Local Innovation & #MCubed – Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of October 13, 2014)

MCubed Symposium
MCubed Symposium 2014: http://mcubed.umich.edu/mcubed_2014/index.html

Last week saw the second annual MCubed Symposium. For those who aren’t aware of MCubed already, here is a little background about this fabulously creative approach to funding and fostering innovation and collaboration at the University of Michigan.

MCubed – The University of Michigan’s revolutionary new way to fund research http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akBGSlFn9nQ

Eventually there will be videos up for this year’s presentations (schedule), like there were last year, but for now you’ll have to settle for some tweets to introduce the high points.

Make Health Fest Coming August 16!

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We Make Health Fest
Saturday, Aug 16th, 2014
University of Michigan
Palmer Commons, Great Lakes Rooms

Short Description
“A collaborative event for a local and virtual community interested in health, technology, and participatory design. Join us for a full day of health themed design and maker activities!”

Longer Description
Many types of events are being triggered by the creativity of the Maker Movement — maker faires, mini-maker faires, maker camps, maker festivals, maker fests and makerfests, make-a-thons and createathons (also spelled makeathon or makethon), open make events, maker madness events, maker shows — and they come in all sizes, flavors, and themes. What does that mean? Think of it as a mash-up of science fair PLUS Hands On Museum or Exploratorium PLUS do it yourself! It’s all about learning and creating and problemsolving through a combination of Show+Tell+Do! Here at the University of Michigan, many people on campus are partnering on taking the “maker culture” energy and applying it through a lens focused on health to promote participatory and collaborative strategies in healthcare. Come, have fun, learn, make stuff, but more than that, meet other interesting and creative people who are interested in using what they have, know, and can do to Make Health!

Learn More!

Make Health: http://makehealth.us/
Twitter: @MakeHealthUM
Google Plus: Make Health UM

A project of HealthDesignBy.Us
Twitter: @HealthByUs
Blog: Introducing @HealthByUs

We Make Health

Do you know about UM’s Office of Tech Transfer?


The University of Michigan’s Office of Tech Transfer just had a session on their work as part of the  MLibrary’s Emergent Research series. Since a significant fraction of their work is with the University of Michigan’s Medical School, this blog should be a good venue for some complimentary outreach! Tech Transfer ‘s mission is to effectively transfer University technologies to the market so as to generate benefits for the University, the community and the general public.

That benefit can be monetary, or it can just be the increased impact of research happening at the University of Michigan with a broader audience.

Services are designed to help faculty, staff, researchers, and students with navigating the commercialization process for your work (even if that means putting a Creative Commons license on your software and putting it online – Tech Transfer helps with that, including hosting that software).

Tech Transfer can help navigate:

  • marketability
  • funding sources
  • commercial partners
  • start-up considerations
  • navigating the patent process (there’s legal counsel!)
  • licensing
  • revenue streams

The key points from the panel with Katherine Moynihan and Jack Miner were:

1. Talk to Tech Transfer early and often – even if you first start contemplating bringing your research to the market, give them a call, they’re friendly people!

2. There are a number of options for you and Tech Transfer is there to help you figure them out: whether it is opening up your work with Creative Commons licensing, or navigating the system toward commercialization.




NCRC Workshop: Research Collaboration

Images from Baabullah Hasan and Takao Umehara, the Noun Project, CC BY 3.0

Images from Baabullah Hasan and Takao Umehara, the Noun Project, CC BY 3.0

If you’ve looked for funding at any point recently, you’ll know that “collaborative” and “interdisciplinary” are the funding buzz words du-jour. As such, you may be interested in NCRC’s one day workshop on research collaboration on May 13, 2013, sponsored by collaborate!@NCRC

To register for the collaborate!@NCRC Workshop Click Here.

Workshop objective: focus on the various aspects of the collaborative research process.

A reception at the end of the day will allow for networking and reflection on the workshop’s dialogue.


Reducing inappropriate antibiotic use – New issue of AHRQ Health Care Innovations Exchange

The featured Innovations describe efforts to reduce inappropriate antibiotic prescribing, including a health plan that provided regular performance feedback to physicians, a telemedicine-based antimicrobial stewardship program, and an educational program designed to support physicians employing shared decisionmaking with patients.

