CUIMC Update - September 7, 2022

September 7, 2022

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 Cancer Marks 50 Years of NCI Designation with Symposium
The Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center will commemorate 50 years of NCI designation with a Sept. 15 symposium featuring keynote addresses by Margaret Foti, PhD, MD, chief executive officer of the American Association for Cancer Research, and Ned Sharpless, MD, former director of the National Cancer Institute. The symposium will also feature talks from members of the cancer center. Read more and register.  

VP&S Expert: What to Know About the New COVID Booster Shots
Marcus Pereira, MD, assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases, addresses key questions about the new booster shots that target the omicron variant. Read more.

ColumbiaDoctors Annual Report: Moving Forward to Better Serve Our Patients
In its FY 2022 annual report, ColumbiaDoctors celebrates the accomplishments of the past year: excellence in patient care, groundbreaking innovation, and commitment to community. View the annual report.    

Register Now: Are the Parents All Right? Navigating the Challenges of Parenting in the Pandemic Era 
CopeColumbia and the Office of Work Life invite you to attend an expert panel discussion highlighting challenges faced by parents and caregivers working in health care, with an emphasis on helpful tips to ease related stress. The webinar will be held Sept. 15 from 12 to 1 p.m. Register in advance here. 

Cryo-Electron Microscopy Community Celebrates Joachim Frank’s 80+ Birthday
Scientists from around the world held a symposium at Columbia to celebrate the birthday of Columbia Nobel Laureate Joachim Frank and his contributions to structural biology. Read more. 


Public Safety Security Awareness Day
Sept. 9, 10 a.m., Hammer Health Sciences Center
Read more.

Virtual Interactive Seminar Series: Why Behavioral Interventions Work (or Don’t Work) 
Sept. 13, 9:30 a.m., online
Register here.

The Biology of Aging Special Seminar Series Presents Dr. Amita Sehgal
Sept. 14, 12 p.m., online
Register here.

Back to School Webinar: Spotlight on Sports Medicine for Kids 
Sept. 20, 6 p.m., online
Read more.

Columbia Football: CUIMC Day
Oct. 1, 1 p.m., Wien Stadium
Register here.

For more events, visit the CUIMC Events listing.



Jeffrey Shaman, PhD, Environmental Health Sciences: $319,646 over two years from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention for a subaward of “Monitoring Diversity in SARS-CoV-2 Genomes for Tracking Emerging Variants, Measuring Impact of Mitigation Strategies, and Gauging Clinical Outcomes.” 


Wendy Chung, MD, PhD, Pediatrics: $887,120 over one year from Jordan’s Guardian Angels for a subaward of “PPP2R5D Patients Research Proposal - Clinical Characterization of PPP2R5D Mutations.” 

Yunglin Gazes, PhD, Taub Institute: $250,841 over one year from the NIH for a subaward of “Investigating neuroanatomical underpinnings of apathy in ADRD through neuroimaging and electrical manipulation.” 

Minah Kim, PhD, Pathology & Cell Biology: $300,000 over two years from the Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation for “Targeting angiopoietin-2 to improve ICI therapy efficacy in pNET metastasis.” 

Benjamin Lebwohl, MD, Medicine: $779,594 over two years from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for “Evaluation of Novel Technologies to Improve Clinical Management of Celiac Disease.”  

Peter Quinn, PhD, Ophthalmology: $913,248 over two years from Rejuvitas Inc. for “Gene Augmentation. for CRB1 Inherited Retinal Dystrophies.”   

Steven Reiner, MD, Microbiology & Immunology: $600,000 over three years from the V Foundation for Cancer Research for “Predictive Biomarkers for Immunotherapy through the Lens of T-cell Regeneration.” 

Christiane Reitz, MD, PhD, Sergievsky Center: $528,385 over two years from the National Institute on Aging for a subaward of “The Origins of Alzheimer Disease in Individuals of African Ancestry.”  

Samuel Sternberg, PhD, Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics: $445,500 over two years from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for “Impact of CRISPR-associated transposons on anti-phage immunity in Vibrio cholerae.” 

David Sulzer, PhD, Psychiatry: $2,250,000 over three years from the JPB Foundation for “Cellular and physiological mechanisms of Parkinson’s disease pathogenesis.” 

Anne Taylor, MD, Academic Affairs: $550,000 over two years from the American Heart Association for “Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons.” 

Joshua Willey, MD, Neurology: $2,726,255 over four years from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for “Neurovascular consequences of non-pulsatile flow from left ventricular assist devices.” 



Dustin Duncan, ScD, Epidemiology, has been named a 2022 Emerging Leader in Health and Medicine Scholar from the National Academy of Medicine. Read more. 


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Financial Times (Requires registration) 
The Growing Evidence That Covid-19 Is Leaving People Sicker
Aug 30, 2022 - Dr. Katrina Armstrong, who heads Columbia University Irving Medical Center, says the pandemic taught her how many patients without health insurance relied on informal networks of support, whether from nurses at urgent care centers, pharmacists, or family members. The pandemic frayed these support structures, revealing a big gap in patients’ knowledge about how to care for themselves. ... “You really have to have basic health literacy to survive in this new world order,” she says. 

Editor's Note: Columbia affiliates can access this article by registering with their email. 

The Wall Street Journal (Requires a subscription)
ADHD Specialists Worry Stimulant Drugs Are Overprescribed, Push for Treatment Guidelines
Sep 1, 2022 - “We don’t want a repeat of what happened with opioids,” said Frances Levin, professor of psychiatry at Columbia University’s Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, who will co-chair the effort to write the new guidelines. 

Spectrum News: NY1 (video)
Manhattan: Keeping Fit in Washington Heights
Aug 30, 2022 - Editor's Note: This piece features the work of AIM High, a community outreach program of the Department of Medicine that promulgates wellness and physical fitness among senior citizens of Washington Heights, Inwood, and the South Bronx.