CUIMC Update – November 2, 2022


CUIMC Update is a weekly electronic newsletter featuring news from the medical center and the accomplishments of our faculty, staff and trainees. Please send your news, honors and awards to [email protected] Grants are provided by the Sponsored Projects Administration Office.


Columbia Cardiac Surgery now in White Plains
Cardiac surgeons from Columbia University and NewYork-Presbyterian now see patients at ColumbiaDoctors’ multi-specialty location in White Plains, New York. The location provides a new site for Westchester adults and children requiring advanced cardiac treatment. Read more.

Fitness program aims to improve health of local seniors
More than 100 seniors from Washington Heights, Inwood, Harlem, and the South Bronx gather each week for an hour of exercise, fitness classes, and health conversations with CUIMC faculty and Seniors program students AIM High, a collaboration between the Armory and CUIMC’s Office of Community Service Programs. Read more.

Columbia study points to new ways to prevent liver cancer
A study by Robert F. Schwabe, MD, professor of medicine and director of the VP&S Digestive and Liver Diseases Research Center, and colleagues shows that a switch from quiescent liver cells to activated liver cells sets the stage for cancer liver and suggests ways to reduce the risk of liver cancer in people with liver disease. Read more.

How to boost your immunity
From diet to sleep to physical activity, Joshua Milner, MD, VP&S professor of pediatrics and director of the division of pediatric allergy, immunology, and rheumatology, discusses research on how to maintain the strength of your immune system. Read more.

“Silent Fire”: The Dangers of Hidden Inflammation
A book by Columbia gastroenterologist Shilpa Ravella, MD, focuses on inflammation, disease and diet and explains how inflammation is not only a consequence of disease, but also a potential root cause of it. Read more.


Aftershock: Film screening and discussion
Nov. 2, 5:30 p.m., Alumni Auditorium, Black Building
Book your place here.

Women, Life, Freedom: Iranian Women’s Rights Movement
November 3, 12 p.m., online
Read more.

pancreatic cancer awareness day
Nov. 5, 1 p.m., Vivian and Seymour Milstein Family Heart Center
Register here.

Application for COMMUNITY Center Scholars Development Core
November 7 at 5 p.m. is the deadline for submissions.
Read more.

Distrust and Disparities in Health Care: Unraveling the Complexity
Nov. 9, 4 p.m., CUI™ Teachers Club and online
Register here.

Free on-site health screenings for faculty and staff
Nov. 10, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., 50 Haven Ave., First Floor Lounge
Register here.

CUIMC Fall Festival on Haven
Nov. 15, 11 a.m., Haven Plaza
Read more.

Grand Rounds: Contributing to the Public Good – Fundamental, Basic and Local Public Health Services
Nov. 30, 4 p.m., Allan Rosenfield Building, 722 W. 168th St., 8th Floor Auditorium and online
Register here.

Exhibition Archives & Special Collections: “New Old Things: Recent Accessions, Archives & Special Collections, 2012-2022”
Until December 16, 2022
Hammer Health Sciences Center Lower Level 2

For more events, visit the CUIMC event listing.



Kai RuggeriPhD, Health Policy & Management: $445,432 over four years from the National Science Foundation for “Deviate: Using Positive Deviance to Reduce Economic and Health Inequalities.”


R. Graham BarrMD, DrPH and Elisabeth OelsnerMD, Medicine: $400,000 over one year from the American Lung Association for the “Collaborative Cohort of Cohorts for COVID-19 Research (C4R) CT Study”.

Scott BarbutoMD, Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine: $774,144 over four years from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for “Neural effects of balance versus aerobic training in people with degenerative cerebellar diseases “.

Catherine CrewMD, Medicine: $276,234 over one year from the National Cancer Institute for a “Longitudinal Investigation of Sociocultural and Behavioral Influences on Symptom Management, Biological Response, and Functioning Among Chinese Survivors and breast cancer whites.

Guillaume FiferPhD, Psychiatry: $2,226,072 over three years from Wellcome Leap for a “A Multi-Scale Approach to Characterizing Developing Executive Functions” sub-award.

David HoMD, Medicine: $509,752 over four years from the Government of Hong Kong for an “Engineering and identification of broad and potent bispecific antibodies against COVID-19” subgrant.

Tal NurielPhD, Taub Institute: $445,500 over two years from the National Institute on Aging to “Investigate the effects of APOE genotype on AD pathology in a novel AD mouse model.”

Marie-Pierre Saint-Ongedoctorate and Blandine LaferrereMD, med: $972,000 over three years from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for “sleep stability, weight, and glycemic control.”

Sarah TomPhD, Neurology: $554,119 over five years from the National Institute on Aging for an Adult Thinking Changes (ACT) Research Program – Life Course Core (C) subgrant.



George HripcsakMD, Biomedical Informatics, received the 2022 Morris F. Collen Award of Excellence from the American College of Medical Informatics. Read more.

Brian MarrMD, Ophthalmology, received the Vision of Hope Award from the Melanoma Research Foundation. Read more.



CBS News (video)
New study finds 10% of American seniors have dementia
October 26, 2022 – A new study shows that 1 in 10 Americans aged 65 and over have dementia, while 22% have mild cognitive impairment. The lead author of the study, Dr. Jennifer Manlyprofessor of neuropsychology at Colombia Universityjoins CBS News to discuss racial and economic gaps in dementia diagnostics and research.

The Washington Post (Requires subscription)
What you need to know about Covid boosters and the latest research
Oct 27, 2022 – “I think everyone had hoped that a BA.5 based boost would improve this [immune] answer. But that’s not what we saw,” said David D. Hoprofessor of microbiology and immunology at Colombia Universitywho conducted one of the studies.

Spectrum News: NY1 Online
What to know about the “triple threat” of RSV, COVID and influenza
October 27, 2022 – Dr. Edith Bracho-Sanchezpediatrician at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Centersaid in a hospital Q&A video that the facility is “certainly seeing an increase in respiratory disease, including but not limited to RSV.”

In an interview with NY1, Dr. Jessica Justmaninfectious disease specialist and epidemiologist who is an associate professor of medicine in epidemiology at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, said she was not surprised by the increase. “We’ve had a few winters now where people have been more cautious than usual, masking up and staying indoors, and so people have had less exposure to influenza and respiratory syncytial virus for a few years,” righteous man said.


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