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2016 in Review: Most-Watched Videos

Covering topics from alopecia to Zika, these videos were our most-watched in 2016. Keep up to date in 2017 by subscribing to the CUMC YouTube channel.

Drug Restores Hair Growth in Patients with Alopecia Areata 

Seventy-five percent of patients with moderate to severe alopecia areata—an autoimmune disease that causes patchy and, less frequently, total hair loss—had significant hair regrowth after treatment with ruxolitinib.


Contagious Cancers Are Spreading Among Shellfish 

New research suggests that direct transmission of cancer among marine animals may be much more common than once thought. The way the cancer spreads among shellfish may shed light on how human cancer spreads from one organ to another.


Using CRISPR to Treat Blindness

 A new gene-editing technology called CRISPR can repair a genetic mutation responsible for retinitis pigmentosa, an inherited condition that causes the retina to degrade and leads to blindness.


A Medical Pop-Up Book from the 17th Century 

Columbia University librarians digitized an important anatomical flap book – an early attempt to represent the three dimensions of the human body in the two dimensions of the book.


Electron Microscopy Reveals How Vitamin A Enters the Cell 

Using a new, lightning-fast camera paired with an electron microscope, CUMC scientists have captured images of one of the smallest proteins in our cells to be “seen” with a microscope.


2016 Match Day at Columbia University

On a single day each March, graduating medical students around the country learn where they will begin their careers as doctors.


Scientists Watch Activity of Newborn Brain Cells in Mice

Columbia neuroscientists have found that new brain cells created in the adult brain play a critical role  in memory formation. The study also revealed how the memory-encoding process may go awry.


Engineering Music to Sound Better With Cochlear Implants

Columbia’s Cochlear Implant Music Engineering Group is trying to reengineer and simplify music to be more enjoyable for listeners with cochlear implants.


Discovery of a New Celiac Disease Risk Factor 

Researchers have identified a common variant in a non-coding RNA that may contribute to the intestinal inflammation that occurs in people with celiac disease. The findings point to a possible new risk factor for developing celiac disease in people with celiac disease risk genes.


What You Need to Know about Zika Virus

CUMC experts offered insights into the arrival of the Zika virus in South America and the Caribbean—and what it could mean for you.