CUIMC Update - Jan. 24, 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.


Free 60-Day Citi Bike Memberships for CUIMC Employees

  • CUIMC employees are eligible for a free 60-day Citi Bike membership. Enrollment must be completed by Feb. 7. Read more and follow these instructions to sign up:
  • Go to and log in or join. Under Annual Membership, click Select. 
  • Click Enter promo code and use IDD8WYW2 in the pop-up, then click Done. Please do not share this code.
  • Enter your work email address and click Verify for an email to be sent to complete verification. 

Once verified, you will see the discounted membership price. Finish checking out.

In Case You Missed It: Campus Update Forum
Last week’s Campus Update Forum for faculty, researchers, and staff shared updates on COVID-19 plans for spring 2022 and the campus work environment. In case you missed it, a recording of the forum has been made available online. View recording

IT Launches Upgrade to Network
CUIMC IT has launched a three-year project to upgrade the campus network. The upgrade will increase access to Wi-Fi, increase the speed of the Internet on campus, and help thwart ever-increasing external threats. The upgrade is part of the mission of the CUIMC Infrastructure Services Team to provide an easily accessible, high performing, and secure network infrastructure to support research, patient care, and classroom instruction throughout the medical center. Read this and other news in the latest CUIMC IT newsletter.

Mailman Epidemiologists Develop Advanced State-of-the-Art Tool for Measuring the Pace of Aging  
A new state-of-the-art blood test from Mailman researchers, DunedinPACE, measures whether you are aging quickly or slowly and focuses on changes occurring over the recent past. Read more.

To Stop Blood Cancer, Target the Bone
New VP&S research suggests a better approach to treating acute myeloid leukemia: target normal cells that create bone rather than directly target the diseased cells themselves. Read more

Is Intermittent Fasting Sustainable?
A new clinical trial led by VP&S endocrinologist Blandine Laferrère, MD, PhD, seeks volunteers to determine if intermittent fasting leads to long-term weight loss and health benefits. Read more



Jeanine Marie D'Armiento, MD, Anesthesiology, will receive $859,380 over three years from the Army Medical Research and Materiel Command for “LAM Pilot Study with Nilotinib LAMP-2.”

Simon John, PhD, Ophthalmology, will receive $2,357,734 over four years from the National Eye Institute for “Models, mechanisms and treatment of LMX1B-induced glaucoma” and $1,000,000 over three years from the BrightFocus Foundation for “Selective Targeting of Schlemm’s Canal Inner Wall for Next-Generation Glaucoma Drugs: Subpart D.”

Vadim Ten, MD, PhD, and Richard Joseph Deckelbaum, MD, Pediatrics, will receive $2,831,317 over five years from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for “Omega 3 fatty acids, acute neuroprotection via mitochondria.”


Iuliana Ionita-Laza, PhD, and Ying Wei, PhD, Biostatistics, will receive $1,631,862 over three years from the National Institute on Aging for “Multi-omics approaches for gene discovery in Alzheimer's Disease.”


Maureen George, PhD, RN, and Jean-Marie Bruzzese, PhD, Division of Scholarship & Research, will receive $415,738 over two years from the National Institute of Nursing Research for “The Development and Pilot Testing of a Caregiver-Child Shared Decision-Making Intervention to Improve Asthma in Urban Youth.”



Two research teams have received pilot grant awards from the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center and Columbia Engineering for projects at the intersection of cancer and engineering. Read more


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

A Conversation with Guy Stern, PhD, with opening remarks from Dean Rustgi, Jan. 26, 4 p.m., register here.

CUIMC Grand Rounds: “Longevity Research and the Clinic: The geroscience hypothesis,” Jan. 26, 4:30 p.m., register here

Sports Cardiology: Protection of the Athletic Heart, Jan. 27, 6 p.m., register here

How Physicians Partnered with the Nazi Regime: Possible Lessons for Today, Jan. 27, 6:30 p.m., register here.  

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

What Pediatricians and Obstetricians Should Know About Prenatal Genetic Testing Today, Feb. 16, 6 p.m., register here

For more events, visit the CUIMC Events listing.