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celebrates-pdfCUMC CELEBRATES acknowledges faculty, staff, and students at Columbia University Medical Center who receive major research grants, earn prestigious honors, are elected to honorary societies, or take leadership positions in professional organizations. Celebrates also gratefully acknowledges the gifts made by donors and friends of the Medical Center and highlights faculty who have appeared in the news recently. If you have an award or honor that you would like to have listed in Celebrates, please fill out this online form. Please note: all federal grants are automatically included based on institutional data provided by Sponsored Projects Administration. For more information, send an e-mail to the Celebrates editor. Click on the image at right to print this issue.

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RESEARCH GRANTS

COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS & SURGEONS

Asa Abeliovich, MD, PhD, Pathology & Cell Biology, received $959,991 over three years from the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research for “Targeting Retromer Dysfunction: a Convergent Mechanism in Familial and Sporadic PD.”

Domenico Accili, MD, Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center, received $480,000 over one year from Merck for “Merck-Columbia Insulin Sensitizer New Target Collaboration.”

Armin Alaedini, PhD, Medicine, received $560,000 over three years from U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command for “Proteomic Mapping of the Immune Response to Gluten in Children with Autism.”

Kyle Allison, PhD, Systems Biology, received $2,000,000 over five years from the Office of the NIH Director for “Isolation and Systems-Level Characterization of Persistent Bacteria.”

Erika Berman-Rosenzweig, MD, Pediatrics, and Evelyn Horn, MD, Medicine, received $1,577,480 over five years from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for “PVDOMICS Defining the Future Fingerprints of Pulmonary Vascular Disease.”

David J. Brenner, PhD, Center for Radiological Research, received $6,270,276 over five years in a competitive renewal from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering for the Radiological Research Accelerator Facility.

Peter Canoll, MD, PhD, Pathology & Cell Biology, received $256,855 over two years from the James S. McDonnell Foundation for “ENDURES: Environmental Dynamics Underlying Responsive Extreme Survivors of Glioblastoma.”

Wellington Cardoso, MD, PhD, Medicine, received $1,629,575 over four years from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for “Regulation of the Ciliated Cell Program in Airway Progenitors.”

Kenneth Carpenter, MD, Psychiatry, and Frances Levin, MD, Psychiatry, received $811,065 over four years from the National Institute on Drug Abuse for “A Sequenced Behavioral and Medication Intervention for Cocaine Dependence.”

Angela Christiano, PhD, Dermatology, received $330,000 over two years from the New York State Department of Health for “Stem Cell and iPSC Therapy for Epidermolysis Bullosa.”

Timothy Cragin Wang, MD, Medicine, received $1,841,552 over five years from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for “Differentiating Radio Sensitivities Among Intestinal Stem Cell Pools.” He also received $400,000 over two years from Merck for “Preclinical Studies with MDX 400 in Mouse Models of Gastric Cancer.”

Aniruddha Das, PhD, Neuroscience, received $399,175 over one year in a competitive renewal from the National Eye Institute for “Anticipatory Hemodynamic Signals in Primary Visual Cortex.”

Salvatore DiMauro, MD, Neurology, received $7,855,088 over five years from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development for “Mitochondrial Encephalomyopathies: Approaches to Treatment.”

Gilbert Di Paolo, PhD, Pathology & Cell Biology, received $358,395 over 17 months from the CHDI Foundation for “Discovering and Modulating Lipid Metabolism Defects in Huntington’s Disease Pathogenesis.”

Karen Duff, PhD, Taub Institute, received $464,500 over two years from the National Institute on Aging for “Metabolite Profiling to Identify AD-Relevant Pathways Affected by Apoe Variants.”

Gary Escola, MD, Psychiatry, received $1,993,528 over five years from the Office of the NIH Director for “The Internal States of Neural Circuits: Data Analysis, Modeling, and Disease.”

Adolfo Ferrando, MD, PhD, Institute for Cancer Genetics, received $600,000 over three years from the Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Research Alliance for “Functional Dissection of Oncogenic Enhancers in T-Cell Leukemia.”

