The Irving Scholars Program was established in 1987 as part of an $11 million pledge from Herbert and Florence Irving in recognition of the importance of supporting young clinical investigators as they develop their careers. Five P&S faculty members have been awarded Irving Scholarships this year to support their patient-oriented research for a three-year term.
The new Irving Scholars:
• Adi Cohen, M.D., the Florence Irving Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, whose research focuses on osteoporosis in premenopausal women, bone health in the postpartum period, and imaging tools for the noninvasive assessment of bone microstructure
• Tiziano Colibazzi, M.D., the Herbert Irving Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, who studies anatomical changes in the brain during adolescent development and the relationship of the changes to the development of psychotic disorders
• Srikala Raghavan, Ph.D., the Herbert Irving Assistant Professor of Epithelial Cell Biology, whose research focuses on the effects of bisphosponates on oral wound healing and implications for osteonecrosis of the jaw
• Nehal Vadhan, Ph.D., the Herbert Irving Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology, who will try to determine if differences in decision-making, reward learning, and motivation among cocaine abusers can predict future cocaine use under controlled laboratory conditions
• Chunhua Weng, Ph.D., the Florence Irving Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics, who uses informatics methods to improve process efficiency and patient safety of clinical research by enhancing the electronic health record and addressing socio-technical issues around integrating fragmented research data sources and facilitating interdisciplinary team science
“Mr. and Mrs. Irving had the foresight to earmark a portion of their endowment to the Irving Center for Clinical Research (now the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research), to support young clinical investigators, whose teaching and clinical demands can often pull them away from their research,” says Henry Ginsberg, M.D., the Herbert and Florence Irving Professor of Medicine and director of the Irving Institute. “The success of this program, which clearly reflects on the insight of the Irvings, has been truly remarkable.”
Since the program’s inception, 94 Irving Scholars have been selected, and several of those physicians have since become internationally recognized for their work, including Robin Goland, M.D., professor of clinical medicine in pediatrics and co-director of Columbia’s Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center; Mitchell Benson, M.D., the George F. Cahill Professor of Urology and chair of urology at P&S; Steven Shea, M.D., the Hamilton Southworth Professor of Medicine and senior vice dean at P&S; and Evan Flatow, M.D., chair of orthopedics at Mount Sinai Medical Center, who helped develop the Bigliani/Flatow Shoulder System for shoulder replacements.