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Christopher H. Contag will join Michigan State University as the inaugural director of the Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering and the chairperson of the new Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Contag was previously a professor in the Departments of Pediatrics, Radiology, Bioengineering, and Microbiology and Immunology at Stanford University. He held the titles of associate chief of Neonatal and Developmental Medicine, director of Stanford’s Center for Innovation in In Vivo Imaging and co-director of the Molecular Imaging Program.

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While Michigan State University’s newly opened Bio Engineering Facility will bring together dozens of researchers from across the campus representing a wide range of disciplines, their mission will be the same: To conduct futuristic, cutting-edge research that will improve or even save the lives of millions of people around the globe.

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Christopher Contag, a pioneer of molecular imaging and chairperson of Michigan State University’s Department of Biomedical Engineering, will receive the 2017 Britton Chance Biomedical Optics Award from SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.

The prestigious award is presented annually in recognition of outstanding lifetime contributions to the field of biomedical optics through the development of innovative, high-impact technologies.

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Total ValueName of Award / Description of StudyProject StartProject EndAwarded byPrincipal InvestigatorUnit
$1,500,000 Airborne Polluntants as Triggers of Parkinson's Disease via the Olfactory System. September 1, 2017 August 31, 2021 Department of Defense Honglei Chen, PhD, MD, Professor Epidemiology and Biostatistics
$2,639,139 Assisted Reproduction and Child Health: Risk of Birth Defects, Mortality, and Effect on Grade School Performance. September 30, 2016 May 30, 2021 NICHD/NIH Barbara Luke, ScD, MPH Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
$320,000 Endometrial Notch Pathway as a Novel Target for Improving Implantation Efficiency August 2017 July 2019 Grant for Fertility Innovation - Merck -Serano  Asgi Fazleabas, Ph.D, Professor and Associate Chair of Research, Co-Director of the Reproductive and Developmental Science Program  Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
$1,100,000 The Rat Pre-Formed Alpha-Synuclein Fibril Model of Parkinson's Disease July 1, 2017 July 30, 2020 NIH (NINDS) Caryl Sortwell, Ph.D., Professor and Associate Chair Translational Science and Molecular Medicine
$2,080,650 Cerebral parenchymal arteriole dysfunction and cognitive decline in a life-long high
fat feeding model
July 15, 2017 July 30, 2021 National Institutes of Health Anne M. Dorrance, PhD, Associate Professor
William F. Jackson, PhD, Professor
Pharmacology and Toxicology
$175,000 LAG3 or TM9SF2 Knockdown to Decrease Pathological Alpha-synuclein Accumulation July 1, 2017 June 30, 2018 Michael J. Fox Foundation Caryl Sortwell, Ph.D., Professor and Associate Chair Translational Science and Molecular Medicine
$3,123 Outcomes of Regional Consensus Treatment Guidelines for Management of Surgery, Invasive Procedures and Control of Hemorrhages in Patients with Bleeding Disorders; and Management of Thrombosis and Thromboprophylaxis in Patients with Thrombophilia December 01, 2016 December 31, 2021 BloodCenter of Wisconsin Roshni Kulkarni, MD, Professor Pediatrics and Human Development
$9,360 Characterizing Inflammation and Metabolomics in Pediatrics Multi Organ Dysfunction Syndrome: Investigating the feasibility for a personalized approach in patients on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation January 01, 2018 December 31, 2018 Richard & Helen DeVos Foundation Andre' Bachmann Pediatrics and Human Development

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