CUIMC Update - March 8, 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.


Roy and Diana Vagelos Institute for Biomedical Research Education Launched with $175 Million Gift
Established with a $175 million gift from Roy and Diana Vagelos, the Institute will be home to PhD students pursuing the most creative, potentially disruptive ideas in biomedical science and will spur the training of more physician-scientists able to translate the latest paradigm-shifting discoveries into revolutionary new methods in patient care. Read more.

Women’s History Month: Women at CUIMC Who Made a Difference
This International Women's Day, meet some of the remarkable clinicians, educators, scientists, and alumni from throughout CUIMC history whose contributions to medicine have changed health care. Read more.

Columbia's Neonatal Comfort Care Program Makes the Most of the Briefest Lives
Columbia's Comfort Care Program, led by neonatologist Elvira Parravicini, MD, is designed to provide the most loving environment for babies who live for only a short time after birth. The program's interdisciplinary team accompanies families throughout their journey, providing consistency and continuity of care.  Read more.

Columbia Psychologist Offers Tips for Getting the Sleep You Need
Columbia psychologist Jared O'Garro-Moore, PhD, pays special attention to his patients' sleep habits, helping them recognize factors that negatively affect their sleep and guiding them in adopting habits known to improve sleep. O'Garro-Moore offers tips on getting the best sleep ever, every night. Read more.

Columbia Research: Driving Data Can Predict Mild Cognitive Disorder Early in Elderly Drivers
Researchers at CUIMC and Columbia University have developed an algorithm for predicting mild cognitive impairment and dementia in older drivers. Their research studies data from digital markers captured through recording devices in real-world settings, which can be used to analyze driving behavior and performance. Read more.

Extended GWB/Fort Lee Shuttle Evening Service Now Available
CUIMC Facilities Management recently partnered with Columbia Transportation to add two additional evening departures from CUIMC for the George Washington Bridge/Fort Lee Shuttle. Part of a six-month pilot program, the enhanced shuttle service ensures members of the CUIMC community can work, care for patients, and tend to their studies knowing there is the option of safe evening transit. Read more.


Anti-Racism Speaker Series featuring Dr. Jolaade Kalinowski
March 9, 10 a.m., online
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Free Document Shredding
March 10, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute, 635 W. 165 St.

Meet the Author: The Pain Gap: How Sexism and Racism in Healthcare Kill Women
March 14, 4:30 p.m., School of Nursing, 560 W. 168 St., 7th floor
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Passover Meets Ramadan Lunch & Learn
March 15, 11:30 a.m., School of Nursing, 560 W. 168 St., 7th floor
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Sleep Across the Life Cycle: Implications for Health & Treatment
March 17, 8:30 a.m., online
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Celebrating Faculty Teaching Transformations at Columbia
March 21, 3 p.m., Low Library, 535 W. 116 St., Faculty Room
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“Extrapolations” Screening & Climate Conversation with Scott Z. Burns
March 21, 3:30 p.m., Lerner Hall, 2920 Broadway, Room 555
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The Biology of Aging Seminar Series Presents Shin-ichiro Imai, MD, PhD
March 22, 11 a.m., Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, 1130 St. Nicholas Avenue, 1st Floor Auditorium
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Tissue Talks: Susan Margulies, NSF, GIT, Emory University
March 22, 3 p.m., online
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2023 Celebration of Teaching and Learning Symposium
March 23, online
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The AOA Lecture presented by Eve Higginbotham, SM, MD, ML
March 23, 4:30 p.m., Black Building, 650 W. 168 St., Alumni Auditorium and Schaefer Awards Gallery
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Andrea Low, MD, PhD, Epidemiology: $360,602 over two years from the National Institute of Mental Health for "Promoting HIV Testing and Linkage to Care in Cross-Border Migrants in Lesotho."

Rupak Shivakoti, PhD, Epidemiology: $1,189,147 over three years from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for "Metabolic impact of ART on women living with HIV and their infants."

Ami Zota, ScD, Environmental Health Sciences: $450,000 over three years from the JPB Foundation for "Agents of Change in Environmental Justice."


Corina Lelutiu-Weinberger, PhD: $768,346 over one year from the National Institute of Mental Health for "Building mobile HIV prevention and mental health support in low-resource settings."


Minah Kim, PhD, Pathology & Cell Biology: $2,030,898 over five years from the National Cancer Institute for "Angiopoietin-2/Tie2 signaling regulation of liver metastasis in pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors."

Suzanne Lentzsch, MD, Medicine: $750,000 over three years from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for "Targeting the MMP-13/PD-1H signaling axis for multiple myeloma bone disease and immunosuppression."

Hila Milo Rasouly, PhD, Medicine: $646,286 over five years from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for "Advancing equitable implementation of genomic medicine in nephrology."

Thomas Nickolas, MD, Medicine: $898,650 over two years from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for "Renal Osteodystrophy Precision Medicine Project."

Yaakov Stern, PhD, Taub Institute: $261,225 over two years from the National Institute on Aging for "Web-based technology and cognitive training: improving executive control in cognitively healthy older adults."

Vidhu Thaker, MD, Pediatrics: $616,875 over three years from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for "Establishing the role of OCRL as a novel ciliary gene in weight regulation in human and murine models."



Dennis Mitchell, DDS, received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Dental Education Association.


Roberto Lewis-Fernández, MD, Psychiatry, assumed the presidency of the American Psychopathological Association at the APPA 2023 annual meeting.

Yalda Moayedi, PhD, Neurology, was named a 2023 Kavli Fellow by the National Academy of Sciences.



Roy And Diana Vagelos Give Columbia University $175 Million For Biomedical Research And Education
Mar 6, 2023 - Katrina Armstrong, Dean of the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and Executive Vice President for Health and Biomedical Sciences at Columbia, said, “The Vagelos Institute for Biomedical Research Education will have an enormous impact in harnessing the power of science to transform clinical care.”

USA Today
'Stigma Is Not yet Broken.' Lawmakers Share Stories on Mental Health with Fetterman Hospitalized
Mar 3, 2023 - Rep. Ritchie Torres, D-N.Y., was diagnosed in 2010, when he was hospitalized at NewYork-Presbyterian Columbia University Irving Medical Center. "It's much worse to let depression fester than to get treatment," said Torres, who described his hospital stay at NewYork-Presbyterian as "first class" medical care.

The New York Times
Well: Why Do So Many Men Avoid Doctor’s Visits?
Mar 3, 2023 - Some men shy away from seeing doctors because they fear receiving bad news, said Dr. Joseph Alukal, urologist and director of Men’s Health at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia. Some men might also “fall into the trap of just sticking our head in the sand,” he said.