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  • MSU University Distinguished Professor and associate chair of research Asgi Fazleabas, from the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology in the College of Human Medicine, was honored with the Carl Hartmann Award, which is the highest award given by the Society For The Study Of Reproduction. Read more about the SSR award on MSU Today.
  • Dr. Wanda Lipscomb, senior associate dean for Diversity and Inclusion, associate dean for Student Affairs, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives. The Excellence in Diversity Awards Ceremony on February 11 celebrated Lipscomb's more than 25 years of dedication and outstanding efforts in diversity and inclusion.
  • Big Data Targets Deadly Liver Cancer: Highly advanced computer programs could sort through a massive amount of “big data” and match the genetic and molecular characteristics of each patient’s liver cancer with the most effective treatment among thousands of compounds, suggested a team of researchers led by Bin Chen, PhD, an assistant professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Human Development, and Pharmacology and Toxicology. Read more about Bin Chen’s study on MSU Today.
  • Gloria Felix, fourth-year College of Human Medicine student, shares about her medical school experience in an article on AAMC: “Let’s Start With: How are YOU?”
  • Alumni Sarah Bjorkman, MD, and Kurt Bjorkman, MD, who met as students at the College of Human Medicine, each discuss their experience with being married to another physician on Surviving Medicine: “I never thought I would marry another physician” and “What finding love in Medicine taught me.”
  • Traverse City was in the spotlight during the National Cancer Prevention Workshop in Washington, D.C. Kelly Hirko, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, joined a panel of experts to highlight the progress and challenges of cancer prevention and wellness in the region. 
  • College of Human Medicine students Ariel Dempsey and Donna Tran are speaking at the 6th annual TEDxMSU on March 11, 2020. Tickets are on sale. 
  • Daniel S. Mazzuchi is the recipient of the Carl V. Pellonpaa Lifetime Achievement Award because of his dedication to the Upper Peninsula community and serving the health care needs of the area.
  • Too many women with uterine fibroids end up getting hysterectomies. Researchers at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Van Andel Institute (VAI) and Spectrum Health have uncovered new information in a study that could help many women avoid surgery. Read more about this study on MLive.
  • The college is collaborating with Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital and Calvin University to host the Rare Disease Day Symposium on February 29. One in 10 people in the United States has a rare disease. The symposium will bring together patients, caregivers, researchers and advocates in the rare disease community. Sessions include talks from a scientist studying rare diseases, a medical geneticist and patients with various rare disease diagnoses, and other breakouts. Register for the symposium here.
  • ‘Levitating’ Proteins Could Help Diagnose Opioid Abuse, Other Diseases: Researchers Morteza Mahmoudi and Ali Akbar Ashkarranat of Michigan State University’s Precision Health Program have helped develop a fascinating new method for detecting the density of proteins in the blood – a method that could vastly improve the rate at which diseases are detected and diagnosed. Read more about Mahmoudi's research on MSU Today. 
  • "Compassion is a starting point, but radical empathy, the uncomfortable, fearless, willingness and ability to see the world through the eyes of another, is what’s needed,” penned Debra Furr-Holden, PhD, C.S. Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health and associate dean for Public Health Integration. Read "In the Eyes of the Beholder: A Call for Radical Empathy and White Allies."


  • Brian Mavis, PhD, received the 2019 Academic Medicine Excellence in Reviewing Award. This AAMC distinction honors Mavis' contributions to peer review, an essential element of scholarly publishing.
  • A study co-authored by Julia Felton, PhD, assistant professor in the Division of Public Health, may have uncovered key predictors for the combination of alcohol use disorder and major depressive disorder, information that could aid in both prevention and treatment
  • The Alzheimer’s Alliance is running a series of clinical trials, connecting the people who have the disease with scientists searching for a cure. Right now, the group is signing up patients for the free PACT Trial — Preventing Alzheimer’s with Cognitive Training.
  • Dr. Morteza Mahmoudi discusses why bullying behavior thrives in academia, its impacts on targets and research, and possible solutions to the problem.
  • The College of Human Medicine's UP campus welcomed eleven new students to their Rural Physician Program. 
  • Health Affairs chose the article "The Decline in Rural Medical Students: A Growing Gap in Geographic Diversity Threatens the Rural Physician Workforce" as a top article in 2019. It was co-authored by College of Human Medicine faculty Andrea Wendling, Iris Kovar-Gough and Julie Phillips; as well as Karen Jones, Janis Orlowski and Scott Shipman from AAMC.
  • Jourden VanArsdall was appointed research administrator in Health Colleges Research Services. 
  • According to a new study led by Andrew Bender, PhD, a larger hippocampus, a curved, seahorse-shaped structure embedded deep in the brain, does not always reliably predict learning and memory abilities in older adults.
  • Robin DeMuth, MD, associate professor of Family Medicine and assistant dean for Clinical Experiences, has been appointed Chief of Medical Staff at Sparrow Hospital
  • Uterine fibroid tumors are the leading cause of hysterectomies in the US, yet little is known about what causes them. A new study by Jose Teixeira, PhD, a professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, has taken researchers one step closer to understanding how these tumors develop and grow.
  • The Flint Registry is hoping to increase enrollment during winter outreach week. 
  • In a recent AMA article, fourth-year student Subah Hanif shares how painful clinical encounters she witnessed during a loved one’s terminal illness have shaped what she wants to do in medicine.
  • Registration is now open for the eighth annual MSU College of Human Medicine Gran Fondo. Join the ride against skin cancer on June 27. 
  • MLive's top photos of the last decade include a 2015 photo from the White Coat and Matriculation Ceremony.
  • Third-year medical student, Mulin Xiong, discusses how she manages a significant-other relationship during medical in a recent article with US News & World Report
  • Master of Public Health student Megan Mulvaney recently earned honorable mention as a "Student Who Rocked Public Health" by the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice.
  • Five years into the Flint water crisis, literacy is one way to help mediate some of the negative effects children are experiencing due to lead exposure. The Flint Kids Book project is one-way high school author and public health advocate Olivia Holden is making a difference. Olivia discusses the project on ABC 12's Newsmaker.
  • Donna Tran, second-year MCE student, was selected for the nationally competitive American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP) Scholars Program and statewide competitive inaugural Michigan Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) Mentorship Program.
  • Caryl E. Sortwell, PhD, has been invited to be a member of the Michael J. Fox Foundation Alpha Synuclein Consortium.