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12/09/2008 Call for Applications - CTSA Funding for Pilot Projects in PET or MRI Imaging
Application deadline: Friday, January 9, 2009
Award Announcements: Thursday, February 12, 2009
December 2008 Julian A. Abrams, MD, MS, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine in Digestive and Liver Diseases, a 2007 MS/POR graduate, received a five-year $677,000 career development award from NCI to examine smoking as a risk factor for lung metastasis and alcohol as a protective mechanism against liver metastasis in esophageal cancer.

Andrew Einstein, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine in Cardiology and Radiology, a 2008-10 KL2 scholar, received the 2008 Katz Young Investigator Prize in Cardiology Research for his research on minimizing the risk of cancer associated radiation exposure from computed tomography angiogram (CTA), a new, non-invasive imaging technique for the assessment of levels of calcium and fatty deposits in the coronary arteries.

Petra Kaufmann, MS, Assistant Professor of Neurology, a 2003-06 KL2 scholar, 2002 MS/POR graduate, and 2007-08 CaMPR Phase I and II award recipient, received a $40,000 supplement by NINDS to support her research of high-dose coenzyme Q10 as a therapeutic agent in the treatment of ALS.
November 2008 Melissa Begg, ScD, Professor of Clinical Biostatistics, has been named Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Programs at the Mailman School of Public Health. In this role, Dr. Begg will lead and facilitate the development of interdisciplinary educational and research programs and partnerships with other CUMC schools.

Karina Davidson, PhD, who has been appointed to a three-year term as Irving Associate Professor of Behavioral Medicine (in Medicine and Psychiatry), has also been elected president of the American Psychology Association's Division of Health Psychology for the 2008-2009 academic year. She is the recipient of a five-year $12.4 million grant from the NHLBI to study why depression is associated with poorer outcomes and mortality in patients with heart disease.

The Fall 2008 edition of the P&S Journal features an article profiling the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. "CTSA: A Revolution in Clinical Research - Spurring the Change: The Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research"

NYCON - New York/Connecticut Regional CTSA Consortium Symposium
Date: 11/18/2008 - 11/19/2008


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The Principal Investigators from each of the 6 institutions pictured from left to right: Dr. Harry Shamoon (Einstein),
Dr. Henry Ginsberg (Columbia), Dr. David Guzick (Rochester), Dr. Julianne Imperato-McGinley (Cornell),
Dr. Barry Coller (Rockefeller), Dr. Robert Sherwin (Yale)
10/24/2008 The Nursing Shortage and the Crisis in Health Care airing tonight, Friday, October 24th, from 8:00 - 9:30 PM on Emmy Award-winning news magazine Now on PBS. Exploring the impact of the nursing shortage on patients, the program will examine the root causes of the crisis, and innovative efforts to reverse the trend. Supported in part by a grant from the Barbara and Donald Jonas Family Fund and the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence. For local viewing times, check the TV schedule at PBS website.
October 2008 Thomas Nickolas, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine in Nephrology, 2007- 08 KL2 scholar, and 2004 MS/POR graduate, has received a five-year $821,000 award from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to use advanced imaging techniques to assess bone quality and strength in people across all stages of chronic kidney disease.
September 2008 The Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research is the featured institution on the CTSA website for the month of September 2008.

Julian A. Abrams, MD, MS, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine in Digestive and Liver Diseases, a 2007 MS/POR graduate, has been awarded a new 5-year NIH/NCI Cancer Prevention, Control, Behavioral, and Population Sciences Career Development Award (K07) for his continued research on .Risk Factors for Site-Specific Metastasis in Esophageal Cancer".

David J. Lederer, MD, MS, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine in Pulmonology, a 2007-08 KL2 scholar and 2007 MS/POR graduate, has been selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Physician Faculty Scholar, which includes a $300,000 award to support his ongoing studies of ethnic and racial differences in the health outcomes of patients with pulmonary fibrosis of unknown origin.

August 2008 Thomas Nickolas, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine in Nephrology, 2007-08 KL2 scholar and 2004 MS/POR graduate, has received a career development award (K23 DK080139) from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to study bone quality and mechanical competence in chronic kidney disease.
July 2008 Henry N. Ginsberg, MD, the Herbert and Florence Irving Professor of Medicine-Preventative Medicine & Nutrition, and Director of the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, has been awarded a four-year, $1.6 million renewal of funding from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for continuing studies of how fatty acids regulate liver lipoprotein production, with potential public health implications for the treatment of insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, and type 2 diabetes in particular.

