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The U-M’s Ann Arbor campus health science deans have selected four faculty team projects to receive the first-of-their-kind Interprofessional Exchange (IP-X) Research Stimulus pilot grants. The awarded project teams in this first round of IP-X funding are:

• Caring for Complex, Underserved Patients: Interprofessional Education and Care Where it Matters Most, PI: Brent Williams, General Medicine; Co-Investigators: Amy Thompson, College of Pharmacy; Daniel Fischer and Debra Mattison, School of Social Work; and Elizabeth Kuzma, School of Nursing.

• Computer-Assisted Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depressed Dialysis Patients, PI: Joseph Himle, School of Social Work. Co-Investigators: Bonnie Hagerty, School of Nursing, and Jonathan Segal, Internal Medicine.

• Improving Contraceptive Care for Women with Breast Cancer: An Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Approach, PI: Justine Wu, Family Medicine. Co-Investigators: Monika Burness, Internal Medicine; Debra Barton, School of Nursing; and Debra Mattison, School of Social Work.

• Michigan Interprofessional Consortium for Health-Global Action Network (MICH-GAN), PI: Megan Eagle, School of Nursing. Co-Investigators: April Bigelow, Jody Lori, and Leslie Kearfott, School of Nursing; Joseph Kolars and Cheryl Moyer, Medical School/LHS; and Kathleen Lopez and Mary Ruffolo, School of Social Work.

IP-X Research Stimulus grants support investigations focused on the health outcomes and value of interprofessional exchange in education, policy, research, care and service. The funding for IP-X Research Stimulus grants comes from the seven health science deans on U-M’s Ann Arbor campus (together comprising the Health Sciences Council) and the U-M Office of the Provost.

Each pilot project is funded up to $50,000, and all the teams include investigators from at least three U-M health science schools. The IP-X early implementation grant (for up to $250,000) project team awardees are scheduled to be announced in early 2018.

“We all believe that working interprofessionally has benefits, and the IP-X Research Stimulus is designed to test this belief,” explained Jim Dalton, dean of the U-M College of Pharmacy and current chair of the Health Sciences Council.

The deans of the Health Science Council created the IP-X Research Stimulus as a $1.5-million multi-year program, administered by Michigan Center for Interprofessional Education. More information: