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Spotlight: 2016

Ancient Chinese malaria remedy fights TB

Robert Abramovitch

A centuries-old herbal medicine, discovered by Chinese scientists and used to effectively treat malaria, has been found to potentially aid in the treatment of tuberculosis and may slow the evolution of drug resistance. In a promising study led by Robert Abramovitch, a Michigan State University microbiologist and TB expert, the ancient remedy artemisinin stopped the ability of TB-causing bacteria, known as Mycobacterium tuberculosis, to become dormant. This stage of the disease often makes the use of antibiotics ineffective.

Happy Holidays

Holiday greeting

May your holidays be full of joy and good health

Study uncovers real culprits behind Flint water crisis

Rick Sadler, assistant professor and medical geographer

Many believe the events leading to the lead poisoning of Flint’s drinking water began in April 2014, when it started drawing from the Flint River. Others believe it began in November 2011, when Gov. Rick Snyder appointed an emergency manager to take control of Flint’s government.

While those actions were immediate and important factors in the crisis, Richard Sadler, an assistant professor of public health and co-author of a new Michigan State University study, has found that in order to understand its real genesis, one must go back decades and examine a series of governmental, social and economic policies that led to the city’s decline and ultimately to the contamination.



The power of Will

Andrea Bachmann

Boston Globe has published a five-part story about Will Lacey, who was just a baby when doctors diagnosed a rare form of cancer and told his family there was only one end. Nobody then could imagine the journey ahead, from hospital rooms to board rooms, research labs to government offices, a furious race between hope and death. The story includes the research done by Dr. Andre Bachmann, MSU College of Human Medicine Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, who was instrumental in bringing an out-of-patent drug, DFMO, to clinical trial to combat the deadly pediatric cancer neuroblastoma.
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Medical students tutor Flint kids through Youth Unleaded program

Youth Unleaded

Valuable learning resources are available to Flint area students and the organizations involved want to make sure as many students as possible are taking advantage of them. It's called Youth Unleaded and there are free sessions available every Sunday. MSU College of Human Medicine Flint Campus students are tutoring in a variety of topics. Dr. John Molidor, Community Assistant Dean of the Flint Campus, and Tonya Bailey of P.A.P.A.S. visited ABC 12 to discuss the program.


Leading with Compassion

Dean Norman J Beauchamp Jr, MD

The latest edition of Grand Rapids Business Journal's "Inside Track" profiles Dean Beauchamp, who teaches treating everybody, especially patients, with respect.


Congratulations Dr. Ross Ramsey!

Ross Ramsey voted best Family Doctor in Huron County

Congratulations Dr. Ramsey, voted best Family Doctor in Huron County by Huron Daily Tribune​!

From his days as the Sparty mascot to being recognized as a leader in family medicine in Mid-Michigan, Dr. Ross Ramsey continues to make us proud! As a #SpartanMD, he is a 2009 graduate of the College of Human Medicine and now practices at Elkton Family Medicine, part of Scheurer Healthcare Network​.

MSU receives AAMC Spencer Foreman Award for partnerships in Flint and rural Michigan

AAMC and College of Human Medicine leaders after the Spencer Foreman Award presentation

From the streets of Flint, Mich., to rural towns in the state’s Upper Peninsula, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine (MSU) has been deeply committed to community service for decades.

In recognition of its partnership with diverse communities and efforts to improve health care across the state, the college will receive the AAMC’s Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Service on Nov. 12 at Learn Serve Lead 2016: The AAMC Annual Meeting. Named for Spencer "Spike" Foreman, MD, who established the award in 1993 while serving as AAMC chair, the award honors academic medical institutions with long-standing commitments to addressing community needs.


Dean Beauchamp honors for leadership

Dean Beauchamp

Dean Norman Beauchamp, Jr., received the Washington State Radiological Society's Gold Medal Award for his decades of leadership in the state's radiology and medical community. Congratulations Dean Beauchamp!


2016 AOA Inductees

AOA Inductees

On November 2, 46 students, residents, faculty and alumni were inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society Gamma Chapter. Congratulations to the inductees!


