CUIMC Update - July 13, 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.


You're Invited: CUIMC Ice Cream Social for Employees
Join CUIMC colleagues for free ice cream on July 19, 12-2 p.m. in Haven Plaza. During the event, stop by the Velocity tent to learn more about Columbia’s Ride to End Cancer and/or to sign up. Read more.

988 and the Research Behind Suicide Hotlines
Research by Madelyn Gould, PhD, the Irving Philips Professor of Epidemiology in the VP&S Department of Psychiatry, paved the way for the expansion of suicide hotlines, accessible on July 16 by dialing 988. Read more.

The Facts About Emergency Contraception
Carolyn Westhoff, MD, a gynecologist and researcher at VP&S, explains the facts about emergency contraception. Read more.

Columbia Physicians Featured in Videos Nominated for New York Emmy Awards
Five video stories featuring Columbia doctors have been nominated for New York Emmy Awards by the New York chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Read more.

Is There a Link Between Mental Health and Mass Shootings?
The public tends to link mental illnesses with violence and mass shootings. But serious mental illness—specifically psychosis—is not a key factor in most mass murders. Ragy Girgis, MD, associate professor of clinical psychiatry, talks about this and other findings from the Columbia Mass Murder Database. the largest catalog of mass shootings and mass murder in the world. Read more.


StudioLab DrawingBoard
Wednesdays, 6 p.m., Zoom, open to the CUIMC community.
Sign up here.

CUIMC Virtual LGBTQ Safe Zone Training
July 15, 11 a.m.
Read more.

New Frontiers in Cancer Research and Care: The Next 50 Years
Sept. 15, 1:30 p.m., Vagelos Education Center
Read more.

For more events, visit the CUIMC Events listing.



Stavroula Kousteni, PhD, Physiology & Cellular Biophysics: $332,100 over one year from the National Institute on Aging for “Role of epigenetic alterations in the bone marrow niche to aging-related hematopoietic clonality leading to IDH mutant MDS and AML.”

Natura Myeku, PhD, Taub Institute: $2,318,528 over three years from the National Institute on Aging for “The Role of Immunoproteasome Function in Alzheimer's Disease and Aging.”

Megan Sykes, MD, and David Sachs, MD, Medicine: $16,408,515 over four years from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for “A Tolerance Approach to Xenotransplantation.”


Ezra Susser, MD, DrPH, Epidemiology: $431,217 over five years from the National Institute of Mental Health for a subaward of “Longitudinal trajectories in treated and untreated schizophrenia.”


Rebecca Schnall, PhD, Division of Scholarship & Research: $5,191,115 over five years from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for “mChoice: Improving PrEP Uptake and Adherence among Minority MSM through Tailored Provider Training and Adherence Assistance in Two High Priority Settings.”



Alvaro Curiel-Garcia, PhD, Medicine, has received a fellowship from the Charles H. Revson Foundation.


Kai Ruggeri, PhD, Health Policy & Management, was awarded a New York State Medal for Meritorious Service by New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Shields Jr. Read more.


Ezzard C. Rolle, Jr., DDS


CNN Online
Rates of Childhood Obesity Have Increased, Study Finds
Jul 7, 2022 - "Without intervention, we will continue to see increasing prevalence and severity of obesity for children at a younger age, which has really negative consequences down the line, not just for these children, but also for their future offspring," said Dr. Jennifer Woo Baidal, director of the Pediatric Obesity Initiative at Columbia University in New York City. She was not involved in the study. Read more.

The New York Times
What Are the Common Complications of a Colonoscopy?
Jul 1, 2022 - Though less serious, abdominal discomfort is not uncommon after colonoscopy, said Dr. Kavel Visrodia, a gastroenterologist at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center who studies improving the safety of endoscopy. Cramping or bloating after the procedure is usually caused by the carbon dioxide used to inflate the colon and to better visualize possible polyps. “Typically, that discomfort will subside within a few hours after the procedure as that gas is resorbed or passed,” Dr. Visrodia said. Read more.

WNYC Radio: Morning Edition (audio)
What the Supreme Court’s Ruling on EPA Authority Means for Air Quality and Local Health
Jul 1, 2022 - WNYC host Michael Hill speaks with Dr. Cecilia Sorensen, the director of Columbia University’s Global Consortium on Climate and Health Education, about what the ruling means for local and global health. Read more.

Editor's Note: Dr. Sorensen is an associate professor of environmental health sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health.