CUIMC Update – November 16, 2022 – Columbia University Irving Medical Center | Team Cansler

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VP&S pediatrician Rachel Lewis on what parents need to know about the triple pandemic
Pediatricians are seeing an above-average increase in cases of COVID, influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) this fall, as well as more severe cases of these and other illnesses common in the fall, says Rachel Lewis, MD, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons from Columbia University. Here’s what parents should know.

Columbia Center provides solutions for treatment-resistant depression
For people with treatment-resistant depression, standard treatments provide little or no relief. Columbia Psychiatry’s Treatment-Resistant Depression Program, led by Adrian Jacques H. Ambrose, MD, MPH, and Joshua Berman, MD, PhD, provides a range of evidence-based services to manage treatment-resistant depression, including the development of an individualized treatment plan for each patient. Read more and watch the video.

Apply by November 21: VP&S Anti-Racism Coalition
CUIMC faculty and staff are invited to apply for membership in the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons Anti-Racism Coalition established by the VP&S Office of Education. Coalition members are dedicated to reducing systemic racism and prejudice in work and learning environments and are committed to the goals of the VP&S Anti-Racism Task Force Report. Apply by November 21st.

Columbia Asian Liver Outreach Office raises awareness in the community
Chronic liver disease and liver cancer are on the rise in the United States, but no group is more affected than Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Tomoaki Kato, MD, professor of surgery at Columbia University’s Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, founded the Columbia Liver Asian Outreach Office, which serves a diverse population of Asian patients and sets a standard for culturally responsive care. Continue reading.

Implanted pump safely delivered chemotherapy directly to the brain of patients with brain tumors
Neurosurgeons at Columbia University and New York-Presbyterian are taking a more direct approach to treating brain tumors: a fully implantable pump that continuously delivers chemo through a tube inserted directly into the brain. “This new approach has the potential to transform how patients are treated,” said Jeffrey Bruce, MD, Edgar M. Housepian Professor of Neurological Surgery Research at Columbia University’s Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. Read more and watch a video.


NYPD sets up the block meeting
November 16, 6 p.m., Vagelos Education Center, 104 Haven Avenue, Room 1302/1303
Learn more.

Monkeypox and the protection of communities of color
November 22, 11:30 a.m., online
Register here.

Big Rounds: Contributing to the Common Good – Essential, Core and Local Public Health Services
November 30, 4 p.m., Allan Rosenfield Building, 722 W. 168th St., 8th Floor Auditorium and online
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winter port
December 1, 4:30 p.m., Haven Plaza, Haven Avenue between Fort Washington Avenue and 169th Street
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Growing Good Doctors: Care, Attention, and Good Medicine
December 1, 5 p.m., Vagelos Education Center, 104 Haven Avenue, Room 405
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CU Public Safety / Shotokan Karate Club FREE Self Defense Class
December 5, 6 p.m., 50 Haven Avenue, Main Ballroom Lower Level
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Quarterly meeting of all ERG
Dec 6, 11 a.m., online
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TISSUE TALKS: Sheila Chari, Cell Press
Dec 7, 3 p.m., online
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The seminar series on the biology of aging presents Dr. Peter D Adams
December 14, 12 p.m., online
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TISSUE TALKS: Sam Sia, Columbia University
December 14, 3 p.m., online
Register here.

For more events, see the CUIMC Event Listing.



Jeffrey ShamanPhD, Environmental Health Sciences: $450,000 over two years from Pfizer for “COVID-19 Pandemic and Invasive Meningococcal Disease.”


Donna FarberPhD, Microbiology and Immunology: $4,051,459 over five years from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for “Evolution of T-cell immunity in blood and tissues throughout childhood”

Anthony Ferrante Jr.MD, PhD, Medicine: $435,980 over 1 year from Office of The NIH Director/NIH/DHHS for Mouse Metabolic Measurement System.

David D.HoMD, Microbiology and Immunology: $486,000 over one year from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals for “potent monoclonal antibodies against novel COVID-19 variants.”

Lawrence HoneyMD, PhD, Taub Institute: $2,350,000 over five years from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for “Centers of Excellence in Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias at Columbia University Irving Medical Center.”

Mina KimPhD, Pathology and Cell Biology: $328,833 over two years from the National Institute on Aging for “Unraveling Angiopoietin-2 Regulation of BBB Disorders and Neuroinflammation in Alzheimer’s Disease.”

Claudia Lugo CandelasPhD, Psychiatry: $381,858 over two years from the National Institute of Mental Health for “A Longitudinal Study of Prenatal Maternal Obesity and the Fetal Origins of Impulsivity in Puerto Rican Children.”

Ira TabasMD, PhD, Molecular Pharmacology & Therapeutics: $267,014 over 1 year from Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited for “The Role of Indian Hedgehog as a Biomarker and Therapeutic Target in NASH”.

Elizabeth C VernaMD, Medical: $468,266 over two years from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for a sub-award of Therapies for Outcomes Prevention in Cirrhosis: The STOP-C Liver Cirrhosis Network



Just Makarem, PhD, Epidemiology, is the winner of the American Heart Association Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health Early Career Investigator Award. She received the award at the American Heart Association’s scientific meetings held November 5 in Chicago.

Quarraisha Abdool KarimPhD, Epidemiology, was elected the seventh President of the World Academy of Sciences.



The New York Times
Antidepressants don’t work the way many people think they do
11/03/2022 – 11/08/2022 – This debate is nothing new for psychiatrists. dr David HellersteinProfessor of Clinical Psychiatry Columbia University Irving Medical Center, said the question comes in many iterations but boils down to this: Do antidepressants work? “I think so,” he said.

US News & World Report
Fatal heart infections linked to opioid abuse have tripled among young Americans
Nov. 9, 2022 – “We found that people who inject drugs account for a larger percentage of deaths from infective endocarditis than they did 20 years ago,” said a lead researcher dr Polydoros Kampactsisan assistant professor with University of Columbia‘s Division of Cardiology in New York City.

CNN online
Utilizing government grocery services may slow cognitive aging in eligible seniors, study finds
11/09/2022 – Study does not explain what caused these differences, but co-author Adina Zeki Al Hazzouri has some ideas. “Improving food intake, overall food security, all of these have been linked to better cognitive function,” he said Zeki Al HazzouriAssistant Professor of Epidemiology Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

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