Joachim Frank, PhD, Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics, received $550,760 over five years from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences for “Maturation of the Large Ribosomal Subunit in Yeast.”

Ali Gharavi, MD, Medicine, received $3,348,305 over five years in a competitive renewal from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease for “Elucidating IgA Nephropathy Through Genetic Studies of IgA1 Glycosylation.”

Henry Ginsberg, MD, Irving Institute, received $352,883 over nine months from the National Institutes of Health for “University of Pittsburgh Clinical and Translational Science.”

Sankar Ghosh, PhD, Microbiology & Immunology, received $1,800,000 over five years from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for “Understanding the Role of a Long Noncoding RNA in Celiac Disease.”

Maxwell Gottesman, MD, PhD, Microbiology & Immunology, received $1,600,000 over four years from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences for “Control of Transcription Termination in E. Coli.”

Peter Grabham, PhD, Center for Radiological Research, received $400,000 over two years from the National Aeronautics & Space Administration for “Combined Effects of Space Radiation and Microgravity on the Function of Human Capillaries and the Endothelial Barrier: Implications for Degenerative Disorders.”

Philip Green, MD, Medicine, received $472,235 over five years from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for “Frailty Related Risk: Poor Physiologic Reserve During and After Valve Replacement.”

Michio Hirano, MD, Neurology, received $5,735,970 over five years from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for the “North American Mitochondrial Disease Consortium.”

Oliver Hobert, PhD, Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics, received $1,878,063 over three years from the National Institute of Mental Health for “Developing Drivers for Neuron Type-Specific Gene Expression.”

Eldad Hod, MD, Pathology & Cell Biology, received $1,600,000 over four years from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for “The Safety of Red Blood Cell Transfusions.”

Thomas Jessell, PhD, Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics, received $440,000 over two years from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for “Neurotrophin 3 and Regulation of Proprioceptor Subtype Identity and Connectivity.”

Robert Kass, PhD, Pharmacology, received $1,023,841 over three years from the New York State Department of Health for “Calcium-Dependent Spontaneous Activity as a Novel Therapeutic Target of Inherited Arrhythmia Studied in Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Derived Cardiac Myocytes.”

Meyer Kattan, MD, Pediatrics, received $773,075 over one year from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for the “Inner-City Asthma Consortium (ICAC3): CORE.”

Donald Landry, MD, PhD, Medicine, received $1,000,000 over five years from CSPC Zhongqi Pharmaceutical for “CU-CSPC Collaboration for Drug Discovery and Development.”

Joel Lavine, MD, PhD, Pediatrics, received $5,840,313 over five years from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for “Clinical Research on Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease.”

David Lederer, MD, Medicine, received $260,000 over five years in a competitive renewal from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for “Clinical Risk Factors for Primary Graft Dysfunction.”

Cathy Lee Mendelsohn, PhD, Urology; Jonathan Barasch, MD, PhD, Medicine; and Ali Gharavi, MD, Medicine, received $8,135,808 over five years from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease for “The Genetic Origins and Complications of Urinary Tract Abnormalities.”

Rudolph Leibel, MD, Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center, received $330,000 over two years from the New York State Department of Health for “The Role of Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress in Diabetic Beta Cell Failure.”

Kang Liu, PhD, Microbiology & Immunology, received $1,020,607 over three years from the New York State Department of Health for “Cellular and Molecular Events Underlying Human Dendritic Cell Differentiation from Hematopoietic Stem Cell.”

Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD, DPhil, Medicine, received $300,000 over two years from the Entertainment Industry Foundation for “Clinical Annotation and Personalized Treatment for Patients with Hematologic Malignancies. 

Kenneth Olive, PhD, Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, received $500,000 over two years from Merck for “Preclinical Evaluation of Anti-PD1 (mDX400) in Combination in Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma.”

Arthur Palmer III, PhD, Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics, received $1,507,702 over four years in a competitive renewal from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences for “NMR Studies of Structure and Dynamic of Proteins.”

Serge Przedborski, MD, PhD, Pathology & Cell Biology, received $440,000 over two years from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for “Signaling Pathways of Necroptosis.”

