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  • Clarification for the COVID-19 Early Detection Program: Jack Lipton, PhD, chair of the Department of Translational Neuroscience, is leading a university wide program to test volunteers in the East Lansing community to track cases of COVID-19 on campus throughout the fall semester through a non-intrusive saliva test. Lipton and his team have the capacity to test around 2,000 saliva samples per day, or 10,000 per week through their COVID-19 Early Detection Program. Sign up for the Early Detection Program and join Lipton at a community webinar on October 1 to learn more about this important program. Related media: MSUToday, DBusiness Magazine, MSNBC, WKAR, WGVU.
  • A decade after opening, MSU College of Human Medicine is deemed a ʻcritical ingredientʼ in the growth of the Medical Mile. Full story on MLive.
  • Nigel Paneth, MD, professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Pediatrics, is among 170 physician-scientists from 50 universities and hospitals who are studying plasma as a treatment for COVID-19 as part of the National COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Project. Related media: Detroit Free Press.
  • A cancer research company co-founded by André Bachmann, PhD, professor of Pediatrics and associate chair for Research, was acquired by the New York biotechnology firm Lodo Therapeutics Corp. in a move that holds potential for the development of innovative drugs that treat cancerous tumors. Related media: MSUToday, Bio Space, First World Pharma, FOX 40, Markets Insider, MarketScreener, The Record, WFMZ 69-News, WBOC.
  • Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, director of the Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, has been named one of USA TODAY's Women of the Century.
  • The College of Human Medicine celebrated the incoming Class of 2024 in a virtual White Coat Ceremony on August 23. Watch the ceremony on our YouTube channel
  • Teresa Woodruff, PhD, MSU’s new provost and MSU Foundation Professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology and biomedical engineering, has been named a recipient of one of the Endocrine Society’s 2021 Laureate Awards — top honors that recognize the highest achievements in the endocrinology field.
  • Debra Furr-Holden, PhD, associate dean for Public Health Integration, will serve as the vice-chair for the city of Flint community task force which aims to bridge gap between residents and police in Flint.
  • In celebration of AMA’s Women in Medicine Month, catch up on some inspiring stories, extraordinary accomplishments and research milestones of several women physicians, students, faculty and alumni of our college.
  • In an op-ed on the Holland Sentinel, Jean Kerver, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, gives her thoughts on fair and healthy elections.
  • College of Human Medicine alum, Michael Harry Zaroukian, MD, PhD, was presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who.
  • As the coronavirus spread around the globe, Jeremy Prokop, PhD, wondered, how does it invade the human body, and why is it lethal for some patients and relatively mild for others? He teamed up with several College of Human Medicine students to find answers.
  • A major milestone was achieved at the Doug Meijer Medical Innovation Building with the hoisting of the final steel beam atop the new seven-story building.
  • Join the Bioethics Public Seminar Series for their webinar on September 23 to learn about "Maternity Care Deserts in Rural Michigan" from Dr. Andrea Wendling.
  • The United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the J. William Fulbright Board awarded Vijay Mittal, MD, FACS, adjunct clinical professor in the Department of Surgery, the Fulbright-Nehru Distinguished Chair for Surgery and Surgical Education in recognition of being a surgical educator, leader, mentor and an eminent scholar in education globally.
  • To address the opioid epidemic across Michigan, Michigan State University Extension, MSU’s College of Human Medicine and the Northwest Health Department of Michigan are offering opioid misuse prevention education to communities across the state through the Michigan Substance Use Prevention, Education, and Recovery (MiSUPER) project.
  • In an op-ed on Bloomberg Opinion, Nigel Paneth, MD, professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Pediatrics, says the FDA made the right call in approving the inpatient use of convalescent plasma, which is donated by people who have recovered from COVID-19. Related media: Yahoo News.
  • The College of Human Medicine's Upper Peninsula Campus welcomed ten new students to the Rural Physician Program. Related media: The Mining Journal, The Daily News.
  • In an article on the The Detroit News, Nigel Paneth, MD, professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Pediatrics, gives his thoughts on sources of COVID-19 outbreaks.
  • Jamie Alan, RpH, PHARMD, PhD, an assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, comments on a study which says Citriodiol can help kill SARS-CoV-2, “The data seem a bit shaky. I worry about vapors in the air, particularly with little kids and pets, and residue being ingested."
  • Mieka Smart, DrPH, assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and the Division of Public Health, was named a Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research 2020 scientist.
  • Debra Furr-Holden, PhD, associate dean for Public Health Integration, shares her experience with her college-age daughter navigating freshman year during the COVID-19 pandemic. Related media: Working Mother.
  • "To the medical student crying in the hallway: I see you. I’ve been you. It’s OK. Caring for your patients is not a weakness" pens alumna Caitlin McCarthy, MD, in an article on Op-Med.
  • Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, director of the Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, and other leaders held a press conference to urge citizens impacted by the Flint water crisis to get help through the Flint Registry.
  • The College of Human Medicine's Upper Peninsula Campus welcomed ten new students to the Rural Physician Program. Related media: The Mining Journal.
  • The Department of Family Medicine, Michigan State University Extension and the Northwest Health Department of Michigan are offering opioid misuse prevention education to communities across the state through the Michigan Substance Use Prevention, Education, and Recovery (MISUPER) project.
  • In the recent post on Bioethics in the News, Robyn Bluhm, PhD, an associate professor in the Lyman Briggs College, discusses the ethics of COVID-19 research.
  • Ben Wexler, a current MCE student, was chosen as one of the seven prestigious awardees in the U.S. by Rural PREP-Collaborative for Primary Care Research for his grant proposal entitled "The Psychosocial Impact of SARS-CoV-2 on Michigan’s Rural Communities." Chi Chang, PhD, assistant professor in the Office of Medical Education Research and Development, served as a mentor for Ben.
