CUI™ Update – July 27, 2022

CUI™ Update - July 27, 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.


Summer, Science, and Drosophila: New Program Shapes Future Scientists
Students from University Heights High School in the Bronx got hands-on research experience in a new summer program launched by Columbia’s Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center. Read more.

Medical Curriculum Leader Joins VP&S
Rosa Lee, MD, has been named senior associate dean for curricular affairs at VP&S where she will work to strengthen the development of a curriculum that ensures a student-centered approach to learning and builds on inclusivity and anti-racism efforts. She comes to Columbia from the City University of New York School of Medicine. Read more.

Potential ALS Treatment Emerges from Nerve Cells in a Dish
Twenty years ago, Columbia scientists created a way to make neurons in a dish, a discovery that has led to clinical trials of an experimental drug that may slow the progression of ALS. Read more.

Marijuana Use is Much More Common in States that Have Legalized Recreational Cannabis Use
A study by Mailman researchers has found that the rates of cannabis use and daily cannabis use have increased across the United States, and that current cannabis use and daily use are substantially higher among individuals residing in states that have legalized recreational cannabis use. Read more.

Columbia Nurses Help Tackle Clinician Documentation Burden
Members of the Columbia Nursing community are playing key roles in an American Medical Informatics Association effort to sharply reduce documentation burden on US clinicians. Read more.


StudioLab DrawingBoard
Wednesdays, 6 p.m., online
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Advanced Distribution Training: News and Events
July 28, 9:30 am, online
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Film Works Alfresco at Haven Plaza: Coming to America
July 29, 7:30 p.m., Haven Plaza
Book free tickets here.

Open Office Hours for CUI™ Web Services
Aug. 3.3 p.m., online
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ISSO Newly Arrived J-1 Faculty and Researchers Orientation
Aug. 16, 11 a.m., Zoom
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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.



Xueling WuMD, PhD, Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center: $820,308 over one year from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for “Characterization of HIV-1 IgA bNAbs and ADCP function.”

Andrew TeichMD, PhD, and Guy McKhannMD, Pathology & Cell Biology: $4,049,990 over five years from the National Institute on Aging for “An investigation of Alzheimer’s Disease pathology, microglial immune response, and CSF proteomics in normal pressure hydrocephalus patients.”

Raul RabadanPhD, and Michael ShenPhD, Systems Biology: $3,361,475 over five years from the National Cancer Institute for “A transdisciplinary approach for dissecting stem cell states in prostate cancer.”

Adolfo FerrandoMD, PhD, Institute for Cancer Genetics: $272,484 over two years from the National Cancer Institute for “Clonal dynamics and chemoresistance mechanisms of minimal residual disease in acute leukemia.”

R. Graham BarrMD, DrPH, Medicine: $7,534,635 over five years from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for “Precision phenotyping of emphysema in the elderly: the MESA Lung Study.”



Wafaa El-SadrMD, MPH, ICAP: $37,788,770 over five years from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief for “Advancing Sustainable Implementation of Comprehensive HIV/TB Services for Epidemic Control in the Republic of Mozambique under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

Dustin DuncanScD, Epidemiology: $3,926,963 over five years from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for “Characterizing Sleep, ART Adherence and Viral Suppression Among Black Sexual Minority Men.”

Allison KupscoPhD, Environmental Health Sciences: $638,695 over three years from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences for “Prenatal exposure to flame-retardants: mitochondrial signatures and childhood obesity.”

Kiros BerhanePhD, Biostatistics: $1,749,849 over five years from Fogarty International Center for “Advancing Public Health Research in Eastern Africa through Data Science Training (APHREA-DST).”


Rebecca SchnallPhD, Division of Scholarship and Research: $1,932,705 over five years from the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality for “Dissemination of the WiseApp for improving Health Outcomes Across Settings.”



2022-2025 Irving Scholars: An endowment created by Herbert and Florence Irving supports the Florence and Herbert Irving clinical research career awards (“Irving Scholars”) program for junior faculty members involved in clinical research and translational research. The newest Irving Scholars are Marwah AbdallaMD, MPH, Medicine; Stephanie Lovinsky-DesirMD, MS, Pediatrics; Katharina Schultebraucks, PhD, Emergency Medicine and Psychiatry; and Kazuki SugaharaMD, PhD, Surgery. Read more about their projects.


Ruth MastersonCreberPhD, Lusine PoghosyanPhD, and Jingjing ShangPhD, were inducted into Columbia Nursing’s 2022 Sigma International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame.


Screenshot of a post about COVID-19 vaccines from the Columbia Medicine Instagram account


The New York Times
For Monkeypox Patients, Excruciating Symptoms and a Struggle for Care
Jul 18, 2022 – Providers and local health officials are pushing the federal government to open up access to the drug. “This is not a mild disease, for a percentage of people it is much more worse than I would have anticipated,” said Dr Jason Zuckeran infectious disease specialist at the NewYork-Presbyterian clinic. Editor’s Note: Dr Zucker is an assistant professor of medicine in the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. Read more.

Oprah Daily
They Left Careers in the Arts for the Field of Nursing
Jul 21, 2022 – Cue Columbia University’s nursing program, which has seen an uptick in admissions since the pandemic began. “Within the first six months of the pandemic, we were stounded to receive a 30 percent increase in applications. The phones were ringing off the hook,” says Judy Wolfesenior associate dean of student affairs at the Columbia University School of Nursing. Read more.

The Wall Street Journal (Requires a subscription)
What a Good Night’s Sleep Can Do For Your Heart
Jul 17, 2022 – The American Heart Association last month added sleep to its list of factors critical to heart health, a list that includes seven others such as diet, physical activity and blood pressure. … “The more we learn, the more we know how instrumental sleep is to heart health,” says Marie-Pierre St-Ongeassociate professor of nutritional medicine and director of the Sleep Center of Excellence at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Read more.


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