MSU and Van Andel Research Institute on cusp of slowing progression of Parkinson's

Caryl Sortwell

A few years ago, Caryl Sortwell, a Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Parkinson's researcher, was asked by Jeff MacKeigan, a scientist at Van Andel Research Institute, or VARI, to collaborate on research that could significantly slow the progression of Parkinson's.

The primary focus of the research? Take an existing drug used in Japan for treating a blood vessel condition and see if it’s just as effective in fighting Parkinson's.

Since MacKeigan was not a specialist in Parkinson’s research, he needed a partner like Sortwell to assist him. Thus a collaboration was born between two scientists at two different research institutions, a partnership that has spanned nearly six years.


MSU and local partners leverage medical research dollars for regional growth

Jack Lipton researchers

Over the course of four years, Michigan State University researchers managed to take about $300,000 and turn it into more than $4.5 million. Using seven grants received from the Saint Mary’s Foundation, MSU’s College of Human Medicine hired junior researchers to conduct basic research that generated the data needed to land funding from the National Institutes of Health and private foundations to do broader studies. The ability to leverage the early Saint Mary’s Foundation funding awarded in the years after MSU’s College of Human Medicine relocated to Grand Rapids is one example of how a promise made years ago is coming true: That having a medical school in the region would lead to much more medical research conducted locally.


MSU Bio Engineering Facility Opens

MSU Bio Engineering Facility

On October 27, grand opening ceremonies were held for the Michigan State University Bio Engineering Facility. The 130,000-square-foot building is a key component in the expansion of biomedical engineering research at MSU.  It will house the newly created Institute for Quantitative Health Sciences and Engineering and the Department of Biomedical Engineering. The facility will bring together researchers from a wide range of disciplines and colleges, including the College of Engineering, the College of Human Medicine and the College of Natural Science.

Translational Neuroscience: From Bench to Bedside

Jack Lipton, PhD

Jack Lipton, PhD, chair and professor of Translational Science & Molecular Medicine, recently joined MSU Alumni Association's Coffee with the Profs. Tune in to his talk "Translational Neuroscience: From Bench to Bedside."


Students meet the new dean

Dean Beauchamp meets with students

During his first week as the dean of MSU College of Human Medicine, Dr. Norman J. Beauchamp Jr. met with students in Grand Rapids and East Lansing. Welcome Dean Beauchamp!

$4.8M NIH grant addresses environmental influences on child health

Nigel Paneth

A $4.8 million research grant awarded to Michigan State University from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will help Michigan’s top three research universities, leading health care system and a state health agency investigate how exposure to a range of environmental factors in early development — from conception through early childhood — influences the health of children and adolescents. Joining MSU as collaborators on the national Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes, or ECHO, initiative are the University of Michigan, Wayne State University, Henry Ford Health System and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Nigel Paneth, MSU University Distinguished Professor of epidemiology and biostatistics, will lead the study.


Pioneer in molecular imaging to lead MSU's new bio engineering research initiatives


Christopher H. Contag will join MSU as the inaugural director of the Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering and the chairperson of the new Department of Biomedical Engineering. The new Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering is a collaboration between the Colleges of Human Medicine, Engineering and Natural Science. “Christopher Contag is one of the top five imaging scientists in the world," said Norman Beauchamp, new dean for the College of Human Medicine. "His joining MSU will be catalytic for the recruitment of scientists and physician scientists, trainees, industry partners and of community supporters.”


Kozlowski joins College of Human Medicine, named director at Mary Free Bed

Allan Kozlowski, an expert in rehabilitation medicine, will join the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Allan Kozlowski, an expert in rehabilitation medicine, will join the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine as an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and lead outcomes research in the John F. Butzer Center for Research & Innovation at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. The role is a joint appointment by Mary Free Bed and the college.




The third installment of MSURx, a series of thought-provoking and inspirational short talks, is Friday at 10:30 AM. Join us live at the Wharton Center or watch online.


College of Human Medicine launches Rural Community Health Program with Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital

Leaders from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital have announced a new Rural Community Health Program site aimed at preparing future physicians with the skills necessary to practice rural medicine.

Once selected for the Rural Community Health Program, MSU’s medical students will spend up to six months at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital. Here students will learn clinical skills and also gain experience with the varied roles of a rural physician, from treating medical needs to providing leadership in public health and community health care.


