Research at the College of Human Medicine


As a community-based medical school, one goal of the College of Human Medicine is to conduct collaborative, multidisciplinary and multi-community research that takes advantage of our unique distributed campus system.

Our focus is on both clinical research that can be practically applied, as well as the critical research in the basic science departments affiliated with the college on mechanisms underlying human diseases and their integration. These basic science departments include Epidemiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Neuroscience, Genetics, Pharmacology, and Physiology.

The extensive research being conducted within CHM provides students with opportunities for participating in research across a wide array of disciplines and settings. Faculty investigators in both the clinical and basic science departments serve as valuable mentors. Moreover, CHM is uniquely positioned to offer research experiences unlike most other medical schools, in two important ways.

researchFirst, MSU is the only university in the US to be home to three medical schools: CHM, the College of Osteopathic Medicine and the College of Veterinary Medicine. The collaborations that exist between these Colleges, as well as with the Colleges of Nursing, Engineering, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Agriculture and Natural Resources, produce ground-breaking, multidisciplinary research that responds to our society's real-life needs. Teams that bring together bioengineering, medicine, and zoology are just one example of the research projects underway at MSU.

Second, CHM's community-based system provides access to a large base of clinicians, mentors, and patients who participate in research designed to translate findings from bench to bedside. CHM has multiple units engaged in research.

The College of Human Medicine Office of Research provides information helpful to researchers in the college, including funding opportunities, mentoring networks, and dissertation/fellowship support for researchers from diverse backgrounds.
The Medical Student Research Journal (MSRJ) is the longest-running international academic journal in the United States authored, reviewed, edited, and published by medical students for medical students. It is dedicated to promoting the scientific achievements of medical students, teaching principles of peer and article review, and providing editorial, publishing and leadership learning experiences. Medical students worldwide are invited to submit manuscripts and serve as trained reviewers. The MSRJ publishes original research, case studies, editorials, research letters, reviews, and reflections that meet required standards, are authored by a medical student, and advance science. It is sponsored by the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.
The Institute for Health Policy (IHP) is a unit within the College of Human Medicine Division of Public Health. The Institute serves a unique role facilitating and supporting collaborative relationships involving different stakeholders such as university and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) partners. These collaborative activities inform policymakers, state agencies and others with a goal of optimizing health and well-being in Michigan.

The Office of Medical Education Research and Development (OMERAD) is a unit within the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. It was the first academic unit established when the College was formed in 1966 and is the oldest continuously operating office of medical education in the United States. OMERAD provides opportunities for faculty to promote scholarship, improve teaching effectiveness, lead learner assessment and program evaluation, and integrate educational technology to advance medical education.

MSU IQ — the Institute for Quantitative Health Sciences and Engineering — is dedicated to basic and applied research at the intersection of engineering, human medicine, and natural science. We’ve recruited faculty from some of the top academic centers around the world. They collaborate across disciplines to push the envelope of biomedical research, solving some of the most pressing problems in medicine with smart engineering solutions.

Grand Rapids Innovation Park on Medical Mile

The Michigan State University Board of Trustees authorized MSU administration to enter into a Public Private Partnership (P3) for the continued development of the Grand Rapids Innovation Park site on West Michigan's Medical Mile. Located just down the block from the Secchia Center, the site was established to advance MSU’s efforts in improving human health.

MM_droneThe first phase of the innovation park was construction of a six-story, 162,800-square-foot facility that opened in the fall of 2017 and houses basic and translational science research teams recruited from around the nation and the world by MSU. The areas of emphasis align with the biggest challenges to the health of our state and our nation including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, autism, women’s health and cancer. 

Today, the confluence of the completion of the Grand Rapids Research Center, Michigan State University’s Global Impact Initiative, successful community and industry partnerships, and a new dean’s vision for the transformation of health set the stage for the 200,000 square foot Doug Meijer Medical Innovation BuildingThe site may include a future building for additional, yet-to-be-determined, program space to complement the research, education and innovation mission of MSU.