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Small Group Reflection

Faculty and staff are encouraged and invited to discuss experiences related to working in the MSU health colleges in the aftermath of the Nassar tragedy. The next small group reflection sessions are on: 

June 12, 2-4 PM | Room 632 of the Secchia Center 
June 17, 2-4 PM & 4-6 PM | Room A216 East Fee Hall
June 19, 2-4 PM | Room 632 Secchia Center

See more information and RSVP for a small group session.

Partners sign ground lease for next phase of MSU’s Grand Rapids research and innovation park

MSU’s first Public Private Partnership (P3) is official. MSU and Health Innovation Partners have signed a long-term ground lease for the continued development of the Grand Rapids Research Center site, planning construction for a medical innovation building and parking structure.

“The medical innovation building will create an ecosystem to enable synergies between academic medicine, health care delivery systems and industry partners that will join us in the transformation of health,” said Norman J. Beauchamp Jr., MD, MHS, associate provost and assistant vice president for health affairs, Michigan State University, and dean, MSU College of Human Medicine. “We are excited Health Innovation Partners shares our vision for the advancement of health care. We are a community that has the ability to bring health and healing in a way that is so needed by our state and nation.”

Read more - Next phase of Innovation Park moves forward

Vitamin D could help cancer patients live longer

Tarek Haykal, lead author and internal medicine resident physician at Michigan State University and Hurley Medical Center, has found that vitamin D, if taken for at least three years, could help cancer patients live longer. 

Read more - Cancer-fighting benefits of Vitamin D

MSU BOARD OF TRUSTEES APPOINTS NEW PRESIDENT

The Michigan State University Board of Trustees has selected Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, as its next university president at a special meeting today. President-designee Stanley will officially begin his term as Michigan State’s 21st president on Aug. 1, 2019.

“Dr. Stanley is an empowering, compassionate and thoughtful leader, who will work tirelessly alongside our students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees and broader Spartan community to meet the challenges we face together and build our future,” said Dianne Byrum, chairwoman, MSU Board of Trustees.

Read more - MSU's Next President

Read more - Dr. Wanda Lipscomb’s Comments to the Michigan State University Board of Trustees, May 28, 2019

#MeToo: Harnessing Evidence to Ensure Safe and Equitable Environments in Academic Medicine

Join us for the next Trauma-Informed Community lecture featuring Dr. Reshma Jagsi, a national expert on gender inequity and sexual harassment in healthcare and academic medicine.

Wednesday, June 5, 12-1 PM | Panel Discussion 1-1:30 PM
Radiology Building Auditorium or Secchia Center Room 130

The lecture is open to faculty, staff and students. More event details

Debra Furr-Holden becomes ELAM Fellow

Debra-Furr Holden, PhD, C.S. Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health, interim director of the Division of Public Health, has been named a Fellow of Drexel University's Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women. She joins the ranks of two other College of Human Medicine ELAM Fellows in this community of women academic medical, dental, public health and pharmacy leaders. 

“Despite some of our best efforts, there are still glass ceilings," said Furr-Holden. "Doors for women in academic medicine and the ELAM community of practice is at the forefront of breaking through these barriers.”

Read more - ELAM Fellowship

MONA HANNA-ATTISHA RECEIVES INAUGURAL AWARD FOR IMMIGRANT HEALTHCARE LEADERS

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician and associate professor at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, was named the inaugural recipient of the Vilcek-Gold Award for Humanism in Healthcare award from The Arnold P. Gold Foundation and The Vilcek Foundation. The award recognizes her public health activism during the Flint water crisis. Congratulations Dr. Mona!

Read more about the award

MSU MED NEWS | ISSUE 4

Catch up on college news in the latest issue of MSU Med News.

Big data helps identify better way to research breast cancer's spread

In a new study, researchers Bin Chen, an assistant professor at the College of Human Medicine, and Ke Li are analyzing large volumes of data to determine better research models to fight the spread of breast cancer and test potential drugs.

Read more - Better way to research breast cancer's spread. 

MSU RAISES AWARENESS OF WORK-RELATED ASTHMA

Asthma affects some 600,000 adults in Michigan, about 10 percent of the adult population, yet many sufferers are unaware their disease might be caused or aggravated by exposure in the workplace. “It’s a problem that is not well recognized but, if properly addressed, can markedly reduce asthma symptoms and improve quality of life,” said Kenneth Rosenman, a Michigan State University College of Human Medicine professor and chief of its Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Read more - Raising awareness of work-related asthma

Medical Student Research Journal garners worldwide attention

A Michigan State University College of Human Medicine research journal, run by students, is attracting worldwide attention.

Often times, a mark of prestige for authors of medical studies is how many times their work is cited in other research articles. So, recently, it was particularly gratifying when an article about Alzheimer’s disease in the college’s Medical Student Research Journal was cited 71 times.

Read more - Medical student research journal

Why do ovarian cancer drugs work for some patients but not others?

A new class of drugs called PARP inhibitors has successfully slowed the spread of ovarian cancer for some patients, but the treatments are less effective for many others.

