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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
$309,094.00 Parkinson's Research Program Early Investigator Research Award for "Harnessing Neuropasticity Genes to Combat Synucleinopathy-Mediated Axonopathy" TBA TBA Parkinson's Research Program Joseph Patterson, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow Translational Science and Molecular Science
$250,000.00 Evaluation of Silicosis, Asthma and COPD among Sand and Gravel and Stone Surface Miners This 1.5 year proposal evaluates respiratory morbidity, asthma, COPD and silicosis among the 3,000 miners in the state of Michigan (MI). We will conduct a cross-sectional study of the prevalence of asthma, work-related asthma, COPD and silicosis among miners in Michigan. The emphasis will be on surface miners, who comprise almost the entire mining workforce in Michigan (only two underground mines in Michigan), and approximately 40% of the mining workforce in the United States. TBA TBA Alpha Foundation for the Improvement of Mine Safety and Health, Inc. Kenneth Rosenman, M.D. Division of Occupational & Environmental Medicine
$168,290.30 Rho Kinase Inhabitation via Brain-Penetrant Kadmon Compound for Neuroprotection in Parkinson’s Disease April 13, 2018 April 13, 2019 NIH The Michael J. Fox Foundation Translational Science & Molecular Medicine and Obstetrics Gynecology & Reproductive Biology
$100,000 Modulation of Alpha-synuclein Expression via Beta 2-Adrenoreceptor Agonist Clenbuterol in the Preformed Fibril Synucleinopathy Model June 1, 2018 June 1, 2019 The Michael J. Fox Foundation PI - Joseph R. Patterson, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow Co-PI - Caryl E. Sortwell, Ph.D., Professor and Associate Chair Translational Science and Molecular Science
$75,000.00 Worksite Intervention to Mitigate Child Take-Home Lead Exposure This 1-year proposal will implement a program of take-home lead exposure identification, characterization, and intervention. We will target industries and worksites with lead exposure that are either not covered by the MIOSHA lead standard or are smaller companies not likely to be visited by MIOSHA. Outreach to these industries will include on-site inspections and assessment of work tasks, processes, and current usage of exposure controls, coupled with employee interviews regarding work history and the presence of children in their homes. Employers and employees will be provided with resources and recommendations for the prevention of take-home lead exposures. We will collect wipe samples from the employees’ homes and private vehicles, which will be analyzed for lead. TBA TBA Michigan Department of Health and Human Services PI: Kenneth Rosenman, M.D. Professor of Medicine Chief, Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine Co-PI: Anthony Oliveri, PhD, MPH Assistant Professor Division of Occupational & Environmental Medicine Division of Occupational & Environmental Medicine
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