Faculty Resources

Tools & Databases

The University of Michigan offers many resources across campus that can help facilitate Precision Health research.

Data Office for Clinical and Translational Research

Through managing access to institutionally supported self-serve tools and providing customized datasets, the Data Office administers a secure and compliant process for researchers requiring Michigan Medicine data. Access their resources and view more clinical data resources.


DataDirect is a self-serve tool enabling access to clinical data such as diagnoses, encounters, procedures, medications (ordered and administered), and labs (ordered and results) on more than 4 million unique patients from across the Michigan Medicine enterprise. DataDirect provides aggregate counts for cohort discovery and the ability to download patient health data. Its user-friendly interface allows users to discover information quickly and easily. Start here.

The Michigan Genomics Initiative

MGI has created an institutional repository of DNA and genetic data together from more than 42,000 patients with a rich medical phenotype for a broad portfolio of medical research. Participants enrolled in MGI contribute biospecimens for genotyping, electronic health record (EHR) data for clinical information, patient-reported questionnaires for pain, mood, affect and function and linkages to local and national data sources. The Michigan Genomics Initiative tracks patient classification of diseases, functioning and disability with the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) standard, 9th revision. It can be queried to support many types of medical research. More information here.

Central Biorepository

The Central Biorepository provides a world-class, accredited, standardized, safe and monitored environment for the processing, storage and distribution of high-quality normal and diseased biospecimens annotated with detailed clinical and laboratory data. Biospecimens collected at Michigan Medicine clinics are discoverable through DataDirect. Learn more.

Collaborative Quality Initiatives

The University of Michigan leads several collaborative quality initiatives run through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. These efforts involve a collection of patient safety, clinical quality and care process efforts from hospitals throughout the state. Learn more.

Michigan Institute for Data Science

MIDAS is the focal point for researchers across U-M engaged in data science. The program offers a variety of classes and course certificates. Learn more about MIDAS and its education programs.

Single-Cell Analysis

Two resources focus on this topic. Michigan Center for Single-Cell Genomic Data Analytics, part of MIDAS, connects mathematicians and data scientists with biological researchers to develop, evaluate, and implement a variety of cutting-edge methodologies in sparse data analysis. Learn more. The Single Cell Analysis Resource is a shared resources at the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center that provides experimental and technical services to the U-M research community to explore molecular aspects of cellular heterogeneity, population diversity and complexity within seemingly homogeneous single cell samples prepared from tissues, biological fluids (e.g. blood) and cultured cell lines. Learn more.

Yottabyte Research Cloud

The Yottabyte Research Cloud is a partnership between ARC and Yottabyte that provides U-M researchers with high performance, secure and flexible computing environments enabling the analysis of sensitive data sets restricted by federal privacy laws, proprietary access agreements, or confidentiality requirements. Learn more.

Assistance from Scientific Facilitator (coming soon) – Soon researchers will be able to request personal assistance from an experienced, skilled Scientific Facilitator who can help connect you with relevant data, guide you through inquiries to get the data you need, and even provide expert guidance on navigating IRB applications to ensure that your request is reviewed and approved as quickly as possible for your precision health-related research projects.

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