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December 2009 Julian Abrams, MD, MS, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, a 2007 MS/POR graduate, received a $99,999 supplemental Career Development Award from the National Cancer Institute for the study, "Risk Factors for Site-Specific Metastasis in Esophageal Cancer."

Suzanne Bakken, RN, DNSc, the Alumni Professor of Nursing and Professor of Biomedical Informatics (P&S), a 2007 CaMPR Phase I award recipient and BMIR key member, received $385,314 from the National Institute of Nursing Research to supplement the Center for Evidence-based Practice in the Underserved. A second supplement of $125,000 for the center is designated for summer research experiences for students and science educators.

Jonathan M. Barasch, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine-Nephrology and of Anatomy & Cell Biology, a DNMR faculty member, received a $99,400 supplement from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for "Cytokines Convert Epithelial Precursors to Nephrons."

R. Graham Barr, MD, DrPH, Irving Assistant Professor of Medicine and Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Mailman), a 2009 Imaging Core pilot award recipient, received $970,456 from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for research titled "Genome-wide and Linkage Study of Quantitative Emphysema Phenotypes," in collaboration with Stephen S. Rich, PhD, from the University of Virginia.

Raphael A. Clynes, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine and of Microbiology & Immunology, a 2007 and 2008 Irving Institute/CTO pilot award recipient, was awarded $21,270 from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to supplement his research on the "Pathogenic Role of Islet Cell Abs in Autoimmune Diabetes."

Karina W. Davidson, PhD, Irving Associate Professor of Behavioral Medicine and TRANSFORM Co-Director has received a $4.1 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for "Comparison of Depression Interventions after Acute Coronary Syndrome (CODIACS)."

Burton L. Edelstein, DDS, Professor of Clinical Dental Medicine and of Health Policy and Management (Mailman), a 2008 CaMPR Phase I award recipient, has received $875,007 from the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities for the study, "Bio-behavioral Chronic Disease Management by Families of Young Minority Children."

Adolfo A. Ferrando, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and of Pathology (in the Institute for Cancer Genetics), a 2007 Irving Institute/CTO pilot award recipient, received a $533,649 in additional funding from the National Cancer Institute for "Mechanisms of T-cell Leukemogenesis Induced by NOTCH1."

William P. Fifer, PhD, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, a 2009 Irving Institute/CTO pilot award recipient, was awarded $1.2 million in additional funding from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development for his study, "Prenatal Alcohol in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and Stillbirth (PASS) Network."

Donald W. Landry, MD, PhD, the Samuel Bard Professor of Medicine, Chair of Medicine, and Organic Synthesis Core Director received $1.19 million from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for "Metabolism in Heart Failure Translational Research Center."

Randolph S. Marshall, MD, the Elizabeth K. Harris Professor of Neurology, a 2007-08 CaMPR Phase I and II award recipient, received two supplements totaling $230,551 from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to further support the New York Columbia Collaborative SPOTRIAS.

Melissa S. Stockwell, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and of Population and Family Health (Mailman), and Elaine Larson, RN, PhD, Associate Dean for Research (School of Nursing) and Professor of Epidemiology (Mailman), and RKSER key member, have received $999,759 from the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities for "Appropriate Care of URI in Children of Latino Immigrants: The ACURI Project," a study that was awarded both the CaMPR Phase I and II awards during 2008-09.

Mary Beth Terry, PhD, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, and TRANSFORM key member was the recipient of $166,326 from the National Cancer Institute to further support the study, "Early Determinants of Mammographic Density."
11/24/2009 Call for Applications: 2010 Irving Institute/Clinical Trials Office Pilot Awards
Application deadline: Monday, February 1, 2010
Award Announcements: Late March 2010
Funds Available: July 1, 2010
To download a full application, select the desired format: Adobe PDF MS Word
11/16/2009 The Pilot and Collaborative Studies Resource announces the seven recipients of the 2009 CaMPR Phase I Awards.
October 2009 Anissa Abi-Dargham, MD, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Radiology and DNMR faculty member, received a five-year $618,680 renewal of funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse for "Cortical and Striatal Dopamine Dysfunction in Addiction and Schizophrenia."

Gudrun Aspelund, MD, MS, Assistant Professor of Surgery, a 2009 MS/POR graduate, was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and inducted into the American Pediatric Surgical Association.

Karina W. Davidson, PhD, Associate Director of the Irving Institute, TRANSFORM Co-Director and Herbert Irving Associate Professor of Behavioral Medicine, has been named Director of the Center for Behavioral Cardiovascular Health.

Heather Greenlee, ND, PhD, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine, a 2008-09 KL2 scholar, received $764,339 over five years to study the effects of antioxidant supplementation during breast cancer adjuvant therapy.

