CUIMC Update - June 29, 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.


VP&S and NYP Study Shows Outreach Increased COVID Vaccine Uptake Among Black, Hispanic Residents 
NewYork-Presbyterian's community outreach efforts were successful in increasing vaccine uptake at the Armory vaccination site among Black and Hispanic residents, according to a new study from VP&S and NYP researchers. Read more. 

Columbia Scientists Join NIH-Funded Consortium to Develop New Antivirals 
Columbia scientists have joined a regional consortium to accelerate the development of new drugs that target SARS-CoV-2, other coronaviruses, and viruses that could lead to future pandemics. Read more. 

Columbia Dental Medicine Expert Shares Oral Health Advice
June is Oral Health Month. Ezzard Rolle, DDS, instructor in dental medicine (operative dentistry) at the College of Dental Medicine, offers oral health advice, including an explanation of why people should wait 30 minutes after eating or drinking something acidic before brushing their teeth. Read more.

Columbia Psychologist Erin Engle on Why Vacation is Important
Erin Engle, PsyD, assistant professor of medical psychology in psychiatry, explains why taking a vacation is important and how it benefits your mental health. "Vacations help us feel restored, and even short breaks—going to the movies or visiting a city park—are beneficial." Watch the video here. 

Spanish Language Resources Address Mental Health Needs of Underserved New Yorkers
The Department of Psychiatry in partnership with the New York Public Library has released a series of Spanish language videos to raise awareness and spark conversations about mental health in the Latinx/a/o community. The short, animated videos extend the reach of the Community Mental Health Initiative, an initiative that aims to bring free education and resources to New Yorkers who face lack of access and cultural barriers to behavioral health care. Read more.

CUIMC IT Service Desk Update
Changes are on the way for the CUIMC IT Service Desk, which is restructuring the process of answering calls to reduce call wait times. Read about this update and more in the CUIMC IT newsletter. 



Jordan Orange, MD, PhD, Pediatrics: $3,862,860 over five years from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for “GENETIC, IMMUNOLOGIC AND MECHANISTIC BASIS OF HUMAN NK CELL DEFICIENCY.”

Muredach Reilly, MBBCh, Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research: $50,486,369 over five years from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences for a subaward of “Clinical and Translational Science Award.”


Joan Casey, PhD, Environmental Health Sciences: $2,944,789 over five years from the National Institute on Aging for “Historical social and environmental determinants of memory decline and dementia among U.S. older adults.”

Iuliana Ionita-Laza, PhD, Biostatistics: $445,500 over two years from the National Human Genome Research Institute for “Quantitative disease risk scores for common diseases, with applications to eMERGE.”


Stephen Ferrara, DNP, Division of Scholarship & Research: $491,712 over three years from the Health Resources and Services Administration for a subaward of “Advanced Nursing Education Nurse Practitioner Residency Integration Program (ANE-NPRIP).”



Andrew Einstein, MD, PhD, Medicine, received the 2022 Hermann Blumgart Award at the annual meeting of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging in Vancouver, Canada. Read more.


Postdoctoral research fellow Jiyoun Song placed first during the AI in Nursing 2022 presentation competition at the 20th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Medicine.


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

Active Shooter Awareness Training for Clinicians, June 30, 9 a.m., noon, 5 p.m., Myrna L. Daniels Auditorium or Zoom. Registration is not required for either in-person or Zoom sessions. Join here for Zoom sessions: 9 a.m.noon5 p.m.

Promising Approaches to Moral Distress Among Nurses, June 30, 4 p.m., register here.

CUIMC Ice Cream Social for Employees, July 19, 12-2 p.m., Haven Plaza, read more. 

For more events, visit the CUIMC Events listing.