CUIMC Update - Apr. 27, 2022

April 27, 2022

CUIMC Update is a weekly e-newsletter featuring medical center news and the accomplishments of our faculty, staff, and trainees. Please send your news, honors, and awards to Grants are provided by the Sponsored Projects Administration office.


Oprah's New Documentary Features Columbia Doctor
A documentary examining racial health disparities and practices will include a segment with VP&S pediatrician Hetty Cunningham, MD. The documentary, “The Color of Care,” is produced by Oprah Winfrey and will air May 1 on the Smithsonian Channel. Read more

CUIMC Initiative Receives Federal Community Project Funding
The COVID-19 Northern Manhattan Community Mental Wellness Corps, a new initiative to address mental health disparities in Northern Manhattan and parts of the Bronx, has received federal funding. U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat visited CUIMC last week to present the funding to Milton Wainberg, MD, professor of clinical psychiatry at VP&S and the New York State Psychiatric Institute; Katrina Armstrong, MD, chief executive officer of CUIMC and dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons; and Blair Simpson, MD, PhD, interim chair of psychiatry at VP&S. Read more

Call for Faculty Mentors: Ernest E. Just Biomedical Research Scholars at Columbia
The Ernest E. Just Biomedical Research Scholars at Columbia is a partnership between UNCF/Ernest E. Just Life Science Initiative and Columbia University to provide Black undergraduate and graduate students with research opportunities and access to mentors at CUIMC and the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center. Faculty researchers are needed to mentor students participating in the program this summer with an emphasis on research, academic enrichment, and professional development didactic instruction. Apply to be a mentor.

CUIMC Faculty, Staff, Students Volunteer at Armory After-school Program
Columbia physicians, staff, and students led children in the Armory's after-school programs through exercise drills, stretches, and relay races. The event connects young people to health care providers in their community. Read more

Register Now for Columbia's 2022 Velocity Ride and Save
Velocity, Columbia's Ride to End Cancer, will take place on Sunday, Oct. 2. Sign up now through Wednesday, May 25, and your registration fee will be waived. Read more about Velocityregister here, and/or meet Velocity reps at Public Safety’s Ride Your Bike to Campus Day on Friday, April 29, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. in Haven Plaza.

Widespread Brain Receptor Hides Surprising Mechanism of Action
One of the most important molecules in the brain doesn’t work quite the way scientists thought it did, according to new work by researchers at VP&S and Carnegie Mellon. Read more

Mailman Students Aim to Address Social and Racial Myths In Global Public Health
Alejandra Paniagua-Avila and Joanne Michelle F. Ocampo, students in Mailman’s Doctor of Public Health program, are recipients of a Columbia University Life racial justice mini-grant to create a three-part seminar series on the social and racial misconceptions and biases that continue to influence global public health education and practice. Read more



Joan Bathon, MD, and Robert Winchester, MD, Medicine, will receive $981,876 over five years from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases for “Multidisciplinary Training in Molecular and Translational Rheumatology Research.”

Catherine Clelland, PhD, Taub Institute, will receive $1,725,811 over three years from the National Institute on Aging for “Tetrahydrobiopterin Effects on Cognitive Function in Alzheimer’s Disease: Biochemical, Molecular and Cognitive Analysis.”

Philip De Jager, MD, PhD, Neurology, will receive $8,141,690 over five years from the National Institute on Aging for “Alzheimer variants: Propagation of shared functional changes across cellular networks.”

Diego Jaramillo, MD, Radiology, will receive $3,116,179 over five years from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development for “Understanding Skeletal Growth Using Diffusion Tensor Imaging of the Physis and Metaphysis.”

Daichi Shimbo, MD, and Jeanine Genkinger, PhD, Irving Institute, will receive $7,028,100 over five years from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences for “Institutional Career Development Core.”



Elizabeth Olson, PhD, Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery, was elected president of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology.  


Make No Assumptions: Reducing Health Care Disparities for People with Disability, April 27, 3 p.m., register here

Psychiatric Mental Health NP Alumni and Student Networking Reception, April 27, 6 p.m., register here.

Second Annual Dr. Lorna M. Breen Lecture, April 28, 4 p.m., in person in Alumni Auditorium or via Zoom. Register to attend the lecture and read more about the event

Community Document Shred Fest & Electronics Destruction, April 29, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., read more.                            

Palliative Care Throughout the Lifespan CPA Virtual Info Session, May 4, 6 p.m., register here and read more.

Institute of Human Nutrition Academic Retreat & Wu Lectureship, May, 11:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., register here.

ADHD Update: What Pediatricians & Families Should Know, May 17, 6 p.m., register here

Call for Applications: Columbia Global Mental Health Programs 2022-2023 Council Grants Program, through June 1, read more

Financial Empowerment Workshop Series: Make your Money Work for You—Grow Your Wealth (Investing 101), June 7, noon, register here

For more events, visit the CUIMC Events listing.