CUIMC Update - March 8, 2021

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.


A Salute to International Women’s Day  
“Choose to Challenge” is the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day. Throughout history, women physicians, scientists, nurses, dentists, and public health researchers have reshaped health care and policy. Many of the women who challenged their times and made lasting contributions were associated with Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Read more about the remarkable women who built this legacy here.   

CUIMC and NYP Partner with Community Health Workers for COVID Vaccine Town Hall
Last week, a virtual town hall hosted by CUIMC and NewYork-Presbyterian brought together community health workers and local leaders to discuss questions and concerns regarding COVID-19 vaccines. Read more

Columbia's Rapid, At-Home COVID-19 Test Wins Support from NYC
A rapid, at-home COVID-19 test under development in the laboratory of David Ho, MD, the Clyde’56 and Helen Wu Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, will receive funding from the New York City Economic Development Corporation. The funding will accelerate deployment of the test, called CoV-SCAN. The project is the first winner of NYCEDC’s Rapid Testing Innovation Competition. Read more.

CopeColumbia Offers Tips on Coping and Managing Anxiety
Two new video resources from CopeColumbia offer evidence-based strategies on coping and managing anxiety during challenging times: "Nine Tips for Coping and Thriving During Difficult Times" with Anna Allmann, PhD, and "Managing Anxiety: Catch it. Check it. Change it." with Rachel E. Ginsberg, PhD. Both Allmann and Ginsberg are assistant professors of psychiatry and part of CopeColumbia, a resource for CUIMC employees to foster resilience and collective well-being. Access the videos.

Vaccine Symposium Recordings Available
Videos are now available of Columbia's weeklong global health symposium on COVID-19 vaccine development, strategy, and implementation. The virtual meeting was one of the first big events bringing public health leaders from around the world together since the United States rejoined the World Health Organization. The event featured Tedros Ghebreyesus, MS, PhD (WHO), Anthony Fauci, MD (NIH), Nancy Messonnier, MD (CDC), Melinda Gates (Gates Foundation), and many other speakers. Read more.

ICYMI: CUIMC Grand Rounds with David Ho on NYC's COVID Variants
The video of the inaugural CUIMC Grand Rounds, launched by the four deans of the CUIMC schools and presented by David D. Ho, MD, is now available. Read more.



Domenico Accili, MD, Medicine, will receive $2,802,600 over five years from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for “Role of Forkhead Proteins in Insulin Action.”

Dietrich Egli, PhD, Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center, will receive $1,868,424 over four years from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences for “DNA Repair Pathway Choice Mediates Somatic Cell Reprogramming.”
Michael Shelanski, MD, PhD, Pathology & Cell Biology, will receive $445,500 over two years from the National Institute on Aging for “Targeting Caspase-2 in Alzheimer's Disease.”
Giuseppe Tosto, MD, and Sandra Barral Rodriguez, PhD, Sergievsky Center, will receive $1,636,098 over one year from the National Institute on Aging for “Whole Genome Sequencing of the Mexican Health Aging Study (MHAS) Cohort.”


Ian Lipkin, MD, Center for Infection & Immunity, will receive $312,224 over two years from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for a subaward of “Community Outreach and Engagement.”



Jean Marie Alves-Bradford, MD, Psychiatry, has been named the 2021-2022 Vanneck-Bailey Scholar by the Virginia Apgar Academy of Medical Educators.
Angela Mills, MD, Emergency Medicine, has been selected as president-elect of the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine.
Megan Sykes, MD, Medicine, has been selected president-elect of the Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies.


Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, founder and global director of ICAP, was selected as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, an independent, nonpartisan membership organization dedicated to helping achieve a better understanding of the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other countries.


COVID-19 and Vaccine Updates forum, March 9, 4 - 5 p.m., register here.
Columbia Science and Health Equity Lecture Series: "Spatial Epidemiology and the Science of Place in Shaping Health Equity,” March 9, 4:30 p.m., register here.
CUIMC Jewish ERG presents: Jewish Community's Perspective on Vaccine, March 10, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m., register here.
Frontline Nurses: Leaders in Pandemic Response, March 10, 12 - 1 p.m., register here.
NYS HIV Primary Care and Prevention Center of Excellence & Columbia School of Nursing Present Trauma-Informed Care: Through the Lens of HIV, March 10, 6 p.m., register here.
Environmental Justice for the Public’s Health, March 11, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., register here.
“Don’t Get Sick After June”: A Seventy-Year Long Survival Strategy for Native Americans Navigating the Indian Health Service, March 11, 4 - 5:30 p.m., register here.
CUIMC Women in Science Lecture Series “Perfectly Imperfect Pathways to Success: The New Norm,” March 16, 4:30 p.m., register here.
CUIMC Women ERG Roundtable Conversation, March 24, 2 - 3 p.m., register here.
For more events, visit the CUIMC Events listing.