$6.8m funding for women’s reproductive health


Thanks to the efforts of Michigan State University, Spectrum Health and the Van Andel Institute, MSU is the new home for a $6.9 million dollar Center for Women’s Health and Reproduction Research.

The award provided by the National Institutes of Health, funds the research for leading infertility researcher Asgi T. Fazleabas. He is a leading authority in the fields of uterine biology, fertility and endometriosis. He has previously been the director of a Specialized Cooperative Centers Program in Reproduction and Infertility Research at the University of Illinois, now in its eighth year of funding. Supported by the award, the center and its funding moved to MSU this month where Fazleabas is now a professor and an associate chairperson in the department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology.

Dr. Fazleabas has been continually funded by the National Institutes of health since 1986, an indicator of his authority in women’s reproductive health.

“Dr. Fazleabas brings an extensive international research portfolio in the area of women’s reproductive health to the region,” said Marsha D. Rappley, dean of MSU’s College of Human Medicine. “The collective recruitment efforts of the Spectrum Health-Michigan State University Alliance along with the Van Andel Institute have once again resulted in an internationally renowned center of excellence in Grand Rapids.” MSU is also home of the $6.8 million Udall Center for Parkinson’s Disease Research.

“Spectrum Health looks forward to the expertise and depth of knowledge that Dr. Fazleabas brings to the women’s health area,” said Matt Van Vranken, executive vice president of Spectrum Health and president of the Spectrum Health Hospital Group. “A researcher and professor of his caliber is an asset to MSA College of Human Medicine as well as to Spectrum Health and the patients we serve. The combination of clinical care, research and academics being established here are significant for our physicians and patients of today and tomorrow.”

Source: Michigan State University, Medical News Today


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