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Bachmann featured as Extraordinary Spartan

Michigan State Univeristy 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.