CUIMC Update - May 4, 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 Academy of Clinical Excellence To Induct Fifth Class 
On May 5, 42 clinical faculty members will be inducted into the Academy of Clinical Excellence in recognition of their outstanding patient care. Read more

Wendy Chung on Genetics and Cancer
VP&S geneticist Wendy Chung, MD, PhD, reflects on the progress made in cancer genetics and discusses the next frontier of using genetic information to design personalized cancer prevention strategies. Read more.

Columbia-NYP Symposium on Segregated Healthcare
A symposium to address the historical context, policies, and cultural norms that shape where an individual receives care and by whom the care is provided will be held on May 6 at 2 p.m. Leaders from CUIMC and NYP will address ongoing efforts to desegregate care and to advocate for patients on local and systems levels. Register for the in-person symposium here.

Skin Cancer in People of Color                                             
May is National Skin Cancer and Melanoma Awareness Month. VP&S dermatologist Dawn Queen, MD, debunks common myths about skin cancer and shares key facts about sun exposure, skin cancer, and more. Read more

Why It’s Hard to Maintain Weight Loss                                  
After losing weight, multiple biological systems "conspire" to return us to our previous levels of fat stores. Michael Rosenbaum, MD, professor of pediatrics and medicine at VP&S, discusses healthy habits to keep weight off and the potential of personalized factors to create individualized weight maintenance programs. Read more.

Study Examines Resiliency of Immigrant Youth in Various Living Arrangements
A study from researchers at the Mailman School of Public Health is the first to examine the resilience and emotional well-being of adolescent migrants from Latin America who came to the U.S. as unaccompanied minors. Findings indicate that proximity to family and support increased resilience and psychological well-being among the youth. Read more



Donna Farber, PhD, Microbiology & Immunology, will $1,821,606 over three years from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc for “Tissue Immunity in Human Asthma.”

Hans-Ulrich Klein, PhD, Neurology, will receive $299,742 over three years from the Alzheimer's Association for “Characterizing glial cells in the human neuritic plaque microenvironment.”

Stavroula Kousteni, PhD, Physiology & Cellular Biophysics, will receive $1,077,970 over five years from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for "Hormones: Molecular Mechanism of Action and Functions."

Rudolph Leibel, MD, Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center, will receive $6,294,622 over five years from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for “New York Nutrition Obesity Research Center.”

Marie-Pierre St-Onge, PhD, Medicine will receive $6,377,649 over seven years from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for “Mechanisms addressing the causal relationships of sleep, circadian rhythms, and cardiometabolic health.”



Zhezhen Jin, PhD, Professor of Biostatistics, has been named Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics.


HICCC Research-In-Progress Seminar, May 4, 4 p.m., read more

May Narrative Medicine Rounds with Kayhan Irani, May 4, 6 p.m., register here.

Palliative Care Throughout the Lifespan CPA Virtual Info Session, May 4, 6 p.m., register here and read more.

AAPI Mental Health Panel Discussion, May 5, 3 p.m., register here

Institute of Human Nutrition Academic Retreat & Wu Lectureship, May 5, 11:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., register here.

Strategies for Meaningful Community Engagement in Rapid Response Implementation Research, May 6, 12 p.m., register here

Genetics and Development Seminar Series, May 10, 4 p.m., read more.

CUIMC Women in Science Lecture Series "Perfectly Imperfect Pathways to Success: a Mentoring Mosaic," May 11, 4 p.m., register here.  

ADHD Update: What Pediatricians & Families Should Know, May 17, 6 p.m., register here

Columbia Science and Health Equity Lecture Series "Race, Place, and COVID-19 Sex Disparities" with Dr. Sarah Richardson, May 25, 4 p.m., register here.

Call for Applications: Columbia Global Mental Health Programs 2022-2023 Council Grants Program, through June 1, read more

Financial Empowerment Workshop Series: Make your Money Work for You—Grow Your Wealth (Investing 101), June 7, noon, register here

For more events, visit the CUIMC Events listing.