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News From Weill Cornell: 2016

September 29, 2016 - How The Nose Knows
Neuroscientist Dr. Jonathan Victor '80 joins an NSF-funded effort on the fundamentals of smell.

September 23, 2016 - There's an App for That
Medical research expands to Android devices.

September 20, 2016 - Researchers Develop Method to Identify Patient-Specific Drugs for Treating Diabetes
An innovative method that uses human embryonic stem cells to model type 2 diabetes caused by genetic mutations may enable researchers to identify drugs that could treat the disease.

September 16, 2016 - Chemical Tags on RNA Silence X Chromosome in Females
The addition of a chemical tag on an RNA molecule is the critical switch that inactivates one X chromosome in every cell, ensuring healthy development in all female mammals.

September 15, 2016 - New Big Data Approach Predicts Drug Toxicity in Humans
A new computational approach enables researchers to predict the odds of experimental drugs succeeding in clinical trials.

September 09, 2016 - Tall Order
An ambitious study aims to understand how Crohn's disease stunts kids' growth.

September 07, 2016 - Patient Looks to MRI-Guided Ultrasound Treatment to Relieve Tremors
A new, non-invasive treatment for essential tremor is now offered at Weill Cornell Medicine.

September 01, 2016 - Grant Launches Center on the Physics of Cancer Metabolism
A National Cancer Institute grant establishes a multi-institutional translational research unit to investigate the mechanics of how breast cancer develops, spreads and responds to therapy.

September 01, 2016 - Quality Control
Dr. Paul Casale '82 is the new head of Weill Cornell Medicine's accountable care organization.

August 31, 2016 - The Art of Discovery: Transforming HIV Care
As an artist in New York's fashion industry, Osmani Garcia marveled at the power of creativity and innovation. But after being diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, it would be the pioneering research advances at Weill Cornell Medicine, which greatly improved the course of his disease, that he would truly cherish.

August 26, 2016 - $1M NIH Grant Helps Researchers Refine Quick Cancer Test
The grant will enable researchers to hone technology for a quick, in-the-field diagnosis of Kaposi's sarcoma -- a cancer frequently related to HIV infections.

August 24, 2016 - Cornell Builds Bridges with Qatari 'Doctors of the Future'
Four Qatari high school students win Doctors of the Future scholarships.

August 22, 2016 - Four Postdocs Honored with 2016 Tri-Institutional Breakout Awards
The prize recognizes outstanding young scientists from Memorial Sloan Kettering, Rockefeller, and Weill Cornell Medicine.

August 19, 2016 - White Coat Ceremony: The Start of a Medical Journey
The 107 students in the Class of 2020 shared in a celebration on Aug. 16 that marked a milestone in their lives: the annual White Coat Ceremony.

August 17, 2016 - Former Detective Set to Become Investigator of a Different Kind: A Scientist
New MD-PhD student Christian Saffran, 45, used to investigate crime. Now he hopes to study the brain.

August 12, 2016 - Sterile Field
A physician-entrepreneur aims to make surgery safer in the developing world.

August 05, 2016 - New PTEN Role Identified in Mitosis
Scientists have identified a critical function of a protein that is a frequent indicator of cancer when the protein is in its mutated state.

August 03, 2016 - Two Weill Cornell Medicine Partners On 'Best Hospitals' Honor Roll
Two of Weill Cornell Medicine's partners are among the nation's elite hospitals, landing on U.S. News and World Report's "Best Hospitals" Honor Roll.

August 01, 2016 - Experts Address Elder Financial Abuse as Global Problem
Group plans to promote and conduct research across countries to better understand the problem.

July 26, 2016 - Upon Examining Cells That Line Blood Vessels, Researchers Urge Smokers to Quit Before COPD Develops
Quitting cigarettes may not improve smokers' lung function if they have already begun to develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

July 25, 2016 - Enzyme Links Metabolic State to Inflammatory Response to Infection
An enzyme that stimulates the breakdown of fats in immune cells helps trigger inflammation, or an immune response to pathogens.

