CUIMC Update – August 17, 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 Grants are provided by the Sponsored Projects Administration Office.


ICYMI: CUIMC Monkeypox Community Forum
Associate Dean of Education Monica L. Lypson, MD, MHPE hosted a webinar with faculty from the Division of Infectious Diseases about the monkeypox virus and its effects on the CUIMC community. Watch the recording here. The presentation slides are available on Inside VP&S.

Hearing loss and over-the-counter hearing aids
The FDA just released a rule to improve access to hearing aids by creating a new category of over-the-counter aids. If you’re considering buying a hearing aid, this interview with Columbia otolaryngologist Lawrence Lustig, MD will guide you. Read more.

New frontiers in cancer research and care: the next 50 years
Join the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center (HICCC) this fall for a special symposium in recognition of its 50th anniversary of NCI designation. The symposium will feature keynote addresses by Margaret Foti, PhD, MD, president and CEO of the American Association for Cancer Research, and Ned Sharpless, MD, former director of the National Cancer Institute. The event will also include remarks from Columbia leaders and presentations from prominent HICCC members on the future of cancer research and care at Columbia. Register here.

Eight Columbia nursing schools named members of the American Academy of Nursing
New fellows will be inducted at the American Academy of Nursing’s annual health policy conference in Washington, DC in October. Read more.

Columbia Primary Care is now open in Tarrytown
Columbia Primary Care opened a new practice in Tarrytown this summer, providing Westchester County patients with access to high-quality care. Read more.


StudioLab Drawing Board
Wednesday, 6 p.m., online
Register here.

Situational Awareness Training
August 19, 10 a.m., online
Register here.

Special seminar on the biology of aging with Dr. Jan Hoeijmakers
August 22, 3 p.m., Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center
Register here.

MDE Virtual Briefing
September 7, 3 p.m., online
Read more.

New frontiers in cancer research and care: the next 50 years
September 15, 1:30 p.m., Vagelos Education Center
Read more.

For more events, visit the CUIMC event listing.



Antonia IavaroneMD, Institute for Cancer Genetics: $6,495,188 over seven years from the National Cancer Institute for “Oncogenic Mechanisms, Molecular Stratification, and Therapeutic Targets of Brain Tumors.”

Sheng Han KuoMD, and Phyllis Faust, MD, PhD, Neurology: $3,003,010 over five years from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for “Targeting Cerebellar Endoplasmic Reticulum Calcium Management in Essential Tremor.”

Rodney Joel RothsteinPhD, Genetics and Development: $3,924,540 over five years from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences for “Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Recombination During DNA Double-Strand Breaks and Stalled Replication Forks.”

Peter SimsPhD, and Donna Farber, PhD, Systems Biology: $2,275,349 over three years from the Wellcome Sanger Institute for a “Single Cell Analysis of Aging in Lymphoid Compartments” subgrant.

Michael YinMD, David Albert, DDS, and Peter Gordon, MD, MD: $661,681 over two years from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research for “Effectiveness of Comprehensive ETE Interventions in the Dental Setting”.


Ying Kuen CheungPhD, Biostatistics: $349,418 over five years from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for a subgrant “Influencing Basic Behavioral Mechanisms of Action While Targeting Daily Walking in Individuals at Risk of Cardiovascular Disease: The Science of Behavior Change Behavior Factor Experiment Change.”

Ian LipkinsMD, Center for Infection and Immunity: $648,000 over four years from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for a subgrant from the “American and Asian Centers for Arbovirus Research and Enhanced Surveillance (A2CARES)” .

mohamed parvezDrPH, Environmental Health Sciences: $924,980 over five years from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences for a “Capacity Building to Study Mixed Metal-Induced Neurotoxicity in Bangladeshi Children-A1” subgrant “.

Morgan PhilbinPhD, Sociomedical Sciences: $305,677 over five years from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism for a subgrant “Intersectional Approaches to Population-Level Health Research: The Role of Risk HIV and Mental Health in Disparities in Alcohol Use Among Youth from Diverse Sexual Minorities”. ”

Kara RudolphPhD, Epidemiology: $3,135,544 over five years from the National Institute on Drug Abuse for “The Role of Disability and Pain in Opioid Overdoses: Mechanism and Risk Mitigation.”



Elaine AbramsMD, Pediatrics and Epidemiology, and Yoanna Pumpalova, MD, medicine, received 2022 President’s Global Innovation Fund grants for their work to advance understanding of climate and sustainability, health and medicine, and social justice and equity in Columbia Global Centers. Read more.


Susan Doyle LindrudDNP and Judy HonigEdD, DNP, have been appointed Honorary Senior Fellows in Nursing by the University of Melbourne.



CNN online
What is monkey pox? Symptoms, risk factors, treatment and how the virus spreads
August 5, 2022 – “Classically, it presents like many other viral illnesses with what is called a viral prodrome, and symptoms such as fevers, chills, swollen lymph nodes, fatigue and muscle aches are common. Within five days following the onset of the prodrome, patients develop a rash that may look like pimples or blisters,” said Dr Jason Zuckerinfectious disease specialist at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

New York Times
Some women ‘self-manage’ their abortions as access declines
August 7, 2022 – Although no treatment is 100% safe, taking the pills ‘home alone does not affect your risk of complications’, says Dr. Carolyn westhoffobstetrician-gynecologist and professor at Colombia University and the editor of the journal Contraception.

NY12 Westchester
Columbia Primary Care celebrates the opening of a new practice in Tarrytown
August 12, 2022 – British Columbia primary care celebrated the opening of its new location on White Plains Road in Tarrytown on Thursday. The 6,000+ square foot health facility offers preventative care, basic surgery, pediatric care, and women’s health care. Services for depression and anxiety disorders are also available.