prevention, violence prevention (e.g., youth violence, intimate partner violence, sexual violence), transportation safety, and older adult falls. 

For more information about the center, please visit the  U-M Injury Prevention Center website.

Weil Institute for Critical Care Research & Innovation


Executive Director: Kevin Ward, MD, 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.  

Membership is free for any Michigan Medicine team member exploring criticare care research. More information can be found on the Weil Institute for Critical Care Research & Innovation website.