Steven Reiner, MD, Microbiology & Immunology, received $400,000 over one year in a competitive renewal from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for “Asymmetric Lymphocyte Division in the Immune Response.”

Simone Sanna-Cherchi, MD, Medicine, received $2,163,093 over five years from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for “Genetics of Congenital Obstructive Uropathy.” 

Catherine Schevon, MD, PhD, Neurology, received $322,000 over one year from the Office of the NIH Director for “Integrated Multiscale Data Acquisition System for Human Intracranial Neurophysiology.”

Magdalena Sobieszczyk, MD, Medicine, received $311,255 over eight months from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for “HVTN Protocol Funding.”

Gary Struhl, PhD, Genetics & Development, received $1,511,912 over four years from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences for “Control of Drosophila Wing Growth by Morphogen.”

Megan Sykes, MD, Medicine, received $3,750,944 over five years from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for “Mice with Autologous Human T1D-derived Immune Systems and iPSC-derived Beta Cells.”

Lorraine Symington, PhD, Microbiology & Immunology, received $1,557,738 over four years from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences for “Mechanisms of Homologous Recombination in Yeast.”

Andrei Tkatchenko, PhD, Ophthalmology, received $1,629,294 over four years from the National Eye Institute for “Genetics of Refractive Error Development in the Mouse Model.”

Stephen Tsang, MD, PhD, Ophthalmology, received $1,080,000 over three years from the New York State Department of Health for “Comparative Effectiveness of Embryonic and Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell-Based Therapies.”

Carolyn Louise Westhoff, MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology, received $316,932 over three years from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development for “Evaluation of Novel Products for Female Contraception: Pilot and Efficacy Study.”

Melodie Winawer, MD, Sergievsky Center, received $1,334,148 over four years from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for “Discovery of Novel Molecular Abnormalities Underlying Non-Lesional Focal Epilepsy.”

Laura Zahodne, PhD, Sergievsky Center, received $264,454 over two years from the National Institute on Aging for “Psychosocial Protective Factors in Cognitive and Brain Aging.” Her mentor on the project is Jennifer Manly, PhD, Sergievsky Center.

 

MAILMAN SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Alastair Ager, PhD, Population and Family Health, received $257,702 over two years from the Department for International Development for “Longer-Term Mental Health, Developmental, and Systems Impacts of CFS Interventions in Humanitarian Emergencies.”

Arthur Goldsmith, PhD, Biostatistics, received $400,000 over five years from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for “Statistical Methods for Biosignals with Varying Domains.”

Mady Hornig, MD, and Ian Lipkin, MD, both of the Center for Infection & Immunity, received $788,507 over one year from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for “Infection, Fever, and Immune Signatures in an Autism Birth Cohort.” They also received $2,061,353 over three years from the Simons Foundation for “CII Autism Program: Maternal and Child Infection and Immunity in ASD.”

 

COLLEGE OF DENTAL MEDICINE

Burton Edelstein, DDS, Dental Medicine, received $3,870,446 over three years from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for “MySmileBuddy— Demonstrating the Value of Technology-Assisted Non-Surgical Caries Management in Young Children.”

Sunil Wadhwa, DDS, PhD, Dental Medicine, received $287,461 over six and a half years from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research for “Role of Estrogen Receptor Alpha and Beta in Regulating Mandibular Condylar Growth.”

AWARDS & HONORS

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER

The Medical and Graduate Education Building was recognized by the Concrete Industry Board with its Annual Award. The CIB awards are presented for projects that exemplify excellence in concrete in their architectural design, engineering design, general construction, and workmanship.

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital received the Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Service for its innovations in patient-centered health care and community service.

