April College News Headlines

April 27, 2023

In the Media

  • ABC News: Flint residents grapple with water crisis 9 years later. Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is featured in this Good Morning America segment.
  • MSUToday: Thanks to an intended $15 million “challenge” grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Rx Kids will be the first citywide program in the United States to address maternal and infant poverty with the novel approach of unconditional cash allowances to ALL City of Flint pregnant moms and babies. Related: Detroit Free Press, Stateside on Michigan Radio, MLive, WKAR, University of Michigan, WNEM TV
  • Tampa Bay Times: Regarding Florida’s six-week abortion ban, Richard Leach, MD, professor and chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, comments “There’s a significant number of persons who aren’t going to know that they’re pregnant until after six weeks.
  • TIME: Long COVID is causing some people to choose not to have kids. Endometriosis research by Stacey Missmer, ScD, professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology, is mentioned. Related: Yahoo! Life
  • MSN Verywell Health: Jamie Alan, PhD, associate professor of pharmacology & toxicology, comments on the health purposes of trehalose therapeutic products.
  • Healio: Larry Charleston IV, MD, director the College of Human Medicine’s Headache and Facial Pain Division, writes about the FDA approval of Zavzpret as another critical tool to combat migraine
  • University of Michigan: MSU, U-M and Wayne State partner with the State of Michigan to coordinate opioid settlement strategy.
  • Huron County View: Julie Phillips, MD, chair of the Department of Family Medicine discusses the family physician shortages in Michigan.
  • Medical News Today: Howard Schubiner, MD, clinical professor, discusses therapies such as pain reprocessing therapy, emotional awareness, and expression therapy can effectively relieve pain from conditions such as migraine. Related: Health Grades
  • Prevention Magazine: Jamie Alan, PhD, associate professor of pharmacology & toxicology, comments on study finding common low back pain treatments aren’t effective.
  • Detroit News: In an op-ed, Abeba Berhane, MD, assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, says this year’s flu vaccine was highly effective.
  • Cronicle Tech News: New medical tech incubator opens in Grand Rapids.
  • Lansing City Pulse: Dean Sousa in quoted in ongoing coverage of the Michigan Medicine acquisition of Sparrow Health. Related: Crain’s Grand Rapids Business, Bridge Magazine
  • Roll Call: Cara Poland, MD, associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, discusses the MI CARES program in response to ageism and stigmas that hinder response to senior alcohol use disorder.
  • Flintside: Steven Ondersma, PhD, C.S. Mott Professor of Public Health, was quoted in an article about new health care technologies improving outcomes for Michiganders of all ages.
  • Prevention Magazine: Jamie Alan, PhD, an associate professor of pharmacology and toxicology, addresses potential links between weight loss drugs and hair loss.
  • Nature: Morteza Mahmoudi, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Radiology,, addresses bullying of gender-equality researcher by her university: “Bullying slows down the evolution of science. Many smart people leave academia and public money gets wasted. And the sad thing is that the outcomes of cases like Susanne’s send a very clear signal to other perpetrators that they will be protected, and a negative signal to targets that they should use the code of silence.
  • NPR: Ripla Arora, PhD, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, contributed to a story about the surprising science of how pregnancy begins.
  • Yahoo News: Parents say their kids become more 'hyperactive' and 'agitated' after eating foods with red dye No. 3. Why experts say to avoid the food coloring. Jamie Alan, PhD, an associate professor of pharmacology and toxicology, is quoted.
  • News Break: Sixteen years ago Farha Abbasi, MD, assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry, started a worldwide mental health movement with a mission to get people of all faiths to talk openly about mental health.
  • Prevention Magazine: Director of MSU’s Division of Neuromuscular Medicine, Amit Sachdev, MD, comments on a number of health issues including how magnesium could impact brain health, early signs of Alzheimer’s can be shown in the eyes, how hearing aids can lower the risk of dementia, mild cognitive impairment, and exercise’s affect on mental health disorders.
  • Yahoo News: An article about how parents can help protect their kids from fentanyl exposure quotes Jamie Alan, PhD, an associate professor of pharmacology and toxicology.
  • MSN News: A new study finds that the eyes might be key to early Alzheimer’s detection. Amit Sachdev, MD, medical director in the Department of Neurology, comments on this new research.

