Our vision for the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine is to be the leader in the clinical translation of cutting edge innovation and research to improve the health of the patients and communities that we serve. We are focused on ensuring that our research is translated to the health care needs of women across their life spans and in diverse communities. Our faculty members have achieved national recognition for this research. We have recruited accomplished researchers in women’s health, including physicians, nurses, sociologists, clinical translational scientists and epidemiologists focused not only on the medical aspects, but on the social disparities that threaten women’s health. Collaborating with each other and with our health care partners, we are:
- Unraveling the causes and pursuing better treatments for infertility.
- Seeking better therapies for endometriosis, a painful condition that afflicts as many as 1 in 10 women of reproductive age.
- Studying the connection between endometriosis and endometrial and ovarian cancers and looking for possible genetic targets for treatment.
- Identifying the mechanisms that cause uterine and ovarian cancer.
- Developing novel detection methods for fetal and maternal disease with innovative treatment plans.
- Researching inflammation as a cause of premature births and developing ways to prevent it.
- Identifying novel therapeutic targets for cancer and complex diseases. Expertise in tumor biology to study tuberous sclerosis complex.
- Examining the health implications of assisted reproductive technology, including whether it is associated with birth defects and later health problems in children and their mothers.
- Leveraging the resources of other health care agencies and community groups to give Medicaid beneficiaries the best prenatal care in the most cost-effective way, thus helping assure that they and their babies will be healthy.
- Working within families to erase health disparities and raise awareness among African-American, Latino and Arab women about the importance of screening and prevention of cervical cancers.
Our research and educational programs rest on three departmental pillars, which include supporting unparalleled health services to women at home and nationally, educating exemplary physicians and scholars, and discovering and disseminating innovative medical knowledge. We look forward to sharing with you the various departmental programs and the impact they have on the everyday lives of women.
Richard E. Leach, M.D., FACOG, FACS
Professor and Chair
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
Dr. Jennifer Johnson received an R01 award from the National Institute of Mental Health her project titled: THE ROSE SUSTAINMENT (ROSES) STUDY
Dr. Amanda Patterson was awarded the SRI and Bayer Discovery/Innovation Grant from the Society for Reproductive Investigation and Bayer for her project titled: The Role of Periostin in Uterine Fibroid Pathogenesis
Dr. Niraj Joshi received an SRI and Bayer Discovery/Innovation Grant from the Society for Reproductive Investigation and Bayer for his project titled: Therapeutic Targeting of Endometriotic Lesions by NOTCH Inhibition
Cris Meghea received an R21 award from the NIH Fogarty International Center and National Cancer Institute for his project titled: MOBILE HEALTH INTERVENTION FOR FAMILY SMOKING CESSATION IN ROMANIA. This two-year award was issued December 2017. The objectives of this project are to determine in a randomized controlled pilot trial (RCT) whether a mHealth couples intervention shows promise in increasing smoking cessation among pregnant couples who smoke and to build mHealth research capacity in Romania. The project builds on his ongoing NIH-funded Quit Together (Renunt in Doi) pregnancy smoking cessation counseling intervention, a US-Romania partnership, and his mHealth intervention to prevent postnatal smoking relapse, a US-Romania-Belgium partnership.
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.
GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN - 1 in 10 babies are born prematurely in Michigan, putting them at risk of death or lifelong disability. Dr. Lee Anne Roman has dedicated her professional career to help improve those statistics by focusing her research on the under served in an effort to improve socioeconomic and racial/ethnic disparities in maternal and child health outcomes. Dr. Roman is this year’s 2017 Impact Award Recipient and will receive her award at this year’s Signature Chefs Auction.
Frontiers in Epigenetics in Reproduction Symposium
Our first annual Frontiers in Epigenetics in Reproduction Symposium on May 12, 2017 in Grand Rapids was a success. This inaugural symposium focused on the Epigenetics on Maternal and Paternal Effects and was cosponsored by the Van Andel Research Institute
and Michigan State University. There was a tremendous turnout and the speakers did a phenomenal job presenting.
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