Five experts from CUMC were named by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to a special AIDS task force charged with implementing a three-point plan to decrease new HIV infections to 750 per year by 2020:

  • Alex Carballo-Dieguez, PhD, New York State Psychiatric Institute
  • Stephen Ferrara, DNP, Nursing
  • Robert Fullilove, EdD, Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health
  • Kalvin Leveille, Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health
  • Robert H. Remien, PhD, HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies

 

Three CUMC administrators were presented with Baton Awards at the Columbia Administrators Network Meeting. The Baton Awards, given annually and presented by Lee Goldman, MD, recognize excellent team players in administration at CUMC. The 2014 Baton Awardees are:

  • Joanne Berdebes, Research Administration & Finance, College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Jody Grunfeld, Budget/Financial Analysis, Mailman School of Public Health
  • Tanya Kent-James, Housing, Columbia University Medical Center Facilities

 

COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS

Four P&S faculty members were among the 401 named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a distinction that recognizes their work to advance science. The faculty are:

  • Oliver Hobert, PhD, Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics
  • Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, PhD, Medicine
  • George Yancopoulos, MD, PhD, Microbiology & Immunology
  • Charles Zuker, PhD, Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics and Neuroscience

William N. Levine, MD, Orthopedic Surgery, was named editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Academy of Surgeons.

Edward L. Nickoloff, ScD, Environmental Health Sciences, received the Edith Quimby Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association of Physicists in Medicine for his outstanding contributions to medical physics.

Daniel Schechter, MD, Psychiatry, was senior author of a paper that was awarded a Best Scientific Paper Prize by the French-speaking Psychiatry Association.

The Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research awarded six faculty members the KL2 Mentored Career Development awards, intended to help young junior faculty achieve research independence. The 2014 KL2 scholars are:

  • Eileen Connolly, MD, PhD, Radiation Oncology, “Utilizing Combined Chemoradiation Therapy to Improve the Locoregional Control of Locally Advanced Triple Negative Breast Cancer”
  • Daniel Freedberg, MD, Medicine, “Adverse Effects of Proton Pump Inhibitors on the Gastrointestinal Health of Children”
  • Kristen Klemenhagen, PhD, Psychiatry, “Cognitive and Emotional Pattern Separation: A Possible Therapeutic Target for Anxiety and Depression”
  • Teresa Lee, MD, Pediatrics, “Identification of Novel Genetic Causes of Infantile Cardiomyopathy”
  • Marisa Spann, PhD, Psychiatry, “Early Brain Networks of Attention and Language as Precursors to Autism Spectrum Disorder Symptoms”
  • Badri Vardarajan, PhD, Neurology, “Whole Exome Sequencing in Caribbean Hispanic Families to Identify Coding Variants in Alzheimer’s Disease”

The Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research awarded four students TL1 Personalized Medicine Training Awards, which provide predoctoral students with training to prepare for an academic research career in personalized medicine. The 2014 TL1 trainees are:

  • Viktor Gamarnik, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, “Multimodal Assessment of Left Ventricular Dysfunction Using Ultrasound and MRI-Based 3D Strain Estimation”
  • Annie Lee, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, “Methods for Age-Specific Penetrance Estimate of LRRK2 Mutations on the Risk of Parkinson’s Disease Incorporating Personalized Characteristics”
  • Sindhuri Prakash, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, “A Novel Gene for IgA Nephropathy Through Next Gen Sequencing”
  • Sakellarios Zairis, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, “Genomic Characterization of NASH-Related Hepatocellular Carcinoma” 

The Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research awarded 16 faculty members Irving Institute/Clinical Trials Office Pilot Awards, which provide junior faculty with funds to conduct pilot studies needed to attract future independent funding. The 2014 awardees are:

