CUIMC Update – July 20, 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.


CUIMC Employees Gather for Ice Cream Social

Nearly 4,000 ice cream treats and frozen fruit bars were handed out at the CUIMC Ice Cream Social yesterday. View photos and video.

Video on Burnout and How to Prevent It

Erin Engle, PsyD, assistant professor of medical psychology (in Psychiatry) at VP&S, discusses the dimensions of burnout, its emotional toll, and what we can do to address this important workplace issue. Watch video.

How Close is Xenotransplantation, Really?

VP&S experts discuss the promise of xenotransplantation, the transplantation of live cells, tissues, or organs from a nonhuman animal source into a human recipient. Read more.

Mailman at 100: Fighting for Healthier Communities

MD/MPH graduates use their dual degrees in myriad ways, including politics, city government, and NGOs. Read more.


StudioLab DrawingBoard
Wednesdays, 6 p.m., online
Sign up here.

Situational Awareness Training
July 22, 10 a.m., online
Register here.

Advanced Distribution Training: News and Events
July 28, 9:30 a.m., online
Register here.

Open Office Hours for CUIMC Web Services
Aug. 3, 3 p.m., online
Register here.

New Frontiers in Cancer Research and Care: The Next 50 Years
Sept. 15, 1:30 p.m., Vagelos Education Center
Read more.

For more events, visit the CUIMC Events listing.



Hemali Phatnani, PhD, and¬†Ai Yamamoto, PhD, Neurology: $8,145,067 over five years from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for ‚ÄúThe physical biology of neurodegeneration in sporadic Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis/Frontotemporal Dementia.‚ÄĚ


Diane Re, PhD, and¬†Markus Hilpert, PhD, Environmental Health Sciences: $3,428,823 over five years from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences for ‚ÄúNeurotoxic and neurodegenerative risks from chronic exposure to metal mixtures in e-cigarette aerosol.‚ÄĚ


Yihong Zhao, PhD, Division of Scholarship & Research: $577,824 over three years from the National Institute of Mental Health for a subaward of ‚ÄúUse of Advanced Analytics to Understand Brain-Behavior Screen Media Activity Relationship in ABCD Data.‚ÄĚ

College of Dental Medicine

Biana Roykh, DDS: $500,000 over one year from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation for ‚ÄúColumbia University College of Dental Medicine Mobile Dental Van.‚ÄĚ



Five research teams at the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons were awarded 2022 Precision Medicine Pilot Grants to advance the fields of cardiovascular disease, colorectal cancer, rare disease, organ transplant, and precision psychiatry. Read more. 

The Columbia Clinical Innovation Lab was awarded a 2022 CUIT Emerging Technologies grant for a Coordination of Care focused project developing an Optimized Patient Scheduling Algorithm.  
Jaime Rubin, PhD, Medicine, was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to work with the Republic of Kosovo’s Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation. 


Your Questions Answered About Monkeypox from, @ColumbiaMedicine on Twitter


The Wall Street Journal (Requires a subscription)
What Is 988? Behind the New Mental Health Crisis Lifeline Number
Jul 11, 2022¬†–¬†The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on July 16 is getting a new, three-digit number, a place where people in the U.S. can call for help with suicidal thoughts or other¬†mental-health crises.¬†… The calls are particularly helpful when the counselors are properly trained in suicide-risk management, said¬†Madelyn Gould, a¬†Columbia University¬†epidemiologist and research scientist at¬†New York State Psychiatric Institutewho studies suicide prevention and leads the evaluation of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.¬†Read more.

CNN Online
Opinion: I’m an Anxious New Mom. Here’s Why I’ve Decided to Vaccinate My Baby
Jul 11, 2022¬†–¬†Editor’s Note:¬†Edith Bracho-Sanchez, the author of this opinion piece, is an assistant professor of pediatrics.¬†Read more.

The Washington Post
Explainer: What’s Next for Abortion Pills After the Fall of Roe
Jul 9, 2022¬†–¬†The protocol involves taking mifepristone on the first day, then misoprostol 24 to 48 hours after. The protocol can be done at home, said¬†Holli Jakalow, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at¬†Columbia University¬†Irving Medical Center.¬†Read more.¬†


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