Daniel Kass, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, a 2008 Irving Institute/CTO pilot award recipient, received an 18-month $75,000 award from the ENTELLIGENCE Young Investigators Award Program to continue support of his research, "Targeting the MetAP2 Pathway in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension."

Elaine Larson, PhD, Professor of Pharmaceutical and Therapeutic Research, Professor of Epidemiology, and RKSER key member received a five-year $3.7 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in collaboration with Franklin D. Lowy, MD, Professor of Medicine and Pathology for the study "Risk Factors for Spread of Staphylococcus aureus in Prisons."

Nancy Reame, PhD, Mary Dickey Lindsay Professor, Director of the PhD program in Nursing, and PCSR Director, received a three-year $750,000 Advanced Education Nursing Grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to support the program development and implementation of a new PhD program for TRANSIT: Training Nurse Scientists in Interdisciplinary and Translational Research in the Underserved.

Beverley J. Sheares, MD, MS, Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, a 2001 MS/POR graduate, received a five-year $3.9 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for the study, "Reducing Sleep Disparities in Urban, Minority School-Aged Children."
September 2009 The Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research received four American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grants, totaling $1.8 million, for the following projects:

Targets and Barriers for Hydroxyurea (HU) Therapy in Sickle Hemoglobinopathies, is a six-site collaboration between five NYCON institutions, (Columbia University, Weill Cornell Medical College, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, University of Rochester, and Yale University) and University of California, San Francisco. Henry N. Ginsberg, MD (PI) and Nancy Green, MD (Co-PI) will lead this study focused on identifying novel indication for HU, pharmaco-genomic prediction of response, risks of and barriers to its use.

Supplemental Funding for the Organic Synthesis Collaborative Center, lead by Henry N. Ginsberg, MD (PI) and Donald W. Landry (Co-PI), aims to advance translational research by bolstering the Organic Synthesis Collaborative Center's (OSCC) capacity to provide organic chemistry capabilities to biologically-oriented investigators and continue the successful acceleration of bench-to-bedside breakthroughs at CUMC.

Amplifying the Pace of Collaborative and Multidisciplinary Pilot Research (CaMPR) at Columbia University is a pilot project mechanism directed by Henry N. Ginsberg, MD (PI) and Nancy Reame, PhD (Co-PI), that will provide additional resources needed to expand the novel Collaborative and Multidisciplinary Pilot Research (CaMPR) award program.

Advancing Institutional Efforts to Support Research Mentoring for Clinical/Translational Scientists lead by Henry N. Ginsberg, MD (PI) and Harold A. Pincus, MD (Co-PI), aims to improve research workforce development and dissemination by providing institutional and program leaders with the information, guidance, and tools they need to evaluate and improve their research mentorship efforts.

The activities described above are being funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. More information about Recovery Act/NIH/NCRR grants can be found at www.ncrr.nih.gov/recovery. A listing of all Recovery Act/NIH grants can be found at http://grants.nih.gov/recovery/.

Petra Kaufmann, MD, MSc, a 2002 MS/POR graduate, 2003-06 KL2 scholar, and 2007-08 CaMPR Phase I and II award recipient, has been named director of the Office of Clinical Research at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). An expert in the design and management of clinical trials for neuromuscular disorders, including spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and mitochondrial diseases, Dr. Kaufmann will increase the effectiveness of clinical studies by addressing issues such as optimal trial design, ethical safe conduct of trials, and challenges in patient enrollment.
8/25/2009 Wahida Karmally, DrPH, RD, CDE, CLS, Director of the Bionutrition Research Core, Associate Research Scientist, and Lecturer in Dentistry encourages overall dietary moderation in Newsday in response to the American Heart Association's recommendation to drastically reduce daily sugar intake.
7/28/2009 Call for Applications: 2009 Irving Institute CaMPR Phase I Awards
Application deadline: Monday, September 14, 2009
Award Announcements: Monday, November 16, 2009
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7/14/2009 The northeast CTSA regional consortium, NYCON, welcomes two new CTSA recipients, Mount Sinai School of Medicine and New York University School of Medicine as members. This brings NYCON membership to 8 institutions.  
July 2009

The 2009 Irving Scholars, Adam Brickman, PhD, Herbert Irving Assistant Professor of Neuropsychology, Katherine Crew, MD, MS, Florence Irving Assistant Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, Thomas Nickolas, MD, MS, Herbert Irving Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Adam Ratner, MD, MPH, Florence Irving Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Microbiology, and Benjamin Spencer, MD, MPH, Herbert Irving Assistant Professor of Urology, will each receive a three-year career development award.

