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MSU College Establishes Two New Divisions

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine announced the formation of two new clinical divisions — a Division of Neurosurgery and a Division of Otolaryngology — in partnership with two Southeast Michigan medical practices, a move that expands its statewide presence and opportunities for its students.

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Dean's Update | December 13

One highlight this week was my visit to our Southeast Michigan Campus sites in Southfield and Novi to announce the college’s new Division of Neurosurgery, based in Southfield, and Division of Otolaryngology (aka, Ear, Nose, and Throat or ENT), based out of Novi.

Our partnership with Ascension Providence has grown since the campus started in 2014 and these divisions represent new opportunities for the college’s faculty and students. It was great to be with our newest division directors, Dr. Teck Soo of Michigan Spine & Brain Surgeons (pictured above) and Dr. Seilesh Babu of the Michigan Ear Institute - as our Community Assistant Dean, Val Overholt, led through the announcements this week with the support of Dr. Manhal Tobia, Chief Medical Officer of Ascension Providence.

Read more of the latest Dean's Update.

Med News | Issue 10

Catch up on college news in the latest issue of MSU Med News.

Dean's Update | December 6

"This week I have continued my quality and safety rounds in the clinics. These visits are among the most enjoyable parts of my work week – only teaching is reliably more fun. A main theme running through each week is how amazing the medical assistants (MAs) in our clinics are. They seem to do almost everything imaginable, including checking people in, handling patient complaints, rooming patients, taking vitals, giving shots, and providing patient education." 

Read more of the latest Dean's Update.

Gran Fondo Rider Discovers Skin Cancer Drug Plan

The Gran Fondo has been held in downtown Grand Rapids for each of the last seven years. All proceeds go to skin cancer awareness, prevention and research programs at the College of Human Medicine. It allowed Sean Misek, an Ph.D. candidate at MSU, to make a discovery that could help more people beat the most deadly form of skin cancer. Learn more about the latest research

Dean's Update | November 27

"This is a short week for those of us not on call – thank you to everyone spending their holiday taking care of patients, keeping experiments going, and generally keeping the lights on and people safe. At so many levels, the work of the college continues daily and depends on someone to pick up duties – my appreciation to each of you working during the holiday season."

Read more of the Dean's Update. 

Study Highlights Impact of Medicaid Expansion on Pregnant Women

Expanded Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act prompted more low-income women of reproductive age to sign up for health insurance, seek medical care and report improvements in their health, a study led by a College of Human Medicine researcher found. Those findings are important, because they could lead to better health not only for the women but for any future children they bear, said Claire Margerison, the study’s lead author and an associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics.

Read more about the study. 

Dean's Update | November 22

"This week I spent time with faculty, students, staff, donors, government officials and observed the reach of the college from a range of perspectives. Over the last decade and a half, the college has been able to share the opening or groundbreaking of three buildings in Grand Rapids, two buildings in East Lansing, and one in Flint. This is an astonishing record of growth and expansion." 

Read more of the Dean's Update.

Is Opioid Treatment Available to Those Who Need It Most?

Debra Furr-Holden, associate dean for public health integration, and Richard Sadler, assistant professor, both in the College of Human Medicine’s Division of Public Health, set out to determine whether opioid overdose deaths occurred in patterns in Flint, a city that’s dealt with significant tensions and public health crises in recent years, including the Flint water crisis and a high rate of opioid overdose deaths.

Read more about their findings.

Partners Break Ground on Doug Meijer Medical Innovation Building

Today, Health Innovation Partners – a real estate development joint venture between Rockford ConstructionWalsh Construction/Walsh Investors, Murphy Development Group and Michigan State University – broke ground on the next phase of the university’s Grand Rapids Innovation Park, the Doug Meijer Medical Innovation Building. SmithGroup is the lead architect for the project.

Read more about this exciting project. 

Dean's Update | November 15

"I hope you all have had a good week. I have had the chance to visit a clinic, connect with alumni and donors, and visit with hospital partners this week. It feels like each week I find a new way to be impressed by the impact of our college across the country and the world." 

Read more of the latest Deans Update.

MSU Administrators Honored with Research Administrator Award

Erin Gorman, director of research operations with health colleges research services for the College of Human Medicine recieved the Fall 2019 Unit Research Administrator Spotlight, or RAS, award. The award recognizes the professional contributions and quality of service of MSU’s unit research administrators and encourages excellence and exemplary service through the model of “The Spartan Experience.”

