CUIMC Update - Oct. 25, 2021

October 25, 2021

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.


Tomorrow: Campus Update Forum

The next campus update forum for faculty, researchers, and staff will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 4 p.m. on Zoom. Updates will focus on information regarding COVID-19 and the fall 2021 term, including a discussion of flu and COVID booster shots. Read more

Join the Employee Digital Step Challenge

Feeling competitive? Trying to be more active? Make the distance you cover count and join the CUIMC Steps: Digital Step Challenge. From Nov. 1 to 19, employees are invited to compete in teams representing their school or CUIMC central administration. Participants will track their steps with a mobile app, and individual and team prizes will be awarded. Read more.

What to Know About Breast Cancer Screening: Q+A with Dr. Elise Desperito

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Elise Desperito, MD, chief of breast imaging and assistant professor of radiology at VP&S, clarifies conflicting advice on mammography and urges all women to be evaluated for their breast cancer risk. Read more.

Columbia Psychiatry Launches Mobile Depression App

A new app developed by Columbia researchers in collaboration with avoMD, strengthens the ability of health care providers, including primary care physicians who are frequently on the front lines of managing patients’ depression, to provide critical mental health services in an outpatient setting. Read more

Reminder: Nominate a Colleague for a VP&S Martha A. Hooven Award for Excellence

Each year, VP&S recognizes the outstanding performance of individuals and groups with the Martha A. Hooven Awards for Excellence. Nominate an exceptional colleague for a 2021 Award for Excellence by Friday, Oct. 29. 



David Fidock, PhD, Microbiology & Immunology, will receive $397,163 over one year from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for “Rapid Evaluation of Resistance Mutation Susceptibility for Antimalarials.”

David Ho, MD, Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center, will receive $298,807 over one year from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for “COVID-19 mAb Discovery.”

Laura Beth McIntire, PhD, Pathology & Cell Biology, will receive $405,000 over one year from the National Institute on Aging for “Acyl Chain Remodeling and Regional Lipid Dysregulation in Alzheimer’s Disease.”

Noelia Zork, MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology, will receive $1,882,326 over three years from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for a subaward of “Glycemic Profile of Pregnancy Consortium Biostatistics Research Center.”


Angela Aidala, PhD, Sociomedical Sciences, will receive $1,382,922 over two years from the Health Resources and Services Administration for a subaward of “Ryan White Part A Contract 93-Evl-4645 for Planning and Evaluation (Base).”



Estefany Andino-Mendez, Facilities Engineering, received a 20 under 40 award from the Building Commissioning Association. Read more.


CUIMC HR LGBTQ+ History Month, Keynote Speaker on Rethinking Transnational LGBTI Movement-Making, Oct. 26, 1 p.m., register here

Office of Scholarship and Research Development's Research Excellence (REX) Seminar: School of Nursing Research Celebration, Oct. 27, noon, register here.

CUIMC Grand Rounds: “Infection Prevention and Control in Nursing Homes,” Oct. 27, 4:30 p.m., register here.

CUIMC Asian Pacific Islander Employee Resource Group Events for Filipino American Heritage Month, Filipino Heritage Month Panel Discussion, Oct. 28, 4 p.m., register here

For more events, visit the CUIMC Events listing.