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  • Third-year student Antara Afrin was selected to participate in the National Institutes of Health Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP) class of 2021-2022. During her yearlong research experience at the NIH, Antara will receive robust, mentored training and will conduct research in areas matching her personal and research goals. As one of 50 MRSP scholars, Antara will participate in courses, journal club seminars, a structured lecture series, and clinical teaching rounds.
  • The Matriculation and White Coat Ceremony for the 2021 Entering Class is on Sunday, August 22, 2021 at 3:00 pm at the DeVos Performance Hall in Grand Rapids.
  • The Third Annual Michigan State University Precision Health Symposium will be held Thursday, September 30, 2021, in-person at the MSU Kellogg Center and via Zoom. Click HERE for details and to register.
  • Tom O’Halloran, PhD, MSU Foundation Professor, has been appointed director of the Elemental Health Institute.
  • John E. vanSchagen, MD, associate professor, has been named interim chair of the Department of Family Medicine. Dr. vanSchagen has been a senior associate chair in the department since 2014.
  • Eileen Hug, DO, Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) associate director for medical education has been appointed community assistant dean for the college’s new Detroit campus at HFHS, and Steve Kalkanis, MD, HFHS senior vice president and chief academic officer has been appointed associate dean.
  • Andrew Kim created the podcast Get to Know to meet and learn about his classmates during the pandemic, when in-person learning was very limited. His subjects are varied: a classmate who combines his interest in art and fashion with medicine, another who studied political philosophy before deciding on a career in medicine, and one who enrolled at age 40 after serving as a Green Beret medic.
  • Honglei Chen, MD, PhD, professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, has been named a Michigan State University Foundation Professor in recognition of his outstanding research into the epidemiology of aging and neurodegenerative diseases.
  • College of Human Medicine students in the Latino Medical Student Association and the Student National Medical Association are teaching and inspiring kids at Baxter Community Center's Youth Mentoring Program.
  • 30 students and four faculty in the College of Human Medicine were inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society.
  • This year’s MSU Gran Fondo is on September 18 in Grand Rapids. This fun, non-competitive cycling event has a route for everyone. Ride solo, as a family or join a team on one of the scenic 80, 40, 25 or 10-mile courses. The ride supports the college's skin cancer awareness, prevention and research.


  • The number of family medicine residents with more than $250,000 in self-reported educational debt increased by 81% over a five-year period, according to a study led by Julie Phillips, MD, professor in the Department of Family Medicine.
  • A new rare genetic syndrome went from a collection of symptoms to a successful treatment in less than two years with the help of three professors in the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, André S. Bachmann, PhD, Caleb Bupp, MD, and Surender Rajasekaran, MD. Related Media: FOX 17, Medical Xpress, Microsoft News, News Medical, The Today Show
  • Morteza Mahmoudi, PhD, assistant professor in the Precision Health Program, is leading an international team of scientists to develop a low-cost, practical biopolymer dressing that helps heal chronic wounds. Related Media: Medical Xpress, News Medical, ScienceDaily.
  • Disparities in colorectal cancer screening in African Americans result in a higher death rate among that segment of the population. Todd Lucas, PhD, C.S. Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health, and his research team will use a five-year, $1.7 million Research Scholar Grant from the American Cancer Society to study colorectal cancer screening and health equity.
  • Alyssa Vanderziel, MS, a PhD candidate in the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics and graduate research assistant in the Department of Family Medicine, was awarded an R36 from the National Institute on Drug Abuse of the National Institutes of Health. The R36 award will support Vanderziel’s research project “Cannabis Legalization and Use During Pregnancy: A Michigan Study.”
  • College of Human Medicine student Heather Martin completed a research project with Spectrum Health stroke neurologist Muhib Khan, MD, evaluating the impact of anticoagulation initiation in patients with stroke due to atrial fibrillation. Five manuscripts have been published in high impact journal such as Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry; Stroke and Annals of Neurology.
  • In an op-ed on Market Watch, Leonard Fleck, PhD, professor in the Center for Bioethics and Social Justice, writes about the FDA's approval of a new Alzheimer’s Drug. Related News: MSU Bioethics.