CUIMC Update - October 25, 2023

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.


Columbia Fertility Takes Pain and Stress Out of Frequent Blood Draws
Patients undergoing fertility treatment at Columbia are the first to use a new at-home pain-free blood-draw technique. Learn how Columbia fertility researchers and clinicians came together to make this innovation available to patients. Read more and watch a video with Zev Williams, MD, PhD, about the new innovation.

CUIMC Students Celebrate Homecoming on Haven
Students across CUIMC were invited to celebrate homecoming on Haven Plaza on Oct. 12 before the Columbia Lions’ football homecoming game on Oct. 14. Read more.

Domestic Violence: A Major Public Health Issue
Clinical psychologist and researcher at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, Maja Bergman, PhD, discusses the types of challenges domestic violence survivors face, effective therapies for those who experience domestic abuse, and warning signs that someone may be an abuser. Read more.

Cook with Confidence: Fire Prevention and Cooking Safety Tips
October is Fire Prevention Month, a time to emphasize the importance of fire safety and prevention measures. Cooking safety is often overlooked, but unattended cooking is a leading cause of home fires and injuries. Facilities Management shares how to reduce these risks with precautionary measures and awareness. Learn more.

Call for Nominations: VP&S Martha A. Hooven Awards for Excellence
Nominations are open for the 2023 Martha A. Hooven Awards for Excellence. All VP&S faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate their colleagues. Learn more and submit your nomination here.



School of Nursing

  • Lusine Poghosyan, PhD
    $3,124,761 over four years from the National Institute of Nursing Research for "Enhancing Nurse Practitioner Primary Care Delivery to Address Social Determinants of Health and Reduce Health Disparities: A Mixed-Methods National Study."

Mailman School of Public Health

  • Robbie Parks, PhD, Environmental Health Sciences
    $747,000 over three years from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences for "Novel Assessments of the Health Impacts of Tropical Cyclones."
  • Mary Beth Terry, PhD, and Jeanine Genkinger, PhD, Epidemiology
    $8,939,079 over five years from the National Cancer Institute for "Breast Cancer Family Registry."

Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

  • Hasan Abaci, PhD, Dermatology
    $1,986,275 over four years from the Department of Defense for "Biofabricated patient-specific skin gloves as a personalized therapy for mitten deformities in epidermolysis bullosa."
  • Jean Guglielminotti, MD, PhD, Anesthesiology
    $1,896,207 over four years from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities for "Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Maternal Health through Policy Interventions."
  • Dawn Hershman, MD, Medicine
    $740,250 over three years from the National Cancer Institute for "Efficacy of a Pill-Dispensing System to Increase Disposal of Unused Opioids and Reduce Refill Rates after Cancer Surgery."
  • Alice Huang, PhD, Orthopedic Surgery
    $3,204,535 over five years from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases for "Regulation of human tendon development and regeneration."
  • Timothy Poterucha, MD, Medicine
    $399,090 over three years from the American Heart Association for "Improving Echocardiography Efficiency and Accuracy through Deep Learning Analysis of Color and Spectral Doppler."
  • Tingting Yang, PhD, Ophthalmology
    $2,056,250 over five years from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences for "Interacting Partners of Bestrophin Channels."


College of Dental Medicine

  • Luiz A. Pimenta, DDS, PhD
    Inducted into the International College of Dentists (ICD) USA Section.

School of Nursing

  • Suzanne Bakken, PhD
    Will receive the prestigious Morris F. Collen Award of Excellence from the American College of Medical Informatics at the society's annual symposium next month.

Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

  • Fay Kastrinos, MD, Medicine
    Awarded the Ruth Leff Siegel Award for Excellence in Pancreatic Cancer Research from the Pancreas Center.

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