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Dean's Update: November 8

In this weeks update Dean Aron Sousa reflects on visiting clinics to meet with staff, faculty and students, his memories of the late C.S. Mott Foundation President Bill White, and the start of the American Association of Medical Colleges’ annual meeting.

Read the latest Dean's Update.

New Drug Combinations May Prevent Resistance to Melanoma Treatments

A Michigan State University study led by a physiology graduate student in the College of Human Medicine has found that new drug combinations may prevent melanoma, an often deadly form of skin cancer, from becoming resistant to treatment.

Read more about this study, supported by funds from the MSU Gran Fondo.

In Memoriam: William S. White

One of the longest-serving leaders of major philanthropy in the U.S., William S. White passed away peacefully on October 9 at age 82. We are grateful to Mr. White, whose contributions through the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, helped expand the College of Human Medicine and locate its public health program in Flint.

In 2011, the C.S. Mott Foundation supported MSU’s research and feasibility studies with a $2.81M planning grant, and in 2011, announced an additional gift of $9M. With that support, MSU College of Human Medicine created an endowment to be used, in part, to expand the number of medical students trained in Flint, recruit nationally-funded public health researchers focused on solving community health issues identified by the Flint community, and locate MSU’s Public Health Division in downtown Flint.

The expanded program is home to public health researchers, educators, and students, each working to help identify and address public health concerns in the Flint community – a cause that Bill White was always passionate about.

We thank Bill White and the Mott Foundation for making possible this public health research that is
focused on improving lives and making Flint a healthier community.

Read more about Mr. Whites countless achievements.

Xavier University of Louisiana and Michigan State University Announce Medical School Articulation Agreement

The agreement will provide an enhanced opportunity for Xavier premedical students to attend medical school at MSU. Potential candidates for the Mission SMART (SpartanMD Acceptance Realization Track) initiative will receive academic advising directed at admission to Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine and will be enrolled in a program of enriching clinical and service experiences in preparation for admission.

Read more about the initiative.


Philanthropists Peter and Joan Secchia donated $5 million to Michigan State University for the Grand Rapids Research Center. The gift completes the $30 million campaign for the $88 million building that opened in September 2017 on the Medical Mile. The focus of the facility is to transform health through research and innovation. “We are immensely grateful for the ongoing generosity of the Secchias and their vision for a better, healthier world,” said MSU President Samuel Stanley Jr., M.D., in a statement.

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Catch up on college news in the latest issue of MSU Med News.


"It’s been a big week for our medical school, including the promotion of Dean Beauchamp to the MSU Executive Vice President for Health Sciences, the announcement of Doug Meijer’s $19.5 million gift for the Doug Meijer Medical Innovation Building, the $5 million gift from Peter Secchia for the Grand Rapids Research Center (GRCC)."

Read more of Aron Sousa's first "Deans Update" in his role as interim dean.

Study Helping Mentally Ill Inmates Cope After Release

Most seriously mentally ill inmates face daunting barriers to getting the medical and mental health care they need after they are released, which can lead to relapses, suicide attempts, and further arrests. A College of Human Medicine researcher, Maji Debena, PhD, believes that specially trained “peer navigators” who have experienced the same problems can help connect the former inmates with the services they may need.

Read more about her study.

MSU College of Human Medicine receives gift from Meijer family for new medical innovation facility

Michigan State University’s vision of transforming health care via biomedical research received a big boost today with support and a significant gift from Doug Meijer and the Meijer Foundation.

“Bringing hope, health, and healing for all people is our imperative,” said Norman J. Beauchamp Jr., MSU’s executive vice president for health sciences. “We are creating a facility defined by the ability to create and implement tools and approaches that make affordable, compassionate and equitable care a reality. Academia, industry, health systems, community – together everything is possible.”

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Aron Sousa, MD, named interim dean

Today, Michigan State University Board of Trustees appointed Aron Sousa, MD, FACP, interim dean of the College of Human Medicine. "I am truly excited and honored to take on the interim dean role again during this interesting and momentous time."

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Bhanusali to Receive Young Alumni Award

College of Human Medicine alumnus Dr. Dhaval Bhanusali, MD, FAAS, will receive the 2019 Young Alumni Award on Friday, October 25, at the Alumni Grand Awards gala event in East Lansing. Bhanusali is a leading dermatologist, researcher and innovative digital health entrepreneur based in New York City, where he owns Hudson Dermatology and Laser Surgery. 

Read more about the two-time MSU graduate.

Psychological Safety, Google and Culture in our College of Human Medicine: Is “Midwestern Nice” Actually Nice?

