WellSpringboard began as an experiment. Answering a challenge from the national Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), the University of Michigan developed an innovative process and website that matched ideas from patients like you with U-M researchers.
As with so many crowd-sourced and crowd-funded start-ups, there are many barriers to success. And while we received great ideas from you and others, and while U-M has many researchers searching for cures and improving treatments, we simply haven’t been able to match all the ideas with researchers who have the time and resources to take on another project.
So, we have decided to conclude the WellSpringboard experiment and build what we have learned from it into improving our community engaged-research efforts across the research spectrum.
What does this mean for you? First, know that we deeply appreciate the time and effort you put into sharing your research idea with us, and that research is one of that things that makes the University of Michigan and the U-M Health System one of the best in the world.
And, know that health research still needs you, so if you are still interested in participating, you may volunteer for a study at the new UMHealthResearch.org (previously UMClinicalStudies.org) where you may be matched with one of hundreds of studies that lead to cures and better treatments for you or for others in the future.
Thank you for all you do to make a difference.
George A. Mashour, MD, PhD
Executive Director, Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR)
Executive Director, Translational Research (Office of Research)
Associate Dean for Clinical & Translational Research (Medical School)
Bert N. La Du Professor & Associate Chair of Anesthesiology Research