With a $50,000 grant awarded by the Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance, Jose Teixeira and John Risinger, gynecologic oncology researchers with the College of Human Medicine, hope to find out why many ovarian cancer patients do not respond well to PARP inhibitors. The answer, they believe, can be found in a cellular protein called PTEN.

Read more - Ovarian cancer drugs

A smell test could become part of a regular doctor visit

A new Michigan State University study suggests that older adults with poor sense of smell may see an almost 50% increase in their risk of dying within 10 years – surprisingly in healthier individuals.

The research is published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.

“Poor sense of smell becomes more common as people age, and there’s a link to a higher risk for death,” said Honglei Chen, an epidemiologist who’s focused his research on this sensory deficit in older adults. “Our study is the first to look at the potential reasons why it predicts a higher mortality.”

Read more - The role sense of smell plays in disease development

Five years after the Flint water crisis, city battles widespread mistrust

The Flint water crisis was traumatic for many residents, said Vicki Johnson-Lawrence, a social epidemiologist at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, who has worked with the city to survey residents to better understand the long-term impact of the crisis.

"They still have to figure out how to trust the community, the government, again after this is all happened. And that stands in the way of moving forward in other ways," she told ABC News.

Read more - Five years after the Flint water crisis

Marijuana users weigh less, defying the munchies

New evidence from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine researcher suggests that those who smoke cannabis, or marijuana, weigh less compared to adults who don’t.

“Over a three-year period, all participants showed a weight increase, but interestingly, those who used marijuana had less of an increase compared to those that never used,” said Omayma Alshaarawy, lead author and an assistant professor of family medicine. “Our study builds on mounting evidence that this opposite effect occurs.”

Read more - Marijuana users weigh less

Bachmann featured as Extraordinary Spartan

Michigan State University is highlighting a number of Extraordinary Spartans, including our own Andre Bachmann, PhD, professor and associate chair for research, in the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development. 

See the feature story "Finding new treatments for children with rare illnesses"

Food additive may affect flu vaccines

MSU Pharm Tox scientists Robert Freeborn and Cheryl Rockwell have linked a common food preservative to an altered immune response that possibly hinders flu vaccines.

“If you get a vaccine, but part of the immune system doesn’t learn to recognize and fight off virus-infected cells, then this can cause the vaccine to be less effective,” said Freeborn, a fourth-year doctoral student who led the study with Rockwell, an associate professor in pharmacology and toxicology. See story: "Food additive may influence how well flu vaccines work"

MSU Med News | Issue 3

Catch up on Match Day and other college news in the latest issue of MSU Med News.

APAMSA Conference

The Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association (APAMSA) hosted its Region V conference at Secchia Center on March 30. It was great day full of guest speakers, physician and student panels, and activities addressing the role of and challenges for physicians in building resilient and healthy AAPI communities. View APAMSA Conference photo gallery

Match Day 2019

Match Day is a different type of “March Madness” for Michigan State University College of Human Medicine students. Catch up on the big news from Match Day 2019.

Med News Issue 02

Have you checked out the latest issue of MSU Med News? The newly redesigned newsletter includes more college news, photos, student updates and more.

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Exercising helps you make better food choices

A new study, involving MSU epidemiologist Ana Vazquez, has found another healthy benefit to exercising…making better dietary choices.

The research analyzed 2,680 young adults in an intensive, 15-week exercise program and found they were less likely to snack or follow a typical Western diet high in fat and carbohydrates, and more likely to choose fruits, vegetables and low-fat alternatives.

Read more - Better food choices

MSU lands $5M NIH grant to connect dots between pesticides and Parkinson's

A Michigan State University researcher is hoping to make a connection between pesticides, olfactory impairment and early symptoms of neurodegenerative diseases among aging farmers.

Honglei Chen, a professor of epidemiology whose research focuses on neurodegenerative diseases, will use a five-year, $5 million grant from the National Institutes for Health to investigate the role pesticides might play in olfactory impairment and their relevance to diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Read more - NIH grant studies pesticides and neurodegenerative diseases

Answering the call to Michigan's lack of addiction specialists

Kelly Strutz, an epidemiologist and assistant professor in the MSU College of Human Medicine, and Cara Poland, a Spectrum Health Medical Group certified addiction medicine specialist, are leading a project that will train more Michigan physicians as addiction medicine specialists by streamlining the certification process. 

Read more - Training more addiction specialists

Reach Out to Youth

0On February 17, MSU College of Human Medicine students hosted more than 130 children ages 7-11 at the 5th annual Reach Out to Youth. The kids participated in workshops and hands-on activities centered around this year's theme, Hustle to Build Muscle, while parents participated in healthy lifestyle workshops.

