Outreach & Education
Outreach and Education
Director: Timothy Collier, Ph.D.
Michigan State University was the first federal land-grant institution in the United States. Funded by the Morrill Act of 1862 and signed into law by Abraham Lincoln, it charged land-grant institutions like MSU to:
- Democratize higher education
- Find practical applications for scientific research and technological innovations
- Make public service an essential part of higher education’s mandate
During the recruitment of the Udall Center investigators to MSU’s College of Human Medicine, it was made very clear that these charges are still essential to the basic fabric of MSU. We believe that the ideals of the Udall Center Program mesh perfectly with the MSU land-grant university philosophy of equal access, public service and practical applications for research and innovation. All of these charges are critical to effective public outreach.
We believe that community engagement is one of the most important components of an NIH-funded Udall Center. Public outreach and community engagement could be argued to be as critical to the long-term success of Parkinson’s disease (PD) research as the specific scientific projects within any one Center. This significance results from outreach’s ability to increase awareness and foster greater resource allocation to PD by hospital administrators, research institutes and legislators and philanthropic resources from the public at-large. In this way, public outreach and education creates opportunities for the MSU Udall Center to broaden the scope of PD research within its sphere of influence.
Since 2009, Center investigators made 70 educational presentations to the public and organized over a dozen large-scale events to communicate the latest advances of the Udall Center Network as well as other notable advances in PD research. Notably, several of these presentations were primarily designed to give patients strategies they can employ today to help them live better and take an active role in their medical destiny. Udall Center investigators regularly travel throughout Michigan to all of MSU’s statewide campus locations, other colleges and universities, as well as elementary and secondary schools to give presentations on both general neuroscience and PD.
Example images from various public outreach events sponsored by the MSU Udall Center.
Led by the MSU Udall Center, in collaboration with community partners, Brain Awareness Week Events were organized in West Michigan that were attended by over 2,000 visitors. Additionally, in collaboration with the Davis Phinney Foundation for PD, we brought their signature Victory Summit event, to Grand Rapids. This day-long event provides “education and inspiration” for patients, families and caregivers alike. The Grand Rapids Victory Summit was the largest and most successful Summit in the Foundation’s history with over 850 attendees, many drawn from over 1,000 miles away.
|2013 Brain Awareness Week Neuroscience Fair|
Members of our community in Grand Rapids actively partner with the Center to act as “PD ambassadors” and spearhead the following activities:
- Help grow the available philanthropic resources to expand PD research by engaging individuals, corporations and foundations.
- Plan and help host events to introduce others to the Center research team and its mission.
- Speak at events or provide written testimonials regarding their personal experiences with PD.
- Consult on the design and production of graphical and written material for the lay public.
This partnership is an important aspect of the life of the Center, and we invite thoughts, action and participation by all who are interested.
One tangible example of the efforts of members of the community on our behalf is their aid in gathering funds for the purchase of a confocal microscope system to further the research goals of Center investigators. They helped to organize a raffle for an MSU Spartan-Themed Mini Cooper automobile. Through their experience and knowledge for marketing and advertisement the Center, MSU-CHM and community partners successfully raised half the cost for a Nikon A1R+ Confocal system through the “Rally for Research” campaign. The promotion ran through print media, electronic media and social media. The advertisement campaign also received a “Silver Addy Award” from the American Advertising Federation (AAF).
Cover image from the promotional booklet from the award winning ad campaign for a raffle in support of a new confocal system for the Udall Center. The booklet contained information on the raffle as well as profiles of Center investigators and research.
PD Advocacy to Government Representatives
The MSU Udall Center continues to reach out to state and federal legislators to explain the importance of increased funding for Parkinson’s related research. Among these activities, Center investigators have made presentations to:
- State of Michigan Congressional Staff tour and discussion regarding the need for additional funding for PD.
- Project Medical Education: a legislative outreach program to discuss the benefits of research and its impact on health care with state congressional members and staff, legislators, representatives from the Governor’s office, and Michigan Department of Community Health.
- MichBio Expo on opportunities for accelerating drug development in the State of Michigan.
Select Udall Center Presentations
Living Well with Parkinson's Disease
Dr. Tim Collier gave a presentation of as part of the Your Health Lecture series at Northern Michigan Univeristy. Know more about Parkinson’s disease and the latest research and promising new treatments that can positively affect your lifestyle. Click here to visit the NMU site and view the presentation.
Parkinson's Disease: Origins, Consequences and Potential Therapeutics
Dr. Jack Lipton gave a presentation of as part of the Your Health Lecture series at Northern Michigan Univeristy. The free, public lecture explored what Parkinson's Disease is, its possible causes, effects on individuals, therapeutic strategies, promising research and potential future treatments. Click here to visit the NMU site and view the presentation.
Udall Center News & Events
Udall Projects & Services
Director: Kathy Steece-Collier, Ph.D.
Director: Caryl E. Sortwell, Ph.D.
Director: Jack W. Lipton, Ph.D.
Director: Timothy J. Collier, Ph.D
Director: Fredric P. Manfredsson, Ph.D.
Director: Timothy J. Collier, Ph.D