MSU DEPARTMENT CLIMBS IN RANKINGS FOR NIH FUNDING

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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.

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Bruce Drukker Endowed Award of Excellence in Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Congratulations to Hope Bauer (MD candidate 2018) who is this year’s recipient of the Bruce Drukker Endowed Award of Excellence in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Hope is a Traverse City CHM student pursuing a career in OB/GYN. During her 3rd year as a medical student, Hope received Honors in 5 of the 6 core clerkships and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Hope has been involved in several research projects, most notably as the primary investigator, studying the effects of EEG biofeedback and lavender aromatherapy on migraineurs. She was also a student investigator on a project that investigated the effect that thrombospondin-2 has on heterotopic ossification in a mouse model. Most recently, Hope has led a student team working to investigate the professional interests of rural high school students to determine how to better encourage students to enter medical professions. Hope has given both oral podium and poster presentations of her research findings on numerous occasions, including national conferences.

Hope has applied to many prestigious institutions for Ob/Gyn residency training and we trust she will have a successful Match Day on March 16. We are proud to honor Hope Bauer with the 2018 Bruce Drukker Endowed Award of Excellence. Hope will be receiving $2,000.00.

Dr. Niraj Joshi received an SRI and Bayer Discovery/Innovation Grant

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

Doctor Avery is MSMS’s first female Vice Chair of the Board of Directors.

Doctor Avery is the first female Vice Chair of the Michigan State Medical Society.  Congratulations, Doctor Avery!

A thoughtful and inspiring leader, Anita Avery, MD, balances active practice with educating the physicians of tomorrow. Doctor Avery is MSMS’s first female Vice Chair of the Board of Directors.

Dr. Cristian Meghea received an R21 award

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.

Dr. Jennifer Johnson received an R01 award

Dr. Jennifer Johnson received an R01 award from the National Institute of Mental Health her project titled: THE ROSE SUSTAINMENT (ROSES) STUDY

Asgi Fazleabas - University Distinguished Professor

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.

Dr. Amanda Patterson was awarded the SRI and Bayer Discovery/Innovation Grant

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

SIGNATURE CHEFS AUCTION TO HONOR PROMINENT LOCAL RESEARCHER

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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.

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