CUIMC Update - May 8, 2024

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Your Guide to CUIMC Graduation Ceremonies
May is graduation season, and CUIMC celebrates all of our students who are graduating this month. Learn more about graduation festivities and every ceremony.

Local High Schoolers Present Community Health Projects at Columbia
The first high school students to participate in a new community health education program celebrated their accomplishments at a graduation event on April 26 that also highlighted the health liaison activities they conducted during the program.

Celebrate National Nurses Week with the Division of Nursing Practice
The Division of Nursing Practice will kick off National Nurses Week with a panel discussion titled "Getting to Know Columbia Nursing: Academics, Clinical Practice, Community, and Research" at 5:30 p.m. on May 9 at the Columbia School of Nursing 7th Floor event space. The discussion will be followed by a reception.

VP&S Academy of Clinical Excellence Inducts Sixth Class
Twenty-five Columbia physicians were recognized for their patient care and inducted this month into the VP&S Academy of Clinical Excellence. All ACE inductees are full-time faculty who exhibit exemplary patient care marked by evidence-based clinical science and compassionate humanism.

College of Dental Medicine Celebrates Student Research
Diverse student research projects from College of Dental Medicine students were on display during the 67th annual Birnberg Research Award Symposium, where pre- and postdoctoral students presented research posters. 



Mailman School of Public Health

  • Kelli Hall, Population & Family Health, and Jamie Daw, Health Policy & Management
    $3,587,634 over five years from the National Institute of Nursing Research for "Integrated Supportive Care Policies to Improve Maternal Health Equity: Evaluating the Multi-level Effects and Implementation of Doula Programs for Medicaid-Eligible Birthing People in New York City."

Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

  • Sachin Agarwal, Neurology
    $10,826,248 over five years from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for "Patterns of survivors' recovery trajectories in the ICECAP trial (POST-ICECAP)."
  • Hashim Al-Hashimi, and Stephen Goff, Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics
    $4,042,605 over five years from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for "Development and application of a quantitive model for HIV-1 transcriptional activation driven by TAR RNA conformational dynamics."
  • Sabrina Diano, Institute for Human Nutrition
    $3,475,935 over five years from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for "Hypothalamic lipid signaling in metabolism regulation."
  • Christoph Kellendonk, Psychiatry
    $529,915 over five years for a subaward from the National Institute on Drug Abuse for "Synaptic Actions of Amphetamine in the Striatum."
  • Krzysztof Kiryluk, Medicine
    $2,644,118 over four years from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for "Genetics of IgA nephropathy by integrative network-based association studies."
  • Stavroula Kousteni, Physiology & Cellular Biophysics
    $2,500,000 over five years from the National Institute on Aging for "Molecular mechanisms of MDS pathogenesis with aging."
  • Sandra Lee, Medical Humanities & Ethics
    $3,042,753 over four years from the National Human Genome Research Institute for "Just Inclusion and Equity: Negotiating Community-Research Partnerships in Genomics Research (JUSTICE)."
  • Emily Mace, Pediatrics
    $671,867 over two years from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences for "Defining the functional role of CD56 on human natural killer cells."
  • Cathy Lee Mendelsohn, Urology
    $500,000 over two years from the JPB Foundation for "Determine the link between Type 2 Diabetes and Bladder Cancer."
  • Joshua Milner, Pediatrics
    $4,099,852 over five years from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for "New York Regional Inborn Errors of Immunity Resource Initiative League (NY-ROYAL)."
  • Peter Quinn, Ophthalmology
    $300,000 over three years from the Foundation Fighting Blindness for "Prime editing for Peripherin-2 (PRPH2) inherited retinal dystrophies."
  • Muredach Reilly and Danish Saleheen, Medicine
    $2,666,565 over four years from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for "Identification of smooth muscle cell genes causal in atherosclerotic plaque stability and cardiovascular disease risk."
  • Christiane Reitz, Sergievsky Center
    $3,771,389 over five years from the National Institute on Aging for "Genetic and neuroanatomical basis of neuropsychiatric symptoms in Alzheimer's disease in populations of diverse ancestry."
  • Sabrina Alves Simoes Spassov, Taub Institute
    $452,375 over two years from the National Institute on Aging for "Investigate the utility of APLP1 as an endosomal biomarker for Alzheimer's Disease in Down Syndrome."
  • Alan Tall, Medicine
    $2,778,872 over four years from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for "New therapeutic approaches in clonal hematopoiesis and atherosclerosis."


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Columbia University Irving Medical Center

#ColumbiaMed is proud to honor two esteemed scholars from Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons who have achieved the prestigious recognition of being elected to the National Academy of Sciences!

Congratulations to Oliver Hobert, PhD, and Arthur G. Palmer III, PhD!

These other Columbia faculty members were elected: Columbia | SIPA's Scott Barrett, PhD, Columbia Climate School's Jessica Fanzo, PhD, and Columbia Mathematic's Duong H. Phong, PhD.

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In the News Highlights

  • Anger Has Been Linked to Heart Disease. A New Study Suggests Why.
    May 1, 2024
    The Washington Post
    According to Daichi Shimbo, a cardiologist and professor of medicine at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and the lead study author, this research marks a step toward understanding how different negative emotions particularly affect physical health. “It's fascinating that anxiety and sadness did not have the same effect as anger, suggesting that the ways in which negative emotions contribute to heart disease differ,” Shimbo said.
  • Researchers Breed Mice With Hybrid Brains Containing Cells From Rats
    May 2, 2024
    Smithsonian Magazine
    That achievement marks the first time an animal has used the sensory hardware from another species to respond to the world, according to a statement from Columbia University. “This has a great opportunity for human health, where we can understand better how to make cell replacement therapies for humans,” Kristin Baldwin, a co-author of the study and a neuroscientist at Columbia University, tells New Scientist’s Tom Leslie. “We can also make models in a mouse or rat of diseases that affect longer-lived organisms.”
  • Annals of Medicine: How ECMO Is Redefining Death
    Apr 30, 2024
    The New Yorker
    Why was ECMO any different? “It is different,” Kenneth Prager, the director of clinical ethics at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, told me. Patients can sometimes utilize other machines from home, whereas ECMO requires an I.C.U. Meanwhile, I.C.U. patients with severe organ failure are rarely fully conscious; with ECMO, “you can have a patient who is awake and alert, walking around, riding a stationary bicycle, and yet their heart and lungs are incapable of supporting life,” Prager said.