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MiBiz: Dean Beauchamp's 2018 Outlook

In late 2017, Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine opened the $88.1 million Grand Rapids Research Center in the city’s downtown. As the medical school now looks to build a larger research base in Grand Rapids in 2018 and beyond, Dean Norman Beauchamp said the center opens opportunities for further partnerships with local care providers and companies not only in medical research but also with businesses that address the economic issues that affect health care.
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MSU Children’s Cancer Clinic holds holiday party for patients

A bit of holiday cheer came to young cancer patients last week, when Santa, Sparty and Princess Aurora and other celebrities visited a holiday pizza party hosted by staff of MSU Children’s Cancer Clinic (MSU Hematology & Oncology Clinic).

Grand Rapids Research Center receives new construction award

The Michigan State University Grand Rapids Research Center has received a certificate of excellence and has been honored as “Best New Construction” project by the Grand Rapids Neighborhood Business Alliance during its 28th Annual Neighborhood Business Awards ceremony.


Give Green Day

Tuesday, November 28 was #GiveGreenDay! We dedicated this day of giving to our future Spartan MDs. Learn how you can support our medical students by contributing to the College of Human Medicine's Student Scholarship Fund.

Could the air you breathe be a factor in Parkinson's disease?

Honglei Chen, an epidemiologist who has spent years researching Parkinson’s and the role sense of smell plays in disease development, has received a $1.5 million grant from the Department of Defense, or DoD. The award is part of a multi-institutional, four-year project totaling $4.37 million and is funded through the DoD’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program. The initiative supports research for health issues that can affect veterans such as Parkinson’s, traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, and prosthetics.


Group photo of the AOA Inductees in 2017

2017 AOA Inductees

On November 10, a group of 31 students, 5 residents, 3 faculty and 1 alumna were inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society Gamma Chapter. Congratulations to all the inductees!


Should exercise be what the doctor orders for depression?

A new study published in the journal General Hospital Psychiatry suggests that mental health providers take a closer look at including exercise in their patients' treatment plans.

“Physical activity has been shown to be effective in alleviating mild to moderate depression and anxiety,” said Carol Janney, lead author of the study and an MSU assistant professor of epidemiology. “Current physical activity guidelines advise at least 30 minutes, five days a week to promote mental and physical health, yet many of those surveyed weren’t meeting these recommendations.”


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College of Human Medicine professor honored by March of Dimes

Lee Anne Roman, a College of Human Medicine professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology, has been honored by the March of Dimes for her many years of teaching and research dedicated to improving the health of women and their children.


Asgi Fazleabas named MSU University Distinguished Professor

Asgi Fazleabas, Professor and Associate Chair for Research, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Biology, College of Human Medicine, named University Distinguished Professor in 2017. This recognition is among the highest honors that can be bestowed on a faculty member at Michigan State University.  

SNMA Region V Medical Education Conference comes to Grand Rapids

On October 27-29, Grand Rapids was host to the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) Region V Medical Education Conference.  Conference attendees heard from a variety of speakers, learned new skills, shared research and participated in a community service project.


Tune in to the fourth annual MSURx on Friday, October 20, 1-4 PM! MSURx is a nationally recognized program featuring thought-provoking and inspirational talks meant to inspire personally and professionally. View speakers

Watch via the livestream or through our Facebook page.

Cystic Fibrosis Center donates to Fun Run

The Michigan State University Cystic Fibrosis Center hosted its annual Cystic Fibrosis Family Day this month. The event brought together health care workers, patients and families for an inspiring talk from long-time CF patient and lung transplant recipient, Jessica Muir, and her husband, Scott. In thanks and recognition to the Muirs, the Center donated $1,500 to the Donate Life Family Fun Run, a charity race held to benefit organ donors and transplant recipients.

Simulation game becomes teaching tool for rural health providers

With more than $14,000 in total grants from the Midland Area Community Foundation and the Clare County Community Foundation, Andrea Wendling, director of the Rural Health Curriculum for Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine, and Julia Terhune, assistant director of the Rural Health Curriculum, are developing and testing a board game that simulates the everyday struggles poor people in rural areas often face.


MSU College of Human Medicine student's idea sparks weeklong event

Celebrating Unity and Connections week is a new event to help its students of different ethnic, economic and cultural backgrounds share their personal stories and find common ground.


$88.1M Grand Rapids Research Center opens doors to medical discovery

A new era for scientific discovery was unveiled September 20 during a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for Michigan State University’s $88.1 million Grand Rapids Research Center.

