From conducting studies and collecting data to developing best practices as they face the crisis on the frontline, IHPI researchers and clinicians are playing a critical role in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. This continuously-updated list provides an overview of COVID-related research projects and clinical resources developed by IHPI members and partnering organizations.
Researchers around the world are working to collect COVID-19 patient data to better understand and address the pandemic. Learn more about the data registries led by IHPI members:
- ECMO Center COVID-19 Registry
Data about COVID-19 patients is being collected by an international registry of centers that use ECMO, a life support technology.
IHPI member(s): Ryan Barbaro, M.D., M.S.
- MEDIC Clinical Data Registry
Receiving data feeds from more than 20 emergency departments across Michigan, the MEDIC registry can provide insight into the impact of COVID-19 in emergency care settings.
IHPI member(s): Keith Kocher, M.D., M.P.H. & Michele Nypaver, M.D.
- MI COVID-19 CQI Patient Registry with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Michigan Medicine is teaming with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and other Michigan hospitals to collect clinical data on COVID-19 patients to be included in a registry that will provide insight into best practices for treating the virus.
IHPI member(s): Scott Flanders, M.D. & Hallie Prescott, M.D., M.Sc.
- Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR) COVID-19 Rapid Response Research Registry
The MICHR registry gathers data from coronavirus patients in order to inform frontline clinical care decisions in real-time, trends in treatments, hospital-level projections, and future research designs.
IHPI member(s): Emily Somers, Ph.D. & Emily Martin, Ph.D., M.P.H
Modeling provides data-driven projections of pandemic spread and the impact on populations. Such projections play an important role in informing governments and organizations as they strive to limit the spread of COVID-19.
- COVID-19 Modeling in India
A team of researchers used standard epidemiologic models to do a situational assessment of the coronavirus crisis in India—providing real-time data to assist leadership in their response to the pandemic.
IHPI member(s): Bhramar Mukherjee, Ph.D., M.S., M.Stat.
- COVID-19 Projection Toolkit
A collaborative of clinicians from Michigan Medicine and Vanderbilt University Medical Center constructed a projection toolkit that can guide hospital command centers on how best to redeploy clinical providers to COVID-related patient care units.
IHPI member(s): Brian George, M.D., M.A.
- Michigan COVID-19 Utilization and Risk Evaluation System (M-CURES)
A research team is building models using clinical data for predicting patient outcomes and resource utilization in COVID-19 patients.
IHPI member(s): Jenna Wiens, Ph.D.
- Social Distancing: Data Models for COVID-19 Policy Response
A new model assesses the effectiveness of preventive measures like social distancing to help inform policy responses to flatten the coronavirus curve.
IHPI member(s): Peter Song, Ph.D.
- Nursing Home Pandemic Preparedness
A research team conducted a survey of 130 nursing homes during the week that Michigan announced its first documented case of COVID-19.
IHPI member(s): Lona Mody, M.D., M.Sc. & Keith Kaye, M.D., M.P.H.
- Views of Parents and Guardians of School-Age Children on Public School Opening during the COVID-19 Pandemic
A team conducted a survey to assess parents’ plans in Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio for in-person school and support for 15 potential measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 in schools.
IHPI member(s): Kao-Ping Chua, M.D., Ph.D., Melissa DeJonckheere, Ph.D., Sarah Reeves, Ph.D., M.P.H., & Lisa Prosser, Ph.D., M.S.
- Michigan COVID-19 Recovery Surveillance Study
Researchers with the U-M School of Public Health and the MDHHS are reaching out to adults with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 to collect information they hope will inform future response efforts to the coronavirus pandemic in the state.
IHPI member(s): Nancy Fleischer, Ph.D., M.P.H., & Jana Hirschtick, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Clinical Resources & Guidelines
IHPI experts on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis have been sharing best practices and guidelines to support fellow clinicians:
- Guidelines for Operating a Multidisciplinary Regional Infectious Containment Unit (RICU)
A U-M team offers advice and training resources for doctors drafted for duties outside their norm amid COVID-19.
IHPI member(s): Valerie Vaughn, M.D., M.Sc. & Vineet Chopra, M.D., M.Sc.
- Guidelines for Outpatient Prenatal Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic
A multidisciplinary team at Michigan Medicine has unveiled a new clinical approach to prenatal care for low-risk pregnancies to help limit exposure to the coronavirus.
IHPI member(s): Alex Peahl, M.D.
- Saint-Chopra Guide to Inpatient Medicine
A free online reference book by U-M hospitalists may be of help to doctors who get drafted for COVID-19 patient care.
IHPI member(s): Vineet Chopra, M.D., M.Sc. & Sanjay Saint, M.D., M.P.H.
- Strategies for COVID-19 Critical Care Surge
A report from the RAND Corporation and Michigan Medicine highlights evidence-based strategies for managing critical care surges.
IHPI member(s): Mahshid Abir, M.D., M.Sc. & Christina Cutter, M.D., M.Sc.
- Planning a COVID-19 Field Hospital
When it seemed hospitalized cases of COVID-19 might outstrip the capacity of the main hospital at Michigan Medicine in spring 2020, U-M surgeons with military backgrounds were tapped along with other leaders to help plan a field hospital.
IHPI member(s): Lesly Dossett, M.D., M.P.H.
Researchers across a wide variety of disciplines at the University of Michigan are using their expertise to address the global COVID-19 pandemic.
"These are indeed challenging times, but I am confident the generation of scientific knowledge across the University of Michigan will play a critical role as we work together to find solutions to this pandemic," said Rebecca Cunningham, U-M vice president for research.
Since the earliest days of the coronavirus pandemic, IHPI experts have shared their expertise to help keep the public informed about the virus.