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MSU Canadian Partnership Forum

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Cross-border collaborations have been critical in shaping perspectives and solutions to some of our world’s biggest problems. The MSU Canadian Partnership (MSUCP) Forum aims to build partnerships between MSU and Canada’s teaching and research institutions in matters related to the Center’s four key focus areas: food and agriculture, environment and energy, health and nutrition, and education.

Forums are held throughout the academic year and are designed to encourage discussion and collaborative thinking to address global challenges and provide well-rounded solutions. Each forum features a MSU faculty speaker and a visiting scholar from one of Canada’s research or teaching institutions. The intended outcome of the visit is a shared partnership between the MSU faculty and the visitor in the line of teaching or research collaborations, grant proposals, or joint publications.

Official Purpose Statement:

The MSU Canadian Partnership Forum features faculty, Canadian partners, and their research to reinforce cross-border connections, advance mutual research and education agendas, and provide insight into important global challenges.


How Can Next Generation Technologies be Adopted in this Generation?

Dr. Day giving a powerpoint presentation

February 13, 2020

Dr. Brad Day
Professor, Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, Michigan State University
Director, Molecular Plant Sciences Graduate Program, Michigan State University
Program Director, National Science Foundation, Division of Integrative Organismal Systems 

National Science Foundation Program Director and MSU Professor Dr. Brad Day discussed point-of-contact diagnostic tools for crop and food management. These portable tools can be deployed in the field, are easy to use, and affordable allowing for smart agriculture in developed and underdeveloped countries. Dr. Day and his team will continue to grow this area of work in an effort to provide practical and effective solutions for food security across the globe.


Speaker Bio


The Role of Neonatal Nutrition in Chronic Disease: The Swine Model

Dr.Ferguson and Dr. Columbus presenting research to an audience

February 4, 2020

Dr. David Ferguson, Assistant Professor Kinesiology Michigan State University
Dr. Dan Columbus, Research Scientist Nutrition Prairie Swine Centre

Early life nutrition and low birth weight can play a major role in adult health. Assistant Professor Dr. David Ferguson and Canadian Research Scientist Dr. Dan Columbus discussed the role of neonatal nutrition in chronic disease using a swine model. Drs. Ferguson and Columbus will continue to collaborate in an effort to determine underlying mechanisms responsible for illnesses like cardiovascular disease in low weight neonatal pigs. These findings will contribute significantly to public health fields and increase productivity in agriculture.


Speaker Bio


The PFAS Exposome and Health

Dr. Carignan presenting research powerpoint

January 15, 2019

Dr. Courtney Carignan, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have been associated with high cholesterol, decreased fertility, and cancer and are used in many industrial and consumer products. Dr. Courtney Carignan, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, highlighted the burden of PFAS exposure in humans during her discussion on ‘The PFAS Exposome and Health.’ Among other PFAS projects, Dr. Carignan also provides technical support to communities in PFAS contaminated areas.