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.

Parkinson's Research

Critical 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 research.

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 medicine approach.

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!

Contact Us:

College of Human Medicine - Development Office

15 Michigan NE

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Phone: 616-234-2615 or Email: kate.Lax@hc.msu.edu