CUIMC Update – March 30, 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.


Ranking of new colleges: VP&S, Nursing and Mailman in first place
New graduate and professional school rankings by U.S. News & World Report place Columbia’s schools of medicine, public health, and nursing among the top schools in their respective categories. Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons ranked No. 3 among research medical schools, its highest ranking ever, tied with Johns Hopkins and the University of California, San Francisco. The Mailman School of Public Health ranked #4, tied with Emory University. The School of Nursing ranked #5 among schools of nursing in Doctor of Nursing Practice programs and #6 in master’s programs. Read more.

Columbia Diabetes Center receives $20 million donation from Mike and Maria Repole on behalf of The Nonna’s Garden Foundation
The Nonna’s Garden Diabetes Clinical Program will support comprehensive, multidisciplinary care for patients and their families at Columbia University’s Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center. Read more.

Volunteer to be a CUIMC Launch Host
Volunteers are needed to support the CUIMC in-person graduation ceremonies, May 16-19. CUIMC Launch Week is an exciting and busy time on campus and the dedication and enthusiasm of the volunteer hosts contributes greatly to its success. Typical host duties include welcoming and directing guests, graduates, and faculty; escorting guests with special needs; provide general information about the facilities; and help distribute the program. To volunteer, complete an event host survey. For questions, email [email protected]

CUIMC’s Inclusive Recruiting Effort, Project PossABILITY, Receives City Award
CUIMC’s Inclusive Hiring Program, which connects workers with intellectual or developmental disabilities to employment opportunities at the medical center, received a 2022 Custom Employment Award. Read more.



Jahar BhattacharyaMD, DPhil, Medicine, will receive $1,803,945 over five years from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for The Columbia University Training Program in Lung Science.

Yaakov SternPhD, Sergievsky Center, will receive $12,216,568 over five years from the National Institute of Aging to “Explore Cognitive Aging Using Benchmark Neural Networks.”

Melissa StockwellMD, Pediatrics, will receive $1,809,329 over five years from the Health Resources and Services Administration for NRSA for Primary Medical Care.

Moriya TsujiMD, PhD, Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center, will receive $348,780 over two years from the Army Medical Research and Materiel Command for a “multi-layered antigen nano-delivery platform” subgrant. per layer for SARS-CoV-2 vaccines”.

Zhiguo ZhangPhD, Institute for Cancer Genetics, will receive $4,233,310 over five years from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences for “Mechanism of Epigenetic Inheritance”.



Alwyn CohallMD, was named a 2022-2023 Vanneck-Bailey Fellow.

Deborah Hasin, PhD, was elected president of the College on Substance Abuse Issues. Read more.


Nour Makarem, PhD, has been selected to receive the Trudy Bush Award for Cardiovascular Disease Research in Women’s Health presented at EPI | Lifestyle 2022 Scientific Sessions March 1-4, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois.


The John Lindenbaum Memorial Lecture: “Diversity among Scientists – What is its Impact on Biomedical Discovery and Patient Care?” March 31, 5 p.m., register here.

A public health system for the futureApril 6, 4 p.m., register here.

Childhood Obesity Today: A Webinar for Pediatricians and FamiliesApril 12, 6 p.m., register here.

Institute of Human Nutrition Special Event – A Community Conversation with the Hon. Rolando T. AcostaApril 14, 5 p.m., Alumni Auditorium, attend in person or online via Zoom, learn more.

Visionary Woman in Science: Remembering and Celebrating the Life of Zena A. SteinApril 22, 1 p.m., register here.

Call for Applications: Columbia Council of Global Mental Health Programs Grant Program 2022-2023until June 1, find out more.

For more events, visit the CUIMC event listing.


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