July 20, 2016 - Precision Cancer Test Validated for Clinical Usage
A powerful next-generation genome-sequencing test developed at Weill Cornell Medicine can detect mutations that guide precision cancer treatment with over 95 percent accuracy.

July 19, 2016 - Inflammatory Cells Implicated in Lung Disease in Severely Premature Infants
Inflammatory cells in the lungs of premature infants receiving oxygen contribute to the development of chronic lung problems.

July 15, 2016 - Researchers Develop New Way to Target Tumors Using Nanotechnology
A protein in the blood vessels that feed tumors can be a more effective therapeutic target than the cancer cells themselves.

July 13, 2016 - Decisive Action Needed to Increase Patient Access to Hepatitis C Treatment
Despite the approval of effective hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment regimens, the exceedingly high cost of the medication prevents it from reaching HCV patients.

July 11, 2016 - Engineered Human Colon Model Could Aid in Cancer Research
A new tissue-engineering method enables researchers to track genetic changes driving cancer in humans.

July 08, 2016 - NIH Awards Grant to Four New York City Medical Centers to Advance Precision Medicine
Researchers from Weill Cornell Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian and NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem seek to extend the success of precision medicine in cancer to a broad range of diseases.

July 07, 2016 - Wisdom of Crowds
At major events like Burning Man and Coachella, Dr. Eric Salk '92, practices 'mass gathering medicine.'

June 30, 2016 - Mapping the Qatari Genome May Herald New Era of Precision Medicine
Qatar now has its own population-specific genome resource after researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York and Qatar mapped the genomes of more than 1,000 Qatari nationals.

June 29, 2016 - New Gene Therapy Protects Against Peanut Allergy
A new gene therapy developed by scientists at Weill Cornell Medicine could eventually prevent the life-threatening effects of peanut allergy with just a single dose.

June 28, 2016 - Device Registry Required to Determine Efficacy of Newest Prostate Cancer Treatment
The jury is still out on the efficacy of high-intensity focused ultrasound to treat prostate cancer.

June 23, 2016 - Nursing Home Residents Commonly Abused by Their Neighbors
Twenty percent of people living in nursing homes are abused by other residents.

June 22, 2016 - Disruption of Intestinal Fungi Leads to Increased Severity of Inflammatory Disease
Fungi that live in a healthy gut may be as important for good health as beneficial intestinal bacteria.

June 22, 2016 - Chemical Exacerbates Bacterial Infection, Important For Cystic Fibrosis
A naturally produced chemical exacerbates infection by a common bacteria, rendering the infection significantly harder for the body to clear.

June 15, 2016 - Commentary: More Evidence Needed in Using Radiotherapy with Immunotherapy
More evidence is needed demonstrating the efficacy of combining radiation with immunotherapy.

June 13, 2016 - Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs May Prevent Opioid Overdoses
State prescription drug-monitoring programs may play an important role in stemming the current epidemic of opioid overdoses.

June 09, 2016 - Scientists Propose a Framework for More Comprehensive Assessment of Medical Device Safety and Efficacy
Researchers have proposed a new framework to make sure that medical devices get better scrutiny.

June 06, 2016 - Biomarker Confirms Efficacy of Early Drug Switch for Prostate Cancer Patients
Metastatic prostate cancer patients respond better to treatment when they switch to different drugs in the absence of an optimal initial response.

June 06, 2016 - Innovative Immunotherapy More Effective in Treating an Aggressive Lymphoma than Chemotherapy
A drug that recruits immune cells to fight an aggressive form of lymphoma that disproportionately affects minorities in the United States appears to be more effective than chemotherapy.

June 02, 2016 - Transforming Cancer Care
Weill Cornell Medicine scientists are coaxing the immune system to fight back against tumors.

June 02, 2016 - Computational Method Uncovers New Potential Therapeutic Option for Difficult-to-Treat Subtype of Prostate Cancer
The steroid dexamethasone could potentially deter the growth of a prostate cancer subtype that was previously thought to be difficult to treat with medications.

