CUIMC Update - January 4, 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.


New Year’s Resolutions: What 20 CUIMC Health Professionals Plan for 2023
A new year is a time to make moves toward a happier and healthier self. Dean Katrina Armstrong joins CUIMC doctors, dentists, nurses, and researchers who share some of their resolutions for this year plus tips for making them stick. Read more.

January is National Blood Donor Month
Learn why blood donation is important right now from Eldad Hod, MD, who also discusses the results of his new study and explains why anemia caused by donating blood need not concern you. Read more.

Columbia Doctor Uses Customized Drug to Treat Patient with Ultrarare Disease
For one Columbia patient, precision medicine couldn’t be more precise. Susannah Rosen, 8, a patient of Wendy Chung, MD, PhD, the Kennedy Family Professor of Pediatrics in VP&S, is the first person to receive a drug designed to treat a rare genetic disorder called KAND. Read more.

The Most-Read Stories of 2022 from the School of Nursing
Here’s a look back at the top news of 2022 from the Columbia School of Nursing, including a $5.2 million gift honoring a Class of 1960 alum, the first Scholars’ Day celebrating research by PhD students and post-docs, and the school’s largest-ever research grant. Read more and see CUIMC's top stories.

In Memoriam: Remembering Our Columbia Colleagues
CUIMC extends sympathy to the families and colleagues of these community members who died in 2022. Read more.


Algorithmic Bias and Machine Learning in Health Care
Jan. 12, 4 p.m., online
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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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Exploring the Ethics of Maternal Healthcare Post-Roe
Jan. 19, 6:15 p.m., online
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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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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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Andrea Baccarelli, PhD, Environmental Health Sciences: $274,759 over five years for a subaward from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences for "Effect of Perinatal Exposure to Metals on Lung Function Trajectories and Mitochondrial DNA Heteroplasmy from Childhood to Adolescence."

Nischay Mishra, PhD, Epidemiology: $958,277 over three years from the Department of Agriculture for "Prediction of viral zoonoses and reverse zoonoses using Next Generation Serodiagnostics (NGSeroDx)."


Corina Lelutiu-Weinberger, PhD: $981,844 over three years from the Fogarty International Center for "Preparing for pre-exposure prophylaxis implementation in Central-Eastern European Countries with low access to biomedical prevention."


Frank D'Ovidio, MD, Surgery: $392,000 over two years from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for "Pulmonary bile acid signature as a diagnostic tool to detect microaspiration and predict CLAD."

Sabrina Diano, PhD, Institute of Human Nutrition: $2,513,100 over four years from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for "Dorsal raphe nucleus melanocortin signaling regulates energy homeostasis."

Justin Golub, MD, Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery: $5,683,624 over five years from the National Institute on Aging for "Early Age-Related Hearing Loss Investigation (EARHLI): A Randomized Controlled Trial to Assess Mechanisms Linking Early Age-Related Hearing Loss and Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias."

Thomas Nickolas, MD, Medicine: $2,666,326 over five years from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for "Precision medicine approaches to renal osteodystrophy."

Michael Shen, PhD, Medicine: $511,701 over three years from the Army Medical Research and Materiel Command for "Targeting interleukin-1 beta to overcome adaptive immune resistance in renal cell carcinoma."

Michele Shirasu-Hiza, PhD, Genetics & Development: $2,142,581 over five years from the National Institute on Aging for "Circadian-Regulated Aging Physiologies."

Aaron Viny, MD, Medicine: $360,000 over three years from the Duke (Doris) Charitable Foundation for "Epigenetic coupling of DNA methylation and chromatin structure on leukemic transformation and therapeutic response."



Kellie Bryant, DNP, was named a Gold Foundation Ambassador by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.



The New York Times
‘Tripledemic’ Rages On: Fever-Filled Weeks Lie Ahead
Dec 22, 2022 - “We had a huge pool of people, compared to what we normally do, who could be infected by R.S.V. and could be infected by flu because we’ve basically missed two seasons of it,” said Jeffrey Shaman, an infectious disease epidemiologist at Columbia University.

The Wall Street Journal (video)
What Science Tells Us About the Surge in Strep and Flu This Season
Dec 21, 2022 - Editor's Note: David Buchholz, featured in this video, is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and the founding medical director of Columbia Primary Care.

Crain's New York Business (Requires a subscription)
At a Glance: Research Center
Dec 19, 2022 - A donation from the Carol and Gene Ludwig Family Foundation will allow Columbia University’s Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons to launch a neurodegenerative disease research center, the school announced Thursday.