MSU opens research center in downtown Grand Rapids

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaks at a ribbon cutting ceremony for MSU's Medical Research Center in Grand Rapids on Sept. 20, 2017.


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The most recent addition to Grand Rapids’ medical mile was officially dedicated Wednesday, and with some big names in attendance.

The Michigan State University Grand Rapids Research Center was dedicated during a ribbon cutting ceremony by university officials and others who contributed to the $88.1 million facility.

The center is meant to bring innovative medicine and leading minds in the health field to West Michigan. Researchers there will work on new treatments for a number of conditions including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, cancer, and autism.

Attendees included former U.S. Ambassador Peter Secchia, Betsy and Dick DeVos, and Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley. Secchia was a major motivating factor in bringing MSU’s School of Human Medicine to Grand Rapids. The DeVoses donated to the project.

Betsy DeVos spoke about the importance of the facility from her role as the U.S. Education Secretary.

“This new medical research center is a testament to the importance of research in a university’s pursuit of truth,” she said. “It’s about the process of testing ideas and questions and preparing students to tackle real world challenges. I eagerly anticipate the many contributions made by those who will populate this center.”

The 162,800 square-foot research center is the second major addition for MSU in Grand Rapids and Secchia said he anticipates more facilities being built on the same site in the coming years.

The building will be open for public tours from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. For more information, visit the MSU College of Human Medicine’s website.