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Collaboration Sparks Creation of New Grand Rapids Laboratory Focused on Women's Health
Date:1/30/2008

der way in this community," said Linda Chamberlain, executive director of WMSTI.

The announcement builds on the January 2007 agreement between the three institutions to collaborate on future research and academic projects by sharing resources and talent. The agreements were signed by Grand Valley President Thomas J. Haas, MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spectrum Health President and CEO Richard C. Breon.

"This is exactly the kind of collaboration that President Simon and I envisioned in our mission to respect, enhance and complement each other's programming strengths," said Haas.

Simon echoed those sentiments, adding: "President Haas, Mr. Breon and I agree that sharing resources and leveraging our collective strengths in health science is an effective way to expand research opportunities in West Michigan for all of our institutions."

"This is an excellent example of how our partnership can improve research," said Breon. "The majority of Spectrum Health's research efforts are focused in other areas. However, this arrangement helps us expand our work in women's health by sharing resources and staff."

Today's announcement marks another milestone for the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine expansion to Grand Rapids. In October, the college unveiled architectural renderings for the new Secchia Center, made possible by the generous support of Spectrum Health and the Grand Rapids community. Construction will begin this spring. The Secchia Center will open fall 2010 with a new class of 100 students. In the meantime, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine is completing renovation of a temporary site at 234 Division Avenue and will welcome 50 second-year students this fall, 2008.

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