The Brehm Center at the University of Michigan Medical School (separate from the Brehm Center for Diabetes Research) focuses on the application of systems analysis as a key approach in recognizing and defining solutions to multi-dimensional issues and challenges facing the health system, with a primary focus in diabetes.
Dorene Markel, Brehm Center Director, brings her leadership expertise to the Center, including key roles in growing the clinical and translational research enterprise at Michigan Medicine. As such, she and her staff ensure that the Brehm Center promotes the University of Michigan’s abilities to optimize local and national collaborative potential; and enhances the institution’s impact and reputation in diabetes research, clinical care, education and policy leadership.
Areas of Focus
The Brehm Center partners with students, scientists, administrators, and health professionals to apply the tools of collaboration and systems analysis to drive scholarship, discovery, and innovation. The Center is focused on launching and guiding initiatives in diabetes research and care, student engagement and enrichment, and streamlining and advancing the dynamics of health care, scholarship and research.
In addition to ongoing areas of work, the Brehm Center has launched the Learning Health System for Diabetes Initiative, conducting analysis of data related to diabetes, and converting that data to knowledge and applications, instigating continuous cycles of learning, improvement and innovation. This work is being done in partnership with Dr. Chuck Friedman in the University of Michigan Department of Learning Health Sciences.
The Brehm Center is working with University of Michigan leadership to analyze the framing of a University of Michigan Diabetes Institute, examining opportunities to expand capabilities allowing better care for our diabetes patients, enhancing and connecting diabetes researchers across the U of M campus, expanding education about the care and prevention of diabetes, and positioning the University of Michigan to engage in national diabetes leadership opportunities.
The Brehm Center’s work also covers other areas that parallel the interests and investments of the Brehm’s at U of M and nationally, including:
Brehm Scholarship Programs
Management and student mentoring for full-tuition 4-year scholarships for undergrads and full-tuition 4-year scholarships for medical students.
Management and support of senior type 1 diabetes researchers and their teams from institutions across the US. This is a program that brings together a new type of multidisciplinary research team in type 1 diabetes research.