From Our 2010 Annual Report
Pitchers and catchers have already reported. Can opening day be far behind? Consider all the ballplayers at the beginning of their careers thinking about how to break into the lineup. Then consider the veteran players who have maintained a steady pace to hit 0.274 and figure out ways to get on base for the power hitters to drive them home. Ah. The power hitters. They are the ones who hit home runs regularly and get the headlines. Not the bunters. Not those who sacrifice to move a base runner into scoring position. But. The power hitters probably deserve the accolades! They put fans in seats. They bring fame to the team.
This past year, we had a banner year. We have many faculty who have published manuscripts, book chapters, and other scholarly works. Our faculty have presented their scholarly works all over the country. And in other countries, too! From season to season, you see the veterans plugging away at their trade, building good, solid resumes, generating cool scholarly work. We also have a few “rookies” trying to break into the line-up. But, you will also see that this year we had a record in grant revenues — over $6 million dollars! To quote Harry Caray, “Holy Cow!” We had some players hit a few home runs this season!
Can we maintain this level of funding? I hope so, but the realist in me knows the economic and political climate is as unsteady as a rookie pitcher debuting against a Hall of Fame line-up. Our goal for this coming year is to avoid a “sophomore slump” (regression to the mean for the researchers!) and aim for $3 million in external funding.
The department continues its partnership with the University of Michigan in support of the Great Lakes Research into Practice Network (GRIN). GRIN is a primary care, practice-based research network that studies real world problems in real world patients in real world settings. We also continue our collaboration with Wayne State University and the University of Michigan in co-sponsoring the oldest statewide primary care research forum in the country!
Department faculty continue mentoring medical student research projects. In each of our campuses, third-year medical students develop their own research ideas, obtain IRB approval, collect and interpret data and present their data in class. These are GREAT projects. This past year, we created a fund, “Support Our Students,” to support medical students working with department faculty so they may attend conferences and present their research. Please contribute to this effort.
A successful baseball career is not made by a single game or a single season, but by enduring many years of solid to excellent work. Looking over the reports from the past several years, I would say that my colleagues have the department looking like future hall of famers.
~ Henry Barry, MD, MS