CUIMC Update - Sept. 14, 2020

September 14, 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.


Briefing to Address HIPAA and Security at CUIMC
Karen Pagliaro-Meyer, chief privacy officer, and Emechete (Eme) Ejike, interim chief information security officer, will present a virtual HIPAA & Security Briefing on Sept. 30, 2020. CUIMC faculty and staff are invited to attend. Register online for the briefing

The 2020 Election and Census: What You Need to Know
Service and leadership include civic engagement, and as the academic year starts, CUIMC faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to vote in the November election and complete the 2020 Census. Ross Frommer, vice president for government and community affairs at CUIMC, discusses why these acts of civic engagement are so important for our community. Read more

Virtual Events Planned for Hispanic Heritage Month
The Latinx Employee Resource Group invites CUIMC faculty and staff to virtual events celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, 2020. Register online in advance for Overcoming Limiting Beliefs in the Latinx Community on Sept. 18, Hispanic Healthy Cooking on Sept. 24, and a Panel Discussion on Race and Resilience in Washington Heights on Oct. 8.

Gray Matters Benefit Highlights COVID-19 Mental Health Recovery and Resilience
At this year’s virtual Gray Matters Benefit, physicians in emergency medicine and psychiatry at VP&S will discuss the mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and describe research and other initiatives underway to address recovery and resilience. The Sept. 15, 2020, event is open to the entire community. Register online for the event.

CUIMC Fine Art Exhibition Goes Virtual
The annual CUIMC Fine Art Exhibition is online and includes more than 200 artworks created by CUIMC-affiliated artists. View the exhibition.



Wassim Elyaman, PhD, and Elizabeth Bradshaw, PhD, Neurology, will receive $3,309,251 over five years from the National Institute on Aging for “Microglia Antigen Presentation in the CNS of Alzheimer’s Disease.”

Matthew Lebowitz, PhD, Psychiatry, will receive $746,767 over three years from the National Human Genome Research Institute for “Understanding Implications of Genetic Attributions for Addiction.”

Theodorus Sandfort, PhD, Psychiatry, will receive $2,602,227 over five years from the National Institute of Mental Health for “Behavioral Sciences Research in HIV Infection.”

Michael Shen, PhD, Genetics & Development, will receive $2,139,445 over five years from the National Cancer Institute for “Investigating Lineage Plasticity in Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer.”

Kazuhiko Yamada, MD, PhD, and David Sachs, MD, Medicine, will receive $6,293,895 over five years from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for “Composite Porcine Islet-Kidney Xenotransplants to Cure Diabetes and Renal Failure.”


L.H. Lumey, MD, PhD, Epidemiology, will receive $2,583,693 over five years from the National Institute on Aging for “Genetic Analysis of the Dutch Hunger Winter Families Study to Boost Rigor and Robustness for Testing In-Utero Famine Effects on Aging-Related Health Conditions and Biological Aging.”



Chunhua Weng, PhD, Biomedical Informatics, has been named a Fellow of the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics.


Salim Abdool Karim, PhD, and Quarraisha Abdool Karim, PhD, Epidemiology, were named the 2020 John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award laureates for their achievements in global health research. Read more.

Kelli Stidham Hall, PhD, Population & Family Health, was named an Emerging Leader in Health & Medicine by the National Academy of Medicine. Read more.


Elizabeth J. Corwin, PhD, has been chosen to present “Symptom Science Across the Lifespan: Metabolites, Microbes, and Maternal Health” for the School of Nursing 2020 NINR Director’s Lecture.

Ray Gannon, PhD, was accepted into the Nalanda Institute’s Contemplative Psychotherapy Program.

Allison Norful, PhD, was appointed as the Columbia University representative for the New York City Nursing Translational Research Consortium.