The Wayne State University School of Medicine’s CS Mott Center for Human Growth and Development continues to celebrate 50 years of life-saving and life-enhancing research.
The year-long celebration kicked off with an open house and tours of the facility on June 9. More than 70 people attended the event, with comments from School of Medicine Dean Wael Sakr, MD; Vice President of Research Stephen Lanier, Ph.D,; Gil Mor, MD, Ph.D., the John M. Malone Jr., MD, endowed chair and scientific director of the CS Mott Center; and Stanley Berry, MD, Interim Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Visitors learned about the center’s basic and gynecological cancer research and toured the facility’s labs to discover the groundbreaking research taking place, and mingled at a reception.
Dean Sakr spoke about the future of research and the role the Mott Center played.
“In terms of Wayne State’s performance in certain research efforts, the Mott Center is definitely one of the stand-alones,” he said. “There is a diversity of research on human growth and development, on male and female infertility, and the human sperm microbe using groundbreaking research. They all complement each other and really extend to collaborations with many other entities.”
Opened in 1973, the center is an internationally renowned research center established to promote research training related to women’s and children’s health, with a focus on reproductive biology, immunology, oncology, toxicology and prenatal medicine. The scientists integrate basic, translational and clinical research with the aim of improving women’s health.
“I’ve known the Mott Center for many, many years during my career,” said Dr. mor. “I knew the amazing place this was and hopefully will be. It has impacted the community and the field of obstetrics and gynecology in many ways.”
That work continues, said Dr. Mor, along with educating future generations of medical researchers, both in labs and through the Discovery to Cure program. The Discovery to Cure program is a high school internship created in 2003 by Dr. Mor at Yale University was established with the goal of providing high-quality life science research experience to qualified high school students, exposing them to biomedical research careers. In 2019, with the appointment of Dr. Mor as director of the CS Mott Center, he started the program in Detroit, with the first batch of interns in the summer of 2021.
Located at 275 E. Hancock in Detroit, the center has championed a life perspective on reproductive health and an ecological approach to growth, development and well-being. The faculty is concerned with a personal approach to medical treatment and care. The primary mission of the Mott Center is to advance basic and clinical biomedical research on reproduction and development. It offers an integrated doctoral program with the teaching, research and physical resources of the Department of Physiology and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The program offers interdisciplinary doctoral programs in the reproductive sciences.
The center was renovated during a five-phase reconstruction from 2001 to 2008. In addition to the individual labs and offices of obstetrics and gynecology researchers, the center houses the research labs of the Perinatology Research Branch of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the Implantation Laboratory of the Division of Reproductive Biology and Medicine, the Division of Intramural Research at NICHD, the Genomics Facility of Wayne State University, a Center for Bioinformatics, and a Section of Systems Biology. It also includes one of the clinical research areas of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
The center has also established the Ovarian Cancer Research Interest Group in partnership with the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute. The group aims to bring together scientists and physicians working in the field to pool each researcher’s individual expertise to quickly find solutions to cope with the disease.
The event included tours of labs and the Clinical Research Center, led by Dr. sober. Lab presentations were given by leaders of research groups, including J. Richard Pilsner, professor, and Robert J Sokol, MD, endowed chair of molecular obstetrics and gynecology and director of molecular genetics and infertility; Jayanth Ramadoss, Ph.D., professor of obstetrics and gynecology and physiology; and Ayesha Alvero, MD, M.Sc., Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Upcoming events in celebration of the 50th anniversary include:
Discovery To Heal Graduation – Aug 19
Michigan Alliance for Reproductive Technologies and Sciences Symposium – September 16
Symposium – April 2023
50th Anniversary – June 2023
Gala – June 2023
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