Psychological safety is the number one predictor of the effectiveness of work teams. This talk will explore the concept of psychological safety, how trauma informed principles can provide a framework for creating it, and how to use these ideas to advance organizational effectiveness and a Culture of Caring. 

Learn more about this talk on October 22, 2019 from 12-1pm.

Researchers Team Up to Find New Treatments For ‘Orphan Diseases’

The National Institutes of Health has awarded a Michigan State University researcher a $2.1 million, five-year grant to search vast databases of existing drugs. Many of the drugs are already approved for treating other disorders, but some could be adapted to treat what often are called “orphan diseases” because of their rarity. 

Read more about the study led by Bin Chen, PhD, and a team of experts.

Three human health colleges align under new structure

Building upon efforts started last year, Michigan State University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, is restructuring the administration of the colleges of Human Medicine, Nursing and Osteopathic Medicine, as well as the university’s health clinics, to be better aligned in patient care, education and research.

The change includes promoting Norman J. Beauchamp Jr. to the new position of executive vice president for health sciences overseeing the colleges of Human Medicine, Nursing and Osteopathic Medicine as well as clinical practices.

In accepting the EVP position, Beauchamp will resign as dean of the College of Human Medicine, a position he has held since 2016. Aron Sousa, MD, FACP, has been appointed interim dean of the College of Human Medicine, effective October 25, 2019, pending approval of MSU's Board of Trustees.

Read full announcement

FAQs about the health college announcement

Dr. Beauchamp's letter to faculty, staff and students

Dr. Sousa's letter to faculty, staff and students

Teddy Bear Picnic

More than 900 attendees, sponsors and students attended the 15th annual Teddy Bear Picnic. The event was created to help children overcome the fear of “going to the doctor” in a fun, safe environment. View photos from the event here.

Alumni & Friends Tailgate

College of Human Medicine alumni, friends and family joined together to celebrate during MSU’s Homecoming Weekend on September 28. View photos from the Alumni & Friends Tailgate here.

Grand Rapids Community Legends Honor Public Health Pioneers

The Grand Rapids Community Legends unveiled their largest sculpture yet at the MSU Grand Rapids Research Center. The sculpture honors three women who bucked the challenges of working in an under-resourced public health department lab in Grand Rapids in the 1930s and ‘40s to develop the first effective vaccine for whooping cough. The project is funded by the Peter and Joan Secchia family.

Read more about the sculpture "Adulation: The Future of Science."

Preventing Alzheimer's with Cognitive Training

Preventing Alzheimer's with Cognitive Training

One of the biggest problems of dementia is that it's difficult to diagnose early. But a new clinical trial happening in Grand Rapids might help change that. Dr. David Morgan, professor of Translational Science, is conducting a new study called Preventing Alzheimer's with Cognitive Training. The study will look at whether or not computerized training exercises or brain games can reduce the risk of dementia.

Watch Dr. Morgan's WZZM interview here.

Investiture for Endowed Faculty

Michigan State University will honor three College of Human Medicine faculty at the university-wide Investiture for Endowed Faculty on September 26 at Wharton Center’s Pasant Theater.

They are:

  • Todd Lucas, PhD
  • Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH
  • David Morgan, PhD
Read more about Dr. Lucas, Dr. Hanna-Attisha and Dr. Morgan. 

Grand Rapids: A hub for medical research and innovation

When Dr. Norman Beauchamp looks to the future of biomedical research and healthcare, he describes what sounds like a health science utopia. But this place is not a utopian fantasy. It exists, its impact on human health is growing and it’s spurring life-saving discoveries. The place is Grand Rapids, and it’s where “doing the most good” is the driving force behind every decision.

Read the first of a series of articles that take a look at what’s happening now and what’s on the horizon.

Bailey Higgins: Motivated to Make a Difference

"After seeing cancer up close, I was inspired to do something about it. I shaved my head twice to raise money for pediatric cancer research and, as a student at MSU, where I was captain of the field hockey team, I organized a fundraiser for St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which supports research into childhood cancers.

Afterward, I learned that research into childhood cancers, including some funded by St. Baldrick’s, was being conducted at my own university. A Google search by my mom turned up an article about André Bachmann, a College of Human Medicine professor whose research into a pediatric cancer called neuroblastoma was supported in part by St. Baldrick’s."

Read more about Bailey's motivation to make a difference. 

Dean Beauchamp Speaks at Innovation Central High School’s White Coat Ceremony

On September 16, Innovation Central High School in Grand Rapids held a white coat ceremony for seniors in their Academy of Health Sciences and Technology. Total minority enrollment at this school is 92%, and 76% of the students are economically disadvantaged.

