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  • Richard Leach, MD, chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, has been appointed chair of the Henry Ford Medical Group’s Department of Women’s Health Services.
  • Morteza Mahmoudi, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Radiology, is studying and raising awareness about the role of sex in the efficacy of vaccines that make use of nanomedicine.
  • Dennis Yamamoto, MD, (CHM '78) received the 2020 Clinical Teaching Award from the University of Nevada School of Medicine Reno.
  • Medical researchers have long known of a link between endometriosis and infertility in women, but precisely how the two are related remains unknown. But now a team that includes Jae-Wook Jeong, PhD, a professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, backed by a federal grant, hopes to solve that mystery and find possible treatments. 
  • In a first-of-its-kind study, Honglei Chen, PhD, professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and his team found a possible link between poor sense of smell and a higher risk of pneumonia hospitalization. Related media: EurekaAlert!, Futurity, Latestly, MedicalXpress, Medindia, Science Daily, The Science Times.
  • In honor of May as Mental Health Awareness Month, Claudia Finkelstein, MDCM, director of Wellness, Resilience and Vulnerable Populations, offers tips on how each of us can reenter “normal” life.
  • Maji Hailemariam, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology, discusses her COVID-19 treatment experience in Ethiopia in an op-ed on NPR.
  • Bin Chen, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, was selected as a recipient of the College of Human Medicine Early Career Research Excellence Award. The award is presented each year to faculty members who have demonstrated early success in research.
  • Renee Branch Canady, PhD, MPA, assistant professor in the Master of Public Health Program, was recognized as a Notable Executive in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion by Crain's Detroit Business.
  • The second annual State of Flint Kids report was released this week by the MSU-Hurley Pediatric Public Health Initiative and the Greater Flint Health Coalition. To access the report and video, go to stateofflintkids.com.
  • Mona Hanna-Atisha, MD, director of the Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, urges parents to protect adolescents with the COVID-19 vaccine and testifies on safe water infrastructure before the U.S. Congressional Committee.
  • "As a working mother and student, it is my goal to show my boys the importance of education and the value of hard work," says Cristina Szelingowski, a student in our Master of Public Health program.
  • College of Human Medicine alum David Burkard, MD, (CHM ‘18) was featured in a nine-part series on health care employees working during the COVID-19 pandemic in Grand Rapids Magazine.
  • Two of the three major projects currently underway along the Medical Mile are part of Michigan State University’s Grand Rapids Innovation Park
  • Antara Afrin, LCE student at our Southeast Michigan campus, was elected as the Regional Research Liaison for Student National Medical Association (SNMA).
  • Teck Soo, MD, director of the Division of Neurosurgery, received the North American Spine Society (NASS) Outstanding Paper award for his study "The Effect of Ketorolac on Posterior Minimally Invasive Lumbar Spinal Fusion: An Interim Analysis from a Randomized, Double-Blinded, Placebo-Controlled Trial."
  • Second-year College of Human Medicine student Julia Pudar, and Brent Strong, an Honors College senior majoring in physiology in the College of Natural Science, analyzed a decade’s worth of stroke studies and found a glaring flaw: Women patients were significantly underrepresented.
  • Mel Trotter Ministries is partnering with MSU College of Human Medicine and Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, Metro Health – University of Michigan Health, Spectrum Health, and Grand Valley State University’s Kirkhof College of Nursing, to offer free medical services to its clients who are experiencing homelessness.
  • The International Center for Polyamine Disorders (ICPD) website with André Bachmann, PhD, professor of pediatrics and associate chair for research, is live.
  • In an article on FOX News 17 in Nashville, Interim Dean Aron Sousa explains how one can be sure they're not wasting their time getting the vaccine.
  • Bold Advanced Medical Future Health (BAMF) is expected to lease some 35,000 square feet in the new Doug Meijer Medical Innovation Building at the Michigan State University Grand Rapids Innovation Park. Related media: MLive, FOX 17.
  • Eric D. Achtyes, MD, director of the Division of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, joined The Meijer Brain Health Minute in an ongoing message to erase stigma and judgement associated with mental/brain health illness and suicide.
  • Faculty, staff and students in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics share that they've received their COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Kelly Hirko, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, received a 2021 Partnerships for Innovative Research in Africa (PIRA) grant.
  • Third-year student Jennifer Chinchilla Perez discusses how her personal experience as the daughter of Guatemalan immigrants led to her involvement in the study "Lost in Translation: An OSCE-Based Workshop for Helping Learners Navigate a Limited English Proficiency Patient Encounter."
  • Larry Charleston, IV, MD, was recently recruited as a professor and director of the Headache and Facial Pain Division in the Department of Neurology and Ophthalmology.
  • The Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology received some of the highest total funding for research from the National Institutes of Health last year, a recent report found.
  • The MSU Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences announced their new name: Center for Bioethics and Social Justice.