May 31, 2016 - Researchers Develop Identification Tool for Anthrax Meningitis
A checklist identifies patients who develop a common and potentially fatal secondary meningitis infection.

May 26, 2016 - Commencement Honors Next Generation of Healthcare Leaders
Weill Cornell Medicine celebrated the Class of 2016 during commencement on May 25.

May 25, 2016 - Outstanding Students Honored at Convocation
On the eve of their commencement, students from Weill Cornell Medical College and Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences were recognized for their outstanding achievements.

May 24, 2016 - Developmental Changes in Teen Brain Facilitate Recovery from Traumatic Memories
New study finds unique connections in the adolescent brain may help to diminish fear memories and avoid anxiety later in life -- which could be important for the treatment of trauma and anxiety disorders

May 23, 2016 - Physician Communication Needed to Promote Informed Decision-Making for Patients with Advanced Cancer
Despite their nearness to death, a sizeable proportion of advanced cancer patients remain unaware of basic information about their illness or its treatment.

May 20, 2016 - What's in a Measure?
A 2015 survey that assesses the quality of patient care is more comprehensive than earlier iterations, but there is still room for improvement.

May 20, 2016 - Mathematical Analysis of Drug Resistance in Chronic Leukemia
The rate at which genetically mutated cancer cells grow may help explain why patients with a common form of leukemia develop treatment resistance.

May 19, 2016 - Discussing End of Life Increases Latino Participation in Advance Care Planning
Communication about end-of-life care can improve how likely Latino patients with terminal cancer are to sign a DNR order.

May 19, 2016 - Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar Honors Class of 2016
Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar added 33 new doctors to its ranks during commencement on May 4.

May 13, 2016 - Study Describes Potential Transmission of Non-Genetic Behavioral Traits to New Generations
Individual symptoms of psychiatric disorders, such as anxiety, avoidance and a heightened response to stress, can be transmitted from mother to child and even grandchild by multiple non-genetic mechanisms.

May 12, 2016 - Genomic Data Sharing Expands Possibilities of Precision Medicine
A new collaboration involving Weill Cornell Medicine will equip researchers with more precise and reliable genomic data when investigating instances of cancer.

May 12, 2016 - Irene: A Birthday Wish
After standard treatments for her bladder cancer had failed, Irene Price knew she was running out of options and time. Thanks to her team of doctors at the Caryl and Israel Englander Institute for Precision Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine, Price now spends time celebrating birthdays with her family -- cancer-free.

May 12, 2016 - Erica: Home Is Where the Heart Is
For cardiologist Dr. Erica Jones, helping others has always been her passion. From applying new research to help patients prevent and manage heart disease, to mentoring cardiovascular fellows, Dr. Jones has found a home at Weill Cornell Medicine.

May 12, 2016 - Alex: Hope for Tomorrow
Diagnosed with Crohn's disease, Alex Bancroft is not your typical 9-year-old boy. But with the help of Weill Cornell Medicine physicians Drs. Thomas Ciecierega and Neera Gupta, Alex and his parents have reasons to be optimistic about the future.

May 12, 2016 - Inside Medicine: Bench to Bedside
The second season of Inside Medicine showcases the physicians and scientists -- and patients -- who are collaborating at the intersection of research and clinical care, where discoveries lead to healthier lives.

May 12, 2016 - Dare to Dream: Supporting Medical Education through Scholarships
For fourth-year medical student Milna Rufin, Weill Cornell Medicine scholarships changed the course of her life -- allowing her to dream big.

May 11, 2016 - NewYork-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medicine Doctors Discuss the Future of Prostate Cancer Screening
A Q&A with two Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian urologists sheds light on the value of prostate cancer screening tests.

May 06, 2016 - Young Adults May Exhibit Riskier Behaviors in Threatening Situations Due to Continued Brain Development
Brain connectivity and development is still occurring into early adulthood, which could have implications for legal and social policies.

May 06, 2016 - Weill Cornell Medicine Faculty Elected to Prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Two Weill Cornell Medicine faculty members whose research focuses on tuberculosis and heart disease -- both among the most lethal conditions globally -- were elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

May 05, 2016 - Quick Thinking
Doctoral students sum up their theses -- in three minutes or less.

