Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
College of Human Medicine

The Division of Medical Education at the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology  recognizes the importance of incorporating global health training as well as international research and academic collaborations for our residents and faculty.  Recently, the Department has signed an academic partnership agreement with the University of Costa Rica to promote such opportunities. International research collaborations have also been developed with other countries in South America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. To find out more about the different opportunities we offer, please click on the links below.

Research Collaborations:

There are currently international research collaborations in the field of Uterine Biology and Endometriosis with scientists in Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Kenya and Italy.

 

argentina

Uterine Biology and Endometriosis - A joint project supported by a NIH funded pilot project between Asgi Fazleabas (Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology) at MSU-CHM and Hugh Taylor (Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology)Yale University is ongoing at the Institute for Primate Research in Kenya to test the efficacy of novel treatment of endometriosis with statins which act by decreasing the ability of endometrial tissues to attach and grow in the peritoneal cavity.

For more information please visit our research page.

brazil

Uterine Biology and Endometriosis - A joint project supported by a NIH funded pilot project between Asgi Fazleabas (Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology) at MSU-CHM and Hugh Taylor (Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology)Yale University is ongoing at the Institute for Primate Research in Kenya to test the efficacy of novel treatment of endometriosis with statins which act by decreasing the ability of endometrial tissues to attach and grow in the peritoneal cavity.

For more information please visit our research page.

china

Drs. Asgi T. Fazleabas and Sun-Wei Guo collaboratively participated in the research project Mechanism of histone deacetylase inhibitor as potential therapeutics for endometriosis, the theme of which was Women's Health translational Research in Endometriosis. The funding partners were National Collaborative Initiative Peoples Republic of China.

costa rica

Faculty from the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology and from the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences at the College of Human Medicine traveled to San Jose, Costa Rica in May 2009 to meet with leaders from the University of Costa Rica and the Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social. The purpose of the visit was to build a partnership with the Graduate Program for Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Costa Rica for the creation of a bilateral exchange program for senior residents in Obstetrics and Gynecology in the MSU Affiliated residency programs and the University of Costa Rica (AOGRN).

Subsequently, faculty from the University of Costa Rica visited the MSU campus in September 2009 to follow up on the initiative. The meetings resulted in a tangible international exchange program that is now offered to senior ObGyn residents to all afilliated CHM-MSU residencies. This elective will provide a global health perspective though clinical observation and didactic coursework, to selected residents in both countries.

The exchange program will extend over 4 weeks, with further intent of collaborating on curriculum development and other research initiatives. The program was initiated with the visit of one Costa Rican resident, Dr. Yai Linn Chang to the Grand Rapids afilliated residency program  in May 2010.  In February 2011, an MSU resident from the Lansing program,  Dr. Meaghan Murphy recently visited Costa Rica to complete a 4 week rotation in San Jos√© at three different hospitals: Hospital Mexico, Hospital de la Mujer-Carit and Clinica Clodomiro Picado.

Residents from each country will learn more about health care policies, public health care systems, as well as the practice of Obstetrics and Gynecology in different hospital and ambulatory settings.

This effort reflects the College's vision to promote international presence and global collaborations around Women‚Äôs Health. This training program will promote the exchange of knowledge and to offer unique learning experiences to our residency training programs. 

If you are interested in applying for the Residency Exchange Program, please click here to see a program description and requirements.  

 

OB/GYN at CHM - Costa Rica Agreement:

 

The Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at CHM signs cooperation agreement with the University of Costa Rica:

 

On October 19, 2010 an Agreement of Cooperation between the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at the College of Human Medicine, MSU and the University of Costa Rica was signed by Dr. Richard Leach, Chair of the Department, Dr. Marsha Rappley, Dean for the College of Human Medicine, Dr. Jeffrey M. Riedinger, Dean for International Studies and Programs and Dr. Yamileth Gonz√°lez Garc√≠a, President, University of Costa Rica in San Jos√©, Costa Rica.  The agreement allows the implementation of a Global Reproductive Health Residency Exchange training program between the two institutions.

 

The agreement provides ObGyn residents from both universities the opportunity to participate in an observational training program to incorporate a global health perspective.  The partnership is the result of a visit to Costa Rica in May 2009 to initiate conversations with Costa Rican stakeholders  to create a bilateral exchange program for senior residents and to create further research collaborations and faculty exchange in the near future. Dr. Richard Leach, Chair of the Department, Dr. Patricia Obando, Director for ObGyn Medical Education, Dr. John Hebert, Chair and Program Director for ObGyn in Flint and Elizabeth Bogdan-Lovis, Assistant Director for the Center of Ethics and Humanities visited Costa Rica on behalf of the Department.

 

For more information about the residency exchange program, please click here.

 

 

kenya

Uterine Biology and Endometriosis - A joint project supported by a NIH funded pilot project between Asgi Fazleabas (Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology) at MSU-CHM and Hugh Taylor (Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology)Yale University is ongoing at the Institute for Primate Research in Kenya to test the efficacy of novel treatment of endometriosis with statins which act by decreasing the ability of endometrial tissues to attach and grow in the peritoneal cavity.

For more information please visit our research page.

malawi

Uterine Biology and Endometriosis

Understanding the critical cellular events that define synchrony between the developing embryo and the maternal uterus in a species that is phylogenetically related to humans will be paramount in improving the success of assisted reproductive therapies. Ongoing studies in the Fazleabas’ laboratory are at the leading edge of this type of research endeavor. His laboratory was the first to conclusively demonstrate that signals from the primate embryo, like those of other species, induce cell specific changes in uterine gene expression.

For more information please visit our research page.

puerto rico

Uterine Biology and Endometriosis - Long term collaborative projects focused on endometriosis as well as training of students is ongoing between Dr. Asgi Fazleabas, Dr. Idhalisz Flores (Department of Microbiology, Ponce School of Medicine< Ponce, PR) and Dr. Lynnette Ruiz (Caribbean Primate Center, San Juan, PR).

For more information please visit our research page.

south korea

Uterine Biology and Endometriosis - Drs. Asgi FazleabasJaewook Jeong, Han Jae Yong, Jeong M. Lim and Yong Sang Song have been selected by Seoul National University to serve at World Class University Professors in the Department of Biomodulation during the 2013 Spring Semester. The World Class University Professors program brings faculty to develop and enhance innovative research and education programs at Korean Universities and foster research in key growth areas.

For more information please visit our research page.

usa

The Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology has a vibrant research program that continues to grow in stature. Faculty are actively involved in basic research with an overall emphasis in translational research focused on benign and malignant gynepathologies, as well as social and community based research.