Dr. Norm Beauchamp was invited to speak to the students about a potential future in medicine. At the end of the ceremony, students with a 2.75 or above GPA were presented with a white coat by Dean Beauchamp and two fourth year students in the College of Human Medicine, Alexis Meelker and Albert Jiao.

Tiny Bubbles in Our Body Could Fight Cancer Better Than Chemo

Healthy cells in our body release nano-sized bubbles that transfer genetic material such as DNA and RNA to other cells. These bubbly extracellular vesicles could become mini treatment transporters, carrying a combination of therapeutic drugs and genes that target cancer cells and kill them, according to new research from Michigan State University and Stanford University.

Read more about the study led by Masamitsu Kanada, assistant professor of pharmacology and toxicology in MSU’s Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering.

“What the Eyes Don’t See” is Michigan Humanities’ 2019-20 Great Michigan Read

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha’s book has been chosen for the Michigan Humanities’ 2019-20 Great Michigan Read. “What the Eyes Don’t See” is Hanna-Attisha’s account of her work studying the blood lead levels of Flint children after the city’s water source was changed to the Flint River in 2014.

Read more about this year’s Great Michigan Read.

MSU Med News | Issue 7

Welcome, class of 2023!

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine welcomed the Class of 2023 at Sunday’s White Coat and Matriculation Ceremony. The tradition marks the start of the medical school journey for 190 students who were joined by their family and friends at DeVos Performance Hall.

Read more - MSU med students White Coat Ceremony marks first step toward becoming doctors.

I am a Spartan MD!

Upon graduating from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Miguel Eduardo Joaquin, will draw upon on his experiences to serve Latino and Hispanic communities. He immigrated from Dominican Republic at the age of five and knows, first-hand, the health needs of underserved populations.

I am a Spartan MD!

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine graduate Jessica Martin will use her experiences from the Flint Campus to help underserved populations in her hometown of Fresno, California.

MSU Alumni & Friends Tailgate

Join us at the MSU College of Human Medicine Alumni & Friends Tailgate on September 28! Deadline to RSVP is September 13. Presented by: MSU Federal Credit Union

Click here for more information.

I am a Spartan MD

As a Michigan State University College of Human Medicine graduate, Guillermo Moreno will be a voice and advocate for the underserved. His primary reason for specializing in obstetrics and gynecology is represent women of color. He hopes to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality in this population.

Gene Mutation Combo Linked to Common Cancer in Women

Michigan State University researchers, in collaboration with the Van Andel Institute, have identified a combination of two gene mutations that is linked to endometrial cancer. “More than 63,000 women are likely to be diagnosed with endometrial cancer this year, making it the most commonly identified type of gynecologic cancer,” said Ronald Chandler, an assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology in the College of Human Medicine, who led the study.

Read More - two gene mutations linked to endometrial cancer.

Small Group Discussions: Resilience in Aftermath of Tragic Events in Texas & Ohio

Many of us may be struggling to understand the recent mass shootings and why such a terrible thing would happen. We may not ever find satisfactory answers to these questions. You may feel that the world is a more dangerous place today than you did yesterday.

We have ways to strengthen our resilience — the ability to adapt well in the face of adversity — in the days and weeks ahead. One way is to talk about it in Small Group Discssion sessions open to all faculty and staff.

Read more - details and session information.

MSU Med News | Issue 6

Catch up on college news in the latest issue of MSU Med News.

Welcome, Dr. Folberg!

We are pleased to welcome Robert Folberg, MD, to the College of Human Medicine as our new associate dean for faculty affairs. Dr. Folberg comes to MSU from Oakland University, where he became the founding dean of the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in 2008 and served in this capacity and as chief academic officer of the William Beaumont Hospital until February 2019.

Read more - Folberg appointed associate dean for faculty affairs. 


Innovative Hub Feeds the Need for Fresh Produce in Flint

Flint Fresh the "food hub," which serves as a central location to aggregate, process and distribute healthy fruits and vegetables supplied from nearly 40 area farmers. 

In addition, many children in Flint now participate in a new fruit and vegetable prescription program in which pediatricians prescribe fresh produce to children. "The purpose of the program is to support the development of healthy eating patterns by providing children easy access to fresh, high-quality produce," said Amy Saxe-Custack, nutrition director of the Michigan State University-Hurley Children's Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, which manages the nutrition prescription program.

Read more about Flint Fresh. 