April 28, 2016 - Cornell University Forms Search Committee for New Weill Cornell Medicine Dean
Cornell University has formed a committee to search for a new Weill Cornell Medicine dean and provost for medical affairs.

April 26, 2016 - Light Hookah Use Causes Lung Abnormalities in Young Smokers
Smoking tobacco -- even lightly -- through water pipes significantly affects lung function and biology in young adults.

April 25, 2016 - NewYork-Presbyterian, Weill Cornell Medicine and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons Join Launch of SPARK, Nation's Largest Autism Research Study
Three organizations help launch the largest autism study ever undertaken in the United States.

April 21, 2016 - Weill Cornell Medicine Scientists Awarded Grants for Promising Cancer Research
Two Weill Cornell Medicine scientists received prestigious Stand Up to Cancer grants totaling nearly $1.5 million.

April 20, 2016 - Resistance Movement
Dr. Carl Nathan is a leading voice in the campaign to develop new antibiotics -- and conserve the ones we have.

April 18, 2016 - Interim Dean to Lead Weill Cornell Medicine Beginning June 1
Dr. Augustine M.K. Choi has been appointed interim dean of Weill Cornell Medicine and interim provost for medical affairs of Cornell University, starting June 1.

April 18, 2016 - Jill Roberts Institute for Research in Inflammatory Bowel Disease Leads the Field
A string of high-profile research studies underscores the early successes of the Jill Roberts Institute for Research in Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

April 13, 2016 - Form of Vitamin B3 Leads to Improved Outcomes in Genetic Heart Disease
A compound derived from a vitamin found naturally in milk and some fermented foods improves cardiac function in mice and extends their lifespan when used as a treatment for a type of genetic heart disease.

April 12, 2016 - Father Figures
Weill Cornell Medicine researchers tackle male infertility on a variety of fronts.

April 08, 2016 - Beat Poet
Fine art photographer and Weill Cornell Medicine graduate, Dr. Richard Ehrlich, captures musicians in the act of listening.

April 06, 2016 - Tropical Medicine
Dr. Elizabeth Triche practices on a Pacific island with sun, sand -- and a host of challenging health problems.

April 04, 2016 - An Off-Switch for Allergy: Starving the Immune System Prevents Allergic Inflammation in the Lung
Study illuminates how the immune system drives lung inflammation and how changing nutrient availability to immune cells shuts down disease.

April 01, 2016 - Stimulants Used to Treat ADHD in Children Associated with Low Bone Density
Study suggests stimulant use may pose risk for developing osteoporosis later in life.

March 29, 2016 - The Tree of Life
Dr. Rebecca Baergen has devoted her career to placental pathology.

March 28, 2016 - GI Tract Bacteria Helps Decrease Stroke
Certain types of bacteria in the gut can leverage the immune system to decrease the severity of stroke.

March 25, 2016 - Donning the White Coat: An Honor and Obligation
The 34 physician assistant students in the Class of 2018 accepted their white coats during a ceremony on March 7.

March 24, 2016 - Hunter Rawlings to Take Helm as Interim President April 25
Hunter R. Rawlings III, Cornell president emeritus and professor emeritus of classics, has been appointed interim president effective April 25.

March 24, 2016 - Excessive Iron in the Lung Implicated in COPD
Excessive iron buildup in the lungs could be a major cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

March 22, 2016 - Poetic Partnership
In visit to Weill Cornell Medicine, best-selling author Ron Chernow discusses his book "Alexander Hamilton" -- and the Broadway hit it inspired.

March 21, 2016 - Last Requests
A married pair of social scientists promotes compassionate care for cancer patients at the end of life -- and the loved ones they leave behind.

March 18, 2016 - A Thrilling Match
Weill Cornell Medicine's graduating medical students celebrate their residency matches during Match Day on March 18.