Petra Kaufmann, MD, MSc, a 2002 MS/POR graduate, 2003-06 KL2 scholar, 2007-08 CaMPR Phase I and II awards recipient, and 2002-05 Irving Fellow has been promoted to Associate Professor of Neurology.
6/25/2009 The Pilot and Collaborative Studies Resource announces the two recipients of the 2009 CaMPR Phase II Awards.
6/22/2009 The Irving Institute announces the grand opening of the Columbia Community Partnership for Health.


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Photographed left to right: Dr. Robert E. Kelly, Dr. Lee Goldman, and Dr. Henry N. Ginsberg



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Photographed left to right: Dr. Robert E. Kelly, Dr. Donald Landry, Dr. Bernadette Boden-Albala,
Dr. Lee Goldman, and Dr. Rafael Lantigua

Press coverage of the CCPH Grand Opening: Official Press Release, The Record, Manhattan Times, El Nuevo Diario, almomento.net

June 2009 Melissa Begg, ScD, Professor of Clinical Biostatistics, Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Programs, and Co-Director of the Irving Institute has been awarded $412,000 over five years from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for the Biostatistics Enrichment Summer Training Diversity Program to provide research and educational opportunities in biostatistics, cardiovascular disease, and pulmonary disease for underrepresented populations.

Wahida Karmally, DrPH, RD, CDE, CLS, Director of the Bionutrition Research Core, Associate Research Scientist, and Lecturer in Dentistry has recently been awarded Fellow status with the National Lipid Association (NLA), a nonprofit, multidisciplinary medical society with over 3,500 members dedicated to preventing cardiovascular disease and reducing illness and deaths stemming from cholesterol and triglyceride disorders.

Heather Greenlee, ND, PhD, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine, a 2008-09 KL2 scholar, received coverage in several publications including the United Press International and the Guardian for the study, "Prevalence and predictors of antioxidant supplement use during breast cancer treatment: The Long Island Breast Cancer Study Project."
5/15/2009 The Pilot and Collaborative Studies Resource announces the eight recipients of the 2009 CTSA/CTO Pilot Awards.
May 2009 Burton Edelstein , DDS, MPH, Professor of Clinical Dental Medicine, Chair of the Social and Behavioral Sciences section, Professor of Clinical Health Policy & Management, a 2008 CaMPR Phase I award recipient, has been honored with an outstanding service award by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

Chunhua Weng, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics, a 2008 CaMPR Phase I award recipient, has been awarded a three-year $1 million research project (R01) grant by the National Library of Medicine to improve the use of electronic health records in the clinical trials eligibility screening process $25,000 Columbia University Professional Schools Diversity Research Fellowship, part of a $2 million initiative from Columbia President Lee Bollinger, to support her research proposal "Bridging the Semantic Gap Between Research Eligibility Criteria and Clinical Data."

Gudrun Aspelund, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery, a 2009 MS/POR graduate, who specializes in neonatal, gastrointestinal and minimal access surgery for pediatric patients, has been appointed to membership in the American Pediatric Surgical Association.
April 2009

Bernadette Boden-Albala, DrPH, Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences, Co-Director, Community Engagement Core Resource is featured in the April 2009 edition of The Record, Columbia University's newspaper.

Howard Andrews, PhD, Director of our Data Management Group, and Julian Mackay-Wiggan , MD, MS, a 2004 MS/POR graduate are part of a team led by Harvey Arbesman, MD, MS, recently awarded $50,000 from the Prize4Life ALS Biomarker Challenge.
March 2009 Wahida Karmally, DrPH, Director of the Bionutrition Research Core, Associate Research Scientist, and special lecturer in the College of Dental Medicine, was one of several American Dietetic Association representatives to preside over the opening of NASDAQ on March 12.

Burton Edelstein, DDS, MPH, Professor of Clinical Dental Medicine, Chair of the Social and Behavioral Sciences section, and Professor of Clinical Health Policy & Management, a 2008 CaMPR Phase I award recipient, chaired the most recent semi-annual meeting of the Global Child Dental Health Taskforce, which is focused on making tangible improvements in child oral health worldwide by 2025.

David Paik, MD, Associate Research Scientist in Ophthalmology and Lecturer in Medicine, a 2008 Irving Institute/CTO pilot award recipient, has received a two-year $413,000 exploratory and development grant from the National Eye Institute to develop a simple treatment for diseases of corneal destabilization using breakthrough technology that does not involve ultraviolet light exposure.
January 2009 The CTSA e-newsletter features an article profiling the inaugural NYCON - New York/Connecticut Regional CTSA Consortium Symposium, "New York and Connecticut CTSA Sites Converge".

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