CUIMC Update - August 10, 2022

August 10, 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.


Summer of Science
Nearly three dozen HBCU students got hands-on research experience and mentoring this summer in the E.E. Just Biomedical Research Scholars Program, one of CUIMC’s newest pipeline programs. Read more.

New York City Switch to Clean Buses Cut Air Pollution
A recent study from researchers at Mailman School of Public Health found that the transition of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus fleet in New York City to cleaner fuels and engines was followed by declines in air pollution, particularly nitrous oxide. Read more.

Breastfeeding: Are You Doing It Right?
Breastfeeding Medicine at Columbia Pediatrics is a unique service for any mom with questions about nursing and lactation. Melissa Glassman, MD, assistant clinical professor of pediatrics at VP&S and international board-certified lactation consultant, discusses helpful tips for successful breastfeeding. Read more.

VP&S Dermatologist Explains: What Is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is more complex than it might seem. It is a chronic, inflammatory disease that requires diligent management, and individuals with psoriasis experience higher rates of several comorbidities. Larisa Geskin, MD, professor of dermatology at VP&S, discusses the disease and how it is treated. Read more.

Three Things Women Should Know About Fertility and Pregnancy
Jessica Opoku-Anane, MD, assistant professor of obstetrics & gynecology, explains important facts about reproductive health. Read more. 


StudioLab DrawingBoard
Wednesdays, 6 p.m., online
Sign up here.

ISSO Newly Arrived J-1 Faculty and Researchers Orientation
Aug. 16, 11 a.m., online
Register here. 

Situational Awareness Training
Aug. 19, 10 a.m., online
Register here.

The Biology of Aging Special Seminar with Dr. Jan Hoeijmakers 
Aug. 22, 3 p.m., Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center
Register here. 

New Frontiers in Cancer Research and Care: The Next 50 Years
Sept. 15, 1:30 p.m., Vagelos Education Center
Read more.

For more events, visit the CUIMC Events listing.



R. Graham Barr, MD, DrPH, and Elizabeth Oelsner, MD, Medicine: $10,000,000 over four years from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for a subaward of “NIH RECOVER: A Multi-site Observational Study of Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 Infection in Adults.” 

Wei Gu, PhD, Institute for Cancer Genetics: $6,402,812 over seven years from the National Cancer Institute for “p53-mediated metabolic regulation in tumor suppression.” 

James Noble, MD, and Panos Papapanou, DDS, Taub Institute: $3,970,497 over five years from the National Institute on Aging for “A Longitudinal Study of Periodontal Infections and Alzheimer’s Disease: The WHICAP Ancillary Study of Oral Health.” 

Anil Rustgi, MD, HICCC: $10,000,000 over three years from Pfizer for “Columbia Pfizer Clinical Trials Diversity Initiative.” 


Kiros Berhane, PhD, and Christine Mauro, PhD, Biostatistics: $1,212,989 over four years from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for “Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics and Data Science at Columbia.” 

Julie Franks, PhD, ICAP: $43,129,160 over five years from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief for “Sustain and Accelerate a Comprehensive HIV Response in the United Republic of Tanzania under PEPFAR.” 

Nischay Mishra, PhD, Center for Infection and Immunity: $971,998 over five years from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for a subaward of “Investigation and Treatment of Undiagnosed Neuroinflammatory Diseases.” 

Matthew Perzanowski, PhD, Environmental Health Sciences: $2,948,318 over five years from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences for “Mold Policy Intervention in New York City Public Housing and Asthma Morbidity.” 

Wan Yang, PhD, Epidemiology: $2,171,230 over five years from the National Cancer Institute for “UNCOVER: underlying novel causes of onset of very early cancer research.” 


Rebecca Schnall, PhD, RN, Division of Scholarship and Research: $733,466 over two years from the National Institute of Mental Health for “Development and Testing of MyPEEPS Mobile for Young Transgender Men.” 



Five teams of researchers from Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons have been awarded one-year CaMPR and CaMPR-ISP pilot awards from the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. Read about this year's recipients here.


The Government of Japan has awarded Salim S. Abdool Karim, PhD, and Quarraisha Abdool Karim, PhD, with the Fourth Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize for Medical Research for their work on HIV/AIDS and COVID-19 in Africa. Read about their award here.


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National Public Radio
How to Protect Against the Monkeypox Virus
Jul 31, 2022 - NPR's Ayesha Rascoe speaks to Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr, professor of epidemiology and medicine at Columbia University, about how monkeypox spreads and how people can protect themselves from the virus.  

Wall Street Journal
More Polio Virus Found in New York Wastewater
Aug 5, 2022 - Good hand hygiene is critical for preventing infection, said Vincent Racaniello, a microbiology and immunology professor at Columbia University who studies poliovirus. “They can have contamination on their hands, shake hands with someone else, and that starts an infection.”

Opinion: Paxlovid rebound happens, though why and to whom are still a mystery
Aug 3, 2022 - Note: Joan Bregstein, the author of this opinion piece, is a professor of pediatrics (in emergency medicine) at the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. Columbia faculty David Ho and Joachim Frank were also featured in the piece.