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MSU, Local Partners Leverage Medical Research Dollars for Regional Growth

Tuesday, November 1, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kate Oesterle
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GRAND RAPIDS — Over the course of four years, Michigan State University researchers managed to take about $300,000 and turn it into more than $4.5 million.

Using seven grants received from the Saint Mary’s Foundation, MSU’s College of Human Medicine hired junior researchers to conduct basic research that generated the data needed to land funding from the National Institutes of Health and private foundations to do broader studies.

The ability to leverage the early Saint Mary’s Foundation funding awarded in the years after MSU’s College of Human Medicine relocated to Grand Rapids is one example of how a promise made years ago is coming true: That having a medical school in the region would lead to much more medical research conducted locally.

“That was always what the hope was,” said Jack Lipton, chair of the College of Human Medicine’s Department of Translational Science & Molecular Medicine who relocated his research team to MSU in 2009 from the University of Cincinnati.

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