The six-story, 162,800-square-foot facility will initially accommodate 33 principal investigators and their research teams, with space eventually to house 44 research teams. Twenty-five MSU College of Human Medicine researchers and their teams currently housed in the Van Andel Institute will move into the new research center later this fall.


Dr. Hanna-Attisha honored with 22nd Heinz Award

Mona Hanna-Attisha, director of the Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, or PPHI, is the recipient of the 22nd Heinz Award in Public Policy from the Heinz Family Foundation.

Hanna-Attisha is recognized by the foundation for stepping forward to expose the presence of elevated lead levels in children residing in Flint, Michigan; for her work establishing a system of comprehensive care and support for children and families affected by lead exposure; and for her efforts to ignite a renewed nationwide conversation about lead exposure and drinking water safety.


Scratch-and-sniff test could predict Parkinson's even earlier

A new study provides further evidence that a simple scratch-and-sniff test could predict Parkinson’s disease even earlier than previously thought.

According to Michigan State University researcher Honglei Chen, lead author and professor of epidemiology, the test could potentially identify certain people who are at an increased risk of developing the disease up to 10 years before they are actually diagnosed. Previous research has shown an association between sense of smell and disease progression of up to four to five years.


MSU expanding medical research in Grand Rapids

Next month, the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine will open a new research facility in Grand Rapids. For almost a decade, MSU has leased research space in Grand Rapids from the Van Andel Institute. This new building is the former site of the Grand Rapids Press newspaper. MSU College of Human Medicine Dean Dr. Norman Beauchamp credits university President Lou Anna Simon for bringing this dream to life. "The process of creating this really was the university president having a vision for strengthening the research at Michigan State University and having a passion for what we could do to improve health," Dr. Beauchamp states.


Longtime antidepressant could slow Parkinson's disease

Michigan State University scientists now have early proof that an antidepressant drug that’s been around for more than 50 years could slow the progression of Parkinson’s. In a proof-of-concept study, published in the journal Neurobiology of Disease, the drug nortriptyline, which has been used to treat depression and nerve pain, stopped the growth of abnormal proteins that can build up in the brain and lead to the development of the disease.

“Depression is a very frequent condition associated with Parkinson’s, so we became interested in whether an antidepressant could modify how the disease progresses,” said Tim Collier, lead author of the federally funded study and a neuroscientist at MSU.


White Coat and Matriculation

On August 27, MSU College of Human Medicine Dean Norman Beauchamp, MD, welcomed 191 new medical students to MSU, each receiving their white coat as the symbolic start of the journey into the medical profession.


Students begin med school with Afternoon of Community Service

Students from the 2017 entering class of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine participated in the college’s annual Afternoon of Community Service on August 23. The 191 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.

Cholesterol crystals are sure sign a heart attack may loom

A new Michigan State University study on 240 emergency room patients shows just how much of a role a person’s cholesterol plays, when in a crystallized state, during a heart attack. George Abela, lead author and chief cardiologist at MSU, analyzed the material that was obstructing the coronary arteries of patients who had suffered a heart attack and found that 89 percent of them had an excessive amount of these crystallized structures, referred to as cholesterol crystals.

The research is now published online in the American Journal of Cardiology. READ MORE

Physicians with increased stress make more mistakes in patient care

Bengt Arnetz, professor and chair of family medicine in the College of Human Medicine, has found in a new study that the more stress a physician experiences, the more likely he or she will make a minor mistake in patient care.


Smiles abound at Flint Dental Health Fair

Hundreds of children were showing off their pearly whites at the Flint Dental Fair Saturday. The free event was hosted by Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and community partners. The kids received dental health screenings, supplies and were able to have some fun along the way. Along with learning about dental health, families enjoyed bounce houses, food and even played some basketball.


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awards $14.4M to fund Flint registry

Flint residents will soon be able to participate in a voluntary registry that will help connect them to programs designed to minimize the effects of lead on their health. Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, will receive approximately $3.2 million this year to begin establishing a registry of residents who were exposed to lead-contaminated water from the Flint Water System during 2014-2015. The funds are the first installment of a four-year, $14.4 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help build and maintain the Flint Lead Exposure Registry. Funding for the project was included in December 2016 legislation championed by Michigan's congressional leaders.


A rogue gene is causing seizures in babies. Here's how MSU wants to stop it

Two rare diseases caused by a malfunctioning gene that triggers seizures or involuntary movements in children as early as a few days old have left scientists searching for answers and better treatment options. Richard Neubig is chairperson of pharmacology toxicology at MSU and author of a new study that brings scientists closer to understanding the source, a gene known as GNAO1 and the transformations it can take on, and potentially stopping its devastating effects by uncovering key differences in the way it functions.