Munson Medical Center and MSU College of Human Medicine strengthen research ties

Munson Medical Center and MSU College of Human Medicine strengthen research ties

Munson Medical Center and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine are strengthening collaboration for health research in northwest Michigan. Epidemiologist and assistant professor at the College of Human Medicine Jean Kerver (right) has been in Traverse City for more than a year as part of the College of Human Medicine’s efforts to promote public health in rural communities. She now has been joined by assistant professor and epidemiologist Kelly Hirko (left) whose research focuses on how lifestyle and racial and socioeconomic disparities affect the etiology of cancer.


Parents influence junk food purchases among school kids

Rick Sadler

Children driven to and from school by their parents not only get less exercise than their walking and biking classmates, but also are more inclined to have another unhealthy habit – buying junk food. That's according to new Michigan State Univerisity research. The study, co-led by MSU College of Human Medicine public health researcher Rick Sadler, used GPS technology to track how often and how long 654 students between the ages of 9 and 13 were exposed to fast-food restaurants and convenience stores during their school commutes in the London, Ontario area. Students were also given diaries to record their purchases.


White Coat and Matriculation Ceremony

Siblings Hannah and Jesse Skok were coated by their mother, a College of Human Medicine alumna at yesterday's White Coat Ceremony.

Congratulations to the 177 first-year medical students entering the four-year journey into the medical profession. The College of Human Medicine is proud to have you here!

Shown above are siblings Hannah and Jesse Skok who were coated by their mother, a College of Human Medicine alumna at yesterday's White Coat Ceremony.

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Students begin med school with Afternoon of Community Service

Afternoon of Community Service

Students from the 2016 entering class of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine participated in the college’s annual Afternoon of Community Service on August 24. The 183 first-year medical students divided into teams and visited organizations in Lansing and Grand Rapids to help with such tasks as outdoor maintenance, preparing meals, sorting donations and other various projects.

NIH establishes new research program to address health disparities of chronic diseases; C.S. Mott Endowed Professor Debra Furr-Holden to lead Flint Center

Debra Furr-Holden

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.


Statewide research universities to receive $9 million for Michigan Alzheier's Disease Core Center

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.



Norman J. Beauchamp Jr. recommended as College of Human Medicine dean

Dr. Beauchamp

Norman J. Beauchamp Jr. has been recommended to serve as the new dean of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

If approved by the MSU Board of Trustees, his appointment will be effective Oct. 1.

“Dr. Beauchamp has a unique understanding and appreciation of the complex mission of the College of Human Medicine,” said MSU Provost June Pierce Youatt. “He understands the imperative to support research in critical areas, to deliver the highest quality preparation for the next generation of physicians, and to continue to add value to the communities in which we are engaged. He aspires for the college to be a leader in each of these areas and to expand the contributions it makes to our state, our students, the profession and the quality of life of those we serve.”


Should the concept of a food desert be deserted?

Healthy Food

“Most simply, people talk about food deserts as places where it is hard to access healthy and affordable food,” says Richard Sadler, a public health professor at the Flint campus of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Sadler co-authored a paper with Jason Andrew Gilliland and Godwin Arku that explores the theoretical issues surrounding debates around food deserts.

Highlighting how malnutrition and food insecurity results from more than geographical access, their research found the introduction of a grocery store in the area did not have a significant impact on fruit and vegetable consumption. Further, there was an increase in the amount of prepared and fast foods consumed during the 17 months the grocery store was open. 


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

Medical students collaborating

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.


Would you donate to a biobank?

Dr. Tom Tomlinson

MSU College of Human Medicine Center for Ethics Director Dr. Tom Tomlinson and Raymond G. De Vries, Co-Director of the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine at University of Michigan, have co-authored the article "Americans want a say in what happens to their donated blood and tissue in biobanks." The authors discuss biobank donations, precision medicine, genetics, privacy, and consent. READ MORE 

Common additive may be why you have food allergies

Researcher Cheryl Rockwell has found that a common food additive may be linked to a rise in food allergies

A Michigan State University researcher has found that a common food additive may be linked to a rise in food allergies. Cheryl Rockwell, an assistant professor of pharmacology and toxicology in the College of Human Medicine, began studying the possible link between the synthetic food additive tert-butylhydroquinone, or tBHQ, nine years ago.


