A Word from the Chair
The Department of Pediatrics and Human Development is comprised of a diverse faculty who share a common concern for all aspects of human growth and development, both normal and abnormal. The Department has a statewide footprint with faculty in Lansing, Grand Rapids, Flint, Southfield, Midland, Traverse City, and Marquette/Escanaba. The Department has educational responsibilities at all levels in the curriculum of the College of Human Medicine. Its faculty participate in courses which relate biological, behavioral, and clinical sciences to child health. Departmental faculty play major roles in the new College of Human Medicine Shared Discovery Curriculum and its Learning Societies. The Department also has responsibility for general pediatric clerkships and pediatric subspecialty electives in the clinical medical curriculum. The Department participates actively in graduate medical education with three affiliated pediatric residency programs (with Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, and Hurley Children’s Hospital in Flint), three affiliated pediatric subspecialty fellowship programs (Perinatal-Neonatal Medicine in Lansing; Pediatric Hematology-Oncology and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine in Grand Rapids), and in CME. In addition, faculty members work with students in other graduate programs in the University. Individual faculty members of the Department participate in patient care and render medical consultation services in their respective subspecialty areas. The research endeavors of the departmental faculty are expanding and aim to help create a healthier, better functioning society by improving the health and wellbeing of the child and family.
B. Keith English, MD
Professor and Chair
DEPARTMENT OF PEDIATRICS AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
A cancer research company co-founded by Pediatrics and Human Development professor André Bachmann, PhD has been acquired by Lodo Therapeutics. There is some promise that with the New York biotech firm's resources, they can move novel therapies pioneered by MSU researchers into clinical trials. Read more here.
As the coronavirus spread around the globe, Jeremy Prokop wondered why it causes relatively mild symptoms in some patients while it is deadly for others.
“In a subset of patients – and we really don’t know why yet – they start to get heart failure, kidney failure, and their systems start shutting down,” he said. “One of our areas of interest was in finding out what makes COVID-19 so much more severe than other coronaviruses. This has been the big challenge with COVID.”
To find out why, Prokop, PhD, assistant professor, teamed up with other researchers, including several College of Human Medicine students, to study how the virus invades and interacts with human cells. Their work resulted in three published studies identifying key proteins made by the virus and genetic variants in some patients that make it much more deadly.
Read more here.
With shelter-in-place orders shuttering non-essential businesses, many are wondering if Michigan State University Pediatricians are still seeing patients. Rest assured, MSU pediatricians are working to keep children healthy during these trying times. Here's what that means for our patients:
- For the time being, most of our patient visits will be conducted remotely through Telehealth. This allows our doctors to monitor many chronic health conditions and treat most minor acute illnesses without the patient needing to leave their home.
- We are seeing only a limited set of young babies and children for Well Child visits and vaccines in the office during office hours Monday - Friday.
- We are seeing sick patients that cannot be managed by Telehealth separate from the Well Child visits. Please call and speak with a doctor or nurse first to determine if your child needs to come in. We will help you decide if a face to face visit is needed or if we can take care of your child’s health using telehealth.
- If your child is scheduled for a Well Child visit and if they or any household contact develop ANY fever or respiratory symptoms (runny nose, congestion, cough, sore throat) for the health and safety of everyone, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT that you call the office BEFORE coming and speak with a doctor to determine if your child should still come in.
- If your child is scheduled for a face to face visit, bring only the child with the appointment to the clinic. Each child should be accompanied by one adult. Other family members should stay home. Our goal is to keep everyone safe and “social distancing” is important to slowing the spread of the virus.
- Any child with significant shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, should go to the Emergency Department. If you are unsure if your child should go to the ED, call us and we will help you decide.
- If you think your child or a member of your family might have COVID 19 illness, call us. We will help you know what to do. We will advise you if your child should be tested or should go to the emergency department or can be managed at home.
For excellent, up to date information about COVID-19:
For excellent information about children’s health (including COVID-19):
- Practice social distancing of at least six feet at all times
- Wash your hands frequently
- Cover your cough
- Stay home if you’re sick
- Practice good hand hygiene avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Clean and disinfect frequently-used surfaces daily