Allegra Broft, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, a 2007-08 KL2 scholar, has received a career development award (K23 MH082097) from the National Institute of Mental Health to test the hypothesis that eating disorders and substance abuse share a common neurobiological link. Dr. Broft will use neuroimaging techniques to translate PET studies of dopamine systems in addiction to the study of bulimia nervosa.
April 2008 David J. Lederer, MD, MS, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, a 2007 MS/POR graduate, and 2007-08 KL2 scholar, has been awarded $540,000 over four years by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to investigate racial and ethnic disparities in the outcomes of patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, with an emphasis on prospectively examining factors that impact survival times of study participants.
March 2008

The Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence announced Columbia's School of Nursing to receive one of the first four grants in its $2.5 million Jonas Nursing Scholars initiative designed to address the nation's accelerating shortage of nursing faculty, support educational development of new nursing faculty, and stimulate models for joint faculty appointments between schools of nursing and clinical affiliates. These grants will fund two doctoral students within Columbia's School of Nursing and the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research.

Irving Institute Fellow, Elisa Konofagou, PhD, Assistant Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering, received a two-year, $419,000 exploratory and development grant from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering to investigate a novel and non-invasive method of detecting and removing breast tumors. Roger D. Vaughan, DrPH, Associate Clinical Professor of Biostatistics, and Irving Institute Design & Biostatistics resource leader, teams up with other notable collaborators.
January 2008 Jose A. Luchsinger, MD, Florence Irving Assistant Professor of Medicine (P&S) and Epidemiology (Mailman), has received a one-year, $100,000 research grant from the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation for pilot testing of the diabetes drug Metformin as a preventive measure against cognitive decline. The foundation was established to expand programs initiated by the Institute for the Study of Aging, a foundation started by the family of cosmetics entrepreneur Estee Lauder.

Krzysztof Kiryluk, MD, Instructor in Clinical Medicine-Nephrology, a 2008 MS/POR graduate, is one of only two recipients of the 2007 Daland Fellowship in Clinical Investigation. The American Philosophical Society awards a limited number of Daland Fellowships for patient-oriented research in several branches of clinical medicine, including internal medicine, neurology, pediatrics, psychiatry, and surgery. Fellowships are designed for qualified persons who have held an MD or MD/PhD degree for fewer than eight years. Fellows receive $100,000 in funds over two years to facilitate investigation. Dr. Kiryluk's funded research project aims to identify genes responsible for vesicoureteral reflux in children.
November 2007 The American Medical Association has presented Paul Appelbaum, MD, Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine and Law and director, division of psychiatry, law and ethics, with the Isaac Hays, MD, and John Bell, MD, Award for Leadership in Medical Ethics and Professionalism. A director of the Irving Institute's Regulatory and Ethics Resource, Dr. Appelbaum received his award at the AMA's semi-annual policymaking meeting in November.

Wahida Karmally, DrPH, RD, CDE, Director of Nutrition, Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, and Associate Research Scientist and Lecturer (College of Dental Medicine) was elected to the American Diabetes Association's national board of directors.
October 2007 Ruth L. Fischbach, PhD, MPE, Professor of Bioethics (in Psychiatry and Sociomedical Sciences), was selected as Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for contributions to the field of medical ethics, including neuroethics, stem cell research, and advances in assisted reproductive technology.

One of the two 2007 Katz Prizes in Cardiovascular Research was awarded to Thomas G. Diacovo, MD, a promising young cardiovascular researcher who is studying the biological mechanisms involved in blood clot formation that can lead to heart attack and stroke. Dr. Diacovo serves as one of the Irving Institute Fellows, a group of upcoming yet accomplished investigators who comprise the DNMR (Development of Novel Methodologies) Key Resource of the CTSA.
05/21/2007 Pilot Award for Collaborative Clinical and Translational Research
03/15/2007 2007 CTO/CTSA Pilot Award Announcement
02/27/2007 Introduction to CTSA by John Ennever, MD

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