Areas in need get food market on wheels

Researcher Rick Sadler uses his mapping expertise to bring healthier food options to those most in need

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine researcher Rick Sadler is using his mapping expertise to help a farmers market and other local food sources go mobile in Flint, bringing healthier options closer to those most in need.  


First medical students welcome to College of Human Medicine's Southeast Campus


Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, along with officials from Providence-Providence Park Hospital, welcomed the first medical students to the college’s new Southeast Michigan campus during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the hospital.

“Today we welcome 27 third-year MSU medical students to our new Southeast Michigan campus and thank our faculty physician partners at Providence-Providence Park hospital for supporting our students along their medical education journey,” said Aron Sousa, interim dean for the College of Human Medicine.


Spartans, cyclists and skin cancer advocates gear up for fourth annual MSU Gran Fondo

MSU Gran Fondo starting line

More than 1,700 participants rode through scenic West Michigan on June 25 for the fourth annual MSU Gran Fondo. The non-competitive cycling event benefits MSU College of Human Medicine’s skin cancer awareness, prevention and research. This year's ride has already raised $141,000 to fight skin cancer.


Flint medical students raise $12,877 for Flint Classroom Support Fund through Flintstone Challenge

Flintstone Challenge

MSU College of Human Medicine Flint campus students, representing the Flintstone Challenge, presented a check for $12,877 to the Flint Classroom Support Fund. Over the past four years, the Flintstone Challenge has contributed $49,000 to the fund, supporting teachers’ special projects awarded through grants. This year, Flint Public School nurses will join the teachers in eligibility to apply for the grants.

Pictured (L-R) are Jennifer Choy, Monica Kole, Flint Classroom Support Fund President J. Dallas Winegarden, Jr., Colleen Victor, and Ji sun Shin

Spartans, cyclists and skin cancer advocates gear up for fourth annual MSU Gran Fondo

MSU Gran Fondo on June 25

An anticipated 2,000 participants will bike through scenic West Michigan on June 25 for the fourth annual MSU Gran Fondo. The non-competitive cycling event benefits MSU College of Human Medicine’s skin cancer awareness, prevention and research. Italian for “big ride,” cyclists of all skill levels will ride 12, 25, 40 or 80 miles. Some participants are avid cyclists with a passion for these types of “mass-start” events, while others are riding to honor a loved one – or their own – battle with skin cancer.


NBPA and FlintNow partner with Pediatric Public Health Initiative to improve access to healthy foods for Flint families

Access to healthy food

Flint families will have better access to healthy food, thanks to a partnership between the NBPA, FlintNOW and the MSU-Hurley Children's Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative. The partnership includes 8,000 “nutrition backpacks” which will be distributed on June 6 to Flint public school children in grades K-6. Each bag will include three $5 Flint Farmers’ Market gift certificates, information about healthy eating, nutrition and lead, and a mini basketball. Every $5 certificate redeemed will be rewarded on site with a second $5 gift certificate for a later visit to encourage families to build sustainable healthy eating habits, bringing the total value of each bag to $30.


MSU researcher working to develop new cancer-fighting drug

A look at cancer cells

Michigan State University professor and researcher André Bachmann is collaborating on cancer-fighting research that could change the way we treat the illness. Bachmann, professor of pediatrics and associate chair for research in the MSU College of Human Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, is working with plant biologist Robert Dudler from the University of Zurich to develop a natural bacterium produced chemical with anti-cancer properties.


MSU 360 Perspective - Caring for the Underserved

Medical students in Peru

Students in the College of Human Medicine recently traveled to Peru as part of the Leadership in Medicine for the Underserved Certificate Program. The program is designed to allow future doctors an opportunity to experience international health care in underserved areas.


Research Center Construction Crew Outfitted with New Work Boots

Research Center Construction Crew Outfitted with New Work Boots

Wolverine brought its Project Bootstrap campaign to the construction site of Michigan State University’s Grand Rapids Research Center on Monday, May 23. The Michigan-based company known for its quality work boots outfitted all crew members on the site with free Wolverine work boots and apparel as well as other giveaways and breakfast. 