Helping paramedics recognize signs of stroke faster

When it comes to strokes, delaying treatment even by minutes can mean the difference between a normal life and permanent disability for a patient, or even life and death. That's why J. Adam Oostema, an MSU College of Human Medicine associate professor of emergency medicine, led a study to shorten the time to treatment for stroke patients. 

Read more about Oostema's work with paramedics to recognize the signs of stroke faster.

Breast cancer research could expand lung cancer therapies

New research into a genetic mutation’s role in breast cancer could open new treatment options for lung cancer, according to a Michigan State University scientist.

“We sequenced the whole genome of breast cancer samples and found a driving mutation that hasn’t been recognized as important in lung cancer before,” said Eran Andrechek, a College of Human Medicine physiology professor. “This mutation has clear potential to identify lung cancer patients who should be receiving targeted therapy that’s already approved by the FDA.”

Read more about Andrechek's research

At-home support helps stroke patients adjust after hospital stay

Michigan State University researchers Mathew Reeves and Michele Fritz have found that many stroke patients feel unprepared when discharged from the hospital. Their caregivers feel the same.

But when a home-based support network using social work case managers and online resources is put into place, quality of life and confidence in managing one’s health improve, according to a new study published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

Read more about the Michigan Stroke Transitions Trial

Donna Tran nominated to attend AAMC leadership development program

Donna Tran, MSII was nominated by the National Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association to attend the Association of American Medical College's (AAMC) inaugural leadership development program called RISE: Developing Future Leaders in Academic Medicine & Science

For 50 selected medical students, RISE provided students critical knowledge and skill-building experiences in core areas vital to both their journey as a medical student and their future as a leader.

Promoting Longer, Better Lives

For Craig Reed, Spartan in Public Health, promoting longer, better lives is what it’s all about.

Currently, the program director for the Binge and Underage Drinking Initiative (BUDI) with the Institute for Public Strategies (IPS), Reed is addressing the harmful effects of underage and high-risk drinking by changing community policies, practices, and norms on the over-consumption of alcohol.

Read the full story. 

College of Human Medicine Early Assurance Program Expands

The MSU College of Human Medicine has expanded its Early Assurance Program, or EAP, with three Southeast Michigan universities that will provide an enhanced opportunity for the institutions’ premedical students to attend medical school at MSU. 

Lawrence Technological University, the University of Detroit Mercy and University of Michigan-Dearborn will join 12 other universities and colleges throughout Michigan as part of a statewide pipeline of med students to MSU.

Read more - MSU College of Human Medicine EAP Expands

MSU Gran Fondo 7 Sets Record

In its seventh year, the MSU Gran Fondo hit a record setting number of cyclists, with over 2,000 people hopping on their bikes to join in the fight against skin cancer. 

More than $1 million has been raised to MSU College of Human Medicine’s skin cancer awareness, prevention and research and to fund groundbreaking discoveries.

Read more - MSU Gran Fondo benefits community with skin cancer research.

MSU Med News | Issue 5

Catch up on college news in the latest issue of MSU Med News.

Overdose, Suicide Among Leading Reasons for Deaths of New Moms

Overdoses and suicides were among the most common reasons for mothers dying within a year of giving birth in California, according to a new study from Michigan State University and the University of California, Merced.

Lead author Sidra Goldman-Mellor, a psychiatric epidemiologist at UC Merced, and co-author Claire Margerison, a perinatal epidemiologist at MSU, studied more than 1 million California hospital records from 2010 to 2012 to investigate the most common causes of postpartum death.

Read More.

Vitamin D May Not Help Your Heart

While previous research has suggested a link between low levels of vitamin D in the blood and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, a new study by Mahmoud Barbarawi, clinical instructor in the MSU College of Human Medicine, has found that taking vitamin D supplements did not reduce that risk.

Read more - Vitamin D may not help your heart.

Small Group Reflection

Faculty and staff are encouraged and invited to discuss experiences related to working in the MSU health colleges in the aftermath of the Nassar tragedy. The next small group reflection sessions are on: 

June 12, 2-4 PM | Room 632 of the Secchia Center 
June 17, 2-4 PM & 4-6 PM | Room A216 East Fee Hall
June 19, 2-4 PM | Room 632 Secchia Center

See more information and RSVP for a small group session.

Partners sign ground lease for next phase of MSU’s Grand Rapids research and innovation park

MSU’s first Public Private Partnership (P3) is official. MSU and Health Innovation Partners have signed a long-term ground lease for the continued development of the Grand Rapids Research Center site, planning construction for a medical innovation building and parking structure.