  • Aditya Dutta, PhD, Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, “Identification of Molecular Drivers of Cancer Cell Adaptation to Metabolic Stress”
  • Jole Fiorito, PhD, Medicine, “Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease Using Novel Phosphodiesterase 5 Inhibitors: A Preclinical Study”
  • John Gaudet Van Driest, MD, Anesthesiology, “Perioperative Inflammation as a Cause of Postoperative Delirium”
  • Monica Goldklang, MD, Anesthesiology, “Functional Lung Imaging in Acute Lung Injury”
  • Claire Gordon, MBBS, Medicine, “Identifying Tissue Reservoirs for Immune-Mediated Control of Chronic Human Herpes Viruses”
  • Adam Griesemer, MD, Surgery, “Combined Liver and Bone Marrow Transplantation for the Induction of Tolerance to Liver Allografts”
  • David Kessler, MD, Pediatrics, “Improving Lumbar Puncture Success in Infants Using Bedside Ultrasound: A Pilot Randomized Clinical Trial”
  • Michael Kluger, MD, Surgery, “A Pilot Study to Determine the Safety of Recovered Blood Intended for Auto-Transfusion During Pancreatic Cancer Operations”
  • Emerson Lim, MD, Medicine, “Feasibility of Diffuse Optical Tomography (DOT) in Prostate Cancer Detection and Risk Assessment”
  • Sander Markx, MD, Psychiatry, “Novel Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder Using a Compound That Targets Disease Mechanism in Patients Who Harbor Identical CNTNAP2 Mutations”
  • Benjamin Ohlstein, MD, PhD, Genetics & Development, “Bone Morphogenetic Protein (BMP) Regulation of Drosophila Intestinal Stem Cells”
  • Maya K. Rao, MD, Medicine, “Creating a Comprehensive Nutrition Plan in Patients with Advanced Chronic Kidney Disease: A Pilot Study”
  • Carrie Shawber, PhD, Obstetrics & Gynecology, “Characterization and Therapeutic Targeting of Lymphatic Dysfunction in Congenital Chylothorax”
  • Andrew Teich, MD, PhD, Pathology & Cell Biology, “An Analysis of DNA Methylation and Dementia Status in Alzheimer’s Disease”
  • Danielle Templeton, PhD, Medicine, “Skeletal Muscle Dysfunction in Diastolic Heart Failure”
  • Nina B.L. Urban, MD, Psychiatry, “Deep Brain Stimulation for Refractory Alcohol Dependence”

The Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research presented two faculty teams with Collaborative and Multidisciplinary Pilot Research (CaMPR) Awards. This two-phase program provides planning and start-up funds to investigative teams planning novel, multidisciplinary projects. The 2013–14 CaMPR Awardees are:

  • Andrew J. Gerber, MD, PhD, Psychiatry, and Qi Wang, PhD, Biomedical Engineering, “Development of an fMRI Paradigm for the Study of Multisensory Integration in Neuropsychiatric Disorders.” Other co-investigators listed here.
  • Lance C. Kam, PhD, Biomedical Engineering; Remi Creusot, PhD, Medicine; and Donna Farber, PhD, Surgery, “Engineering Immunity through Biomaterials.” Other co-investigators listed here. 

The Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research and the Department of Biomedical Informatics presented the Irving Institute/DBMI Health Practice Research Pilot Awards to three faculty members. The awards provide funds of $25,000 for one year to support operational interventions such as information technology, operations research, and simulation to improve health care practice. The 2014 recipients are:

  • Erica Chin, PhD, Psychiatry, “Using Electronic Health Record Alerts and Reporting to Improve the Care of Youth at Risk for Suicide”
  • Alexander Friedman, MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology, “Integrating Maternal Early Warnings with Information Technology: A Novel Approach to Systemically Reducing Severe Maternal Morbidity”
  • Krzysztof Kiryluk, MD, Medicine, “Glomerular Disease Dashboard: An Integrated Support Tool for Clinical Care and Research of Patients with Glomerular Disorders”

Fernando Arias-Mendoza, Radiology, received the 2014 Herbert M. Stauffer Award for Best Basic Science Paper from the Association of University Radiologists.

Jennifer Bain, MD, PhD, Neurology, was honored by NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital’s Good Catch Program in recognition of her skill communicating with peers about events that highlight opportunities for delivering patient care and utilizing existing frameworks for promoting and protecting patient safety.

Thomas M. Jessell, PhD, was among the inaugural winners of the DECODE awards presented by Inscopix. Through technology, training, and a scientific partnership between Inscopix and awardees, these awards seek to accelerate the discovery of neural circuit-based signatures of brain disease.

Michael Sisti, MD, Neurological Surgery, was honored by the NJ Acoustic Neuroma Association in October at the association’s meeting, for his continued dedication to acoustic neuroma patients.

