CUIMC Update - January 11, 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.


Day of Service: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 16
In the spirit of service and to honor Dr. King's legacy, the Office of Government and Community Affairs invites all CUIMC students, staff, and faculty to spend time volunteering this weekend. Post your volunteering pictures on social media with the hashtags #MLKDay and #CUIMCGivesBack, or send to

Columbia Expert on Obesity and Kids Reacts to New Treatment Guidelines
Jennifer Woo Baidal, MD, a pediatric gastroenterologist, discusses the updated childhood obesity guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics and what parents of overweight or obese children should know. Dr. Woo Baidal is the inaugural director of the Pediatric Obesity Initiative in the VP&S Department of Pediatrics. Read more.

VP&S Class of 2025 Celebrates Transition to Clinical Education
The Steven Z. Miller Student Clinician’s Ceremony kicks off the Class of 2025's transition to its Major Clinical Year, a series of rotations through hospital and ambulatory settings in the CUIMC/NYP system and affiliated hospitals. Read more.

The One Exercise You Should Do: The One That Keeps You Moving
Physical therapists with Columbia Physical Therapy look at the whole body as a unit to diagnose and treat pain and other issues. Rami Said, DPT, discusses the importance of movement for your physical health and the biggest obstacle to exercise for many. Read more.

CUIMC Experts Address Health Disparities
A coalition of clinicians and researchers has teamed up with community-based partners and health care workers throughout the city to address health disparities by tackling multiple chronic diseases at the same time, producing opportunities for research and sustainable interventions. Read more.


Data Science for Public Health Summit
Jan. 13, 8 a.m., Allan Rosenfield Building, 722 W. 168th Street, 8th Floor Auditorium
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CUIMC Women in Science Lecture Series: Perfectly Imperfect Pathways for Success
Jan. 17, 4 p.m., online
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Solidarity & Unity in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Panel Discussion
Jan. 19, 3 p.m., online
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Exploring the Ethics of Maternal Healthcare Post-Roe
Jan. 19, 6:15 p.m., online
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Creating the Fourth Chapter of Human Genomics
Jan. 20, 12 p.m., Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, 1130 St. Nicholas Ave., 1st Floor Auditorium
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International Holocaust Remembrance Day: StoryFile AI conversational video
Jan. 24, 5 p.m., Columbia School of Nursing, 560 W. 168 St., 7th floor
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The Importance of Well-Being for Delivering Exceptional Performance
Jan. 25, 12:30 p.m., Faculty Club, 630 W. 168 St., 4th Floor
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Autism: From "Neuroplacentology" to Your Offices and Patients
Jan. 25, 6 p.m., online
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Bioethics in Film: From Screen to Seminar – "Seizing Hope"
Jan. 26, 6 p.m., online
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Kathleen Hickey Endowed Lectureship in Cardiovascular Care
Feb. 9, 4 p.m., Columbia School of Nursing, 560 W. 168 St., 7th Floor
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Ami Zota, ScD, Environmental Health Sciences: $470,219 over three years for a subaward from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences for "Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl substances mixtures and maternal cardiovascular disease risk across the reproductive life course."


Ruth Masterson Creber, PhD: $3,248,345 over four years from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for "Randomized comparison of the clinical Outcome of single versus Multiple Arterial grafts: Cognition."

Meghan Turchioe, PhD: $732,338 over three years from the National Institute of Nursing Research for "Data-driven shared decision-making to reduce symptom burden in atrial fibrillation."


Luke Berchowitz, PhD, Genetics & Development: $2,247,365 over five years from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences for "Elucidating the regulation and function of amyloid-like assemblies."

Angela Christiano, PhD, Dermatology: $1,099,998 over two years from the National Cancer Institute for "Senescence-on-a-chip: Building a microphysiological 3D skin model."

Remi Creusot, PhD, and Megan Sykes, MD, Medicine: $699,998 over two years from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International for "In vivo analysis of human islet graft infiltration and its immunomodulation by antigen-specific therapy."

Kanwal Farooqi, MD, Pediatrics: $854,280 over five years from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for "A Study Implementing Models for Mechanical Circulatory Support Presurgical Assessment in Congenital Heart Disease Treatment (IMMPACT)."

Jose Gutierrez, MD, Neurology: $4,047,865 over five years from the National Institute on Aging for "Vascular contributions to HIV-associated Neurocognitive Disorders (HAND)."

Michael Myers, PhD, Psychiatry: $582,306 over three years for a subaward from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism for "Neurodevelopmental Effects of Prenatal Exposure to Maternal Drinking, Smoking and Adverse Psychosocial Factors: Deep Phenotyping of Infant CNS and ANS Function."

Benjamin Smith, MD, Medicine, and Julie Herbstman, PhD, Mailman School of Public Health, Environmental Health Sciences: $2,619,486 over four years from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for "Airway trees in the Anthropocene: Defining resilient airway trees and identifying the candidate mechanisms and etiologic factors that increase susceptibility to tobacco smoke and air pollution."



Roberto Lewis-Fernández, Psychiatry, is the 2023 recipient of the American Psychiatric Association’s Distinguished Service Award.

A paper written by J. John Mann, MD, Psychiatry and Radiology, and colleagues was noted as one of JAMA Psychiatry’s “Most Talked About Articles of 2022.”



CNN Online
Omicron Offshoot XBB.1.5 Could Drive New Covid-19 Surge in U.S.
Jan 3, 2023 - Dr. David Ho, professor of microbiology and immunology at Columbia University, recently tested viruses engineered to have the spikes of XBB and XBB.1 as well as BQ.1 and BQ 1.1 in his lab against antibodies from the blood of people who’d been infected, who were vaccinated with the original and new bivalent vaccines, and who’d been both infected and vaccinated.

U.S. News & World Report
Who Will Respond Best to Ketamine for Severe Depression? New Study Takes a Look
Dec 29, 2022 - Researchers are getting closer to figuring out who will respond best to ketamine therapy and why, said Dr. Joshua Berman, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Columbia University Irving Medical Center in New York City. "We can't say you should or shouldn't take ketamine or how fast you will respond based on this study, but it's a step along the way," said Berman, who has no ties to the new research.

The Washington Post
Climate Change Puts More Women at Risk for Domestic Violence
Jan 3, 2023 - Terry McGovern, who heads the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, called the scientific evidence for this connection “overwhelming.” “Heat waves, floods, climate-induced disasters increase sexual harassment, mental and physical abuse, femicide, reduce economic and educational opportunity and increase the risk of trafficking due to forced migration,” said McGovern.