CUIMC Update - July 19, 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.


First Lady Jill Biden Speaks at CUIMC
First Lady Jill Biden, EdD, spoke at the Mailman School of Public Health this week as part of a roundtable discussion with first ladies of eight African nations participating in the Global First Ladies Academy. The first multiday executive education program designed specifically for first ladies covered topics from effective leadership and strategic policymaking to public health system-strengthening. Read more about Biden's visit and about the Global First Ladies Academy.

CUIMC Employees Gather for Ice Cream Social
In spite of the rainy weather on Tuesday, CUIMC employees and community members attended an ice cream social on Haven Plaza, enjoying a total of 4,500 free frozen fruit or ice cream bars. Among the medical center leaders handing out frozen treats was VP&S Dean and CUIMC CEO Katrina Armstrong, MD. The event took place alongside the Fort Washington Greenmarket and also featured live jazz music. Read more and watch a video.

Columbia Cardiologists Bring Specialty Care to Patients' Neighborhoods
Columbia’s Division of Cardiology is expanding community outreach efforts by teaming up with more than 20 primary care practices across New York City. Several days a week, Columbia interventional cardiologist Babak “Bobby” Hassid, MD, visits primary care practices to bring Columbia’s cardiology care closer to home for patients whose communities often lack such providers. Read more.

New Columbia Podcast Offers Children’s Health Advice for Parents
A new children's health podcast from Edith Bracho-Sanchez, MD, a pediatrician at VP&S, features interviews with Columbia experts on topics ranging from nutrition to screen time to social and emotional development. “This is a show for the busy modern parent who is trying to prioritize the things that truly matter for their kids’ health,” says Bracho-Sanchez. Read more and listen to the podcast.

What to Know About Hydration and Energy Drinks, According to a Columbia Expert
Energy drinks and hydration drinks may be popular, but many contain added sugar and sugar equivalents, chemicals, and caffeine, which can lead to significant issues when not consumed in moderation. Columbia sports medicine physician Elan Goldwaser, DO, explains the potential harmful side effects of energy drinks and the best way to stay hydrated. Read more.


ColumbiaDoctors Outreach With Dentistry and the Hypertension Center
July 25, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Haven Plaza, Haven Avenue between Fort Washington Avenue and 169 Street
Learn more.

Neuro-Oncology Wellness Webinar: Cognitive Rehab
July 27, 1 p.m., online
Register here.

ColumbiaDoctors Outreach With Nurse Practitioner Group and Primary Care
Aug. 1, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Haven Plaza, Haven Avenue between Fort Washington Avenue and 169 Street
Learn more.

Request for Nominations: Mentor of the Year Award
Aug. 3, online
Learn more.

Our Health at 1.5 Degrees and Beyond
Aug. 11, 11:15 a.m., Black Building, 650 W. 168 St., Room 16-419
Register here.



Jeanine Genkinger, PhD, Epidemiology: $341,340 over five years for a subaward from the National Cancer Institute for "Altered metabolism and machine learning for pancreatic cancer early detection."

Ami Zota, ScD, Environmental Health Sciences: $288,287 over three years for a subaward from the California Breast Cancer Research Program for "Taking Stock: Reducing Breast Cancer Risks by Supporting Black Women's Transitions to Natural Hair."


Christoph Anacker, PhD, Psychiatry: $260,400 over four years from the European Commission for "Understanding, Predicting, and Treating Depression in Pregnancy to Improve Mothers and Offspring Mental Health Outcome 'HAPPYMUMS.'"

Adam Brickman, PhD, Sergievsky Center: $3,079,273 over three years from the National Institute on Aging for "Cerebrovascular contributions to Alzheimer's disease in adults with Down Syndrome."

Henry Colecraft, PhD, Physiology & Cellular Biophysics: $449,834 over two years from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for "Novel genetically encoded inhibitors to probe functional logic of Cav-beta molecular diversity."

Remi Creusot, PhD, Medicine: $849,900 over five years for a subaward from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for "Unraveling the tolerogenic potential of lymph node fibroblastic reticular networks in autoimmune diabetes."

George Hripcsak, MD, Biomedical Informatics: $325,000 over two years from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative for "Open source ontologies to power an open science community."

Emmanuelle Passegué, PhD, Columbia Stem Cell Initiative: $260,000 over four years from the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation for "Emergency myelopoiesis pathways as common drivers of clonal dominance and disease progression in acute myeloid leukemia."



The Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research has announced four new Herbert and Florence Irving Scholars for the 2023-2026 cohort: Elana J. Bernstein, MD, Medicine; Kiran T. Thakur, MD, Neurology; Joshua Weiner, MD, Surgery; and Kelley Yan, MD, PhD, Medicine.



Want to Live Healthier Longer? Scientists Aim to Improve Life Quality Over Quantity
Jul 10, 2023 - In one of the first such trials, researchers at Columbia University are currently recruiting female volunteers to see if rapamycin can help delay the start of menopause. Around age 50, ovaries begin to go through a measurable aging process, said Dr. Zev Williams, chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Risk for heart disease and other health problems increase after menopause, he said, and early removal of ovaries can shorten lifespan.

The Wall Street Journal
You Often Feel Distracted. Do You Actually Have ADHD?
Jul 6, 2023 - The American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders is working on establishing guidelines. Doctors do have criteria for diagnosing adult ADHD, but the group says doctors need more specifics on how to identify symptoms of the condition. “People are self-identifying,” says Dr. Frances Levin, a psychiatry professor at Columbia University and co-chair of the committee developing the guidelines.

The Washington Post
Is a Big Trip with Your Toddler Worth It? What Memory Experts Say.
Jul 10, 2023 - Ryan Sultan, an assistant professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University, says that trips involving active participation and sensory stimulation may leave a deeper impression on young children. “To make experiences more memorable, consider activities that cater to their interests,” he says. “A visit to a children’s museum or a zoo can be more memorable than passively sightseeing.”