Data Office for Clinical & Translational Research

Aiming to accelerate research by enabling secure access to patient data through investigator-friendly, self-serve tools, and custom data extracts.

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How We Serve Your Data Needs
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Self-Serve Tools DataDirect & EMERSE

For your next study, use DataDirect or EMERSE, which are available free of charge for faculty researchers and their study team members to access both discrete variables and free-text string data from the electronic medical record (EMR).

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Custom Data Request

If your data needs are too complex for our self-serve tools, our experienced programmers can pull a custom data set for you – to be delivered once, or on a scheduled, ongoing basis.

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Consultations & Training

Do you need help with a custom data pull or need guidance on security guidelines for your data? Schedule a 1:1 consultation to look at all your clinical data needs, where a data specialist offers a deeper dive into the patient health data resources available.

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Data & Biospecimen Sharing

Learn more about privacy-sharing policies and related resources. Do you need samples for your research? The Central Biorepository can help.

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References and Resources

Precision Health Analytics Platform Documentation SiteAvailable via Level-1 U-M login credentials, this site contains user guides, data dictionaries, and other tools and resources to get U-M researchers started with using the Precision Health Analytics Platform to facilitate their research.

DataDirect User Guide – The DataDirect User Guide includes step-by-step instructions, screenshots, and resources for completing frequently-used tasks. Please note that as DataDirect evolves, concepts presented in the User Guide will remain accurate, but the screenshots may vary slightly within the DataDirect tool.

Data Office at a Glance
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Contact Us
Data Office for Clinical & Translational Research
North Campus Research Complex, Building 400
2800 Plymouth Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Phone Number: 734-615-2100
About Us

The Data Office for Clinical & Translational Research, a unit of the Medical School Office of Research, fosters the translation of data into research that improves clinical outcomes by bridging the gap between personal health data and clinical research. 

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Federal and Institutional Requirements for Human Subject Research (Level I)
This course will introduce the basics of conducting human subject research in compliance with federal regulations and institutional practices.
CRISPR/Cas9 and Mouse ES Cell Training Class
Trainees will design, build, and validate CRISPR/Cas9 reagents in mouse ES cells, and learn how to work with mouse embryonic stem cells.
Elements of Informed Consent
This course offers an overview of informed consent in human subject research. The course will examine IRBMED’s standard consent template and focus on how it reflects federal requirements.
Introduction to eResearch
This course is intended for those unfamiliar with eResearch, the university’s electronic research administration site. This course will provide a basic knowledge of working in and using eResearch while examining the process for creating and submitting an initial project application.
Michigan Clinical Research Unit Open House
Over the past year, the Michigan Clinical Research Unit has undergone an expansive construction project to accommodate the required corridor for the new patient tower. The team is now thrilled to share the results at an upcoming Open House to tour the new space.
Waivers, Alterations, and Alternative Forms of Informed Consent (Level II)
This course offers an overview of some special situations relating to informed consent. Specifically, waivers and alterations of informed consent, waivers of documentation of informed consent, and obtaining consent from non-English speakers.
Reporting AEs, ORIOs, and UaPs
This course will identify what constitutes an Adverse Event, ORIO, and Unanticipated Problem and how such events impact risk to subjects. Additionally, the course will review the requirements of reporting such events to the IRB and other entities.
Nodexus Lunch and Learn
Join Nodexus and the Flow Cytometry Core for a Lunch and Learn about gentle and contamination-free cell sorting and high viability of sorted and recovered samples.
Amendments and Continuing Reviews
This course is a follow-up to Initial Project Applications and will examine the process for submitting amendments and scheduled continuing reviews to IRBMED using eResearch once a project’s initial application has been approved.
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Fast Forward Medical Innovation Fellowship Program
The Fast Forward Medical Innovation Fellowship Program is a 6-12 month, part-time, action-based training program that educates U-M doctoral students and postdocs on the business elements of commercializing biomedical technologies.
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Apply Today! 2024 Frankel Cardiovascular Center Innovation Challenge Open for Submissions
Now in its eighth year, the Frankel Cardiovascular Center (FCVC) Innovation Challenge is an annual pitch competition where teams can win funds for ideas impacting cardiovascular care.
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Fast Forward Medical Innovation Releases 2023 Annual Report
Fast Forward Medical Innovation (FFMI) recently released their 2023 Annual Report, reflecting FY23 activity across the U-M Medical School. The highlights included 249 invention reports (up from 188 last year), 165 U-M Medical School faculty, staff, and trainee participants in 2023 education programs, and 16 startups funded (1 exited) by the Michigan Biomedical Venture Fund since launch.