 

MAILMAN SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Diana Hernández, PhD, Sociomedical Sciences, was selected as a JPG Environmental Health Fellow by the Harvard University School of Public Health. Dr. Hernandez, one of nine professors in the inaugural cohort of fellows, was selected for her accomplishments and commitment to underserved populations.

Quarraisha Abdool Karim, PhD, Epidemiology, was awarded the 2014 TWAS-Lenovo Science Prize by the World Academy of Sciences in recognition of her groundbreaking research on HIV/AIDS prevention.

Ruth Ottman, PhD, Epidemiology, was recognized with the 2014 American Epilepsy Society Clinical Scientist Research Recognition Award.

Irwin Redlener, MD, Health Policy and Management, was awarded the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism at the 2014 Schweitzer Leadership Conference. The award recognizes individuals whose work “has significantly mitigated the social determinants of health in the United States and/or abroad, and whose commitment to service influences and inspires others.”

A paper by John Santelli, MD, Population and Family Health, titled “Measuring School Health Center Impact on Access to and Quality of Primary Care,” was named paper of the year by the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on School Health.

 

COLLEGE OF DENTAL MEDICINE

The FDI World Dental Federation appointed Ira B. Lamster, DDS, College of Dental Medicine, the next editor of the International Dental Journal.

 

COLUMBIA NURSING

Three Columbia Nursing faculty members were inducted as Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing:

  • Jennifer Dohrn, DNP
  • Jacqueline Merrill, PhD
  • Lusine Poghosyan, PhD 

Suzanne Bakken, PhD, was elected to the board of directors of the Friends of the National Library of Medicine.

Brenda Janotha, DNP, received the Healthcare Heroes Award from Long Island Business News.

Jeffrey Kwong, DNP, was selected as “Nurse Champion” for New York’s Clinical Education Initiative’s HIV-Hepatitis C Center of Excellence.

Elaine Larson, PhD, is serving on two national groups dealing with the Ebola crisis: the Institute of Medicine’s Workshop Planning Committee, Research Priorities to Inform Public Health and Medical Practice for Domestic Ebola Virus Disease, and the American Nurses Association Advisory Panel on Ebola.

Marlene McHugh, DNP, was appointed to the Hospice and Palliative Care Board’s Development and Leadership Committee.

Jacqueline Merrill, DNSc, was elected a member of the American College of Medical Informatics.

RECENT PHILANTHROPIC GIFTS

COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS

A foundation made a $7,000,000 commitment to advance research at the Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain.

A family foundation made a pledge of $5,000,000 to establish the Columbia University Health Sciences Communication Project, to help communicate the latest advances in health sciences to the public.

An anonymous donor made a contribution of $1,000,000 toward a $5,000,000 commitment to the Center for Translational Immunology.

A private foundation made a commitment of $828,000 to the Department of Medicine to advance research on the treatment and prevention of malaria.

A $500,000 payment was made toward a $1,000,000 commitment to the Department of Psychiatry to advance the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry’s research and clinical care in non-verbal learning disabilities.

A donor made a $500,000 pledge to advance research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

A foundation made a contribution of $375,000 toward a pledge of $7,000,000 to the Division of Clinical Genetics, to advance clinical research into the genetic basis of autism spectrum disorders.

An anonymous donor made a contribution of $250,000 toward a $1,000,000 commitment to provide scholarship support to the College of Physicians and Surgeons.

A Columbia University Medical Center faculty member made a $250,000 commitment to support the new Medical and Graduate Education Building.

A donor made a gift of $250,000 to the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center to advance research on malignant and pre-malignant blood diseases.

A foundation made a contribution of $200,000 toward the establishment of the Columbia University Health Sciences Communication Project.

A donor made a contribution of $170,000 to the Department of Ophthalmology to advance research on latent retinal dystrophies.

A family foundation made a $150,000 gift to the Department of Psychiatry to advance care and rehabilitation services at the Lieber Recovery and Rehabilitation Clinic.

A family foundation made a contribution of $100,000 toward a $1,000,000 commitment to provide fellowship support to the Division of Cardiology.