March 18, 2016 - Recalling Garrett as a 'Force of Nature with a Stunning Smile'
Weill Cornell Medicine and Cornell University in Ithaca reflected on the life and legacy of President Elizabeth Garrett at a moving memorial gathering March 17.

March 17, 2016 - Study: Physician Practices Acquired by Hospitals Improve Chronic Disease Management
Physician practices that are acquired by hospitals tend to increase their use of techniques that help manage chronic illnesses.

March 15, 2016 - Bacteria in Immune Cells May Protect Against Chronic Inflammation
A population of bacteria inhabits human and mouse immune cells and appears to protect the body from inflammation and illness.

March 10, 2016 - Electronic Cigarette Age Restrictions May Drive Teens to Traditional Cigarettes
Imposing age restrictions on the purchasing of electronic nicotine devices may unintentionally increase teenage cigarette use.

March 09, 2016 - Inner Life
A new book by bioethicist Dr. Joseph Fins explores the rights of the minimally conscious.

March 08, 2016 - President Elizabeth Garrett Dies of Colon Cancer at Age 52
Elizabeth Garrett is the first Cornell president to die while in office. She began her tenure as the 13th president July 1, 2015, during the university's sesquicentennial year.

March 07, 2016 - U.S. Physicians in Four Specialties Spend $15 Billion Annually Reporting Data to Insurance Providers
Physician practices in the United States spend 15 hours a week -- at a cost of more than $15 billion each year -- to report data about the quality of patient care to Medicare, Medicaid and private insurers.

March 07, 2016 - Study: Primary Care Physicians Underuse Depression Management Tools
Primary care practices routinely underuse effective chronic disease management tools when treating depression, compared to when treating medical conditions.

March 04, 2016 - Blood-Brain Barrier
Dr. Costantino Iadecola has long been at the vanguard of understanding the vascular drivers of Alzheimer's disease.

March 04, 2016 - Planned Home Births Increase Despite Associated Risks
Pregnant women are increasingly choosing to deliver their babies outside of the hospital, with such births rising by 80 percent from 2009-2014 despite being associated with higher neonatal morbidity and mortality.

March 01, 2016 - Gift of Life
Laparoscopic surgery is poised to revolutionize liver donation.

February 26, 2016 - A Heart That Beats for Others
Former Marine and New York City firefighter, John Martinelli shares his story about open-heart surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine.

February 26, 2016 - His Best Shot
For three decades, Dr. Stephen Hoffman has pursued a single goal: a malaria vaccine.

February 23, 2016 - Dean Laurie Glimcher to lead Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Dr. Laurie H. Glimcher has been named president and chief executive officer of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

February 19, 2016 - Digital Domain
By studying the use of electronic health records, Weill Cornell Medicine investigators aim to transform how patients receive medical care.

February 17, 2016 - Breast Cancer Surgical Option Carries Heightened Risk of Repeat Surgery
Nearly one in four women with early-stage breast cancer who undergo a partial mastectomy will need a second surgery within 90 days.

February 16, 2016 - Innovative Therapeutic Approach Shows Promise in Treating Inflammatory Bowel Disease
An investigative therapy given to mice blocks the overactive immune responses that are a hallmark of inflammatory bowel disease without impairing the body's ability to fight infection.

February 11, 2016 - Immunotherapy: Unleashing Our Bodies' Defense System to Fight Cancer
Scientists at Weill Cornell Medicine believe immunotherapy could be the best game plan to defeat cancer.

February 11, 2016 - New Desktop-Sterilization Device Disinfects Cell Phones in Just 10 Minutes
Cell phones treated for just 10 minutes in a new desktop-sterilization device were fully rid of germs, including those that may be responsible for common skin infections.

February 10, 2016 - Weill Cornell Medicine Launches Collaborative Bioethics Fellowship
Weill Cornell Medicine, NewYork-Presbyterian, and Houston Methodist have established a new collaborative fellowship program to create highly trained bioethicists.

February 09, 2016 - A 'Pioneer' Passes
Remembering hypertension expert Dr. John Laragh '48.