Midland Regional Campus welcomes largest class

This fall, the Midland Regional Campus will host 14 third-year students, the largest incoming class yet, and five fourth-year students will be based in Midland. Students fan out across the 23-county service area, learning from physicians in hospitals and medical offices in Clare, Alma, Pigeon, Houghton Lake, Harrison, Sandusky and Saint Ignace. About half the students are enrolled in the college's Rural Community Health Program.


Inaugural Disobedience Award recipients

Massachusetts Institute of Technology has awarded Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, FAAP, assistant professor of pediatrics at MSU College of Human Medicine, and Marc Edwards, professor at Virginia Tech, the inaugural Disobedience Award. They were chosen out of more than 7,800 candidates for their activism andrigorous research that brought attention to the Flint water crisis. Both faced harassment and ridicule for their work at first, but it ultimately showed that science and scholarship are powerful tools for social change. Dr. Hanna-Attisha will be donating her half of the $250,000 prize to the recovery efforts in Flint.


Dental health fair offers free screenings to Flint residents

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and its partners will host the second annual Flint Dental Health Fair, August 12, 2017. The free community event, “Food, Family and Fun,” will take place at New Jerusalem Full Gospel Baptist Church, 1035 East Carpenter Road in Flint, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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Dr. McDuck Competes in Optimist Corporate Duck Race at National Cherry Festival

Hannah Belknap, Nicki Brown and Kendry Scott of the Traverse City Campus Up North Team created a stunning 'Go Green' entry, Sparty McDuck, MD, for the 30th Annual Optimist Corporate Duck Race during the National Cherry Festival, July 6. With a fighting spirit, McDuck joined about 150 corporate ducks and 300 individual ducklings in the Boardman River for his inaugural race. After a solid start, McDuck fell back in the pack, facing extreme conditions of pouring rain and an abundance of shrubbery in the river. Trouble ensued for McDuck, as he first lost his galea, then his helmet and finally his badge. Overcoming these obstacles, McDuck persevered and finished 110 out of 150 corporate ducks. Before the race, Dr. McDuck received third place for "The One That 'Quacked' Us Up" award. He and his crew raised $100 for the Traverse City Optimist Club Youth Foundation Inc. and are already back to the drawing board and looking ahead to next year's race. Congrats Dr. Sparty McDuck and Traverse City Campus Up North Team!
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Debra Furr-Holden appointed interim director for Division of Public Health

The College of Human Medicine is pleased to announce that C.S. Mott Endowed Professor Debra Furr-Holden has been appointed interim director of the MSU College of Human Medicine Division of Public Health. In addition to her new role, Dr. Furr-Holden will continue in her current position as director of the Flint Center for Health Equity Solutions and co-director of the Healthy Flint Research Coordinating Center.


MSU student receives Excellence in Medicine Minority Scholars Award

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine student Anita Arthur is a recipient of the 2017 American Medical Association Foundation’s Excellence in Medicine Minority Scholars Award. The awards program recognizes physicians who exemplify the highest values of volunteerism, community engagement, leadership and dedication to the care of underserved populations.


Fazleabas awarded Distinguished Professor title

MSU College of Human Medicine's Asgi Fazleabas is among ten MSU professors named University Distinguished Professors, one of the highest honors that can be bestowed on a faculty member. Fazleabas is professor and associate chair for research, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Health, and director, Center for Women’s Health; co-director, Reproductive and Developmental Sciences Program.


1,700 riders raise $160K+ in MSU Gran Fondo

A record 1,700 riders participated in Saturday's fifth annual MSU Gran Fondo. Thus far, the event has tallied more than $160K in funding for skin cancer research.

Members of Karen Crosby's team the "Sparty Pedlars" have raised $1,625 (You can still support your favorite team - donations are accepted through July 10). 


Partnership helps Flint families get access to healthier foods for second year

The Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative has partnered with Tom Gores’ FlintNOW and the National Basketball Players Association, or NBPA, for the second year to provide Flint families access to healthier food through gift certificates totaling $300,000. 


MSU "positioned to lead transformation of healthcare" with Shared Discovery Curriculum

Lou Anna K. Simon, president of Michigan State University, spoke with Dean Beauchamp about implementing the college's new Shared Discovery Curriculum and how it positions MSU to lead transformation in healthcare


Bill Short retires from College of Human Medicine UP Campus

William Short, MD, community assistant dean for the MSU College of Human’s Medicine Upper Peninsula region, is retiring after more than 30 years in medical education. READ MORE

Shown above, left to right: Bill Short, MD, Community Assistant Dean, and Stuart Johnson, DO, incoming Community Assistant Dean

MSU Medical Student Joins NIH Medical Research Scholars Program

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Flint Campus student Fatima Barragan was selected by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to participate in its Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP).

