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NIH Establishes New Research Program to Address Health Disparities of Chronic Diseases; C.S. Mott Endowed Professor Debra Furr-Holden to Lead Flint Center

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), part of the National Institutes of Health, is launching the Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers (TCC) for Health Disparities Research on Chronic Disease Prevention program. The Flint Center for Health Equity Solutions, led by Debra Furr-Holden, PhD, joins Washington State University as the first of two centers announced. The TCC will focus their research efforts on development, implementation, and dissemination of community-based, multilevel interventions to combat chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes. The centers will share approximately $20 million in funding over five years, pending available funds.

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Statewide research universities to receive $9 million for Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Core Center

The U.S. National Institutes of Health will award an estimated $9 million over the next 5 years to a new statewide center to enhance the understanding and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. The Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Core Center (ADCC), launching today, will support researchers and clinicians from the University Research Corridor, comprised of MSU, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University. “This is a remarkable opportunity to leverage the combined clinical, research and educational expertise of our three universities to tackle this devastating disease,” said Scott Counts, Ph.D., associate professor of translational science and molecular medicine at MSU College of Human Medicine.

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New MSU curriculum gets med students in front of patients early on

The Michigan State University College of Human Medicine wants to get medical students into the real world much sooner with the launch next month of an entirely new curriculum. Rather than spend their time in classroom instruction and lectures to learn basic sciences, first-year MSU medical school students will start receiving early clinical instruction in settings such as physician offices within weeks of arriving on campus. Second-year students would spend time learning at hospitals, outpatient clinics and emergency rooms to complement their classroom training.

Having medical students in contact with patients much earlier in their education essentially moves forward some of the methods of third- and fourth-year clinical rotations and post-graduation medical residencies. Working alongside physicians allows them to better and more quickly connect what they learn in the classroom with the practical lessons offered in a clinical setting.

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