CUIMC Update - Jan. 10, 2022

January 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.


Omicron Update: Thoughts From Columbia’s Infectious Diseases Chief
Just two months after omicron emerged on the scene, many of the uncertainties about the new variant are starting to become clear. Read more.

Where the Pandemic May Take Us in 2022
Mailman professor Jeffrey Shaman, PhD, describes what we can expect next from the omicron variant and what his models suggest about case numbers in the month ahead. Read more

In Case You Missed It: Campus Update Forum
Last week’s campus update forum discussed information regarding COVID-19 plans for spring 2022 and the campus work environment for faculty, researchers, and staff. View recording

Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
On Jan. 13 at 3 p.m., all CUIMC faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend the virtual panel discussion, “Bold Conversations on Race for Healing & Reshaping Our Medical Center Community: Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” A panel discussion that features VP&S faculty members Hilda Hutcherson, MD, Christine H. Rohde, MD, and Diego Jaramillo, MD, will be moderated by Mailman's Robert Fullilove, EdD. The event is hosted by CopeColumbia in collaboration with CUIMC Human Resources and the CUIMC Office of Faculty Professional Development, Diversity & Inclusion. Register here

As Equity and Justice Fellows, VP&S Students Work Toward Anti-Racist Medical Curriculum  
Columbia medical students chosen as equity and justice fellows are cultivating change by applying an anti-racist lens to the VP&S curriculum. Read more.



David Ho, MD, Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center, will receive $298,807 over one year from the Gates (Bill and Melinda) Foundation for “COVID-19 mAb discovery.”

Meyer Kattan, MD, Pediatrics, will receive $3,176,345 over seven years from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for “CAUSE Clinical Research Center New York (CAUSE-CRC)” and $559,664 over eight months from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for a subaward of “Childhood Asthma in Urban Settings (CAUSE)- Leadership Center.”

Rudolph Leibel, MD, Dympna Gallagher, EdD, Laurel Mayer, MD, and Michael Rosenbaum, MD, Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center, will receive $250,000 over one year from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for “Predictors of Recidivism to Obesity in Weight-Reduced Individuals.” Leibel will also receive $1,040,745 over five years from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for “Short Term Training Grant.” 

Mary Beth Terry, PhD, Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, will receive $387,313 over one year from STAND UP TO CANCER for a subaward of “DISRUPT: Diversity & IncluSion in Research Underpining Prevention & Therapy Trials.”


Nischay Mishra, PhD, Center for Infection & Immunity, will receive $404,961 over one year from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development for a subaward of “Diagnosing and predicting risk in children with SARS-CoV-2-related illness.”



Linda P. Fried, MD, Dean, was named to PoliticsNY’s “Power Players in Health Care.” Read more


2022 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Jan. 17, view volunteer opportunities.   

Stress Management and Self Care, Jan. 11, noon, register here

IHPE Grand Rounds - Dr. Cecilia Sorensen - "From The Atmosphere to The Human-Sphere: Climate Change and Human Health," Jan. 18, noon, register here.

Mental Health, Equity & Resilience, Jan. 20, 1:30 p.m., register here

Resilience, The Gift of Adversity, Jan. 26, 1 p.m., register here

A Conversation with Guy Stern, PhD, Jan. 26, 4 p.m., register here.

Columbia Commons IPE Day: Call for Abstracts, by Feb. 11, view guidelines

For more events, visit the CUIMC Events listing.