CUIMC Update - August 2, 2023

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.


Boosting Diversity in Clinical Trials
When Desirée Walker was diagnosed with breast cancer, she joined the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center’s patient advocacy board as a voice for women of color, advocating for greater diversity in clinical trials by reducing barriers and building community trust in the medical establishment. Read more.

Female Athletes and Sports Injuries
Women who play sports are at greater risk for injury than their male counterparts, and sports injuries are happening to younger and younger patients. Columbia orthopedic surgeon Lauren Redler, MD, and Columbia obstetrician-gynecologist Tal Sarig-Meth, MD, share some of the reasons female athletes may be at higher risk for injury and offer prevention and management strategies. Read more.

A Successful Transplant Patient, 20 Years Later
When Ethan Glaser needed a liver transplant as a toddler, his parents sought care from the experts at NewYork-Presbyterian/CUIMC and his father, Chad, stepped up to become his living donor. Twenty years later, Ethan is thriving. Read more.

Mailman Survey Shows Impact of Mentorship
A Mailman School of Public Health study based on surveys from students in the Mentoring of Students and Igniting Community (MOSAIC) program found that mentorship for BIPOC and first-generation students can improve their experiences and may help them meet their educational and professional goals. Read more.

What to Know About Kids' Summer Skin Care
Summer is the time for exposure to things that makes kids’ skin itch, sting, and burn, like sun, salt, chlorine, sweat, bugs, and plants. Christine Lauren, MD, a Columbia pediatric dermatologist, discusses the best sunscreen for kids and more. Read more.


Request for Nominations: Mentor of the Year Award
Aug. 3, online
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ColumbiaDoctors Outreach With Dentistry and Children's Health
Aug. 8, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Haven Plaza, Haven Avenue between Fort Washington Avenue and 169 Street
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Our Health at 1.5 Degrees and Beyond
Aug. 11, 11:15 a.m., Black Building, 650 W. 168 St., Room 16-419
Register here.

ColumbiaDoctors Outreach With Dentistry and Radiology
Aug. 15, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Haven Plaza, Haven Avenue between Fort Washington Avenue and 169 Street
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Ellen Spilker: $1,646,821 over one year from the Health Resources and Services Administration for "HPSL - Dentistry."


Jessica Justman, MD, ICAP: $342,734 over three years for a subaward from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for "Using geospatial science to maximize the opportunity to access ART in Africa."


Donna Farber, PhD, Microbiology & Immunology: $729,588 over three years for a subaward from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust for "Human Atlas of Neonatal Development and Early Life-Immunity (HANDEL-I)."

Pamela Good, MD, Pediatrics: $663,324 over four years from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for "Cellular and Molecular Response to Gentamicin-Induced Injury in Underdeveloped Kidneys."

Jose Luchsinger, MD, Medicine: $649,000 over five years for a subaward from the National Institute on Aging for "Phase II randomized controlled trial of benfotiamine in early Alzheimer's Disease."

Alexander Sobolevsky, PhD, Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics: $2,302,505 over five years from the National Cancer Institute for "Structure and function of Transient Receptor Potential channels."

Mary Sublette, MD, PhD, Psychiatry: $620,020 over five years for a subaward from the National Institute of Mental Health for "Nutritional deficiency and dopamine: A neurodevelopmental study of starvation effects in adolescent anorexia nervosa."

Stavros Thomopoulos, PhD, Orthopedic Surgery: $2,513,675 over five years from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases for "Biomimetic approaches for enthesis tissue engineering."



Kara E. Rudolph, PhD, Epidemiology, won the 2023 Rothman Epidemiology Prize for the best article published in the journal Epidemiology

Silvia Martins, MD, PhD, Epidemiology, was elected as a senior board member for IAPHS.


Ashley Graham-Perel, EdD, has been named a National Black Nurses Association 2023 Under 40 awardee.


Pavi Guttipatti received the Glorney-Raisbeck Medical Student Grant in Cardiovascular Research from the New York Academy of Medicine.



The New York Times
For Adults With No Heart Attack or Stroke History, Evidence Says Not to Start Baby Aspirin
Jul 26, 2023 - Dr. Joshua Willey, an associate professor of neurology and a stroke specialist at the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, said the risk-benefit calculation would also differ for each patient, depending on how long they had been on aspirin and why their doctor recommended the pill in the first place.

CNN Online
With Climate Change, Health Care Providers Should Be More Mindful of Heat-Related Illness, Doctors Say
Jul 27, 2023 - Heat stroke is not an actual stroke. It’s when the body quickly overheats and can no longer use its usual tricks like sweat to cool itself down. Providers need to cool the person quickly, ideally within the first half-hour of symptoms. Often, though, without an alert system like they might have for standard stroke, emergency room staffers are scrambling to help those patients, according to Dr. Cecilia Sorensen, an emergency room doctor who is director of the Global Consortium on Climate and Health Education at Columbia University.

How Late in the Day Can You Drink Coffee? What Time You Can Have Your Last Cup and Still Fall Asleep at Night
Jul 25, 2023 - The half-life for caffeine is roughly four to six hours, which means half of the dosage of caffeine is still in your system four to six hours after consumption. However, some people become more sensitive to caffeine as they get older and may need more than eight hours to process caffeine, according to Dr. Marie-Pierre St-Onge, an associate professor of nutritional medicine at Columbia University Irving Medical Center.