A donor made a contribution of $100,330 toward a $300,000 commitment to advance research on lymphoma and other hematological cancers at the Center for Lymphoid Malignancies.

A donor made a $100,000 contribution toward a three-year commitment of $300,000 to support an annual clinical retina fellowship in the Department of Ophthalmology.

A donor made a contribution of $100,000 to complete a $300,000 commitment to provide faculty support to the Epilepsy and Sleep Disorders Division of the Department of Neurology.

A donor made a contribution of $100,000 to advance research in the Department of Urology.

A donor made a $100,000 gift to advance research in the Department of Surgery.

A donor made a $100,000 gift to advance research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

A donor made a contribution of $100,000 to the Department of Surgery to advance research in heart valve diseases.

 

MAILMAN SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH

A foundation made a gift of $100,000 to support the Center for Infection and Immunity’s deployment of a mobile lab to Ebola-affected regions of West Africa.

 

COLUMBIA NURSING

An alumnus of the School of Nursing made a $1,000,000 commitment to support the School’s new building.

 

CUMC IN THE NEWS: OCTOBER–DECEMBER 2014

BLOOMBERG BUSINESSWEEK
Software That Helps Spot Sneaky Infections—December 18, 2014
Kenrick Cato, a researcher at the Columbia University School of Nursing, says the biggest problem is that competing systems often can’t work together to share patient data and improve results. But if monitoring systems can be fully automated, he says, “it would revolutionize the way infection surveillance is done.” 

CBS NEW YORK
Dr. Max Gomez: Custom Made Knee Replacements—December 17, 2014
Dr. Jeremy Mao and his colleagues at Columbia University Medical Center have developed a way to make a new, custom-made meniscus that should be as anatomically correct as your normal one.

CNN
Predicting the Flu so You Can Avoid It—December 10, 2014
That’s exactly what infectious disease experts at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health are doing. They’ve figured out a way to forecast the flu. …“This provides people a window into the future and what pathogens might be coming down the pike,” said professor Jeffrey Shaman, who developed the tool with a team of infectious-disease experts. 

WALL STREET JOURNAL
Stem Cells Hold Promise for Skin Disease Treatment—November 26, 2014
A third study, led by scientists at Columbia University, focused on certain cells in EB patients that spontaneously revert to a normal state. The scientists showed that it was possible to change those “revertant” cells into pluripotent cells, and then into fresh, healthy skin tissue that secretes the required collagen.

NBC NEWS
Could Air Pollution Help Cause ADHD? New Research Suggests Link—November 5, 2014
The researchers followed 233 nonsmoking African-American and Dominican women and their children. They measured PAHs [polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons] in the placenta and umbilical cord at birth and in the kids’ urine when they were 3 or 5 years old. The higher the PAH levels, the more likely the children were to be diagnosed with ADHD at age 9, Frederica Perera of Columbia University’s school of public health and colleagues reported.

NEW YORK TIMES
Therapist and Patient Share a Theater of Hurt—November 5, 2014
Dr. [Cecilia] Dintino, a clinical psychologist with a private practice in Manhattan and a faculty position at Columbia University [Medical Center], also teaches in N.Y.U.’s drama therapy program, which uses theater techniques as a means to heal. 

WASHINGTON POST
Compound in Cocoa Found to Reverse Age-Related Memory Loss—October 26, 2014
[Scott] Small said that even more important, the new study offers the first direct evidence that memory deteriorates with age because of changes in the dentate gyrus, a region of the hippocampus. Previous studies had shown a link between changes in this region of the brain and normal, age-related memory loss, but the Columbia University study asserts a causal link.

THE NEW YORKER
All Hands on Deck—October 19, 2014
Dr. W. Ian Lipkin, an epidemiology professor at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and one of the world’s leading infectious-disease investigators, was on his way to a meeting on campus last Wednesday. …A few weeks ago, Lipkin teamed up with Linda Fried, Mailman’s dean, and Mary Boyce, the dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, to see how Columbia might help combat the [Ebola] epidemic.

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