CUIMC Update - April 13, 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.


Dean Linda P. Fried Awarded Kober Medal for Scientific and Mentorship Achievements
The 2022 George M. Kober Medal awarded by the Association of American Physicians recognizes Mailman's Dean Linda P. Fried, MD, MPH, for her groundbreaking contributions to the science of healthy aging, particularly the science defining the clinical syndrome of frailty and for prevention of frailty, disability, and cardiovascular disease. Read more.

Tomorrow: COVID-19 Campus Update Forum
Faculty, researchers, and staff are invited to a COVID-19 Campus Update Forum tomorrow, Thursday, April 14, at 4 p.m. on Zoom. You may submit up to two questions until 5 p.m. today to Register here

Columbia Accelerates Research into Next-Generation Radiation Therapies
Heavy ions could radically improve radiation therapy for cancer treatment, but research is needed to understand how they work. With the aid of a new instrument at Columbia, scientists aim to find out. Read more.

Annual Interprofessional Education Day Includes Focus on Health Equity
This year’s Interprofessional Education Day involved nearly 1,600 CUIMC students and 240 faculty members who addressed how health professionals can actively provide antiracist, inclusive, and equitable care through health care teamwork. Read more

Tradition Takes a Twist at Transition Ceremony for VP&S Class of 2024
Second-year medical students celebrated their transition to patient-centered learning at the Steven Z. Miller Student Clinician's Ceremony where they were cloaked in their white coats by faculty members and recited a class oath they co-wrote. Due to the pandemic, the class had a virtual white coat ceremony in August 2020. Read more

Is a Second COVID Vaccine Booster Right for You?
Columbia infectious disease expert Marcus Pereira, MD, explains what is known about the benefits of a second COVID vaccine booster. Read more



Anil K. Rustgi, MD, Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, will receive $1,930,000 over four years from the NIH for “Networks for functional regulation of pancreatic acinar-ductal metaplasia and epithelial plasticity.”

Neil Shneider, MD, PhD, Neurology, will receive $417,806 over two years from MeiraGTx for “Meira Research Agreement ALS.”

Marisa Spann, PhD, and Jacquelyn Taylor, PhD, Irving Institute, will receive $4,191,058 over five years from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences for “NRSA Training Core.”

Janet Sparrow, PhD, Ophthalmology, will receive $1,620,000 from the National Eye Institute for “Impact of Lipofuscin in Retinal Pigment Epithelial Cells.”

Yiyi Zhang, PhD, Medicine, will receive $3,497,976 over five years from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for “Optimize Risk Assessment for Incident and Recurrent Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease.” 



Timothy Wang, MD, Medicine, and Kelley Yan, MD, PhD, Medicine, were awarded 2022 Annual Recognition Prizes from the American Gastroenterological Association. Read more.


Institute of Human Nutrition Special Event - A Community Conversation with Hon. Rolando T. Acosta, April 14, 5 p.m., Alumni Auditorium, attend in person or online, read more.

Communicating Your Credibility, April 20, noon, The Forum at Columbia University, attend in person or online, register here

API Employee Resource Group Presents: Virtual Healing Circle with CopeColumbia, April 20, 3:30 p.m., register here.  

Visionary Woman in Science: Remembering and Celebrating the Life of Zena A. Stein, April 22, 1 p.m., Alumni Auditorium, attend in person or online, register here

Financial Empowerment Workshop Series

  • April 26, Legacy and Generational Wealth Planning, noon, register here
  • April 27, Make No Assumptions: Reducing Health Care Disparities for People with Disability, 3 p.m. register here
  • June 7, Make your Money Work for You—Grow Your Wealth (Investing 101), noon, register here

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

For more events, visit the CUIMC Events listing.