2016 Annual Priorities for Giving
Grand Rapids Research Center
The MSU Autism Research Fund
MSU has been conducting autism research for many years and in
different areas of inquiry - Education, Social Science and Bio-Medical.
All these areas share the same goal of understanding the cause and
finding treatments for autism. The creation of the MSU Autism Research
fund within the College of Human Medicine allows the bio-medical
research to recruit world-class researchers and accelerate the discovery
process. Established with a generous gift from Tom and Cathy Malls,
this gift will also establish bio-medicine as the lynch-pin of
leadership for autism research at MSU. Our goal is to raise $10 million
to fund this effort.
MSU Autism Research Fund
Spartan family bravely faces autism from MSU MD on Vimeo.
breakthroughs often result from highly innovative, cutting edge
initiatives typically not supported by traditional research grants. You
can have a transformational impact in the fight against
neurodegenerative diseases by partnering with our MSU Research Team
through support of The Translational Neuroscience Fund.
Unlike traditional funding mechanisms which often take years to fund
promising projects, the Fund will quickly provide resources in response
to new, paradigm shifting discoveries for Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and
other neurodegenerative diseases.
Women's Health Research
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
In the basic sciences the emphasis is on
understanding maternal-fetal interactions as it relates to blastocyst
implantation together with using model systems to understand the
pathophysiology of endometriosis and its impact on infertility. In
addition the strong emphasis on gynecological oncology seeks to identify
genes that are dysregulated in endometrial and ovarian cancers. The
overall focus of these studies are to analyze molecular pathways that
could predict therapeutic strategies for patients using a personalized
For more information on our research and giving opportunities, click here: https://giving to msu.edu/gift/?sid=1590
Student Scholarships -An Investment In Tomorrow’s Healthcare!
As with most graduate schools, the cost of a four-year medical
education is expensive. 56% of our current students receive some form of
scholarship to offset their tuition costs.
When a student commits to the College of Human Medicine, they
recognize they have years of education and training ahead of them. This
is the kind of dedication we want for all our students. But that
commitment means that the average CHM graduate leaves us with $224,222
in debt! (2015 data) Our ability to raise scholarship dollars is crucial
to our student’s success and our ability to attract and retain the best
and the brightest.
By making a scholarship gift, you are investing not only in the
student’s future but the future of healthcare. Please call the
Development Office of CHM at 616-234- 2615 for more information on
existing scholarships and/or creating new ones.
Endowments - A Gift with an Enduring Impact
For nearly all world-class universities, the source of
their financial stability is endowments. Endowed funds differ from
others in that the total amount of the gift is invested, and each year
only a portion of the interest earned is spent. In this respect, an
endowment is a perpetual gift.
When you establish an endowment, you are assuring that your gift will
have an enduring impact on the College of Human Medicine. Endowments
may be created to support faculty excellence,
student scholarships or many other types of programs. Your endowment
can be added to special funds that give the College of Human Medicine
the flexibility to address areas of greatest need or promise.
You choose how your funds will be used, assuring that the programs
you value will be supported, forever. You also designate the name of the
endowment, a name that will live in perpetuity. In this way, your
endowment allows you to create a legacy that honors someone special—a
teacher or mentor that made the difference in your life—or to
memorialize a loved one. Once you have created an endowment, your gift
becomes part of the College of Human Medicine’s heritage and tradition
Endowments represent a remarkable opportunity to have an enduring impact!
College of Human Medicine - Development Office
15 Michigan NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone: 616-234-2615 or Email: kate.Lax@hc.msu.edu