Research in Detroit:
Researchers will study the bacteria, fungi and other microorganisms collected at death scenes. Those microbes could provide important details associated with a death, including gender, race, socioeconomics, location of death and more, according to Michigan State entomologist and osteopathic medical specialist Eric Benbow.
Dr. M. Eric Benbow received his PhD (1999) in Biology from the University of Dayton, where his dissertation focus was on aquatic entomology. In 2014, he moved to Michigan State University where he is currently an Assistant Professor with research and teaching responsibilities in microbe-insect interactions in ecology and disease, within the Departments of Entomology and Osteopathic Medical Specialties. His research focuses on the role of microbial-insect community interactions in ecological networks important to aquatic ecosystems, disease and carrion ecology.
Dr. Brett E Etchebarne received his M.D. from MSU in 2011 and his Ph.D. in Animal Sciences in 2005. Currenlty working on inivative research in the rapid on site diagnosis of blood and Emergency Medicine.
The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Conference:
Dr. Taylor will present the Charles Franklin Craig Lecture, Monday, November 3, 6:15 p.m., Terrie Taylor, DO, University Distinguished Professor, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Michigan State University, USA and Director, Blantyre Malaria Project, University of Malawi College of Medicine, Malawi.
Dr. Taylor is a clinician who has been studying the pathogenesis of cerebral malaria in Malawian children since 1986. Together with Professor Malcolm Molyneux, Dr. Taylor established the Blantyre Malaria Project at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital; it was one of the early research affiliates in Malawi’s first and only medical school. Their work has generated many useful insights about pediatric cerebral malaria: the utility of the Blantyre Coma Score, the importance of hypoglycemia, the significance of malarial retinopathy and the contribution of brain swelling to death. Following Swarthmore College and the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Taylor studied at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and then joined the faculty of the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University. Because of the generous and sustained support provided by Michigan State, Dr. Taylor has been able to spend six months each year (the rainy season) in Malawi. While there, she is actively involved in patient care on the Pediatric Research Ward. Each year, she hosts 24 Michigan State medical students on clinical tropical medicine electives in her home, the “MSU House”. She returns to Michigan State for six months of teaching (July – December). She lives on the shore of Grand Traverse Bay in her hometown, Traverse City, Michigan with her husband, photographer John Robert Williams.
Submicroscopic malaria infection during pregnancy and the impact of intermittent preventive treatment.
CONCLUSIONS: Submicroscopic malaria infectionis common and occurs early in pregnancy. SP-IPT can clear some submicroscopic infections but does not prevent new infections after administration. To effectively control pregnancy-associated malaria, new interventions are required to target women prior to their first antenatal care visit and to effectively treat and prevent all malaria infections.
Cohee LM, Kalilani-Phiri L,Boudova S, Joshi S, Mukadam R,Seydel KB, Mawindo P, Thesing P, Kamiza S, Makwakwa K, Muehlenbachs A, Taylor TE, Laufer MK. Malar J. 2014 Jul 15;13(1):274. doi: 10.1186/ 1475-2875-13-274. PMID: 25023697 [PubMed - in process]
Class of 2014
charged with remembering legacy, committing to leadership
Nearly 300 newly minted doctors walked across the stage at MSU’s Breslin Center on May 1 to collect their diplomas and mark the completion of their 1,408 days as medical students. More information.
Carnegie Medal for Academic Excellence 2014 Congratulations Laura Clark First Place and Brian Boguslawski Second Place.
Dedication to Teaching Award, Ralph F. Otten, D.O. Professor, Osteopathic Medical Specialties. Awarded to a faculty member who has demostrated dedication to excellence in teaching integrated clinical science in system courses.
Science Faculty Award
David J. Strobl, D.O. Clinical Professor,
Osteopathic Medical Specialties. Awarded to a faculty member who is deemed the best role model and instructor of clinical medicine.
Making Malaria History
"Malaria is an ancient disease, but it is still beating us and killing hundreds of thousands of people each year, mostly children, in sub-Saharan Africa. It is very tricky. It is the 'Voldemort' of parasites."-Terrie Taylor
For nearly three decades, Terrie Taylor, University Distinguished Professor of internal medicine in the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine, has been researching malaria, a disease transmitted by mosquitoes that infects red blood cells and that can damage the brain. See more at: Malaria
Pulmonary Embolectomy in Elderly Patients. Stein PD, Matta F. Am J Med. 2013 Dec 10. pii: S0002-9343(13)01020-6. doi: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2013.11.011. [Epub ahead of print]
Vena Cava Filters in Unstable Elderly Patients with Acute Pulmonary Embolism. Stein PD, Matta F. Am J Med. 2013 Nov 23. pii: S0002-9343(13)00970-4. doi: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2013.11.003. [Epub ahead of print]
Underuse of vena cava filters in unstable patients with acute pulmonary embolism. Stein PD, Dalen JE, Matta F. Am J Med. 2014 Jan;127(1):6. doi: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2013.07.040. Epub 2013 Nov 14. No abstract available.
Relation of electrocardiographic changes in pulmonary embolism to right ventricular enlargement. Stein PD, Matta F, Sabra MJ, Treadaway B, Vijapura C, Warren R, Joshi P, Sadiq M, Kofoed JT, Hughes P, Chabala SD, Keyes DC, Kakish E, Hughes MJ. Am J Cardiol. 2013 Dec 15;112(12):1958-61. doi: 10.1016/j.amjcard.2013.08.030. Epub 2013 Sep 25.
MSUCOM Faculty Award Winners
Sep 27, 2013 1:00 AM
MSUCOM’s annual faculty awards were presented during a faculty assembly on Sept. 26. Dean Strampel and College Advisory Committee Chairperson Anne Dorrance, Ph.D., presented awards to the following individuals for their contributions to the college.
Jane Gudakunst, M.D., assistant professor of Osteopathic Medical Specialties, received the Outstanding Curriculum Contributions Award.
Paul Stein, M.D., professor of osteopathic medical specialties, received the Research Excellence Award.
Andrea Amalfitano, D.O., Ph.D., Osteopathic Heritage Foundation Endowed Professor, professor of microbiology and molecular genetics, received the Basic Science Faculty Excellence Award.
Michael Boivin, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry, received the Humanism Award.
Gary Willyerd, D.O., associate dean for MSUCOM’s Detroit Medical Center site and professor of osteopathic medical specialties, and received the Humanism Award.
Jayne Ward, D.O., associate professor, neurology and ophthalmology, received the Outstanding Curriculum Contributions Award.
Francis Komara, D.O., professor of family and community medicine, received the Clinical Faculty Excellence Award.