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June 21, 2013

Dear College of Human Medicine Faculty, Staff, Students and Alumni,

Today, the Michigan State University Board of Trustees authorized the Administration to plan for the project entitled “Grand Rapids - Long-Term Real Estate and Research Facilities.” This is a first step in planning for the use of Michigan State University's real estate holdings in Grand Rapids, including property purchased by the University in January 2012, including the former Grand Rapids Press building and parking lots.

The planning will include evaluation of the land and development of strategies for construction of a research facility for Michigan State University, including parking and funding. This positions Michigan State for long-term, continued growth of our research portfolio, including collaborations with our partners, and strengthens Big Ten research in West Michigan.

We are very pleased by this news, as our College will have 15 Principal Investigators and their research teams in place by September 2013 and will fully occupy all laboratory space available to us at the Van Andel Institute. This marks the start of the next phase for MSU research in Grand Rapids. Both Michigan State University and the Van Andel Institute see this as a win-win, as we continue our partnership and research collaborations across a remarkable array of resources.

Marsha D. Rappley, M.D.
Dean, College of Human Medicine

June 19, 2013

Bio Engineering Facility

Today, the University hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Bio Engineering Facility, adjacent to the Clinical Center on campus. This 130,000 square-foot facility will be a key component in the development of the Institute of Engineering and Health Sciences and creates a space supportive of interdisciplinary research, bringing together researchers from the Colleges of Human Medicine, Engineering and Natural Science.

As the lead college in this endeavor, we are looking forward to the opportunities this new space offers in the recruitment of multidisciplinary teams. The ability to co-locate investigators from the College of Human Medicine and other biomedical sciences already includes such research areas as nanotechnology, robotics, tissue engineering and imaging. The site of the building will help bridge nearby existing facilities housing basic biomedical research, clinical practice and engineering research, connecting to both the Clinical Center C and Life Science B Buildings, and in proximity to the Radiology Building.

The Bio Engineering Facility isscheduled to be substantially complete by August 2015 with occupancy Fall 2015.

Get Ready to GRAN FONDO!

As of yesterday, we have more than 1,200 riders registered for the MSU College of Human Medicine Gran Fondo, June 29! The “big ride” is a fundraiserfor our skin cancer research. If you have a chance, check out the fundraiser pages on the website to read the personal stories about why teams are getting involved and how skin cancer has affected so many. You may even want to support one of our student teams as well! If you are in the area next Saturday, please join us.

Marsha D. Rappley MD
Dean, College of Human Medicine