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MSU President Engler targets safety, quality and transparency with new health structure
MSUToday | February 14
In keeping with his promise to make health care at Michigan State University a national model for quality and safety, Interim President John Engler today announced a new structure for the university’s health colleges, clinical practice and student wellness programs, including two leadership appointments. Norman J. Beauchamp Jr., dean of the College of Human Medicine, is expected to be appointed to the newly created position of associate provost and assistant vice president for health affairs. Anthony M. Avellino, chief executive officer of OSF Healthcare Illinois Neurological Institute, will assume the roles of assistant provost for student health, wellness and safety and MSU HealthTeam chief medical officer.
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Request for proposal issued for innovative projects to eliminate child lead exposure
State of Michigan | February 8
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, on behalf of Michigan’s Child Lead Exposure Elimination Commission, released a Request for Proposal to select up to 10 projects to eliminate child lead exposure. One-time grants of up to $75,000 will be awarded for projects that demonstrate innovative approaches to the elimination of child lead exposure and have the potential for replication throughout the state. The CLEEC is co-chaired by Dr. Eden Wells, MDHHS chief medical executive, and Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, director of the pediatric residency at Hurley Children's Hospital and associate professor of pediatrics at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.
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Mary Free Bed brings on renowned researcher to improve treatment
MLive | February 4
Dr. Janet Niemeier is the new director of the John F. Butzer Center for Research & Innovation at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. The research arm was created four years ago as part of a partnership with Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine to expand the country's fifth largest independent rehabilitation hospital into a teaching and research hospital.
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Street Talk: Newsmakers - This is not a drill
Grand Rapids Business Journal | February 2
The most memorable acceptance speech — and the highlight of the day — belonged to Dr. Norman Beauchamp Jr., dean of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, who was accepting the award in the health care category for MSU’s Grand Rapids Research Center.
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Fighting Alzheimer's Disease in the Latino Community
MSU Engaged Scholar | January
"I cannot expect people to tell me about their health or their loved ones' health issues unless they can trust me, and know that I want to make things better," said Vega. For Vega and the other College of Human Medicine researchers, translational medicine connects research and knowledge with practical applications, so that people understand more about disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.
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Update on Flint with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha
Medscape | January 30
Now that you already have this exposure, what do we do to not see the consequences? That is where my work is every day in Flint. We put in place the services that science has taught us promote development. In Flint, we have robust early education services, high-quality childcare, universal preschool, early literacy investment, parenting support, healthcare access, and nutrition support. Nutrition plays a critical role in [mitigating the effects of lead exposure].
Read more - Flint lead update

Realistic venomous snake bite emergency exercise at John Ball 
WZZM TV 13 - January 26
John Ball Zoo's venomous reptile keepers, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine students and professionals from Spectrum Health teamed up Thursday, Jan. 25, for a venomous snake bite emergency exercise. Over 80 professionals from the three institutions combined their skills for the five-hour simulation. A combination of simulated human patients, computer controlled manikins, along with human actors helped re-create symptoms of a venomous bite.
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Flint water crisis whistleblower receives Union for Reform Judaism award
Times of Israel | January 24
This past December Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha received the Eisendrath Bearer of Light Award at the 74th Union for Reform Judaism Biennial for her work. As much as Hanna-Attisha’s story is a story of science and medicine, it is also about social justice and democracy, and what happens when one citizen steps up and speaks out. But she says it is also a story about what happens when public health and environmental protections are threatened.
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Early enrollment for Flint Registry now open
MSUToday | January 22
Residents of Flint who were exposed to lead-contaminated water from the city’s water system can now pre-enroll for the Flint Registry, an effort to connect residents to programs and other resources that serve to minimize the effects of lead on their health, while promoting wellness and recovery. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician and associate professor in the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, along with other MSU, Flint and government leaders, announced the launch of the pre-enrollment website earlier today.
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Can mice really mirror humans when it comes to cancer?
MSUToday | January 18
A new study by Eran Andrechek is helping to answer a pressing question among scientists of just how close mice are to people when it comes to researching cancer. The findings, now published in PLOS Genetics, reveal how mice can actually mimic human breast cancer tissue and its genes, even more so than previously thought, as well as other cancers including lung, oral and esophagus.
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MSU scientists open window into psychosis
MSUToday | January 17
A new study led by Michigan State University scientists aims to shed light on the underlying mechanisms of psychosis in people with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Together with Eric Achtyes, a psychiatrist and medical researcher, and David Zhu, a professor and expert in radiology, Katharine Thakkar will study corollary discharge signals that are relayed through the thalamus to the cortex – connections known to be abnormal in people with schizophrenia.
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Public health experts share ideas for reshaping America's long-term health
POLITICO | January 10
Mona Hanna-Attisha, one of 14 public health experts interviewed by POLITICO, shared her thoughts for improving America's health. "Cut child poverty in half," said Hanna Attisha. "The more we learn about poverty and the developing brain, the more we realize how poverty — especially early, deep and persistent poverty — can distort the brain and dramatically alter a child’s entire life trajectory."
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Dean Beauchamp's 2018 Outlook
MiBiz | January
In late 2017, Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine opened the $88.1 million Grand Rapids Research Center in the city’s downtown. As the medical school now looks to build a larger research base in Grand Rapids in 2018 and beyond, Dean Norman Beauchamp said the center opens opportunities for further partnerships with local care providers and companies not only in medical research but also with businesses that address the economic issues that affect health care.
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