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$4.8M NIH grant addresses environmental influences on child health

A $4.8 million research grant awarded to Michigan State University from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will help Michigan’s top three research universities, leading health care system and a state health agency investigate how exposure to a range of environmental factors in early development — from conception through early childhood — influences the health of children and adolescents. Joining MSU as collaborators on the national Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes, or ECHO, initiative are the University of Michigan, Wayne State University, Henry Ford Health System and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Nigel Paneth, MSU University Distinguished Professor of epidemiology and biostatistics, will lead the study.

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Pioneer in molecular imaging to lead MSU’s new bio engineering research initiatives

Christopher H. Contag will join MSU as the inaugural director of the Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering and the chairperson of the new Department of Biomedical Engineering. The new Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering is a collaboration between the Colleges of Human Medicine, Engineering and Natural Science. “Christopher Contag is one of the top five imaging scientists in the world," said Norman Beauchamp, new dean for the College of Human Medicine. "His joining MSU will be catalytic for the recruitment of scientists and physician scientists, trainees, industry partners and of community supporters.”

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Kozlowski joins College of Human Medicine, named director at Mary Free Bed

Allan Kozlowski, an expert in rehabilitation medicine, will join the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine as an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and lead outcomes research in the John F. Butzer Center for Research & Innovation at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. The role is a joint appointment by Mary Free Bed and the college.

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