Faculty & Staff News

  • The Department of Pediatrics faculty Andre Bachmann, PhD, Caleb Bupp, MD, and Surender Rajasekaran, MBBS, received the 2023 Inventor of the Year Award from the New York Intellectual Property Law Association for their work in repurposing the drug DFMO for treatment of patients with the rare, recently discovered polyamine disorder now known as Bachmann-Bupp Syndrome.
  • Karen Kelly-Blake, PhD, associate director of academic programing and associate professor, Center for Bioethics and Social Justice, received a Pioneer Leader Award from the MSU Black Faculty, Staff, and Administrators Association (BFSAA). Dr. Kelly-Blake is the first Black woman to hold the position of chair of the Faculty Senate and University Steering Committee. She was recognized at the seventh annual Historical and Emerging Leaders Recognition and Reception.
  • The American Library Association named Pediatric Public Health Initiative Director Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha the 2023 Preservation Week Honorary Chair.
  • Marci Muller has been promoted to Associate Director of Development for the college.
  • Stacey Missmer, ScD, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, will serve as a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Committee on Framework for the Consideration of Chronic Debilitating Conditions in Women.
  • Asgi Fazleabas, PhD, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, is the 2023 recipient of the Dr. Shanta Rao Oration Award in the area of reproductive health by the ICMR-National Institute for Research in Reproductive and Child Health.
  • Dean Sousa recognized the following people at a faculty and staff success reception earlier this month.
    • Faculty promotions:
      • Khalid Abulaban, Eran Andrechek, Eric Atchyes, Nagib Chalfoun, Bin Chen, John Clements, Jessica Foley, Laura Freidhoff, Laura Freilich, Harland Holman, Joan Ilardo, Maximiliano Tamae Kakazu, Nicholas Kanaan, Jerry Kooiman, Mara Leimanis-Laurens, Tarek Mohamed, Muhammad Nabeel, Cara Poland, Amy Ralston, Nicole Talge, Anas Taqatqa, Kefei Yu.
    • Milestones:
      • Tracy Ann Carey, Department of Medicine (32 years of service)
      • Laura Anne Carlson, Department of Pediatrics and Human Development (27 years of service)
      • Bethany Ann Ford, Department of Family Medicine (35 years of service)
      • Lora Ann McAdams, Academic Affairs (30 years of service)
      • Amy Sue Porter, Department of Physiology/Human Pathology (30 years of service)
      • Mary J Reilly, Department of Medicine (32 years of service)
      • Linda Kay Walters, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics (26 years of service)

Student News

  • In advance of the College of Human Medicine's Commencement ceremony, several graduates are features in a news series called Road to Residency including Antara Afrin, Thomas Barker and Sejal Mehta.
  • Jessyca Judge, MD candidate 2023, received the Bruce Drukker Endowed Award of Excellence in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
  • Donna Tran (MS-3) received a 2023 Excellence in Public Health Award from the U.S. Public Health Service Physician Professional Advisory Committee. “This award is a testament to the education provided by the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and to the high caliber of your students,” said CAPT Marie de Perio, MD, U.S. Public Health Service. “We hope that this will encourage your faculty and students to continue their strong work in public health.”
  • The Burgess New Venture Challenge, an early-stage pitch competition for MSU student entrepreneurs, announced the winners of its annual contest. Danielle Hanson, College of Human Medicine student, received the 5th place prize of $3,000 for “Complete Competitor” an application that caters to the mental health and well-being of student-athletes, with 24/7 support.
  • Fourth-year student Julie Ngo shares her advice on family medicine residencies and the Match in this AAFP article.

Alumni News

  • Dermatologist Dhaval Bhanusali, MD (CHM ‘10), was featured in Allure Magazine for his commitment to making dermatology more accessible to the masses while providing cutting-edge care to his patients.