The University of Michigan Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center (UM-KECC) has been awarded a five-year, $8.5 million federal contract to serve as the coordinating center for the United States Renal Data System (USRDS). The USRDS is a national data system that collects, analyzes and distributes information about patients with chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease.
The coordinating center, in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, provides clinical, biostatistical, epidemiological, data management and analytical expertise necessary to maintain and update the existing USRDS database. The CC also coordinates, scientifically manages, develops and expands the database; prepares and releases data to support investigator-initiated research; publishes papers and reports of scientific findings based on USRDS data; and provides data to support research performed by USRDS Special Studies Centers.
Dr. Rajiv Saran, Associate Director of UM-KECC and Director of the USRDS Project, has assembled a team of 21 investigators, including representation from UM Medical School, School of Public Health, Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, Cardiovascular Center, and School of Pharmacy, as well as subcontractors from Arbor Research Collaborative for Health and the University of California-Irvine, to improve upon and expand the USRDS. Dr. Yi Li, Professor of Biostatistics, and Dr. Bruce Robinson, Vice President of Arbor Research, are Co-Deputy Directors on this project.