  • Teresa Woodruff, PhD, Bin Gu, PhD, and Steven Ondersma, PhD, have joined the College of Human Medicine's Department of Obstetrics Gynecology and Reproductive Biology.
  • Abby Rentscher, a third-year medical student at the College of Human Medicine's Flint Campus has received a $136,000 grant from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund to launch the Capital Area Prescription for Health Program in Lansing in partnership with Care Free Medical Clinic.
  • The Healthy Flint Research Coordinating Center, MSU Division of Public Health, and community partners host a weekly Flint Community COVID-19 webinar series on Fridays at noon via zoom.
  • The MSU Master of Public Health (MPH) is offering a GRE waiver for all applicants who complete their application on or before September 30, 2020. The MPH team is hosting several drop-in Zoom sessions to give prospective students the opportunity to get one-on-one support and ask questions relevant to where they are in the application process.
  • Helping prevent the spread of COVID-19, African American healthcare leaders, including Debra Furr-Holden, PhD, associate dean for Public Health Integration, served as panelists during a virtual town hall with Dr. Robert Redfield and Rev. Jesse L. Jackson.
  • Jack Lipton, PhD, chair of the Department of Translational Neuroscience, appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show to share how the university plans to use academic labs to monitor asymptomatic COVID-19 spread on campus.
  • Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, director of the Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, received the Scroll of Merit Year Award by the National Medical Association at its 2020 Virtual Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly, Friday July 31.
  • Michigan State University and the University of Maryland College Park are working side-by-side to address health equity in opioid use disorder treatment. Julia Felton, PhD, assistant professor in the Division of Public Health, will co-lead a $550,000 grant from the Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts.
  • Knowing more education increases life expectancy and influences healthy living, Claire Schertzing, a Master of Public Health student, is transforming the academic journey for many low-income first-generation college students.
  • Julie Thai, MD, College of Human Medicine alumna, was recognized with a 2020 Michigan Family Medicine Resident of the Year Award by the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians.
  • Birgit Klohs will retire from her post as president and CEO of The Right Place after more than three decades of economic development leadership. The Michigan State University College of Human Medicine is among the largest projects Klohs helped to bring to Grand Rapids. Related media: GRBJ, MiBiz, MLive, WKTV.
  • Michigan State University researchers have been awarded a $3.75 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for research focused on decreasing cardiovascular disease risk morbidity and mortality for minority and low-income populations with diabetes mellitus. Adesuwa "Ade" Olomu, MD, vice chair for research in the Department of Medicine, is the principal investigator on the grant.
  • “I think the biggest thing for me is the microagressions—when there’s a clear sense that people don’t think you belong or you got to your position because of favoritism or that you are underqualified for your position,” says Lisa Lowery, MD, assistant dean for diversity at the College of Human Medicine, in an article on Spectrum Beat.
  • The expanded use of telehealth technology by medical professionals has the potential to produce healthier outcomes, but it also is exposing the disparities in health status that still exist in rural areas, wrote Kelly Hirko, PhD, assistant professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, in a commentary published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.
  • Jack Lipton, PhD, chair of the Department of Translational Neuroscience, joined MSNBC to talk about deploying university scientists as a resource in the fight against COVID-19 and how pool testing may be a way to maintain vigilance about viral spread at schools. Related Media: Healthline.
  • The Academic Affairs Awards Committee announced the 2020 Academic Affairs Award recipients.
  • The National Rural Health Association has named Andrea Wendling, MD, director of Family Medicine, recipient of its 2020 Outstanding Educator Award.
  • Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, was announced as the 2020 keynote speaker for the annual Impact Nation conference.
  • Three College of Human Medicine students, Harminder Sandhu, Eunice Lee, and Kryssia Campos-Selva, discuss their experiences and observations with the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • College of Human Medicine alumna, Erynne Faucett, MD, shares her experiences with discrimination in medicine.
  • The U.S. House of Representatives has passed an appropriations bill that includes $10 million for the Flint Registry, enough to keep the program for Flint water crisis victims running until the end of 2023. Related: MLive, WNEM News 5.
  • Jonathan Gold, MD, associate professor of the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, discusses the plummet of child vaccinations during COVID-19 pandemic. Related media: Detroit Free PressHolland SentinelLansing State Journal.
  • The expanded use of telehealth technology by medical professionals has the potential to produce healthier outcomes, but it also is exposing the disparities in health status that still exist in rural areas, wrote Kelly Hirko, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.
  • "Women cannot afford 'nice': The unpaid labor of gendered caregiving," by Karen Kelly-Blake, PhD, associate professor in the Center for Ethics and Department of Medicine.
  • Irving Vega, PhD, associate professor of Translational Neuroscience and researcher for the Alzheimer’s Alliance at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine, is one of the researchers who participated in the virtual Alzheimer’s Association International Conference. Related Media: Wood TV 8.
  • To improve access to opioid use disorder treatment in underserved communities, Julia Felton, PhD, assistant professor in the Division of Public Health, will co-lead a $550,000 grant from the Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts.
  • A candlelight vigil was held to celebrate the life of Laura Sanchez, who worked as the Retention and Recruitment Coordinator at the College of Human Medicine.
  • To provide free medical services to increase access to care for individuals experiencing homelessness in the greater Grand Rapids area, the college is working with Mel Trotter Ministries to open a free clinic.  Related Media: ABC News 12, AP News, Greenwich TimesMLive, Midland Daily News, U.S News & World Report, Washington Times, WLNS News 6, WNEM News 5, WGVU Public Media.