Five faculty members at Michigan State University were honored for their dedication to research, teaching and patient care at the College of Human Medicine’s annual awards ceremony.

Lee Anne Roman,a professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, received the Distinguished Faculty Award for her leadership in research to reduce maternal and child health disparities among Medicaid-insured families.

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Michigan State University’s Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology in the College of Human Medicine has grown in prestige in the number of top researchers it has attracted, as well as garnering more federal grant funding.

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.