Starting in July, she will join other medical, dental and veterinary students in mentored research training experiences and conduct basic, clinical or translational research at the intramural campus of the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland.

This is NIH’s sixth class of its Medical Research Scholars Program and serves as a starting point for successful research-oriented careers. The experiences allow future clinician-scientists and medical researchers to carry out research across the full spectrum of science in the interest of improving public health.

MSU medical students become rural health scholars

Medical students from both the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and College of Osteopathic Medicine were honored as Rural Health Scholars at this month’s annual Michigan Rural Health Conference in Mt. Pleasant.

“I was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula and experienced many long trips to physicians’ offices for my mother's specialty medical care,” said Tarajo Reinhart, a College of Human Medicine student. “I understand the obstacles primary care doctors face practicing in a rural area, from large patient loads to limited specialty resources and sometimes long travel between clinics and hospitals. I hope to practice in a health professional shortage area after residency.”


Congratulations Spartan MDs

Siblings Andrew and Emily Brooks were hooded by their mother, Patricia Brooks, MD (CHM '85) at Commencement. They are among 205 medical students who graduated this Mother's Day weekend. Congratulations to all!

Get paid to get sick at MSU's College of Human Medicine

There is nothing typical about the doctor's office waiting room at Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine -- not the doctors or the patients. They're first year medical students in Grand Rapids using simulated patients to diagnose medical conditions. "We're well prepared to handle whatever the students come up with," said Kathy Dekraker. She has been a simulated patient at MSU for about two years. "There were some weeks I was here every two and a half days for probably a couple of months.

First look inside MSU's $88M Grand Rapids Medical Research Center

The glass and metal-clad building is entering the final phases of its construction as construction workers complete the finishes and prepare to move in high-tech laboratory equipment that researchers will use to study Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, pediatric neurology, autism and other diseases.

A role model for women in medicine

Ade Olomu, physician, professor of medicine and vice chairperson of clinical research in the Department of Medicine in the College of Human Medicine, authored the most recent Faculty Voice about becoming a role model for women in medicine.


MSU medical student awarded Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Fellowship

Monica Pomaville

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Flint campus student Monica Pomaville has been selected by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) as a participant in its Medical Research Fellows Program.

She will join other medical, dental and veterinary students in conducting in-depth, mentored biomedical research. Starting this summer, each HHMI fellow will spend a year pursuing basic, translational, or applied biomedical research at one of 32 academic or nonprofit research institutions across the United States. 


Celebrating service-learning & civic engagement

Rae Schnuth, PhD, assistant dean, curricular projects, and director, Leadership in Medicine for the Underserved, was honored at the 2017 MSU Service-Learning & Civic Engagement Recognition Program, April 20. Dr. Schnuth received her award in recognition for her demonstrated commitment to and capacity for developing reciprocal community partnerships and her sustained efforts in community engaged learning related to the mission of the College of Human Medicine.

First look inside MSU's $88M Grand Rapids Medical Research Center

When Dr. Norman Beauchamp Jr. wakes up in the morning, he can look out the window of his home in The Rowe Apartments to see how his future is shaping up.

Beauchamp, who became the dean of Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine last October, has a view of MSU's new Grand Rapids Research Center, a 6-story building being built on the northeast corner Michigan Street and Monroe Avenue NW.

The glass and metal-clad building is entering the final phases of its construction as construction workers complete the finishes and prepare to move in high-tech laboratory equipment that researchers will use to study Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, pediatric neurology, autism and other diseases.


A generous gift from a fellow Spartan

On Thursday, April 13, Tammy Farnum, MSU Women's Soccer Associate Head Coach, formally presented the nurses of the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development’s Division of Pediatric and Adolescent Hematology/Oncology with a generous donation. The gift was made in memory of Mrs. Farnum’s daughter, Adalin, who was much admired by the division’s physicians and nurses.

Left to right: Mary Robinson, RN, BSN; Renuka Gera, MD, professor, chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Hematology/Oncology; Tammy Farnum, Ajovi Scott-Emuakpor, MD, professor emeritus; B. Keith English, MD, professor and chair, Pediatrics and Human Development.

Well-kept vacant lots can help reduce crime

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine researcher and urban geographer Rick Sadler has found in a new study that maintaining the yards of vacant properties can help reduce crime rates in urban neighborhoods. 


Medical students receive scholarships to help underserved patients

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine students Sarah Robbins and Rohit Abraham share a passion for helping underserved patients and both recently learned they will receive awards to help them realize that goal.