“The medical innovation building will create an ecosystem to enable synergies between academic medicine, health care delivery systems and industry partners that will join us in the transformation of health,” said Norman J. Beauchamp Jr., MD, MHS, associate provost and assistant vice president for health affairs, Michigan State University, and dean, MSU College of Human Medicine. “We are excited Health Innovation Partners shares our vision for the advancement of health care. We are a community that has the ability to bring health and healing in a way that is so needed by our state and nation.”

Read more - Next phase of Innovation Park moves forward

Vitamin D could help cancer patients live longer

Tarek Haykal, lead author and internal medicine resident physician at Michigan State University and Hurley Medical Center, has found that vitamin D, if taken for at least three years, could help cancer patients live longer. 

Read more - Cancer-fighting benefits of Vitamin D


The Michigan State University Board of Trustees has selected Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, as its next university president at a special meeting today. President-designee Stanley will officially begin his term as Michigan State’s 21st president on Aug. 1, 2019.

“Dr. Stanley is an empowering, compassionate and thoughtful leader, who will work tirelessly alongside our students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees and broader Spartan community to meet the challenges we face together and build our future,” said Dianne Byrum, chairwoman, MSU Board of Trustees.

Read more - MSU's Next President

Read more - Dr. Wanda Lipscomb’s Comments to the Michigan State University Board of Trustees, May 28, 2019

#MeToo: Harnessing Evidence to Ensure Safe and Equitable Environments in Academic Medicine

Join us for the next Trauma-Informed Community lecture featuring Dr. Reshma Jagsi, a national expert on gender inequity and sexual harassment in healthcare and academic medicine.

Wednesday, June 5, 12-1 PM | Panel Discussion 1-1:30 PM
Radiology Building Auditorium or Secchia Center Room 130

The lecture is open to faculty, staff and students. More event details

Debra Furr-Holden becomes ELAM Fellow

Debra-Furr Holden, PhD, C.S. Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health, interim director of the Division of Public Health, has been named a Fellow of Drexel University's Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women. She joins the ranks of two other College of Human Medicine ELAM Fellows in this community of women academic medical, dental, public health and pharmacy leaders. 

“Despite some of our best efforts, there are still glass ceilings," said Furr-Holden. "Doors for women in academic medicine and the ELAM community of practice is at the forefront of breaking through these barriers.”

Read more - ELAM Fellowship


Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician and associate professor at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, was named the inaugural recipient of the Vilcek-Gold Award for Humanism in Healthcare award from The Arnold P. Gold Foundation and The Vilcek Foundation. The award recognizes her public health activism during the Flint water crisis. Congratulations Dr. Mona!

Read more about the award


Catch up on college news in the latest issue of MSU Med News.

Big data helps identify better way to research breast cancer's spread

In a new study, researchers Bin Chen, an assistant professor at the College of Human Medicine, and Ke Li are analyzing large volumes of data to determine better research models to fight the spread of breast cancer and test potential drugs.

Read more - Better way to research breast cancer's spread. 


Asthma affects some 600,000 adults in Michigan, about 10 percent of the adult population, yet many sufferers are unaware their disease might be caused or aggravated by exposure in the workplace. “It’s a problem that is not well recognized but, if properly addressed, can markedly reduce asthma symptoms and improve quality of life,” said Kenneth Rosenman, a Michigan State University College of Human Medicine professor and chief of its Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Read more - Raising awareness of work-related asthma

Medical Student Research Journal garners worldwide attention

A Michigan State University College of Human Medicine research journal, run by students, is attracting worldwide attention.

Often times, a mark of prestige for authors of medical studies is how many times their work is cited in other research articles. So, recently, it was particularly gratifying when an article about Alzheimer’s disease in the college’s Medical Student Research Journal was cited 71 times.

Read more - Medical student research journal

Why do ovarian cancer drugs work for some patients but not others?

A new class of drugs called PARP inhibitors has successfully slowed the spread of ovarian cancer for some patients, but the treatments are less effective for many others.

With a $50,000 grant awarded by the Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance, Jose Teixeira and John Risinger, gynecologic oncology researchers with the College of Human Medicine, hope to find out why many ovarian cancer patients do not respond well to PARP inhibitors. The answer, they believe, can be found in a cellular protein called PTEN.

Read more - Ovarian cancer drugs

A smell test could become part of a regular doctor visit

A new Michigan State University study suggests that older adults with poor sense of smell may see an almost 50% increase in their risk of dying within 10 years – surprisingly in healthier individuals.

The research is published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.

