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College of Human Medicine Faculty to be Invested

Michigan State University will honor three College of Human Medicine faculty at the university-wide Investiture for Endowed Faculty on September 26 at Wharton Center’s Pasant Theater.

They are:

  • Todd Lucas, PhD
  • Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH
  • David Morgan, PhD

Both Lucas and Hanna-Attisha are C.S. Mott Endowed Professors of Public Health—established through a gift from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation—and Morgan is an MSU Foundation Professor.

Todd Lucas, PhD, is a social and health psychologist whose research considers psychosocial causes of racial health disparities. He is particularly focused on stress and preventive health behavior pathways, such as cancer screening. His research especially considers psychological justice—the causes and resulting health and social consequences of perceiving injustice for individuals and communities. 

Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, is the director of the Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, an innovative and model public health program in Flint, Michigan. A pediatrician, scientist, activist, and author, Dr. Hanna-Attisha has testified twice before the United States Congress, been awarded the Freedom of Expression Courage Award by PEN America, and been named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World for her role in uncovering the Flint Water Crisis and leading recovery efforts. She is a graduate of Michigan State and bestselling author of the 2019-2020 Great Michigan Reads selection, What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City.

David Morgan, PhD, is professor in the Department of Translational Neuroscience and has spent his career studying the causes of Alzheimer’s dementia, a devastating illness that afflicts five million Americans and costs more than $250 billion a year. His research has led to several clinical trials, first with a vaccine and now with antibody injections, to activate the body’s immune response and stop the buildup of a protein called beta amyloid in the brain. Morgan's work has been supported by multiple grants from the NIH and private foundations, and he regularly sits on review panels for the NIH and other agencies evaluating grants to develop new drugs to treat Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative disorders. He has served on numerous prestigious editorial and scientific review boards, contributed to over 200 peer-reviewed publications, and participated in symposiums and conferences the world over as he continues to pursue the development of effective diagnostic tools for the prevention of Alzheimer's.

Every year, Michigan State University hosts its university-wide endowed faculty investiture ceremony to celebrate the teachers and researchers whose work is the backbone of MSU’s commitment to academic excellence and innovation. Endowed faculty positions are funded in perpetuity by donors, and MSU is proud to recognize donors who are making a difference through their support of faculty positions at the ceremony.

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