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MSU to expand biomedical research in GR

7:20 PM, Sep 5, 2013   |    comments
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Public meetings will be held this fall on Michigan State University's plans to grow Medical Mile. MSU plans to expand its biomedical research in buildings it has acquired downtown.

Marsha Rappley, dean of MSU's College of Human Medicine, said Thursday that 15 to 20 groups of researchers will be brought in in the years ahead.

"People who do science and make headway in bringing new treatments and understanding of disease, they work in teams, so they come from all different backgrounds and disciplines," Rappley said.

The work will occur on land MSU acquired from the Grand Rapids Press: The main press building on Michigan, several parking lots adjacent to it, and a parcel at Michigan and Fuller.

MSU President Lou Anna Simon emphasized the school wants to work with the city in finding the best fit for the buildings, and their use.

"We believe for this to be grounded well in the community, we have to plan with all of our neighbors and community interests so it's not just us putting a building on a particular corner to make sure it works for everybody in the neighborhood," Simon said in a news conference.

MSU has been partnering with GVSU, the Van Andel Institute, and local hospitals for its research. It plans to release a study in December outlining what it plans to put where.

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