UM-KECC, formed in 1993, has grown into a major research Center at the University Of Michigan School Of Public Health with projects in many areas.
UM-KECC carries out a wide variety of epidemiological, clinical, medical outcomes, public policy, and economic research relating to End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), and organ transplantation. UM-KECC projects are funded by multiple government and private sources, including Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Renal Research Institute, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and American Society of Transplant Surgeons. In 2013, UM-KECC projects totaled 36 FTEs of effort and almost $6 million in funding.
UM-KECC research typically involves statistical analysis of large data sets drawn from clinical and administrative data systems, but a growing number of projects also involve primary data collection. UM-KECC maintains a comprehensive historical patient and provider level data on about 2.5 million ESRD patients drawn primarily from Medicare data. The UM-KECC computer system includes about 22.75 terabytes of server disk storage.
Currently more than 25 faculty investigators work on UM-KECC projects. These include faculty from the University of Michigan Departments of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Health Management and Policy in the School of Public Health and Surgery and Internal Medicine in the Medical School. From Internal Medicine the divisions of Nephrology, Cardiovascular Medicine, Gastroenterology, and Pulmonology are represented. UM-KECC contributes to education by providing opportunities for medical fellows and graduate students. Over 8 graduate student research assistants have worked at KECC, and KECC projects have provided the data and motivation for many dissertation topics and development of methodological work in several areas. These activities are supported by a versatile staff of about 25 FTEs with skills in the areas of statistical analysis, data management, programming, clinical study coordination, project management, and IT management.
UM-KECC is physically located at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.