January College News Headlines

January 30, 2023

In the Media

  • NPR’s On Point: Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, comments on the American Academy of Pediatrics’ new guidelines recommend early, aggressive treatment for childhood obesity.
  • WZZM TV 13: Stacey Missmer, ScD, discusses new research linking women with endometriosis with a higher risk of stroke.
  • Crain's Business (page 10): MSU's Grand Rapids-based medical hub gains steam, Spartan Innovations, tech consulting firm Twisthink to open this year in seven-story building.
  • The Conversation: Morteza Mahmoudi, PhD, discusses the development and use of nanomedicines and the overlooked factors creating roadblocks for these treatments.
  • The Hospitalist: Department of Pediatrics and Human Development faculty Andrea Hadley, MD; Jeri Kessenich, MD; Chris Arnos, MD; Eric Kort, MD; Martina Inclan, MD; and Dave Synhorst, MD, wrote about the implementation of virtual hospitalist outreach program at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital to cope with the surge of patients with acute respiratory illnesses.
  • Self: Amit Sachdev, MD, comments on the term “neurologically intact” in the midst of NFL player Damar Hamlin’s cardiac arrest.
  • Prevention: Several college faculty have been quoted — Amit Sachdev, MD, on social isolation linked to an increase in dementia, Jamie Alan, PhD, on the weight loss drug tirzepatide, antidepressants causing emotional blunting, and “ozempic face.”
  • WOOD TV 8: David Morgan, PhD, comments on a new Alzheimer’s drug that has been approved by the FDA.
  • OncLive: Jeff MacKeigan, PhD, comments on the collaboration and shared vision between Henry Ford and MSU, as the organizations announce the funding of five new cancer research grants.
  • Michigan Business Network: Spartan Innovations and Health Innovation Partners announce startup office “The Bridge” on Medical Mile in downtown Grand Rapids.
  • MLIVE: On January 12, the Charles Stewart Mott Department of Public Health hosted a free COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Flint.

Faculty & Staff News

  • On February 15, the Bioethics Public Seminar will host “Clinician Perspectives on the Potential of DBS for Pediatric Patients with Treatment-Resistant OCD,” a presentation by Michelle T. Pham, PhD, assistant professor, Center for Bioethics and Social Justice.
  • Cara Poland, MD, associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, has been appointed chair of the Opioid Advisory Commission for the State of Michigan as part of the over $800 million opioid abatement dollars in the Michigan Opioid Healing and Recovery Fund. The committee is responsible for advising the legislature on opioid abatement strategies based on the unique needs of Michigan’s communities. Her appointment is for a three-year term that commenced July 18, 2022.
  • Rashed Hasan, MD, Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, has been appointed the vice-chair of the item writing committee at the Society of Critical Care Medicine. He has also been appointed as a member of the Review and Assessment Management Committee at the Society of Critical Care Medicine.
  • Betul Kara, a PhD student in Scott Counts’ Lab within the Department of Translational Neuroscience, was awarded a Research Prize for Excellence in Research in Cell and Molecular Biology from the Cell and Molecular Biology Program.

Student News

  • Second-year College of Human Medicine students Dorothea McGowan, Olga Saquiche and Sabrina Williams received G.E.R.M. Program grants from the Infectious Diseases Society of America Foundation to study research infectious disease-related topics. Projects include: McGowan will study cutaneous manifestations of infectious diseases in skin of color. Saquiche will study the response of HIV patients to the COVID vaccine and natural COVID infection. Williams will study reducing inappropriate antibiotic prescribing for acute uncomplicated bronchitis.
  • Upper Peninsula Campus students Dominique Aleo, John Berglund, Noelle Polakowski and Lucas Tarvainen were recipients of the first tuition assistance scholarship from Portage Health Foundation. The scholarship was created in support of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine UP Campus students.