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From startup to mature company, MiBiz takes a look at the proposed sale of MPI Research to Charles River Laboratories and how acquisitions impact a community. Also, credit union consolidation and Mary Free Bed's research aims.

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Grand Rapids continues to be a national leader in discovering a possible cure for Parkinson’s disease.

The National Institutes of Health has awarded Van Andel Research Institute, Rush University and Grand Valley State University researches with a $500,000 grant to continue work on a genetic modification identified and developed at GVSU.

“That money is used to test an a agent that we have developed in our lab.”

Merritt DeLano-Taylor is associate professor of biomedical sciences at Grand Valley State University.

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Snowy owls have descended on the Great Lakes region and northeastern U.S. in huge numbers in recent weeks, to the delight of birdwatchers.

But this winter's mass migration of the owls from their Arctic breeding grounds is serious business for researchers. They're trapping and fitting some of the visitors with tiny solar-powered transmitters to track them around the globe and study the long-misunderstood species whose numbers likely are far fewer than previously thought.

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Michigan State University officially opened its $88 million Grand Rapids Research with a ribbon cutting.

“One, two, three…”

Lead by Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon, a giant green ribbon was cut opening the Medical School’s six-story, nearly 163,000-square-foot Grand Rapids Research Center.

“Imagine people who are thinking about things that we can’t yet imagine. Ideas that may work, they may not. But they’re all about trying to improve the quality of life.”

Michigan State prepares to open $88M research center

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Michigan State is opening up an $88 million research center in Grand Rapids. The Grand Rapids Medical Research Center opens next week. Scientists at the center will research cures and treatments for diseases such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and cancer. The focus will be on neuroscience, women's health science, children's health science and cancer. 

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Guest from the Van Andel Institute join us each month. Today Dr. Bart Williams is here to discuss the 2016 Hope on the Hill Gala for the VAI's 20th anniversary. /

A $4.8 million grant will help Michigan researchers look at how environmental factors in early development influence the health of children and adolescents. 

he funding from the National Institutes of Health was recently announced by Michigan State University. In addition to the East Lansing school, the University of Michigan, Wayne State University, Henry Ford Health System and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services are collaborators on the national Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes initiative.

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Occupational therapy students at a Michigan university plan to live among retirees as part of a social and communication-based research project.

Three Western Michigan University students are expected to move in Monday to a Grand Rapids-area Clark Retirement Community facility for 19 months.

The project builds on collaborations between the retirement community and the Kalamazoo university's regional location in Grand Rapids.

Two Michigan universities have received state funding to develop technologies that would help identify and track harmful algae blooms in the Great Lakes.

The state Department of Environmental Quality awarded Oakland University $158,314 to produce harmful algae hazard maps that can be continually updated. Researchers also will explore development of a smartphone app that citizen volunteers could use to detect the blooms.

A Michigan center to enhance the understanding and treatment of Alzheimer's disease is getting $9 million in federal funding.

The University of Michigan says Monday the money over the next five years is from the National Institutes of Health.

The effort brings together researchers, clinicians and others from the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Wayne State University.

Those involved say the Michigan Alzheimer's Disease Core Center will support a wide range of studies on Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.