Reach Out to Youth photo gallery

SNMA Cultural Banquet

The Student National Medical Association hosted its annual Cultural Banquet on February 2. The evening included Dr. Lisa M. Lowery as the keynote speaker. View photos from the banquet

Leadership in Medicine for the Underserved Documentary

"A Change of Practice: Leadership in Medicine for the Underserved" is a half-hour documentary following third- and fourth-year LMU students as they help residents in Flint navigate the lead water crisis and the insidious impacts of poverty. These students learn they are called to be more than physicians. Their role is to change the practice of medicine. Students and faculty from the College of Communication Arts and Sciences and the School of Journalism produced the film.

Join us for an upcoming screening of the film: February 25 at 3:30 PM at the Flint Campus Building

Susan Barman receives William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award

Susan Barman, PhD, professor, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, is a recipient of MSU's 2019 William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty AwardBarman is a committed instructor in the College of Human Medicine, teaching physiology and pharmacology concepts throughout the curriculum and serving as a problem-based learning facilitator. Read more about her accomplishments.

Zombie cells could be key to Alzheimer's susceptibility

The National Institute on Aging has awarded a Michigan State University College of Human Medicine researcher Marcia Gordon a nearly $3 million grant to study how aging increases the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and to investigate treatments that could delay or prevent it.

“I’m trying to understand what it is about the old brain that makes it more susceptible to Alzheimer’s,” said Gordon. The answer, she believes, lies in "zombie cells" or senescent cells – those that are old, still alive, but no longer capable of dividing.

Read more - Zombie cells

Schizophrenia patients more willing to manage symptoms using smartphones

Eric Achtyes, a Michigan State University College of Human Medicine psychiatrist has found that most patients with schizophrenia spectrum disorder are willing to use a smartphone application to help manage their symptoms, including after regular clinic hours. Read more - Managing symptoms

Martin Luther King Jr. Observance

On January 16, Michigan State University's health colleges joined together for the Martin Luther King Jr. Observance program, "Social Determinants of Health: A Call to Action." Keynote speaker Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, alumna and assistant professor, anchored the discussion with her experiences as a pediatrician and public health advocate to share the importance of social determinants of health.

The event also featured an informative conversation with alumnus Dr. Farhan Bhatti, director of the Care Free Medical, and other panelists from College of Nursing, College of Osteopathic Medicine and College of Veterinary Medicine. The event closed with a special poetry performance by Candida Curtis Cavazos.

A message from Dean Beauchamp

January 17, 2019

Following last evening’s resignation of John Engler as interim president of Michigan State University, this morning the MSU Board of Trustees appointed Satish Udpa as acting president. Dr. Udpa is the MSU executive vice president for administrative services, a post he's held since 2013. Before that, he was the dean of the College of Engineering for seven years.

I am pleased with this appointment and believe Dr. Udpa has the right balance of compassion and leadership that our university greatly needs in these difficult times. Continue reading

High pesticide exposure among farmers linked to poor sense of smell later

A Michigan State University study by Honglei Chen, professor of epidemiology, is the first to show an association between unusually high pesticide exposure and poor sense of smell among aging farmers.

Read more - High pesticide exposure

Gene therapy could eliminate drug side effect in Parkinson's patients

Kathy Steece-Collier, a Michigan State University researcher, has received a $2.8 million federal grant to develop a gene therapy that could reduce and possibly eliminate a frustrating side effect of a drug commonly prescribed to Parkinson’s patients. The research could mean a significant advance for the up to 90 percent of patients who develop dyskinesia, a drug-induced side effect that results in the involuntary and uncontrolled movement of hands, head and other body parts.

MSU Gran Fondo registration now open

Registration for the seventh annual MSU Gran Fondo is now open. This fun, non-competitive cycling event on June 22 supports Michigan State University College of Human Medicine’s skin cancer awareness, prevention and research. Cyclists of all skill levels ride along scenic 12, 25, 40 or 80-mile routes from downtown Grand Rapids to Lake Michigan and celebrate at the Finish Line Festival with live music, craft brews and a grand feast. 

Diversity Dialogue Dinners

The College of Human Medicine Student and Diversity Affairs hosted Diversity Dialogue Dinners in East Lansing on December 7, 2018 and in Grand Rapids on December 14, 2018.  Students, faculty and community physicians were invited to share an evening of dialogue focused on building cultural understanding and connection to enhance the medical student experience. Read full recap

Gibby-Parky Cooperation, Collaboration and Coordination Update

Parkinson's disease researchers Caryl Sortwell, PhD, professor and associate chair of Translational Science and Molecular Medicine, and Ashok Sriram, MD, neurologist at Spectrum Health, presented their latest research at the second quarterly Cooperation, Collaboration and Coordination (C3) roundtable. Their research is part of four projects funded by the Gibby/Parky fundraising initiative.

In 2017, "Gibby & Friends vs. Parky" was coordinated by Peter Secchia in honor of Kirk Gibson, Detroit Tigers legend who suffers from Parkinson's. In just one evening, $1.2M was raised in order to fund collaborative Parkinson's research in Grand Rapids. The studies it supports include research from MSU College of Human Medicine and one or more partner organizations, including Van Andel Institute, Spectrum Health, Grand Valley State University, and Mercy Health Saint Mary's.