“Poor sense of smell becomes more common as people age, and there’s a link to a higher risk for death,” said Honglei Chen, an epidemiologist who’s focused his research on this sensory deficit in older adults. “Our study is the first to look at the potential reasons why it predicts a higher mortality.”

Read more - The role sense of smell plays in disease development

Five years after the Flint water crisis, city battles widespread mistrust

The Flint water crisis was traumatic for many residents, said Vicki Johnson-Lawrence, a social epidemiologist at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, who has worked with the city to survey residents to better understand the long-term impact of the crisis.

"They still have to figure out how to trust the community, the government, again after this is all happened. And that stands in the way of moving forward in other ways," she told ABC News.

Read more - Five years after the Flint water crisis

Marijuana users weigh less, defying the munchies

New evidence from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine researcher suggests that those who smoke cannabis, or marijuana, weigh less compared to adults who don’t.

“Over a three-year period, all participants showed a weight increase, but interestingly, those who used marijuana had less of an increase compared to those that never used,” said Omayma Alshaarawy, lead author and an assistant professor of family medicine. “Our study builds on mounting evidence that this opposite effect occurs.”

Read more - Marijuana users weigh less

Bachmann featured as Extraordinary Spartan

Michigan State University is highlighting a number of Extraordinary Spartans, including our own Andre Bachmann, PhD, professor and associate chair for research, in the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development. 

See the feature story "Finding new treatments for children with rare illnesses"

Food additive may affect flu vaccines

MSU Pharm Tox scientists Robert Freeborn and Cheryl Rockwell have linked a common food preservative to an altered immune response that possibly hinders flu vaccines.

“If you get a vaccine, but part of the immune system doesn’t learn to recognize and fight off virus-infected cells, then this can cause the vaccine to be less effective,” said Freeborn, a fourth-year doctoral student who led the study with Rockwell, an associate professor in pharmacology and toxicology. See story: "Food additive may influence how well flu vaccines work"

MSU Med News | Issue 3

Catch up on Match Day and other college news in the latest issue of MSU Med News.

APAMSA Conference

The Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association (APAMSA) hosted its Region V conference at Secchia Center on March 30. It was great day full of guest speakers, physician and student panels, and activities addressing the role of and challenges for physicians in building resilient and healthy AAPI communities. View APAMSA Conference photo gallery

Match Day 2019

Match Day is a different type of “March Madness” for Michigan State University College of Human Medicine students. Catch up on the big news from Match Day 2019.

Med News Issue 02

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Exercising helps you make better food choices

A new study, involving MSU epidemiologist Ana Vazquez, has found another healthy benefit to exercising…making better dietary choices.

The research analyzed 2,680 young adults in an intensive, 15-week exercise program and found they were less likely to snack or follow a typical Western diet high in fat and carbohydrates, and more likely to choose fruits, vegetables and low-fat alternatives.

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MSU lands $5M NIH grant to connect dots between pesticides and Parkinson's

A Michigan State University researcher is hoping to make a connection between pesticides, olfactory impairment and early symptoms of neurodegenerative diseases among aging farmers.

Honglei Chen, a professor of epidemiology whose research focuses on neurodegenerative diseases, will use a five-year, $5 million grant from the National Institutes for Health to investigate the role pesticides might play in olfactory impairment and their relevance to diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

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Answering the call to Michigan's lack of addiction specialists

Kelly Strutz, an epidemiologist and assistant professor in the MSU College of Human Medicine, and Cara Poland, a Spectrum Health Medical Group certified addiction medicine specialist, are leading a project that will train more Michigan physicians as addiction medicine specialists by streamlining the certification process. 

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Reach Out to Youth

0On February 17, MSU College of Human Medicine students hosted more than 130 children ages 7-11 at the 5th annual Reach Out to Youth. The kids participated in workshops and hands-on activities centered around this year's theme, Hustle to Build Muscle, while parents participated in healthy lifestyle workshops.

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SNMA Cultural Banquet

The Student National Medical Association hosted its annual Cultural Banquet on February 2. The evening included Dr. Lisa M. Lowery as the keynote speaker. View photos from the banquet

Leadership in Medicine for the Underserved Documentary

"A Change of Practice: Leadership in Medicine for the Underserved" is a half-hour documentary following third- and fourth-year LMU students as they help residents in Flint navigate the lead water crisis and the insidious impacts of poverty. These students learn they are called to be more than physicians. Their role is to change the practice of medicine. Students and faculty from the College of Communication Arts and Sciences and the School of Journalism produced the film.

