Research

The UM International Center for Automotive Medicine's primary research focus is to develop a deeper understanding of the causes of injuries so that they can be better treated and prevented. Our research team was one of the founding members of the Crash Injury Research Engineering Network (CIREN), a government-industry research consortium of NHTSA and we were involved with this project for 14 years. We are committed to supporting the NIH Roadmap's integrated vision by generating opportunities in three main areas: new pathways to discovery, research teams of the future, and re-engineering the research enterprise.

"Analytical morphomics" is the term we used to describe the innovative high-throughput, highly automated, anatomically indexed processing of 3D medical imaging data that we developed to support interdisciplinary translational crash research. It is designed to take rapid advantage of advances in computation and medical imaging as well as the statistical techniques developed for genomic and proteomic analysis. Furthermore, Southeast Michigan is the international epicenter of automotive engineering and its close proximity to the UM allows for cross training and research collaboration not possible in any other location. Joint research findings are immediately translatable into vehicle design changes. Indeed, industry experts estimate that our team's crash injury findings have already resulted in the improved safety design of over 60 million vehicles.