Refugees with PTSD regulate stress differently

Bengt Arnetz, a professor of family medicine in the College of Human Medicine, has found in a new study that refugees diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder regulate stress differently than those who don’t have the disorder, but may have experienced similar suffering.



Primary care tops list of chosen specialties among med students during Match Day

When it came time to apply for residency programs, College of Human Medicine student Cullen Salada had a hard time deciding on a specialty. Throughout his schooling, he had enjoyed his rotations in many specialties, including pediatrics, internal medicine and surgery. He chose family medicine. READ MORE

Catch up on all the Match Day excitement on our Match Day Social Media Stream! Other news coverage: MidlandUpper Peninsula

Enlarged prostate later in life could stem from fetal development early on

Jose Teixeira, a professor of reproductive biology in the College of Human Medicine - Grand Rapids campus, has found that embryonic tissue, key to the development of a baby’s gender, could contribute to an enlarged prostate, or BPH, in men later in life. 


Cows may offer clues to improving fertility in women

Cows may offer clues to improving fertility in women

With funding from the National Institutes of Health and United States Department of Agriculture, MSU researchers will look to bring a better understanding about fertility treatments in women by studying the effect of hormones on ovulation and reproduction in cows. James Ireland, professor in reproductive biology, will lead the five-year study with Keith Latham, co-director of the Reproductive and Developmental Sciences Program at MSU. Richard Leach, chair of MSU’s Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, will also contribute to the project.


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The way breast cancer genes act could predict your treatment

A Michigan State University breast cancer researcher has shown that effective treatment options can be predicted based on the way certain breast cancer genes act or express themselves. The research, published in the journal Oncogene, offers up proof that gene expression patterns can help direct the type of therapy a patient might receive, paving the way for more targeted and personalized approaches to care.


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MSU Gran Fondo ranks among top Gran Fondos in the US

The Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Gran Fondo was recently named one of the top U.S. Gran Fondos of 2017 by Gran Fondo Guide. The June 24 event is ranked fourth among 15 mass-participation cycling events.

Ronald Chandler, PhD, receives early career award for ovarian cancer research

Ronald Chandler, assistant professor in the College of Human Medicine’s Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, has received a 2017 Liz Tilberis Early Career Award from the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance. The Liz Tilberis Early Career Award recognizes junior faculty who are committed to an investigative career in the field of ovarian cancer research. The intent of these awards is to support a substantial time commitment to research and academic endeavors in ovarian cancer.


Medical students walking on campus

College of Human Medicine students perform better in new medical curriculum

After just 12 weeks of introducing a new medical curriculum to its incoming College of Human Medicine students, Michigan State University is finding that these future physicians are already ahead of the game in their academic and clinical skills.

“Students even at seven weeks were already clinically performing essentially at the level of students who were at the end of their first year in the previous curriculum,” said Aron Sousa, senior associate dean for academic affairs for the medical college. “It’s the experiential learning aspect of the program that’s making this happen.”

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Shared Discovery Curriculum

College of Human Medicine reinvents curriculum

Striving to remain at the forefront of medical innovation, the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine implemented a new curriculum, which turns the previous format on its head.


Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

MDHHS awards $500,000 planning grant to MSU College of Human Medicine for Flint registry planning

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) today announced a one-year grant of $500,000 for the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine for the planning of a registry for Flint residents.

One of the Flint Water Advisory Task Force recommendations included the creation of Registry for the long-term tracking of residents exposed to Flint water from April 2014 to present. Through this planning grant, MSU College of Human Medicine and the MSU-Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, led by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, will continue working with many community partners including the Greater Flint Health Coalition to build upon approximately one year of registry planning, building, convening and advocacy in order to develop the foundation for the registry. The intent of the registry will be to that identify, track and support Flint Water Crisis victims.


MSU doctor bravely champions the children of Flint

Big Ten Network's LiveBIG features Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, FAAP, director, pediatric residency at Hurley Children’s Hospital and assistant professor of pediatrics at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

Dr. Richard Neubig

Promising new drug stops spread of melanoma by 90 percent

Michigan State University researchers have discovered that a chemical compound, and potential new drug, reduces the spread of melanoma cells by up to 90 percent. The man-made, small-molecule drug compound goes after a gene’s ability to produce RNA molecules and certain proteins in melanoma tumors. “It’s been a challenge developing small-molecule drugs that can block this gene activity that works as a signaling mechanism known to be important in melanoma progression,” said Richard Neubig, a pharmacology professor and co-author of the study. “Our chemical compound is actually the same one that we’ve been working on to potentially treat the disease scleroderma, which now we’ve found works effectively on this type of cancer.”