We are pleased to share that Kathleen Dinh, MD candidate 2022, from the Flint campus was selected for the Bruce Drukker Endowed Award of Excellence in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Congratulations to Kathleen and her campus advisors!
We once again had a very competitive slate of exceptional candidates that represented several communities. A scoring system was used to identify the leading 3 candidates from which Kathleen was selected. The selection criteria was based upon their accomplishments in several categories including academic excellence, clerkship performance, and those qualities that best reflect those of Dr. Drukker and his career. Kathleen is an extraordinary student abundantly qualified to receive this award. Each of us can be inspired by her.
Thank you very much for presenting nominees from your community and your commitment to the process of acknowledging outstanding student performance. We look forward to your subsequent support of other such deserving students annually as we continue recognizing their excellence with the Drukker Award.
Michigan State University is emerging as a leading institution in reproductive health research as indicated by the number of its faculty members who are ranked among the world’s top fertility experts.
That includes MSU Provost Teresa Woodruff, PhD, ranked as the ninth leading fertility expert in the world and fifth in the United States, according to expertscape.com, a website that ranks scientists in several medical fields based on the amount of research they have published. Of the nearly 74,000 researchers worldwide who have published fertility studies since 2011, Woodruff ranked in the top 0.012%, the website found.
We are excited to share that Genna Moldovan was recently awarded an F31 grant from the NIH. The focus of the research is to understand the mechanisms that regulate a critical process in female reproduction termed endometrial stromal cell decidualization. This process is the terminal differentiation of endometrial stromal cells, is important during the initiation of pregnancy, and plays a major role throughout gestation. The studies planned in my F31 proposal focus on how cytoskeletal reorganization during decidualization regulates one major signaling pathway, the Hippo pathway, that is important for stromal cell transformation to be initiated during the establishment of pregnancy.
Stacey A. Missmer, ScD, is professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology. She has distinguished herself and dedicated her career to a sustained record of selfless teaching, service and pioneering research at Michigan State University with the stated goal “to advance the better good”
Dr. Missmer is recognized for her significant contributions to the advancement of knowledge in women’s health research within our university, nationally and globally. Dr. Missmer’s leadership has established a new field in clinical translational medicine studying the complexities of pelvic pain and endometriosis across a woman’s life course. Her significant achievements have contributed to our department being recognized as a national leader in Women’s Health Research by several benchmarks, including being ranked in the top 5 of 136 departments in the country with NIH funding for 2020.
The National Institutes of Health has awarded one-year supplemental grants totaling $1.67 million to five institutions to explore potential links between COVID-19 vaccination and menstrual changes. Some women have reported experiencing irregular or missing menstrual periods, bleeding that is heavier than usual, and other menstrual changes after receiving COVID-19 vaccines. The new awards support research to determine whether such changes may be linked to COVID-19 vaccination itself and how long the changes last. Researchers also will seek to clarify the mechanisms underlying potential vaccine-related menstrual changes.
Stacey Missmer is a professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology in the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Her current research study, Women’s Outcomes Research and Knowledge, or WORK, is focused on diagnosing and treating pelvic pain in women and girls.
Missmer will be presenting her research, Reproductive Health Science: Multidisciplinary Discovery and Community Engagement, at the Board of Trustees meeting on June 18.
Richard Leach, a national expert on in vitro fertilization and an academic researcher in the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, has been appointed chair of the Henry Ford Medical Group’s Department of Women’s Health Services. Leach will serve in a dual role and continue as chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology for MSU’s College of Human Medicine.