February 08, 2016 - Sequencing Reveals Molecular Underpinnings of Aggressive Prostate Cancer Subtype
A subset of treatment-resistant prostate cancer pathologically resembles small cell lung cancer rather than typical prostate cancer.

February 05, 2016 - Statement: Weill Cornell Medicine Responds to Crane Collapse
All Weill Cornell Medicine staff who work at 40 Worth St. in Lower Manhattan are safe and accounted for, and have been evacuated. All patient appointments scheduled for Feb. 5 have been cancelled.

February 05, 2016 - Experimental Therapy Could Treat Diabetes and Fatty Liver
A new investigational therapy could be a major breakthrough in the treatment of both diabetes and fatty liver.

February 04, 2016 - Genome Research Elucidates Human Migration and Evolution
Indigenous Arabs are direct descendants of humans who migrated out of Africa, before others continued on to colonize Europe and Asia.

February 03, 2016 - Health By Design
Weill Cornell physician-scientists and Cornell University engineers collaborate -- and patients benefit.

February 03, 2016 - Best and the Brightest
For Qatari high schoolers in New York, an 'experience of a lifetime.'

February 02, 2016 - Researchers Sequence First Bedbug Genome
Scientists have assembled the first complete genome of one of humanity's oldest and least-loved companions: the bedbug.

January 29, 2016 - Edward Grab Named Chief Operating Officer of Weill Cornell Physician Organization
Edward Grab has been named the new chief operating officer of the Weill Cornell Physician Organization

January 29, 2016 - Study: Physicians Choose Less Intensive End-of-Life Care than General Public
Physicians are less likely than the general public to die in the hospital.

January 27, 2016 - Haitian AIDS Patients' 10-year Survival Equal to American Patients
One of the first groups of AIDS patients to receive free HIV drugs in a public health setting in the developing world are living as long as those in the United States.

January 26, 2016 - Women's Studies
An intercampus project explores midlife health in Qatar.

January 21, 2016 - The Welcome Wagon
From giving tours to lunching with interviewees, current students are key to the admissions process.

January 20, 2016 - Protein Critical to Cell Survival Also Promotes Metastasis Independently
A protein that normally exists in the mitochondria of healthy cells appears to travel to the nucleus of cancer cells and promote metastasis.

January 20, 2016 - Eliminating Flavors from E-cigarettes May Benefit Public Health More Than Taxing Them
Flavor variety is an important component in young smokers' decisions to switch to e-cigarettes.

January 19, 2016 - Molecular 'Mechanic'
Dr. Olga Boudker's work with glutamate pumps earns her membership in an elite cadre of investigators.

January 15, 2016 - Common Cause
Neuroscientist Dr. Conor Liston '08 is making connections between the roots of autism and depression.

January 12, 2016 - Fungus Fighter
Medicine professor Dr. Thomas Walsh has helped upend the odds of saving kids with cancer from deadly fungal infections.

January 11, 2016 - Use of Health Information Exchange Technology Reduces Costs Tied to Repeat Imaging
Providers who have access to patient records through an electronic health information exchange order fewer repeat X-rays, ultrasounds and other imaging tests.

January 08, 2016 - The Anxiety Gene?
Researchers Dr. Francis Lee and Dr. BJ Casey close in on why some psychiatric patients respond so well to treatment -- while others don't.

January 07, 2016 - Standards of Care
In an era when HIV is largely a manageable infection, Dr. Susan Ball looks back at the dark days of the AIDS crisis.

January 06, 2016 - Improving the Odds
For decades, Weill Cornell has been a leader in the research revolution that's making lymphoma a survivable disease.

January 06, 2016 - Medical Students Pay Tribute to the Selfless Teachers Who Made Their Anatomy Studies Possible
The first-year students in the Class of 2019 paid tribute to the 48 men and women who gifted their bodies to science during the annual Gross Anatomy Memorial Service.

January 04, 2016 - Post-Acute Therapy Associated with Improved Hip Fracture Outcomes
Patients recovering from hip fractures who receive an extra hour per week of rehabilitation therapy in short-term nursing care facilities have better long-term outcomes than those who receive less rehab.