CUIMC Update - Oct. 12, 2020

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.


Tune in to Wednesday’s Election Forum 
CUIMC faculty, staff, and students are invited to join a virtual discussion on Oct. 14 at 5 p.m. about next month’s election. Panelists include Donna Lynne, DrPH, senior vice president and chief operating officer, CUIMC, and chief executive officer, ColumbiaDoctors. Topics to be covered include how the election outcome will impact health policy and what the outcome could mean for CUIMC and academic medicine in general. Register for the CUIMC Election Forum

2020 Horwitz Prize Announced    
The Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize has been awarded by Columbia to three scientists who have made discoveries that reveal how the ear converts sound waves into electric impulses that the brain interprets as language, music, or noise. The 2020 Horwitz Prize lectures featuring the scientists will be hosted virtually this year. Read more.  

CUIMC Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month  
In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, CUIMC News features profiles of Hispanic and Latino faculty members who are helping the medical center achieve excellence in research, education, and patient care. Read more.

Community Programs Evolve to Meet COVID-19 Challenges 
Through funding or other support, CUIMC collaborates with many city and community programs and initiatives that have evolved to meet the needs and challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Programs include everything from feeding our neighbors to facilitating online tutoring and hosting virtual internship opportunities. Read more

Sign Up for Columbia’s Emergency Text Message Notification System 
Columbia University will test its emergency text message notification system on Oct. 15. If you are not already registered to receive emergency texts, instructions are available on the Columbia Public Safety website.  

VP&S and Columbia Engineering Researchers Identify Sex-Specific Adverse Drug Effects 
VP&S and Columbia Engineering researchers have developed an algorithm that uncovers previously hidden adverse drug effects that impact women more than men. Read more

Medical Center Nursery School
The Medical Center Nursery School affiliated with Columbia University offers play-based, experiential education for children 2-5 years old, including half day, full day, and extended day programs. For more information about tours and registration, visit the school’s website

Lenape Center Leaders To Share Well-Being Practices on Indigenous Peoples’ Day
Join the School of Nursing and Mailman School of Public Health today at 1 p.m. for an event in celebration of Indigenous Peoples' Day. Members of the Lenape Center will discuss well-being practices and the dynamics of healing. Register online

Work/Life Office Hosts Upcoming Virtual Events
Columbia's Office of Work/Life invites the CUIMC community to attend the following fall 2020 virtual events. Registration is required. 



Daria Boccher-Lattimore, DrPH, Psychiatry, will receive $400,000 over one year from the Health Resources and Services Administration for “Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program AIDS Education and Training Centers Program COVID 19 Response.”

Wellington Cardoso, MD, PhD, Medicine, will receive $612,940 over four years from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for a subaward of “Impact of Prenatal Vitamin A Deficiency on Cell Fate Alterations in Adult Airway Hyper Responsiveness.”

Edward Huey, MD, Taub Institute, will receive $2,497,830 over five years from the National Institute on Aging for a subaward of “ARTFL LEFFTDS Longitudinal Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration (ALLFTD) - Clinical Core.”

Gregg Gundersen, PhD, Pathology & Cell Biology, will receive $941,220 over five years from the National Cancer Institute for a subaward of “Nuclear Dysfunction in Cancer: The Role of Mechanical Stresses Transmitted by the LINC Complex.”


Ruben Sahabo, MD, ICAP, will receive $3,126,445 over one year from the Department of Health - United Kingdom for a subaward of “Fleming Fund Country Grant to Eswatini.”



Five VP&S researchers have been awarded NIH High-Risk, High-Reward grants to support innovative research that has broad potential. An NIH Director’s Early Independence Award was given to Chi-Min Ho, PhD, Microbiology & Immunology. NIH Director’s New Innovator Awards were given to Dmitriy Aronov, PhD, Neuroscience; Samuel Sternberg, PhD, Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics; Xuebing Wu, PhD, Medicine and Systems Biology; and Kelley Yan, MD, PhD, Medicine and Genetics & Development. Read more about their projects.


PhD student Leah Estrada was selected to join the Health Policy Research Scholars, a program offered through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.