New MSU medical research facility opens in Grand Rapids

New MSU medical research facility opens in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A new era of medical research begins Wednesday, with the official opening of a new MSU facility in Grand Rapids.

Wednesday morning, education officials from around the country were on hand to officially open the $88 million Michigan State University research center.

It is located on Grand Rapids' medical mile.

Scientists from other universities will come together to work with doctors in the West Michigan area to conduct major research.

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos attended the dedication ceremony Wednesday morning, and she says this center will make enormous contributions.

"This research center is a testament to the importance of research in a university's pursuit of truth. It's about the process of testing ideas and questions and preparing students to tackle real-world challenges," she said.

Officials hope the work done at the new facility will help lead to cures for diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, autism, and cancer.

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