Rural women family physicians: Finding work-life balance is challenging

Dr. Julie Phillips

Her medical students ask lots of questions, but this was one Julie Phillips, an associate professor in the College of Human Medicine, couldn’t answer.

What is it like to be a rural doctor and raise children? Sarah Bjorkman asked.

“It’s a challenge for women generally,” said Phillips, MD, MPH, the assistant dean for student career and professional development, “but it’s especially challenging for women who practice medicine in a rural setting.”


Medical students helping Syrians in Michigan

Medical students helping Syrians in Michigan

MSU College of Human Medicine student Subha Hanif is a team leader and liaison to the Women's Health Awareness Workshop for the Syrian American Rescue Network (SARN), a non-profit organization whose goal is to assist refugees in becoming self-sufficient in Michigan. She recently wrote a column for Deadline Detroit about Syrian refugees in Michigan and the medical students committed to helping alleviate some of the medical challenges that new immigrants are facing. 


Congratulations Class of 2016!


We welcome 198 new Spartan MDs to the physician workforce!!! Congratulations!!!!

MSU College of Human Medicine held our 2016 commencement ceremony Saturday at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center, on the campus of MSU in East Lansing.

Keynote speaker was College of Human Medicine Alumna Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, assistant professor of pediatrics at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and director of the pediatric residency program at Hurley Children’s Hospital in Flint.

Aron Sousa, MD, interim dean, conferred degrees for 198 medical doctors graduating from the College of Human Medicine, raising the total alumni to nearly 4,800 Spartan MDs during the medical school’s 52-year history.

$15 million from DeVos and Secchia families supports MSU Grand Rapids

Rendering of Grand Rapids Research Center

Gifts of $15 million, $10 million from Richard and Helen DeVos and $5 million from Peter and Joan Secchia, will help construct the Michigan State University Grand Rapids Research Center, or GRRC. 


Goldowitz appointed visiting Hannah Distinguished Professor

Dan Goldowitz

Daniel Goldowitz, an internationally recognized expert in brain development and brain disorders, has been appointed Visiting Hannah Distinguished Professor, the most prestigious faculty appointment at Michigan State University.

With the appointment in the College of Human Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, Goldowitz will consult and advise leaders of the MSU Institute for Research in Autism, Intellectual and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities.

He also will guide the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development in creating a research program in developmental neurosciences, autism and neurodevelopmental disabilities, and he will assist with ongoing recruitment of investigators in autism spectrum disorders.


Charles Stewart Mott Endowed Professors of Public Health

Portraits of the Charles Stewart Mott Endowed Professors of Public Health

They are tops in their fields, each bringing years of experience and an abundance of research into different areas of public health

The investitures of Jennifer Johnson, Harold “Woody’ Neighbors and Debra Furr-Holden as the first three Charles Stewart Mott Endowed Professors of Public Health was a “momentous occasion” for the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, interim Dean Aron Sousa said.


Doctor. Hero. Spartan.

Time Magazine names Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha one of its most influential people of 2016

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, assistant professor of pediatrics at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and director of the pediatric residency at Hurley Children's Hospital, is one of TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2016.

Her tenacity and dedication to the health of Flint children is truly remarkable! Congratulations Dr. Mona!


Flintstone Challenge

Flintstone Challenge 5K

Flint Campus students are hosting the fourth annual Flintstone Challenge on May 1. The 5K run/walk benefits the Flint Classroom Support Fund. Visit to register or sponsor a student runner!

President's Report: Tomorrow

Wood Neighbors, PhD

Take a moment to explore "Tomorrow," the 2016 President's Report featuring Spartan researchers who are making discoveries in some of the most promising and critical areas. It includes one of our very own - Woody Neighbors, PhD, a Flint public health researcher working to improve the health of black men.

At MSU, tomorrow is what we dream, what we do, what we make, and what we will. ‪#‎SpartansWill‬


Raising awareness for Parkinson's disease research

Parkinson's disease awareness

MSU Parkinson's disease researchers were joined by Parkinson's patients and members of the Parkinson's Association of West Michigan for a Parkinson's Awareness Month event April 5 at the new MSU Grand Rapids Research Center.

