Michigan researchers pool resources to combat COVID-19
To aid accessibility to crucial COVID-19 patient data, the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR) launched a COVID-19 Rapid Response Research Registry to offer a centralized clinical characterization and management resource of what the scientific and health care community has learned through this public health pandemic.
The registry will gather data from coronavirus patients in order to inform front-line clinical care decisions in real-time, trends in treatments, hospital-level projections and future research designs.
Led by Emily Somers, interdisciplinary research initiatives faculty lead, associate professor of internal medicine, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, and associate professor of environmental health sciences in the School of Public Health, and Emily Martin, associate professor of epidemiology, School of Public Health, the registry was created in partnership by MICHR, partners from the School of Public Health, Institute of Healthcare Policy and Innovation, and more.
“Tackling this novel public health threat requires classic public health measures, such as social distancing,” Somers explained. “Registries are another fundamental epidemiologic tool and are essential to our basic understanding of disease. The COVID-19 Rapid Response Registry will further serve as a resource for scientists to enable acceleration of cutting-edge research.”
The COVID-19 Rapid Response Research Registry will be a part of the international consortium ISARIC, thus contributing to patient data collected around the globe. By pooling resources across campus and internationally, experts can all work together to find the best treatments for COVID-19 as quickly as possible.
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