CUIMC Update - August 9, 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.


Understanding ADHD in Women
Diagnosing ADHD in women and girls can be complicated. VP&S psychiatrist Frances Levin, MD, who is leading a national task force developing guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of adults with ADHD, discusses how ADHD presents differently in women and how women with ADHD can get support and treatment. Read more.

What You Should Know About Adult Scoliosis
Adult scoliosis can be different from scoliosis in children and teenagers, especially if it develops later in life, says Columbia neurosurgeon Dean Chou, MD. Chou, who pioneered minimally invasive adult scoliosis treatment options, shared three things to know about scoliosis that begins in adulthood. Read more and watch a video.

Improving Access for Neuroscience PhDs
Two programs in Columbia's Zuckerman Institute aim to create a more inclusive future for neuroscience by equipping undergraduates and recent graduates from underrepresented backgrounds with tools and resources to pursue careers in this field. Read more.

Interaction Between HIV and Mental and Oral Health
A collaborative study led by a multidisciplinary team including researchers from the Mailman School of Public Health hopes to illuminate the relationship between mental and oral health in women living with HIV.  Read more.

How to Stop Bug Bites From Itching
Why do some people get bit by bugs more than others and is it okay to scratch a bite? VP&S pediatric allergist and immunologist Joel Brooks, DO, answers these questions and more. Read more.


Our Health at 1.5 Degrees and Beyond
Aug. 11, 11:15 a.m., Black Building, 650 W. 168 St., Room 16-419
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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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Film Works Alfresco at Haven Plaza: "Hidden Figures"
Aug. 18, 7 p.m., Haven Plaza, Haven Avenue between Fort Washington Avenue and 169 Street
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Electronic Medical Records Boot Camp
Aug. 21, 10 a.m., online
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ColumbiaDoctors Outreach With Nurse Practitioner Group
Aug. 22, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Haven Plaza, Haven Avenue between Fort Washington Avenue and 169 Street
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Wan Yang, PhD, Epidemiology: $452,375 over one year from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for "Using wastewater surveillance data to study SARS-CoV-2 dynamics and predict COVID-19 outcomes."


Gregory Alexander, PhD, and Lusine Poghosyan, PhD: $3,945,306 over four years from the National Institute on Aging for "Impact of Nursing Home Leadership Care Environments and Health Information Technology on Outcomes of Residents with Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD)."


Randy Auerbach, PhD, Psychiatry: $649,180 over five years for a subaward from the National Institute of Mental Health for "Scaling up eConnect in Juvenile Probation Settings: an efficacious digital suicide risk/behavior identification and linkage-to-treatment system."

Catherine Monk, PhD, Obstetrics & Gynecology: $5,235,000 over five years from the Bezos Family Foundation for "Transition to Parenthood - BFF."

Yueqing Peng, PhD, Institute for Genomic Medicine: $2,056,250 over five years from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for "Neural control of NREM sleep in the medulla."

Christiane Reitz, MD, PhD, Sergievsky Center: $4,811,502 over one year for a subaward from the National Institute on Aging for "The Origins of Alzheimer Disease in African Americans."

Amrita Sethi, MD, Medicine: $350,000 over three years for a subaward from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for "Active Disposable Cap for Endoscope Tip Stabilization and Complete Visualization and Dissection of Serrated Sessile Polyps."

Neil Shneider, MD, PhD, Neurology: $400,000 over three years from the ALS Association for "Diversity and Inclusion in ALS Research throughout Greater New York."



Michael Shelanski, MD, PhD, Pathology & Cell Biology, was elected as a fellow of the American Society for Cell Biology.



CNN Online
Opinion: Doctor: What I Didn’t Know Until I Got Skin Cancer
Jul 29, 2023 - As a practicing physician, my life revolves around caring for my patients, helping them stay healthy, educating them about diseases and picking up on the signs of health concerns that need to be addressed. A few weeks ago, however, it became painfully obvious that I had missed the signs of my own major health issue.

Susannah Hills, the author of this opinion piece, is an assistant professor of otolaryngology head and neck surgery at the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons.

The Washington Post
Marijuana Addiction Is Real. Those Struggling Often Face Skepticism.
Jul 31, 2023 - Volunteers taking the drug reported marijuana had less of an effect, without experiencing withdrawal, said Meg Haney, director of the Cannabis Research Laboratory at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, who ran the NIDA-funded study. She said the drug could one day help compulsive users.

NBC News Online
More Women in the U.S. Are Drinking Themselves to Death, Research Finds
Jul 28, 2023 - Katherine Keyes, a professor of epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, said that alcohol has been sold to women as a part of a luxury lifestyle, having a good time and a way to reduce stress. “If you look at who is binge drinking the most, it’s women at midlife,” she said.