"48 For Flint" donates water and funds to

48 for Flint

"Thank you for all the donations and support! We raised 178 cases of water, 25 gallon size jugs, and $2,765 for the Flint Child Health and Development Fund. These funds will be directed to the Flint Child Health and Development Fund which is dedicated to supporting positive, long-term health outcomes for the children of Flint. Thank you again for accepting the 48 for Flint Challenge. We came together and contributed to the short and long term needs in the Flint Water Crisis. There is power in unity and power in service. Thank you for helping us truly embody the MSU College of Human Medicine’s mission."

--Maseray Kamara, 48 for Flint team member

Dr. Kulkarni named a leader in hematology

Roshni Kulkarni, MD

Roshni Kulkarni, MD, an emeritus professor of pediatrics and human development, has been named one of 11 “Women Leaders in Hematology” by the American Journal of Hematology.

Kulkarni, director of the College of Human Medicine’s Center for Bleeding and Clotting Disorders, was nominated for the honor by her peers, who described her as a role model for young women interested in studying and treating blood diseases.


The future for Flint's kids

New York Times editorial artwork for Flint water crisis

New York Times Opinion by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

Families here are traumatized; faith and trust in government have evaporated. State and federal agencies responsible for protecting them failed miserably. Much has been written about the roots of the Flint water crisis: misguided fiscal austerity, inequality, racism, environmental injustice, poverty, deindustrialization. These are all important and nationally relevant issues, but the focus now needs to turn to the future, and to healing.

We cannot wait to see the potential cognitive and behavioral consequences; we must act. Developmental neurobiology has taught us that adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress change the trajectory of a child’s life in predictable ways.


Congratulations Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha!

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha treating a Flint child after water crisis

Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, FAAP, assistant professor of pediatrics at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and director of the pediatric residency at Hurley Children's Hospital, wins the Ridenhour Prize for truth-telling for her role in exposing the Flint water crisis.

Congratulations! We are so proud of your tenacity. #SpartansWill


Match Day!

Match Day

The tension in the banquet room was palpable as MSU College of Human Medicine students waited until high noon on Match Day, the precise moment when they could tear open envelopes and learn where they would spend the next three to five years.

Yet Jana and Lara Baatenburg were remarkably relaxed. Unlike nearly everyone else in the room, the identical twins already knew where they will go for their residencies, the last years of their medical education. That’s because in their third year of medical school, both had been accepted in The Integrated Medical School and Family Medicine Residency Program (TIP) created by the college to encourage more students to choose that primary care specialty.


View photos from this year's Match Day!

Big Ten Network highlights Flint water crisis


Big Ten Network's LiveBIG aired a new public service announcement during the Big Ten Basketball Tournament: "UM & MSU team up to tackle Flint water crisis"

City of Flint gets help from its 'home teams'

Thanks to MSU and UM, Flint finds hope amid crisis


Voices from the Field: 10 Lessons from Flint

Kate Joyce, MPH

In-Training contributor and Northeast Ohio Medical University student Katherine Joyce, MPH, wrote a series of articles about the Flint water crisis and why medical students should pay attention. 

Voices from the Field: 10 Lessons from Flint
Part 1: Responsible Science and Holding the Powerful Accountable
Part 2: Speaking Up & Getting Results
Part 3: Training for Advocacy

TIP Spotlight: Adam Butcher, MS4

Adam Butcher

The opportunity to treat patients in a rural community setting is what drove Adam Butcher, MS4, to become a TIP scholar in Marquette, MI. Love of the UP and Primary Care helped Adam choose the MSU College of Human Medicine. The UP’s many different challenges and opportunities that are unique to the area is what had him pick primary care as specialty. I recently sat down with Adam to discuss his medical education.


These elementary school students have already been to medical school

Reach out to youth

During this year's Reach Out to Youth event, Michigan Radio followed along with one of the co-founders of Reach Out to Youth, a long-running program that brings elementary age kids into medical school for a day.