Join us for an upcoming screening of the film: February 25 at 3:30 PM at the Flint Campus Building

Susan Barman receives William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award

Susan Barman, PhD, professor, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, is a recipient of MSU's 2019 William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty AwardBarman is a committed instructor in the College of Human Medicine, teaching physiology and pharmacology concepts throughout the curriculum and serving as a problem-based learning facilitator. Read more about her accomplishments.

Zombie cells could be key to Alzheimer's susceptibility

The National Institute on Aging has awarded a Michigan State University College of Human Medicine researcher Marcia Gordon a nearly $3 million grant to study how aging increases the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and to investigate treatments that could delay or prevent it.

“I’m trying to understand what it is about the old brain that makes it more susceptible to Alzheimer’s,” said Gordon. The answer, she believes, lies in "zombie cells" or senescent cells – those that are old, still alive, but no longer capable of dividing.

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Schizophrenia patients more willing to manage symptoms using smartphones

Eric Achtyes, a Michigan State University College of Human Medicine psychiatrist has found that most patients with schizophrenia spectrum disorder are willing to use a smartphone application to help manage their symptoms, including after regular clinic hours. Read more - Managing symptoms

Martin Luther King Jr. Observance

On January 16, Michigan State University's health colleges joined together for the Martin Luther King Jr. Observance program, "Social Determinants of Health: A Call to Action." Keynote speaker Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, alumna and assistant professor, anchored the discussion with her experiences as a pediatrician and public health advocate to share the importance of social determinants of health.

The event also featured an informative conversation with alumnus Dr. Farhan Bhatti, director of the Care Free Medical, and other panelists from College of Nursing, College of Osteopathic Medicine and College of Veterinary Medicine. The event closed with a special poetry performance by Candida Curtis Cavazos.

A message from Dean Beauchamp

January 17, 2019

Following last evening’s resignation of John Engler as interim president of Michigan State University, this morning the MSU Board of Trustees appointed Satish Udpa as acting president. Dr. Udpa is the MSU executive vice president for administrative services, a post he's held since 2013. Before that, he was the dean of the College of Engineering for seven years.

I am pleased with this appointment and believe Dr. Udpa has the right balance of compassion and leadership that our university greatly needs in these difficult times. Continue reading

High pesticide exposure among farmers linked to poor sense of smell later

A Michigan State University study by Honglei Chen, professor of epidemiology, is the first to show an association between unusually high pesticide exposure and poor sense of smell among aging farmers.

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Gene therapy could eliminate drug side effect in Parkinson's patients

Kathy Steece-Collier, a Michigan State University researcher, has received a $2.8 million federal grant to develop a gene therapy that could reduce and possibly eliminate a frustrating side effect of a drug commonly prescribed to Parkinson’s patients. The research could mean a significant advance for the up to 90 percent of patients who develop dyskinesia, a drug-induced side effect that results in the involuntary and uncontrolled movement of hands, head and other body parts.

MSU Gran Fondo registration now open

Registration for the seventh annual MSU Gran Fondo is now open. This fun, non-competitive cycling event on June 22 supports Michigan State University College of Human Medicine’s skin cancer awareness, prevention and research. Cyclists of all skill levels ride along scenic 12, 25, 40 or 80-mile routes from downtown Grand Rapids to Lake Michigan and celebrate at the Finish Line Festival with live music, craft brews and a grand feast. 

Diversity Dialogue Dinners

The College of Human Medicine Student and Diversity Affairs hosted Diversity Dialogue Dinners in East Lansing on December 7, 2018 and in Grand Rapids on December 14, 2018.  Students, faculty and community physicians were invited to share an evening of dialogue focused on building cultural understanding and connection to enhance the medical student experience. Read full recap

Gibby-Parky Cooperation, Collaboration and Coordination Update

Parkinson's disease researchers Caryl Sortwell, PhD, professor and associate chair of Translational Science and Molecular Medicine, and Ashok Sriram, MD, neurologist at Spectrum Health, presented their latest research at the second quarterly Cooperation, Collaboration and Coordination (C3) roundtable. Their research is part of four projects funded by the Gibby/Parky fundraising initiative.

In 2017, "Gibby & Friends vs. Parky" was coordinated by Peter Secchia in honor of Kirk Gibson, Detroit Tigers legend who suffers from Parkinson's. In just one evening, $1.2M was raised in order to fund collaborative Parkinson's research in Grand Rapids. The studies it supports include research from MSU College of Human Medicine and one or more partner organizations, including Van Andel Institute, Spectrum Health, Grand Valley State University, and Mercy Health Saint Mary's.