CUIMC Update - August 30, 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.


Mandatory Online Compliance Training
This morning you may have received an email from Sabacloud asking you to complete compliance training. To see what courses are assigned to you and complete your training, log in with your UNI and password to the University’s learning management system (ELM) and click on “My Learning Plan.” Learn more.

How to Travel with a Chronic Condition
Living with a chronic condition can make travel seem daunting, but resources are available to help travelers continue medical care. Seth Feltheimer, MD, shares tips for planning your travel when you have a chronic condition. Read more.

Rally for Medical Research in Washington, D.C.
CUIMC Government & Community Affairs invites you to participate in the 2023 Rally for Medical Research on Thursday, Sept. 14, in Washington, D.C., to urge Congress to provide robust, sustainable, and predictable increases in NIH funding in 2024 and beyond. Register here.

Charting the Destructive Power of Hurricanes
As climate change warms the oceans, hurricanes like the one that fueled deadly wildfires in Maui are increasingly common. A Mailman School of Public Health study examining hurricanes affecting the United States finds that the majority of related deaths took place in recent years in socially vulnerable counties. Read more.

Why Do Your Hands Get Cold?
When your hands are always cold, you might assume it's because of poor circulation, but it can be a sign of a more serious health condition. Columbia vascular surgeon Nicholas Morrissey, MD, shares what you should know about cold hands. Read more.


Request for Applications: TL1 Postdoctoral Fellow Program
Aug. 31, online
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Request for Applications: Reach for the First R01 Workshop
Sept. 1, online
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ColumbiaDoctors Outreach With Nurse Practitioner Group
Sept. 5, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Haven Plaza, Haven Avenue between Fort Washington Avenue and 169 Street
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Fair Access and Equity of Individualized Interventions for Ultrarare Genetic Conditions
Sept. 8, 12 p.m., online
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CUIMC Open Forum
Sept. 11, 8 a.m., Black Building, 650 W. 168 St., Alumni Auditorium
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Why is Team Science so Hard? The Impact of Academic Culture on Interdisciplinary Collaboration
Sept. 12, 4 p.m., online
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"Below the Belt: The Last Health Taboo" Film Screening & Panel
Sept. 14, 5:30 p.m., Black Building, 650 W. 168 St., Alumni Auditorium and Schaefer Awards Gallery
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Bioethics in Film: From Screen to Seminar - "The Silent Child"
Sept. 19, 12 p.m., online
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Ruby Fayorsey, MD, ICAP: $1,140,548 over five years for a subaward from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for "Delivering Comprehensive and Sustainable HIV/AIDS Clinical and Community Services to Achieve HIV Epidemic Control in Subnational Units in Nigeria under the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)."

Muhammad Parvez, DrPH, Environmental Health Sciences: $2,157,462 over three years from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences for "Developmental Exposure to Arsenic: Pneumonia, Immunity, and Microbiome (DEAPIM)."


Vivette Denise D'Agati, MD, Pathology & Cell Biology: $403,025 over five years for a subaward from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for "The role of Vpr-mediated cell cycle dysregulation in HIV-associated kidney disease."

George Hripcsak, MD, Biomedical Informatics: $551,048 over one year for a subaward from the Office of the NIH Director for "All of Us Research Program Data and Research Center."

Adam Mor, MD, PhD, and Robert Winchester, MD, Medicine: $3,688,360 over four years from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for "A systematic approach to uncover the basic mechanisms of checkpoint inhibitor immune related adverse events."

George Musa, PhD, Psychiatry: $572,018 over five years for a subaward from the National Institute of Mental Health for "Uncovering the Invisible Risks for Suicide: Nationally Representative Samples of Youth in Guyana."

Reem Waziry, PhD, Neurology: $261,684 over two years from the National Institute on Aging for "Biological Aging, the Proteome, and Cognitive Resilience among Ischemic Stroke Survivors."

Howard Worman, MD, Medicine: $1,387,558 over five years for a subaward from the National Institute on Aging for "Role for prelamin A in premature and physiological aging."



Yasmine El-Shamayleh, PhD, Neuroscience, and Vikram Gadagkar, PhD, Neuroscience, were recipients of 2023 McKnight Scholar Awards.

Nina Yoh, MD, Neurosurgery, received the 2023 Conquer Cancer's Sontag Foundation Young Investigator Award.



Gender-Affirming Surgeries Nearly Triple as States Enact Restrictions
Aug 23, 2023 - Dr. Jason D. Wright, the study's lead author and an associate professor of gynecologic oncology at Columbia University, said the purpose of the study was to get an accurate count on such operations at hospitals and outpatient surgery centers. "More patients have had access to these procedures," Wright said. "Not only are most of these procedures very safe from a complication standpoint, but they're also associated with favorable outcomes with relatively high rates of patient satisfaction."

The New York Times
A First Look From NASA’s New Air Pollution Satellite
Aug 24, 2023 - One of the places scientists are gathering data at a granular local level is New York City. “We’re hoping to have better models and better prediction on the street level,” said Yoshira Ornelas Van Horne, a professor of environmental health at Columbia University and another TEMPO collaborator.

Fox News Online
Look Who's Experimenting With Marijuana Today More Than Any Other Age Group
Aug 19, 2023 - "For seniors, experimenting with marijuana for the first time is driven" by several factors, Dr. Elie G. Aoun, addiction and forensic psychiatrist at Columbia University in New York City, told Fox News Digital. These include "a combination of physical ailments, the increased cultural acceptance of marijuana, and the marketing efforts aimed at promoting marijuana as a therapeutic agent," added Aoun, who is also a member of the American Psychiatric Association board of trustees.