Reach Out to Youth inspires futures in health sciences

Reach out to youth

More than 90 children and 40 parents came to the Secchia Center on February 20 for the second annual "Reach Out to Youth" event. MSU College of Human Medicine students hosted workshops for elementary students exploring nutrition, exercise and the body's digestive, skeletal and integumentary systems. Parents participated in workshops on healthy living and maximizing their child's educational potential.

The event was hosted in collaboration with Reach Out to Youth, MSU College of Human Medicine, Student National Medical Association and Grand Rapids Urban League.

TIP Spotlight: Emily Schipper, MS4

Emily Schipper

The importance of serving the underserved was one of Emily Schipper's, MS4, main reasons for becoming a Family Medicine TIP Student. Emily applied for the TIP Scholarship for many important reasons; location, learning environment, and the ability to help the underserved. The ability to go into the depths of a patient's problems, or "provide care that knows no limits" is what drew her to Family Medicine. I recently sat down with Emily to discuss her medical education.


Flint Public Health

Flint water crisis

Join us February 17 as we provide updates on help underway for Flints kids through the MSU-Hurley Children's Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative -- and look towards the future with discussion of how MSU public health researchers in Flint are finding solutions to improve the health of this community for generations to come.

Speakers include June Youatt, MSU Provost; Aron Sousa, MD, Interim Dean, MSU College of Human Medicine; Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, Assistant Professor, MSU College of Human Medicine and Director of the MSU-Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative; and Neal Hegarty, Vice President, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.


As blame, debate and federal investigations continue into the water crisis in Flint, Mich., Mona Hanna-Attisha, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP, remains focused on the care of the city’s children.

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

As blame, debate and federal investigations continue into the water crisis in Flint, Mich., Mona Hanna-Attisha, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP, remains focused on the care of the city’s children. The pediatrician who proved Flint’s water system was contaminated with lead was named director of the Pediatric Public Health Initiative (PPHI) at Michigan State University (MSU) and Hurley Children’s Hospital. The initiative will provide comprehensive services for 9,000 Flint children under age 6 with probable lead exposure. READ MORE

Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium Member Feature:
Anas Al-Janadi, MD, Michigan State University Breslin Cancer Center

Anas Al-Janadi, MD

A conversation with Anas Al-Janadi, MD, associate professor of medicine at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology and medical director of the MSU Breslin Cancer Center, a member of the Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium.


The Flint Water Scandal: The Role of Public Universities

Aron Sousa, MD

NEWSWEEK Opinion | By Aron Sousa, Interim Dean, MSU College of Human Medicine
The tragic events in Flint, Michigan, over the past 18 months have played out in homes, hospitals and halls of power. But it would be a serious mistake to overlook the role of universities in preserving the public welfare in the city. READ MORE

MSU Gran Fondo named a 'must-ride' cycling event in 2016

Sparty at the MSU Gran Fondo starting line

The Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Gran Fondo was recently named one of the “must-ride” U.S. Gran Fondos of 2016 by Gran Fondo Guide. The June 25 event is ranked fourth among 11 mass-participation cycling events.

New Pediatric Public Health Initiative to support the health of Flint children

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital have announced a new Pediatric Public Health Initiative to address the Flint community’s population-wide lead exposure and help all Flint children grow up healthy and strong. The Pediatric Public Health Initiative brings together experts in pediatrics, child development, psychology, epidemiology, nutrition, toxicology, geography and education, and includes the Genesee County Health Department, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and MSU Extension.

Passionate researcher leads vision for women's health

Asgi Fazleabas, MSU College of Human Medicine women's health researcher

When Asgi Fazleabas came to MSU College of Human Medicine in 2009, the Center for Women’s Health was only a dream. No building. A small staff of researchers. But what began with a vision has grown exponentially. 

“We have far exceeded what I ever dreamed of,” Fazleabas said. “With the expansion of the medical school in Grand Rapids, the vision we had, the ability to recruit the brightest from Harvard, Yale and Baylor…we realized the excitement of building an outstanding research program.”


Study addresses disparity in cervical cancer deaths

Drs. Leach, Ford and Williams who are studying cervical cancer deaths
While studying cervical cancer statistics compiled by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Sabrina Ford noticed a discrepancy she thought must be a mistake. While African American women undergo screenings for cervical cancer at a higher rate than white women, they die from the disease at almost twice the rate.