The featured QualityTools provide information and resources that can help clinicians reduce inappropriate antibiotic use.

Read more of the November 21 issue here.

Live TweetChat on nurse-led innovations

Join the AHRQ Health Care Innovations Exchange for a live TweetChat with Julie Kliger, MPA, BSN, RN, Director of the Integrated Nurse Leadership Program at the University of California San Francisco. She will discuss nurse-led innovations including her own, Nine-Hospital Collaborative Uses Patient Screening Criteria, Fast-Track Diagnosis, and Treatment Protocols to Reduce Sepsis Mortality by More Than 50 Percent(http://go.usa.gov/gqY9).

  • Date:  November 27
  • Time:  3-4:00pm

Join the TweetChat on Twitter at @AHRQIX and use the #AHRQIX hashtag to participate in the conversation.

AHRQ Health Care Innovations Exchange webcast: Vermont Blueprint for Health

Vermont’s Blueprint for Health program provides comprehensive, coordinated care while improving health outcomes and reducing costs.  The webcast will feature a video presentation about successful linkages among primary care, public health, and clinical community resources in the state,  followed by a panel discussion during which Vermont program staff will discuss implementation challenges and potential solutions related to linking clinical care and community resources.

Learn more about the Vermont Blueprint for Health initiative here.

Register for this free online event here.

When:  Tuesday, September 25, 2012 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET

U of M Launches Center for Discovery of New Medicines

In an effort to link multidisciplinary work happening at the University of Michigan, and speed up the development of new drugs for the market, U of M has launched the Center for Discovery of New Medicines (CDNM).

Image courtesy of cdnm.lsi.umich.edu

Under the leadership of Rick Neubig, professor of pharmacology and associate professor of internal medicine, the CDNM will ” coordinate and support the development of therapeutics from discovery to the market.” Starting out targeting the disease areas of cancer, inflammation, metabolic diseases, and neurodegeneration, the CDNM is poised to make U of M quite competitive for the National Institutes of Health’s new funding focus on translational medicine.

Read the full article from the Record Update here and learn more about the CDNM on its site.

On the Horizon: Trends, Opportunities & Reflections from MLA’12

This is the first post in a reflective series about the Medical Library Association’s 2012 conference (held May 18-23 in Seattle, WA), which several of our staff attended. Posts every Monday for the next few weeks will focus on the themes, lessons, and new ideas that inspired our staff during their time in Seattle.

We’re fortunate at the Taubman Health Sciences Library to have our director, Jane Blumenthal, also serving as this year’s Medical Library Association president. One of Jane’s inaugural blog posts in office highlighted the theme for the coming year: positive energy, and how it was realized – in many forms – at the conference.

Keynote speaker Steven Johnson, author of the recent book, Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation, spoke about what we can do to foster environments that are conducive to innovation by tracing a series of historic examples. He wanted to dispel the (admittedly alluring) myth of the “Eureka moment” when it comes to groundbreaking ideas, instead using convincing examples to support the claim that innovation usually results from a “slow hunch” and benefits greatly from areas where different people come together and can collaborate (does anyone else hear the interdisciplinary buzz?).

Mr. Johnson’s message came full circle for me a few days ago, when during a meeting I found out that through the diverse patrons we serve at the Taubman Health Sciences Library, we were able to act as the connection point for scholars in different schools engaged in relevant research. To borrow a phrase from Mr. Johnson, it certainly seems like libraries are the  current incarnation of the 18th century coffehouse – rife with ideas where folks from different disciplines (academic, clinical, what have you) can interact.

Stay tuned for more reflections on MLA, and check out archived posts from the conference’s official blog here.

Healthcare Innovations Summit – Recap now available

On January 26, 2012, health delivery systems, physicians, innovators, policymakers, academics and venture capitalists gathered at the Care Innovations Summit in Washington, DC.

More than 1,200 individuals participated in person and an additional 3,000 joined online. Hosted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the West Wireless Health Institute (WWHI), and Health Affairs, this event showcased care delivery and payment solutions already working in the marketplace, catalyzing the dialogue for applying and expanding successful solutions to lower the cost of health care.

The Summit recap can be found here.

Continue the conversationby emailing or tweeting  updates: cisummit@hcidc.org or #cisummit. Check back on hcidc.org for updated content and videos.