April 23, 2009
By: Deborah Johnson Wood
Two nationally renowned senior bioscience researchers will leave prestigious positions to lead research at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Spectrum Health and Van Andel Institute in Grand Rapids.
Risinger, Ph.D., comes aboard as director of gynecologic oncology
research at the MSU medical school, and as director for tissue
biorepository at Spectrum Health. His experience includes directing the
women’s cancer program at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia, and research at the Laboratory of Biosystems and Cancer at the National Cancer Institute and at the Laboratory of Molecular Carcinogenesis at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
Lipton, Ph.D., joins the Grand Rapids life sciences community as chair
of translational science and molecular medicine for the College of
Human Medicine. He will recruit a team of neuroscientists focused on
researching Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Lipton leaves his position as professor and director of the division of neuropharmacology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.
are people at the top of their field who have choices to conduct their
research anywhere," says Jeffrey Dwyer, associate dean for the College
of Human Medicine. "The Van Andel Institute is among the best research
facilities in the country in terms of its design and that was a huge
attraction for them. The tremendous research and scientists already
here are also huge attractors."
Both doctors bring with them research that's in process and federal funding for that research.
life sciences leaders anticipate these two appointments will generate
widespread interest in the region as a bioscience research hub, and
could, in turn, attract some 25 experienced researchers to the region.
Each of those researchers will require between three and seven
assistant researchers in their laboratories.
Source: Jeffrey Dwyer, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Deborah Johnson Wood is development news editor for Rapid Growth Media. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.