Jackie Luthardt

Congradulations to Jackie Luthardt, MD candidate 2021, who is this year’s recipient of the Bruce Drukker Endowed Award of Excellence in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Jackie is a Upper Peninsula campus CHM student who is pursuing a career in Ob/Gyn. Her residency Match was to the prestigious University of Wisconsin where she will train in their Rural Track beginning this summer.

During her 3rd year as a medical student, Jackie was nominated by her peers and inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. A member of the National Ski Patrol, she has developed skills to provide medical care in settings from rural communities to the wilderness to the slopes, completing both the CHM Leadership in Rural Medicine certificate program and Outdoor Emergency Care Technician training. She served as Junior Editor of the Medical Student Research Journal and contributed to a research project on prenatal substance use. Jackie was selected to represent her medical school peers in multiple leadership and community outreach roles.

We are proud to honor Jackie with the 2021 Bruce Drukker Endowed Award of Excellence.

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College of Human Medicine researchers have received a National Institutes of Health grant to study the connection between a gene important for normal cell survival and endometriosis, a painful disease which affects one in 10 women of reproductive age. The disease also has a significant economic impact, estimated at $95 billion annually in the U.S. in lost wages and medical expenses.

The gene called NOTCH1 is “needed for normal reproduction, but when it goes awry it has a significant role in endometriosis,” said Asgi Fazleabas, PhD, a University Distinguished Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology.

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Jayson Field MD

Dr. Field is a nationally recognized gynecologic oncologist. He brings more than 15 years of oncology experience to Mid-Michigan. Dr. Field specializes in minimally invasive surgery, open debulking of ovarian cancer, chemotherapy, and hormone therapy treatments for women with gynecologic cancers, including ovarian and endometrial cancer. Since 2012, he has served as principal investigator for Gynecologic Oncology Group, NRG Oncology Clinical Trials, which is responsible for improving and expanding cancer diagnosis and treatment. He is assistant professor and director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology in the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University.

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An estimated 14,480 new cases of invasive cervical cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year, according to the American Cancer Society. Cases that could be prevented or cured with better education from screening to treatment based on improved provider-patient communication, says a Michigan State University researcher.

The issue is particularly acute for Black women, said Sabrina Ford, an associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology within MSU’s College of Human Medicine. Ford’s research was published online Feb. 1 in the journal Gynecologic Oncology.

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Stacey Missmer PhD

Two Best Scientific Poster Awards were announced at the 14th World Congress on Endometriosis, including “A Prospective Study of Endometriosis and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes,” with presenting author Leslie Farland, University of Arizona, and senior author, Stacey Missmer.

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March is Endometriosis Awareness Month and Stacey Missmer, professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology in the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, specializes in research looking at chronic pelvic pain and endometriosis. Her current Women’s Outcomes Research and Knowledge, or WORK, study explores girls’ and women’s experiences with pelvic pain and the care they receive. The study is funded by a grant from AbbVie.

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14th World Congress

Watch the sessions live or in your own time zone at your convenience right through 11 April 2021 Lots of live engagement opportunities to explore!

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March is Endometriosis Awareness Month! Endometriosis is a chronic gynecological disease in which tissue that resembles the lining of the uterus grows outside the uterus where it does not belong. These lesions may cause pelvic pain, pain between periods, back pain, pain with sex, infertility, and other symptoms, severely impacting quality of life.

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