CUIMC Update - Sept. 28, 2020

September 28, 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.


Join Velocity to Support Cancer Research and Care at Columbia
Velocity, Columbia’s annual fundraiser for cancer research, is virtual this year, with participants cycling, running, or walking on their own to support cancer research and care at the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center. With no registration fee, no fundraising minimum, and the option to choose any activity, participating is easy and open to everyone. Register before or on Oct. 4 to participate. Read more

Nominate Colleagues for the 2020 Martha A. Hooven Awards for Excellence
Each year, VP&S recognizes the outstanding performance of individuals and groups with the Martha A. Hooven Awards for Excellence. Nominations for the 2020 awards are due by Oct. 16. View awardee categories and submit your nominations

Scientists Advise New York City on Creation of COVID-19 Lab 
New York City’s new Pandemic Response Lab is now up and running to provide rapid processing of COVID-19 tests. To create the lab, city government officials convened a Testing Innovation Council to serve as advisors, including Ian Lipkin, MD, who has appointments at Mailman School of Public Health and VP&S, and Jeffrey Shaman, PhD, a scientist at Mailman. Read more.

New Review Article from VP&S Researchers on “COVID-19 Fog” 
Anna Nordvig, MD, a neurologist and postdoctoral clinical and research fellow, explains the symptoms of “COVID-19 fog” and shares information about an upcoming study open to COVID-19 survivors age 65 and older. Read more.

Virtual CUIMC Branded Zoom Backgrounds 
Several CUIMC and individual school Zoom backgrounds have been created and can be downloaded from Resource Space (UNI and password required). Use “zoom” as the search term to locate the virtual background options.

Global Health Students Present Projects at Annual Symposium
Thirty-seven graduate students presented their research projects at a virtual symposium organized by the Program for Education in Global and Population Health at VP&S. Read more and watch videos about the projects.



David Fidock, PhD, Microbiology & Immunology, will receive $978,367 over five years from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for “Columbia University Graduate Training Program in Microbiology and Immunology.”

Nancy Kerner, MD, Psychiatry, will receive $960,337 over five years from the National Institute on Aging for “Assessment of Sleep and Circadian Rhythms in Elderly Persons with Cognitive Concerns Evaluated for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD).”

Richard Mayeux, MD, Gary Miller, PhD, Giuseppe Tosto, MD, PhD, and Badri Vardarajan, PhD, Sergievsky Center, will receive $11,672,742 over five years from the National Institute on Aging for “Genetic Epidemiology and Multi-Omics Analyses in Familial and Sporadic Alzheimer's Disease Among Secular Caribbean Hispanics and Religious Order.”

Vilas Menon, PhD, Neurology, will receive $3,340,146 over five years from the National Institute on Aging for “Elucidating Changes in Astrocyte Subpopulations Associated with Resistance to Alzheimer’s Disease Pathology in Multi-Ethnic Cohorts.”

Lynn Petukhova, PhD, Dermatology, will receive $606,440 over five years from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases for “Identification of Biologically Relevant Subtypes of Hidradenitis Suppurativa.”

Stephen Tsang, MD, PhD, and Janet Sparrow, PhD, Ophthalmology, will receive $10,911,378 over five years from the National Eye Institute for “Therapeutic Gene Editing and Multimodal Imaging in Juvenile Macular Degeneration.”

Anne-Catrin Uhlemann, MD, PhD, Medicine, will receive $2,299,593 over five years from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for “The Role of the Microbiome in HPV-associated Cervical Cancer in Women with HIV.”



Elan L. Goldwaser, DO, Orthopedic Surgery, received the best presentation award for “Sudden Cardiac Death in an Olympic Athlete,” a presentation given at the 2020 American Osteopathic Association of Sports Medicine’s virtual meeting in May. 


Salim Abdool Karim, PhD, Epidemiology, was named one the most influential Africans in 2020 by the Paris-based publication, Jeune Afrique, which identified 100 leaders of major companies, sportsmen, artists, scientists, and politicians deemed essential in this extraordinary year.


DNP student Tka Edwards received the Dr. Lauranne Sams Scholarship from the National Black Nurses Association.