CUIMC Update - Oct. 19, 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.


Center for Health Justice Launches at NYP    
New-York Presbyterian has launched the Dalio Center for Health Justice, which will be led by Columbia faculty member Julia Iyasere, MD. Read more.  

CopeColumbia Described in New Paper    
The development and rationale for CopeColumbia, a peer-support program for CUIMC employees, are presented in a new paper published in General Hospital Psychiatry authored by faculty and staff in the VP&S Department of Psychiatry and CUIMC Human Resources. The authors conclude that with proper support, the workforce will emerge from the pandemic emotionally resilient. Access the study and view CopeColumbia resources.

The Flu Vaccine in the Age of COVID    
Flu season is coming—how will the influenza vaccine be different in the era of COVID-19? David Buchholz, MD, senior founding medical director for primary care, explains. Read more

Very Low Risk to Newborns from Moms with COVID-19  
Moms with COVID-19 who take basic precautions rarely pass the virus to their newborns, even if breastfeeding and rooming together, according to a study by researchers at VP&S and NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. Read more

In Case You Missed It: CUIMC Election Forum 
Nearly 225 people tuned in to watch a virtual CUIMC Election Forum featuring expert panelists who spoke about how the election outcome will impact health policy. Students from VP&S, Mailman, Nursing, and the College of Dental Medicine also participated. Watch a video recording of the forum

Will the COVID-19 Virus Become Endemic? 
A new article by Mailman researchers explores the potential for the COVID-19 virus to become endemic, meaning it would produce recurring outbreaks in humans. Read more

Columbia Ob/Gyn Report Covers COVID-19 and Women’s Health 
The VP&S Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology has compiled “Frontline Report: COVID-19 and Women’s Health,” a compendium of experiences and lessons learned during the first two months of the pandemic. Read more.  

New Report Assesses Cardiovascular Health in LGBTQ Adults 
Columbia Nursing's Billy Caceres, PhD, chaired a group that wrote the first American Heart Association Scientific Statement addressing LGBTQ heart health, published in the journal Circulation. Read more

Faculty Club Open for Grab & Go Meals and Catering Services
If you are an employee or a student who is working, studying, or living on campus, the Faculty Club is open for grab & go meals from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the 4th floor of the VP&S Building. The facility also offers catering services. Read more.   


2021 Benefits Open Enrollment Forums, Oct. 21-Nov. 11, 2020, read more

African, Black & Caribbean Employee Resource Group Presents: A Conversation with Dr. George Jenkins, Oct. 22, 2020, 1:30 p.m., read more and register online.



Cristiane Duarte, MD, Medicine, will receive $572,172 over four years from the National Institute of Mental Health for a subaward of “Maternal Adversity, Inflammation, and Neurodevelopment: How Intergenerational Processes Perpetuate Disadvantage in a Low-Resource Setting.”

Laura Mufson, PhD, Psychiatry, will receive $393,587 over one year from the National Institute of Mental Health for a subaward of “Social Processing Deficits in Remitted Adolescent Depression.”

Charles Schroeder, PhD, Psychiatry, will receive $2,661,140 over five years from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for a subaward of “Dynamic Neural Mechanisms of Audiovisual Speech Perception.”

Melissa Stockwell, MD, Pediatrics, will receive $2,049,372 over one year from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for a subaward of “Applied Research to Address the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emerging Public Health Emergency.”



Bobbie Berkowitz, PhD, RN, Dean Emerita of Columbia Nursing, has been named a Living Legend by the American Academy of Nursing.

Sarah Collins Rossetti, PhD, RN, Nursing and Biomedical Informatics (in the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons), will receive the 2020 Don Eugene Detmer Award for Health Policy Contributions in Informatics from the American Medical Informatics Association.


Panos N. Papapanou, DDS, PhD, has been named the next editor-in-chief of the Journal of Clinical Periodontology by the European Federation of Periodontology.